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I have also noticed the game being played by the Senate President in  this crisis. But I think this general is smart. He sees opportunities in every thing to consolidate his political fortunes. He sees in this crises an opportunity to present himself as a peacemaker. This way he would maintain a good relationship with the President and also appear to the people as a people-oriented leader. What has happened to the powers that enabled them pass the doctrine of necessity that made Jonathan acting president? Why should the Senate pretend to be helpless when the Appropriation Act 2011 is violated by the presidency through this subsidy withdrawal (an impeachable offence)? What has become of their powers of oversight?

 

We Must Beg the President

If you need anything from a President Jonathan there is something you must know how to do very well. Begging! The man loves to be begged. Begging moves the body, soul and spirit of the president faster than strikes and street protests. This is one lesson ASUU has not learnt and hence their prolonged strike to which the man has not given them as much as a glance.

 

The TUC, NLC, SNG,PENGASSAN and other pressure groups rooting for the reversal of the petrol price hike could get faster results if only they begin to beg. They can hire professional beggars to do the job if they lack begging skills.

The direction to look in search for the professional beggars is among the members of the council of state. They have a track record of success in this area. When Jonathan became Acting President there was an urgent need to upgrade his titles and appendices to his name like the GCFR. The only obstacle was that the law expected that title to be conferred only by a serving president. The council of state began to beg and beg and beg Jonathan to confer the title upon himself. The man's weakness in the face of begging got the better of him and like magic he left that meeting with his GCFR

When the time came for him to decide whether to contest for the presidency last year while the man was consulting with stakeholders some begging associations emerged. Among them were political jobbers, government contractors, Aspiring special assistants, hangers on, commercial pastors and numerous youth and women associations all with one weapon, Begging. As expected the man could not resist their pleas. He succumbed and here we are.

We are stuck with an unwilling president because we forced him with begging to become our leader. How come we expect him to now rule us well without we playing our part well? We should have begged Jonathan not to remember how he suffered without shoes in his childhood so that his anger would not kindle against us.

When he hinted last year that subsidy will be removed this year did we beg? No; rather we went everyone to his village to celebrate Christmas and new year instead of setting up MWBJOS (Market Women Beg Jonathan on Subsidy), YCFPBOS(Youth Coalition for Presidential Begging On Subsidy), NAWBJ (National Association of Widows Begging Jonathan).By now we would have long convinced the man to change his mind.

I think David Mark understands Jonathan better than Tambuwal. Instead of his Senate passing a resolution against the removal of subsidy like the House did under Tambuwal he chose to become a beggar a.k.a mediator. He has been begging and begging but what begging can one man do to appease a President who has been insulted by labour and associates?

What the hell does Labour think they are to challenge the oil policy of the first Nigerian President from the oil region? Why is it difficult for them to understand that he owns the oil and should decide how much Nigerians should pay for it? Don't they know that even the oil we are insisting to pay "cheaply" for is flowing by the mercy of his cousins in the creeks? What affront!

Nigerians must be making Jonathan to regret succumbing to their begging to lend them the luck that comes with his name. Why beg a man to rule over you if you can't beg him to perform? Aren't we lucky to have such a man as president whose policy receives express approval from the West? Aren't we lucky to have a president who can arrange 1600 buses for 160million people overnight? Why are we so ungrateful a people?

We must beg Jonathan to forgive us for asking him to fight a cartel in the oil industry. Can't we see that his hands are tied, even after  his minister of finance has said so? Do we know how he bankrolled his campaign? Please Jonathan forgive us for we know not what you have seen in Aso Rock.

I have also noticed the game being played by the Senate President in  this crisis. But I think this general is smart. He sees opportunities in every thing to consolidate his political fortunes. He sees in this crises an opportunity to present himself as a peacemaker. This way he would maintain a good relationship with the President and also appear to the people as a people-oriented leader. What has happened to the powers that enabled them pass the doctrine of necessity that made Jonathan acting president? Why should the Senate pretend to be helpless when the Appropriation Act 2011 is violated by the presidency through this subsidy withdrawal (an impeachable offence)? What has become of their powers of oversight?

It is sad that those we look onto as leaders see us as objects of exploitation and puppets to be toyed with.

 

 


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