Psychologists need to unearth the fundamental discrepancies in
moral development that can make a human being so shamelessly
at home with evil and corruption. There must be something
inherently wrong with a leader who is utterly out of touch
with the feelings and yearnings of the people whose mandate to
lead them he claims to have. How Jonathan manages to escape
the understanding that, apart from fuel price and power
supply, the next most emotionally sensitive subject to the
average Nigerian is corruption, is a mystery.
though I predicted before he became President that Goodluck
will be bad luck to Nigeria, I hadnít the faintest idea he
could get this bad .In the past three years Jonathan has
callously hurt national sensitivities is such a manner that
one wonders if he has sworn an oath before some god to be a
twinge rather than a balm to Nigeria.
New Year fuel price hike of 2012 was just a prelude to things
to come. Jonathan went on to remove the so-called (phantom)
subsidy despite the huge outcry from the masses against it.
The argument of the government then (even though we knew they
were lying) was that, the hike was a necessary surgery to heal
the economy, which Okonjo Iwuela deceitfully told us was about
to crash. Bogus committees with ambiguous mandates were then
constituted to manage proceeds from the fuel price hike and
huge amounts of money were used to set up offices, and to oil
the propaganda machinery for the government, and once the
masses retreated to their daily toils, the government returned
to its looting coven and life continued.
did not take long before the lies of this government were
exposed. The report of a House of Representatives probe into
the (phony) subsidy expenditure revealed that a racket of very
powerful friends of the President actually swindled the nation
of billions of Naira. Instead of prosecuting the offenders,
this government set up another committee (the Ribadu
Committee) to investigate the oil industry. The presentation
of the Ribadu report became a comedy show, in which the Deputy
Chairman of the Committee (Steve Orosanye) engaged in a
shouting match with the Chairman and that marked the death of
the report. Since then this government has pulled out many
tricks in the books to shield the culprits from prosecution.
In their stead, a diminutive honorable was made dishonorable,
as it were to say it is better to destroy one man than for a
whole gang of thieves to be put into jail.
While our astonishment was barely subsided, we were jerked
back to bewilderment when this government looked on as a
Director in the Police Pension scheme, Yakubu John walked away
with a pat on the back, after pocketing N23billion of Police
pension money. Jonathan obviously gave not a damn that the
legitimate owners of the pension are dying while a rogue
feasts on their sweat. Still on the Pension scam, we have the
Chairman of the Pension reform tax team, Abdulrasheed, Maina,
who is alleged to have also embezzled billions of pension
fund, cannot even be arrested by the Police even after a
warrant of arrest has been issued by the Senate.
prove further that this government is only playing lip service
to the fight against corruption; it appointed Chief Tony
Anenih chairman of the Board of the NPA and also railroaded
him to the PDP board of trustee chairmanship. This is a man
widely believed to have, as then Minister of Works, flittered
away over N300billion meant for reconstruction of the
these instances point to one fact; that the body, soul and
spirit of President Jonathan is completely detached from the
fight against corruption. It is simply not in his character to
attack corruption. Looking into his history, one realizes the
reason for his shyness towards the anti-corruption war may not
be unconnected with his own personal failing to stay above
board. He was among the 30 governors on that infamous list
compiled by Ribadu of corrupt governors during his time as
governor of Bayelsa State.( Even though I have issues with the
manner Ribadu used that list as a tool for blackmail instead
of a genuine desire to bring those governors to book)
while Jonathan mechanically motions the war against corruption
with his lips, his body language says the contrary. That he
found no moral impediment in pronouncing a state pardon on
Alamayiesigha who is actually a fugitive who jumped bail and
is still under investigation for corruption by the US and UK
governments, proves beyond any doubts that Jonathan finds
nothing wrong with being corrupt. Through this thoughtless
act, Jonathan has pardoned corruption!
Those who are quick to quote the constitution to justify this
latest act of indiscretion by the President do miss a very
fundamental point; that corruption by its very nature (just
like adultery or homosexuality) is a moral question that
cannot be discussed or analyzed in isolation from moral
considerations. That the Constitution allows a President to
pardon law breakers does not mean he is exonerated when the
exercise of such powers conflicts with national interest. The
interest of the Nation here is that the President should not
only be fighting corruption but should also be seen as being
serious about the fight.
There is something wrong with a President having more concern
about removing a stigma on criminals than putting criminals
Those of us complaining against this pardon are not ignorant
as Reuben Abati wants us to believe. We have issues with Mr.
Jonathanís zeal to pardon ex-convicts while showing no zeal to
fight corruption. In essence we are concerned about the wrong
priorities of Jonathan than his helping a political
When a man's house is on fire, it takes some good dose of
insanity for him to be playing draughts in the backyard!
Jonathan has not really come to terms with the huge moral
responsibilities that go with the office he occupies.
Genuine leaders go an extra mile to ensure that their actions
and inactions reinforce the ideologies and value system upon
which the society they are called upon to lead is built. A
President should lead not just physically but also morally.