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Atsar Terver
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So you believe the fables in Jonathan’s book at your own peril. For instance, you are likely going to read in that book that this Government has created 10,000 jobs. When you ask Labaran Maku where and how those jobs were created, he will tell you that the figure comes from the number of jobs the sponsoring ministries indicated in their contract proposals for contracts the government has signed. Imagine! Same way they will tell you about increased generation capacity for electricity but never about actual electricity generated distributed and enjoyed by the public.

 

Jonathan’s Book of Lies

The Jonathan government no doubt has a myriad of problems to grapple with ranging from insecurity, Power shortages, dilapidated infrastructure, decline in educational standards, unemployment, to corruption. It should be noted however that these are problems that governments all over the world have to solve. Indeed, the reason Governments exists ab initio is to provide solutions to these problems or in the least create an enabling environment to enable the citizens solve them.

 

Therefore the real issue here in Nigeria is not that these problems exist but that the Government has not shown the capability or the will to tackle any of these problems headlong. This has attracted so much criticism from the public that the President once had to cry out that he is the most criticized President in the world.

Perhaps this sort of lamentation from the President is the real problem with Jonathan. He has shown in words and deeds that he is more bothered about taming public criticism than tackling the issues for which he is criticized. Thus huge amount of state resources and man-hours of his team are expended on combating criticism rather than on governance. In their desperation they employ both conventional and not-too-professional methodologies ranging from direct personal attacks on the critics, physical threats/intimidation or lies and propaganda.

Recently the Presidents Media Aide, Reuben Abati came out ranting like a mad dog against Rotimi Fashakin of CPC for daring to criticize the two years of ineptitude. He queried the intellectual and mental capabilities instead of addressing the issues the CPC spokesman outlined. For instance, Abati did not tell us why we should not believe with the CPC that the nation is not sinking, by pointing to visible areas of improvement occasioned by government policy.

The social media which has become a handy forum for the people to voice their frustrations with the government is now seen as a threat to national security (Note, the government’s definition of ‘national security’ is not what we think. National Security, to the government, is security of the President and his political ambition). It is reported that an Israeli security outfit has been given a costly contract by the government to monitor internet activity in Nigeria with the intention of censoring and possibly fishing out anti-Jonathan critics for punishment. This is how far the President can go in his bid to protect the good image that he doesn’t have.

At two years in four year tenure, this government has nothing to show for it, in a rather bizarre move that defines new depths of naivety and credulity, Jonathan released a 234-page ‘book of lies’ which they have written which Jonathan, on Democracy Day invited us all to read and develop a marking scheme to mark the administration. To say this is the height of naivety and deception is an understatement.

First, this government’s slogan: ‘transformation’ connotes change; visible change and not some abstract performance that could not be experienced by the citizenry in their daily living. Therefore to expect that I, for instance, need to read in some book to appreciate that power has improved in the country, while using a generator to type this article is ridiculous.

A smooth ride on the expressway from Port Harcourt to Enugu or the East-West road would be a more eloquent testimony to Jonathan’s performance than 100pages of propaganda literature packaged by deceptive aides and intellectual frauds.

The woman in Buruku village who wakes up one day and finds a Bridge across the River Buruku, relieving her of the danger and inconvenience of crossing that River by barge or canoe, does not need a book to know that this Government is working. Without positive impact in the lives of the people, Jonathan can write an encyclopedia of his transformation but that will not change his rating on the public’s scale of good governance. Where leaders demonstrates vision and focus, the people do not rely on fairly tales to rate them and government aides have better and more productive things to do with their time than write fictitious tales of phantom performance.

It would appear that the sole preoccupation of Jonathan these past two years has been to secure a new tenure in 2015 and nothing else counts. All state resources and government machinery have been deployed for this single agenda, hence nothing else matters. The foreign debt can continue to rise; who gives a damn anyway? Unemployment can as well continue un-abated, after all it provides a pool of energetic young men who can easily be armed and deployed as agents of terror during the ‘must-win’ elections of 2015.

Amidst persistent denials that Jonathan has made up his mind to run in 2015, the desperation and ferocity of the Presidents fight for 2015 is obvious. The crisis rocking the Nigerian Governor’s Forum and by extension the PDP is not unconnected with the Presidents desire to take control of the forum, which is seen as critical in determining how the decision of who becomes a Presidential candidate of the party is taken. The frantic manner the President has gone about his attempt to hijack the forum, by imposing a lackey and stage-managing the suspension of the authentic winner of the NGF election from the Party(PDP), unleashing his rabid spokesmen on genuine critics and witch-hunting real and perceived political enemies, have confirmed what most of us have been saying that, the President has no genuine transformation agenda for Nigeria, but a personal transformation agenda; to transform himself into a maximum ruler and his meddlesome wife into an emperor.

So you believe the fables in Jonathan’s book at your own peril. For instance, you are likely going to read in that book that this Government has created 10,000 jobs. When you ask Labaran Maku where and how those jobs were created, he will tell you that the figure comes from the number of jobs the sponsoring ministries indicated in their contract proposals for contracts the government has signed. Imagine! Same way they will tell you about increased generation capacity for electricity but never about actual electricity generated distributed and enjoyed by the public.

Whatever transformation this government claims to have achieved remains a fable as long as it remains only in Jonathan’s ‘Book of Lies’.

 

 


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