GOODLUCK JONATHAN: IT’S A GRAND POLITICAL

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The ascension to power by Goodluck Jonathan in May,in the wake of President Umaru Yar’adua’s death, is giving us the full measure of the deceptive persona lurking in sintereste . luck Jonatha?· Preten~u;ssence, Goodluck power and its _wrathal st like his mentor, Well, just two days after : J~ster president, whe? ~he • Patience put to lie the s~a~emen T esday this week, rece1~g appeared live on television on ~ved at the Eagle Square m wives of state gove~nors w:oothe First Lady (never mind that Abuja. to show o~e1s~~e be cleared of accusations by N~hu Madam Patience is st o f monies in naira and do ~s Ribadu’s EFCC in 2006 of~~~fBaye1sa state!). Political ~oc1d when Jonathan was ~ove~n erced, shaped, bent, force an ety in Nigeria today is bemg.~ons of Goodluck Jonathan, and 1 ·president, mo has become a po ~riz;~ resident is consolidating a stran-f Olusegun obasan)O” p otedness, leading to the ~se 0 lehold on power with surefo . t those who cross his way, ~e repressive state appar~~:fo~ai~o as PDP chairman fo~~d starting with Vincent Og d ‘ that power was to remam m courage to remind p DP g~an t ee:n agreement within the party anel-beaten to fit the am 1 . is deception and what the ~ne of the instruments ~f ch01~~ inexactitudes!

 

Jona~an British describe ~s term1?ol~~g power and like a medieval Goodluck is adn~1tly m~hupretence that he is not Pa:1 ofrf the Peror he carries on WI • song of choice om the North in 2011, according o ruption accusations were itself. In response, som e obsc·1u Oreg cbourl afor for his ue f fr ont e ry”‘. em d shdw Missing is an accomkpanJ ymthgan and his orchestra roa . K . Goodluc ona nih the Fela Anilrulapo- uti; hone and Tony Ane on exhumed by Jona~han to n~~or si nailed the grand resurr~c- The move agam~~ O~bu. – gthat Jonathan passed wit~ tion of hostage politics mg~c:S~~fo school of vindictive polifl.. ring colours, from the . d his r k J nathan impose tics. By last wee ‘ 0 p chairman; own hostage as thile ~~’;[!do who was rtatn Okwes i ….. ace f l’tical society a few years eased out o po if \legations ofinvolveback, ~ec~se_ on~ Identity Card sea~! inent ma au? t and a new one is One hostage is ou . ” the PDP k for Ure-capturing in to wor ors whose hostage, from the gover~h has booted out Ogbulafor, Jo~ah ‘;DP By last week, of headship o t e lete ~as Jonathan’s so apparently comp NEC leMed victory, that the PJ!..l_>..,5 a p&s1aent · sway of always walking on its head!

This background must be read together with Jonathan’s deceptive statement at the head of this piece, which came from his presidential media chat at the weekend. It is incredible that he can look at us directly in the face to say that he has not made up his mind to run, even when his brush stroke is writ large on the political canvass: the toing and fro-ing of ChiefEdwin Clark; the proliferation of “Jonathan-must-run-or-we-die” groups; and the desperate efforts to break the back of Northern Nigeria. Even the old war hqrse, Tony Anenih is looking for a niche of relevance under the banner of the “Jonathan-will-run-and-all-opponents- especially-in-the-North-can-go-hang”; this after he was de-robed as the chief godfather of Edo politics and Nigeria’s fixer-in-chief! Jonathan is either being economical with the truth or plainly thinks we cannot see how his desperation to run at all cost in 2011, has actually heated up the polity in recent weeks.

Jonathan also said he does not believe in ‘godfatherism’; however, he has empowered Edwin Clark to insult us all about Jonathan’s ueligibility” to run, as if anybody ever doubted that, while also stoking the fault lines of religion on his behalf; and this is a president who swore to an oath to preserve the unity of Nigeria while ensuring he does nothing to jeopardize its unity. By calling only members of one religious confession to a meeting on behalf of Goodluck Jonathan, Edwin Clark helped him go against the oath he swore to.

Yet this president wants us to believe he has not made up his mind one way or other about running! In another breath, Jonathan told his First Lady, he does not ~~~nsti~tion of Nigeria has is that powerful because . d nt but it is unfortunate an role for the wife of tte president’ don’t also support… th blic declaration, Madam ernancean d the junctwns O.;, state. Goodluck Jonathan b Goodluck Jonathan .__ …he ascens~on to powerful ~f President Umaru in May, Ill the w . . us the full measure Yar’adua’s death, is g1vmlg ki wi·thin Good- of the deceptive persona. ur lyn dgi sintereste d m. luck Jonatha?· Preten~u;ssence, Goodluck power and its _wrathal st like his mentor, Well, just two days after : J~ster president, whe? ~he • Patience put to lie the s~a~emen T esday this week, rece1~g appeared live on television on ~ved at the Eagle Square m wives of state gove~nors w:oothe First Lady (never mind that Abuja. to show o~e1s~~e be cleared of accusations by Nuhu Madam Patience is st o f monies in naira and do ~s Ribadu’s EFCC in 2006 of~~~fBaye1sa state!). Political ~oc1d when Jonathan was ~ove~n erced, shaped, bent, force an ety in Nigeria today is bemg.~ons of Goodluck Jonathan, and 1 · · president, mo has become a po ~riz;~ resident is consolidating a stran-f Olusegun obasan)O” p otedness, leading to the ~se 0 lehold on power with surefo . t those who cross his way, ~e repressive state appar~~:fo~ai~o as PDP chairman fo~~d starting with Vincent Og d ‘ that power was to remam m courage to remind p DP g~an t ee:n agreement within the party anel-beaten to fit the am 1 . is deception and what the ~ne of the instruments ~f ch01~~ inexactitudes! Jona~an British describe ~s term1?ol~~g power and like a medieval Goodluck is adn~1tly m~hupretence that he is not Pa:1 ofrf the Peror he carries on WI • song of choice om the North in 2011, according o ruption accusations were itself. In response, som e obsc·1u Oreg cbourl afor for his ue f front e ry”‘. em d shdw Missing is an accomkpanJ ymthgan and his orchestra roa . K . Goodluck Jonathan ih the Fela Anilrulapo- uti; hone and Tony Ane on exhumed by Jona~han to n~~or si nailed the grand resurrect The move against Obasanjo that Jonathan passed wit~ tion of hostage politics mg~c:S~~fo school of vindictive polifl.. ring colours, from the . d his r k J nathan impose tics. By last wee ‘ 0 p chairman; own hostage as thile ~~’;[!do who was rtatn Okwes i ….. ace f l’tical society a few years eased out o po if \legations ofinvolveback, ~ec~se_ on~ Identity Card sea~!

inent ma au? t and a new one is One hostage is ou . ” the PDP k for Ure-capturing in to wor ors whose hostage, from the gover~h has booted out Ogbulafor, Jo~ah ‘;DP By last week, of headship of atheletes as Jonathan’s so apparently compares INEC led victory, that the PJ!and a pleasant  sway of always walking on its head!

This background must be read together with Jonathan’s deceptive statement at the head of this piece, which came from his presidential media chat at the weekend. It is incredible that he can look at us directly in the face to say that he has not made up his mind to run, even when his brush stroke is writ large on the political canvass: the toing and fro-ing of ChiefEdwin Clark; the proliferation of “Jonathan-must-run-or-we-die” groups; and the desperate efforts to break the back of Northern Nigeria. Even the old war hqrse, Tony Anenih is looking for a niche of relevance under the banner of the “Jonathan-will-run-and-all-opponents- especially-in-the-North-can-go-hang”; this after he was de-robed as the chief godfather of Edo politics and Nigeria’s fixer-in-chief! Jonathan is either being economical with the truth or plainly thinks we cannot see how his desperation to run at all cost in 2011, has actually heated up the polity in recent weeks.

Jonathan also said he does not believe in ‘godfatherism’; however, he has empowered Edwin Clark to insult us all about Jonathan’s ueligibility” to run, as if anybody ever doubted that, while also stoking the fault lines of religion on his behalf; and this is a president who swore to an oath to preserve the unity of Nigeria while ensuring he does nothing to jeopardize its unity. By calling only members of one religious confession to a meeting on behalf of Goodluck Jonathan, Edwin Clark helped him go against the oath he swore to. Yet this president wants us to believe he has not made up his mind one way or other about running! In another breath, Jonathan told his (with Edwin Clark o~ Megap like this: “I-go-run; you-no- Talking Drum) can un~~;~:ve-to-chop”! T~e ~ys ~:ad go-run; you-roust-run, will be interesting m political Nig;ria! eot . Automobile, ernmug ent and National gove Industry . 1 Last year, I went on a p ~nt f Peugeot Automobile, tour o f th a1· or .l(aduna; one o e m . investments of the past thirty in Nigeria. PAN came along ·thVW, Mercedes Benz and WI , f. ort Fiat in thatlost a~e_ ? .. ~ .. – – uon. Unfortunately, Nigeria did not follow through the rr ational Development Plans. By 1999, the mantra of privatization became central to economic thinking, and PAN in Kaduna was privatized. When I did the tour, I saw a premises filled with lots of vehicles in need ofbuyers, in a country unable to support national industry, while the elite remains totally enslaved to a taste for foreign goods. It is always a point of surprise for me that our ruling class has chosen the capitalist mode of development, yet it does not attempt to protect fledgling national industry, such as PAN.

 

Nigeria will not successfully build capitalist success if national industry is not given the support that makes them able to survive the huge advantages of multinational corporations. It is therefore interesting to read a recent news item that Vice President Namadi Sambo has assured that government is committed to the dual task of reviving and creating an enabling environment for the smooth functioning of existing automobile industries in Nigeria. This was during a meeting with the managements of PAN, Bank of Industry, FIRS, BPE and Union Bank. While it is good to make these promises, it is even better to understand the deeply patriotic need for industrialization as a major plank of the effort to eliminate underdevelopment and genuinely alleviate unemployment.

The creation of an industrial workforce is one of the contributions which companies like PAN and others in the automotive and heavy industrialization like the Ajaokuta plant can make to national development. They mop up huge sections of the unemployed into the labour market and assist in the drive for modernization. That is why it is in the strategic interest of the state to assist in their survival and growth.Nigeria’s government should match words with action.

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