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What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Islie: 5:30pm On May 27, 2015
First impressions, they say, are everything. Not the same for anyone who is president of a country like Nigeria. With Nigerians, last impressions are just as important as first impressions. Goodluck Jonathan’s last week as President has seen Nigeria shut down due to power cuts and fuel scarcity. Lives have been lost, airlines cancelled flights, media houses and banks closing early, telecom companies declaring their services would be hampered by the scarcity of diesel. One could argue, despite the turmoil that characterised his tenure, that this has been Jonathan’s worst week as President. In the midst of what has looked increasingly like a national security issue, the government has offered nothing in terms of explanations or an attempt to offer the way forward.

But to sum the Jonathan administration up through the events of the last one week would be unfair. It would amount to saying a President who led a country for five years can be judged according to what happened within just a week. Yes, there has been a clear display of government failure over the last one week but the truth is, this administration has been failing for the better part of the last five years. It is only expectedly signing out, looking to clear the minds of those who ever doubted its incompetence to have such doubts cleared.

President Jonathan will be remembered as that man who appeared uninterested as Nigerians battled a cabal to have him installed as acting president, and eventually president. He was that politician that Nigerians, ignoring the platform he ran on, instead assumed they could vote for him without regard to the party he was representing.

Many will remember President Jonathan for insisting the October 2010 Abuja Independence Day bombing had nothing to do with MEND despite the group insisting it carried out the terrorist attack. Between 2010 and 2011, Jonathan was clearly the most loved politician in the country. His seeming harmless mien combined well with a good messaging had him win the 2011 election despite claims by certain people the election was rigged. Maybe, the election was indeed rigged but he really was the most popular candidate in 2011, hands down!

That didn’t last. By January 2012, the President had burnt all the goodwill he enjoyed with the people. Allowing marketers and corruption combine to milk the country of N1.6tn subsidy payments was bad enough, the President was now seen as working with the same cabal to transfer the cost of corruption and the inefficient subsidy system to the people. The revolt lasted for weeks but the President had his way by increasing fuel prices to N97 from N65.

He had his way then, many Nigerians simply bided their time. Maybe, things would have turned out differently had the administration prosecuted and jailed those mainly responsible for the 2011 subsidy heists, we will never know. Maybe, doing something about the increasing cost of governance would have made a difference will be hard to guess but things only got worse for the administration from there.

Boko Haram’s bombing activities became intense and persistent. If some thought he could not have done much about the bombings, a few would forgive him for the things he did just after some of such bombings. Two Nigerian states, Kaduna and Yobe, were under attack when the President departed the country to attend the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio, Brazil. The smoke from the previous day’s bombing of Nyanya had not disappeared while the President was already in Kano, not only receiving an Ibrahim Shekarau defecting for the umpteenth time but indeed captured on camera dancing! The President was dancing while the nation mourned! Things simply kept piling up.

Fifty nine boys got butchered at Buni Yadi while the President and his handlers partied on, under the guise of a centenary celebration. Several more gaffes like that became the norm rather than the exception. If the President cared about the predicament of the North-East and its endless devastation in the hands of Boko Haram, his actions showed the exact opposite.

Then came the abduction of the Chibok girls in April. What followed is unforgivable and Nigerians indeed refused to forgive the administration on this one. Several acts of negligence, indecision and outright carelessness have simply meant that over 400 days after, the Chibok girls remain abducted. You better not even try to imagine what life would be for them now, for those of them that survived the snakes of Sambisa Forest and the terror of mad Abubakar Shekau and his fellow gang of murderers. The government was desperate to wish the Chibok issue away so it adopted the Bring Back Our Girls advocacy group as its opposition. It should never have done that; it lost that particular battle because at each turn, #BringBackOurGirls always showed the President and his government as not as interested in rescuing the girls as it was in making it look like the group was an enemy of the state.

Many things went down under the administration, that if Jonathan ever decides to reflect on his time as president, without the burden of office and the stanching miasma of sycophants, he’d see that he was the one person responsible for his own fall from power. Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke stayed on forever as Minister of Petroleum Resources, while each new day she spent in office helped to further deplete the President’s political capital. She was an unnecessary liability he should have done away with strategically; she stayed on so they would both deservingly leave together this Friday. Princess Stella Oduah was eventually eased out of office but it was already an act too little – no prosecution – and too late. Seeing as it was apparent she had ordered two cars with N255mn of taxpayers’ money. There’d be no need to state that Abba Moro, Minister of Interior, who was culpable in the death of some 19 National Immigration Service job applicants in March of 2014, will this week exit government in the very same position.

That was an identity of the Goodluck Jonathan administration: incompetence was fine as long as loyalty was guaranteed; corruption was permission as long as usefulness to the government via election donation was on the cards. Heck! Embattled Buruji Kashamu was President Jonathan’s main ally in the South-West in the run-up to the 2015 elections. Things were really that bad.

When your administration has to deal with endless reports of missing money, missing children and adults, missing accountability and have that combined with endless political battles against the likes of Olusegun Obasanjo and governors of your own party, you’d have needed more than luck to retain power.

In the end, luck could only take Goodluck so far. In 48 hours, Nigerians will be saying goodbye to Goodluck Jonathan. You can bet most of them will not care about a farewell, there is proof of that, they made him the very first casualty of a loss by an incumbent president in the history of Nigeria.

For Jonathan though, his concession call to Buhari was probably the most important thing he did as President. That call was not just about him conceding the election, it did help to quell tension across the country. History will not be fair if it forgets to credit him for this. So then, Jonathan was a very bad President who somehow did a very good thing on his way out of power. Goodbye Jonathan!


http://www.punchng.com/opinion/what-cost-jonathan-power-in-the-end/


cc lalasticlala

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by demmy0325(m): 5:31pm On May 27, 2015
Too long a article..who actually read all that undecided.. GEJ is a good man.. Buh nt 2 good for a president.. Its like he lives in his own thinkin....... Free n fair elections startd durin his tenure and his recent one of conceding defeat which saves a lot of life... Lets nt forget that... Bye bye GEJ...


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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Islie: 5:32pm On May 27, 2015
So sad that GEJ failed to leave his foot print in the sands of time. No legacy and what a wasted 5 or is it 6 years at the helm of affairs. Its so unbelievable that one can enjoy so much support and momentum, only to come crashing down like GEJ did.
There are lessons learn t. No politician is bigger than the people and at the time of reckoning, the people will decide. Any Party or Politician that does not make the people its/his focal point will come crashing down.

APC/ Buhari hope you will learn from PDP/GEJ mistakes. We supported you and we will not wast time to go against you if you start going the way of your predecessor. A word is enough for the wise!!!

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Importguru(m): 6:03pm On May 27, 2015
i really liked this man before but he really failed me this time. #No_lectures
The worst president we ever produced, may we never experience such administration again in Nigeria... sad sad

Fast Fast! Patience Jonathan is already packing her belongings out of Aso Villa>>http://www.missfavour.com/2015/04/fast-fast-patience-jonathan-is-already.html

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Neduzze5(m): 6:04pm On May 27, 2015
The Summary:

The summary of this is that these unscrupulous uncontrollable/not easily controlled elements are:

1. Boko Haram, instituted by the North
2. Political thieves and cabals who decided to have a field day in looting the economy of Nigeria with impunity.
4. Breakdown of Law and order became a norm, school children (I still see that as a hoax) were kidnapped with impunity, bombs became likened to fire crackers and thrown about freely and guns became the order of the day.
3. Rising costs in everything.
4. Development that is quite invisible
5. Paty Goodluck's running mouth


The President on his part seemed too scared to take the reins of Government and handle them properly so he was booted out in no time!!

Sai Buhari!!

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by freshness2020: 6:04pm On May 27, 2015
he still remains our Hero!
..ur opinion does not count!
..y'all should swerve!

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Zico5(m): 6:04pm On May 27, 2015
What really cost him? Even the dumbest in this country know that mr Jonathan is not fit for a local government chairman not to talk of presidency. Go and check his records as state governor, many people re just born to be ordinary citizens. That is the category that mr Jonathan belong. I will not be surprised if nobody hears anything about him again as from May 30. Change is loading 99 percent

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by MKO4ever(m): 6:04pm On May 27, 2015
What kind of topic is this?

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by dahdah: 6:04pm On May 27, 2015
I think Jonathan Lost Power because of the People he surrounded himself with, Let's compare this to Our Miss nairaland Contest, During the campaign , A neutral would think TWACI would win because of the people campaigning for her, a fan of TWACI even promised people Jobs in the Oil section, but when People started visiting the thread, they saw the faces of the contestants and the voted Tohpahz.
I Voted PDP during the Election, but now that the APC is victorious , I pray God should lead us, I Pray Buhari should do well, I pray God proof me wrong on Buhari.

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by dre11(m): 6:04pm On May 27, 2015
When your administration has to deal with endless reports of missing money, missing children and adults, missing accountability and have that combined with endless political battles against the likes of Olusegun Obasanjo and governors of your own party, you’d have needed more than luck to retain power.


This just summaries the whole problem that GEJ did have.......



He took the populace for granted and he has forgotten that they were the ones that did voted for him

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Nobody: 6:04pm On May 27, 2015
grin
Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Nobody: 6:05pm On May 27, 2015
mtschwwwww undecided
Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by WASMOG(m): 6:05pm On May 27, 2015
Oh God almighty , your servant MUHAMMADU BUHARI shall be taking the oath of office as NIGERIAN PRESIDENT come May, 29th 2015. Give him the wisdom, the zeal, the honor, the care, the mind, the ability, the strength to lead NIGERIA to the promise land. To those waiting to see him fail, occupy them, shame them. Oh God, continue to bless Nigeria as power change hand. May we live long to see the change we all yearned for. Amin

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by lilcashking(m): 6:05pm On May 27, 2015
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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by drajjay: 6:06pm On May 27, 2015
Hahaha
Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by t2aoa(m): 6:06pm On May 27, 2015
GEJ is a disaster to d entire nation

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by martin1772(m): 6:07pm On May 27, 2015
bye GEJ, we love you but otuoke love u most. rest in the bossom of PEJ

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by pontirock(m): 6:07pm On May 27, 2015
Worse than OBJ

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Chubhie: 6:07pm On May 27, 2015
Satan be gone

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by samuelson06(m): 6:07pm On May 27, 2015
What a catastrophic and gargantuan failure of a President Jonathan. Waoh!!! How time flies. Welcome back home brother. Thanks for taking Nigeria 10 years backward cry

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by omonnakoda: 6:08pm On May 27, 2015
MKO4ever:
What kind of topic is this?
I think it is a political kind of topic ...

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by shadrach77: 6:10pm On May 27, 2015
Jonathan: Good man, bad president - Moral of the story: No one should get into political office by accident cry cry cry

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by 9Ace: 6:10pm On May 27, 2015
The events of the past week has all but obliterated all shreds of goodwill I have for GEJ. That man is a devil incarnate foisted on us from the deepest and hottest end of hell.
GEJ accentuates the notion that the gentle and innocent-looking ones are truly the most deadly. Underrate them and they will strike you where it hurt most.

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by Abugab(m): 6:12pm On May 27, 2015
Can't be more apt. Dude got into govt with subsidy and is leaving with a nation in a state of melieu and fiasco.
I am still looking for the Jonathan trains.
The IPPs commissioned before elections didn't add a single megawatts to national grid.
Is it the 3D images of roads done nationwide?
Education is in tatters
The huge investment in agriculture didn't bear corresponding results
What about the missing $20billion
It was a govt of scam and scammers
A man with a gentle mien but criminally minded
Good riddance to bad rubbish

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by omenka(m): 6:13pm On May 27, 2015
That picture tho. Lmao. cheesy


On a more serious note, this is the reason why I scuff at folks who try to push the argument -there was a gang-up against Jonathan. They totally disregard the fact that for the most part, Jonathan was the architect of his own destruction. The man was at odds with those who made him the president, and most importantly, at odds with the Nigerian people. It takes more than good luck to survive such odds.

And his affinity for the "sleaziest" politicians and MOGs in our midst did very little to placate Nigerians. He courted, condoned and rewarded corruption when everyone least expected him to do so judging from his background.

Glad I'd be seeing his back in a matter of hours.

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by dapsoneh: 6:14pm On May 27, 2015
Too long though
Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by dre11(m): 6:14pm On May 27, 2015
freshness2020:
he still remains our Hero!
..ur opinion does not count!
..y'all should swerve!


A hero that nearly ground the economy of the nation over the past few days.........



Hero indeed

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Re: What Cost Jonathan Power In The End by tonychristopher: 6:14pm On May 27, 2015
WHAT IS WRONG WITH NIGERIA...EVERYBODY ANALYSING JONATHAN AND LOST OF POWER...FOR CHRIST SAKE GIVE THIS GUY SOME SLACKS...NIGERIANS ARE COWARDS, THEY WONT TALK TILL WHEN SOMEBODY LEAVES



WHAT IF JONATHAN REFUSES TO HAND OVER..WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL TO PROVIDENCE THAT GEJ IS A SIMPLE MAN...IF ITS A DUDE LIKE ME...PEOPLE WOULD BE IN JAIL NOW


CAN U GUYS LEAVE GEJ AND FOCUS ON BABA ONE CHANCE


THIS IS MADNESS...EVERYDAY WHY JONATHAN LOST, HOW GEJ LOST, WHY GEJ LOS...MEHN GIVE US OTHER INFO

SICK AND TIRED

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