Would any other Nigerian have fared better in the circumstance that Goodluck Jonathan, the President of Nigeria, has found himself?
There is an ongoing Islamic Insurgency, and as you come into office, the violence takes on a most viral form. Infrastructures are razed down and human life becomes too too shortish in areas where your fellow Countrymen had predicted armaggedon, should Jonathan become President.
You are soon made to realise that no single person from your zone is fitted with any modicum of intelligence to rule a nation which is hundred percent dependent on the only resources which these “intelligent” beings from the North and Southwest have been mining for 50 years, from your backyard leaving no dime for the owners.
Then the same wise and so called majority folks begin the looking down game on you from day one of your Presidency. Sadly too, your brothers, not really dissecting the motives of these latter day saints and miracle specialist born to rule religious and ethnic bigots, join the fray and begin to believe in the wickedly crafted schemes of the very people that are making things tough for you.
The haters of Goodluck Jonathan, hate every South Southerner in the same way and with the same measure. They look upon every South Southerner with the same amount of condescending eyes and have no respect for anybody emanating from this zone.
If Jonathan had been a radicalised person, from all the insults and taunts he has received so far, he could have long ago called off the bluff and dealt decisively with his detractors. These folks from the North and South West are not intellectually and otherwise, more endowed than any person from the South South. Infact they can not match any one from this zone in any department of knowledge.
There is therefore no problems in Goodluck Jonathan’s stars. The problem is in the way the Northern and Southwest folks see themselves as the best people to dominate and exploit the resources of the Niger Delta people so that they can continue to maintain their lavish lifestyles. Anybody can preside over the affairs of Nigeria. It does not require any special skills to do this.
If Goodluck Jonathan can not tackle corruption, it may well be because previous occupiers of his position had ensured that corruption became calcified before they left office. If Jonathan can not fight insecurity, it could well be as a result of the sworn agenda by the folks up North never to recognise an Infidel as a President. Because of Jonathan, they want an Islamic State.
Would they still want and Islamic state when they clinch the Presidency? How would the Northerner President be sure that a typical Niger Deltan would ever remain loyal to him given the treatment meted to them via Jonathan in this dispensation?
All those who lampoon Jonathan after creating insurmountable obstacles on his path are daydreaming if they believe that every other person is on the same page with them.
I do not know Goodluck Jonathan in person. I am not in a hurry to know him. But I do sincerely believe that given the environment in which he is operating and all the darts thrown on his every step, he could not and I doubt if any one else, would have performed better. History will judge all.
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