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President Jonathan’s legacy

13 February 2014, 15:22 Dr. Peregrino Brimah

The president of the federal republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said at the launching of two new programs in Abuja, February 11th,that his legacies will outlive his administration.

 Many Nigerians are delighted as it appears Nigeria’s president since February 2010 is making such statements as he wraps up his reign and prepares to hand over in 2015 at the end of his current tenure and 8 years in Aso rock. Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan promised Nigerians that he will not be contesting re-election.

It is true that the legacy of Goodluck Jonathan and his administration will long outlive him and be talked of, written of and studied in Nigerian schools for generations to come. Below we tried to summarize 20 of his most notable legacies:
1.    World Cup 2010: Goodluck Jonathan banned Nigeria’s football team from all international competitions for two years for their failure in the world cup.

2.    2011 covenant to be elected: Dear Nigerians, if you vote me in this 2011, I promise I will not seek re-election in 2015. (This achievement is on hold as Nigerians believe he is a man of honor and he did not trick and defraud them.)

3.    September 2011 on Boko Haram: Let me use this occasion to reassure Nigerians and members of the international communities that we now have strong links as to those involved in this terror war on Nigeria and Nigerians. I have directed security operatives to go after them, no matter where they may be hiding. –As at February 12th, 2014, he is yet to accost a single terror mastermind and thousands of civilians and soldiers have died from the sponsored terror.

4.    Again in January of 2012 the president said of Boko Haram: Some of them are in the executive arm of government, some of them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government, while some of them are even in the judiciary, some are also in the armed forces, the police and other security agencies. Some continue to dip their hands and eat with you and you won’t even know the person who will point a gun at you or plant a bomb behind your house…

5.    Fuel Subsidy: For his January 2012 New Year’s gift to Nigerians by attempting to remove the entire “fuel subsidy” in one swoop to introduce the year.

6.    Fuel Subsidy 2: Conceding to Nigerians that a cabal existed which robbed the nation and this cabal was beyond his power as executive president to curtail and prosecute.

7.    Fuel Subsidy 3: For wasting Nigerians time by investigating the fuel subsidy thieves only to never prosecute them.

8.    Jonathan Vs CNN’s Amanpour: The electricity is improving it is only the opposition that say it is not. (Inferring that CNN’s anchor, Christine Amanpour must be the opposition.)

9.    Words to Obama: For you to fix the world, you must fix Africa. For you to fix Africa, you must fix Nigeria.

10.    On Corruption he is remembered for saying: Corruption is not the cause of all the problems confronting Africa. (This is a reversal of his earlier statement to Christian Amanpour at the beginning of his tenure, that corruption and power are two of Nigeria’s top problems.)

11.    On theft of Nigeria’s crude oil: Stolen crude is refined abroad, not in Nigeria so abroad is to blame for the theft of our oil.
12.    On winning elections: 16 > 19

13.    Internationally: For missing his speaking slot in May 2013 at the AU 50th anniversary occasion in Ethiopia.

14.    Internationally 2: For again not missing the investment summit meeting in UK, November 2013, where he allegedly checked in to the hospital for “hang-over.”

15.    @ World Bank: Nigeria does not have 100 million destitute—Presidency. But Jonathan government’s National Bureau of Statistics, NBS: Sorry sir, but we do have 100 million destitute, that’s data from our office, Sir.

16.    NNPC scams under his administration to the tune of$10.8b, $12b, $20b, $49.8b

17.    $7bn Berne declaration expose on sweet Swiss oil baron deals, labeled as the “Greatest fraud Africa has ever known.”

18.    Forgetting the EFCC and ICPC and setting up a Kangaroo panel on BMW millions robbery scam Oduahgate. The panel delivered a decision to sack her which he again forgot.

19.    For presenting a strong accusation of political assassination but failing to execute justice for murder. He said to Obasanjo: There have certainly been cases of political assassination since the advent of our Fourth Republic, but as you well know, none of them occurred under my leadership.

20.    For keeping Bamanga Tukur who publicly declared support for Boko Haram terrorists with the words, “Boko Haram is fighting for justice; Boko Haram is another name for justice” as PDP chairman and then quickly appointing him chairman of Nigerian Railway.

Others include, Private jets, Dokubo, Abuja independence bombing, Al Mustapha, the gay rapist released, Eloping with Diezani, begging three times failed NSA Gusau, keeping Facrook in office and on payroll, selling and non-selling refineries, PHCN fraud, Tokunbo ban, road-use tax, national debt and reserves, broke nation, naira depreciation, and more and more…
The Goodluck Jonathan administration which is an extension of the Obasanjo administration has a little over a year to complete its tenure.

 It is hoped that the president will in this end period try to do some bold and strong, remarkable things, especially in the line of top official impunity and corruption, and terror sponsorship, that will be remembered in positive light when Jonathan’s legacy is written and read.

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