Opinion: Ekiti 2014: Jonathan Is The Greatest Threat to Democratic Governance By Jide Ogunro

President Goodluck Jonathan may yet be the greatest threat to democratic governance in Nigeria. His subtle but obvious desperation to return to office in 2015 shows clearly that he is willing to do anything, even if it means disintegrating Nigeria.

Political re-alignment in the country which mostly is not in his favour, as well as the failure of his administration to turn around the fortunes of Nigerians or make any meaningful impact other than churning out vain high-sounding but meaningless economic statistics which have achieved nothing else but compound the economic and the psychological woes of Nigerians, are the writing on the wall which screams “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN” translated “God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:25–28).

Aware of the impending electoral doom in 2015, Jonathan is frenetically criss crossing the country on illegal presidential campaign rallies which clearly is in contravention of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended on when campaign rallies should commence. He has also turned himself to a lot of things in order to redeem his badly battered image, one of which is junketing up and down the country, especially the Southwest, in solidarity with religious and traditional rulers.

He was in Lagos to see Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos. He was in Ile-Ife to see Onirisa, Oba Sijuwade. He took it a notch higher in Oyo Alaafin where, like Ayo Fayose, his prodigy in Ekiti State, he turned the Drummer Boy, or should I say “the Drummer President. The latest is his visit to the Olubadan, Oba Samuel Ogundipe, on his centenary birthday on Tuesday, a day after close to a hundred Nigerians lost their lives in the Yanyan bomb attack.

While leaders like House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and a non-Nigerian like the British High Commissioner to Nigeria were donating blood to the surviving victims of the attack, Mr. President was in Kano campaigning illegally and later Ibadan, where, decked in buba and soro, he was singing “How old are you now…?” to the Olubadan in Ibadan. While there was nothing wrong in felicitating with a revered Oba like the Olubadan, a responsible president would still have been sober (including staying off the spirits) till now in honour of the Yanya bomb attack victims and their relations.

When ambition turns into desperation, there is hardly nothing some people, especially those in the PDP, cannot do. This is why chronicling the actions, utterances and body language of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the run-up to 2015 elections has and will still show a clear lack of good reasoning seeped deeply in the disregard for the welfare and well-being of Nigerians.

It doesn’t matter to him if his Police Affairs Minister has a murder suspicion hanging on him, same way he is not bothered whether a rogue like Omisore is flying his party’s flag in Osun State or not. He also does not “give a damn” if his Minister of State for Defence turned to electoral robber in Ondo State or not. As far as Mr. President is concerned, these are his lieutenants whom he is positioning to help him rig in the Southwest in 2015.

So, putting issues and developments in proper perspective, the emergence of Ayodele Fayose and Iyiola Omisore as PDP flag-bearers in Ekiti and Osun states respectively is not about the president’s love for his party or the duo. It is also not about his love for the people of the two states. In fact, it is more about his hatred for the people whom he so eagerly criminally desires to “capture” in the 2015 presidential poll. So, he scouted for the two individuals who are more criminal than the rest to help “capture” the two states in 2015.

Jonathan’s vice, Sambo, alluded to this fact when he said on Wednesday that they were going to the “war-front” in Ekiti and Osun States. What the president and his lackeys forget is that Ekiti is different and no one dictates to us. He should spend more time riffling through history books. Maybe, just maybe, he would realize that Ekiti may be the greatest albatross of his presidency and the trigger that would fire the last shot on Nigeria’s fragile almost torn state.

The president should also know that should Nigeria crumble, he would not be a beneficiary but a victim of the trouble he sought like an overfed man not satisfied with his protruded belly, but looking for someone who would help burst the overfed corruption-belaboured belly.

Developments in Ekiti have shown us that they are waging war against the people of Ekiti State. Jonathan’s kinsman, Selenkere Michael, an Ijaw man from Bayelsa State, who is the OC Mopol in the state was said to have clearly told some illegally arrested members of APC that he was on assignment in our state and that whoever disturbs Fayose is tantamount to disturbing President Goodluck Jonathan. Selenkere also said he has orders from above to shoot anyone. Ably backed by the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Selenkere Michael seems to have activated his “killing order”. 

It is not too late for the president to call his agents of death in Ekiti to order. The people’s might is far greater than federal might. Ekiti people have God on their side and fighting them is like fighting God. I am sure President Jonathan is a Christian and he sure must know what it means to fight God.


Jide Ogunro writes from Ikere, Ekiti State.

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