Sunday, April 20, 2014

Correcting the misconception: An Election is Not an Excuse for Failure

There is an increasing noise coming from the camp of President Goodluck Jonathan's supporters that the terrorism and mass killings that Nigerians have been subjected to are a ploy to prevent him from contesting the 2015 presidential elections. Hence, they have conveniently forgotten that he is currently president and has the primary duty of protecting the life and property of Nigerians. It is unfortunate that the president and his supporters continue to exhibit a gross inability to govern effectively. They seem more focused on the perks of office and the great resources at their disposal and are not interested in stopping the wanton destruction of lives and property particularly in the Northeastern part of Nigeria.

A critical look at the major sources of insecurity in Nigeria indicate two major sources being Boko Haram and the conflict between Fulani herdsman and farmers in Northern Nigeria. In both instances, the parties involved have continually shown a lack of interest in politics particular the seat of President that Goodluck Jonathan is so covetous of even whilst he occupies it. Boko Haram have made it clear that they are against western institutions one of which is the presidency. The Fulani are well-known to focus almost their entire lives to their cattle, taking power from Goodluck Jonathan does not align with this objective.

Therefore, it is very dubious for the president and his supporters to seek to hide his failure as a leader to provide adequate security for Nigerians under the toga of an "evil" opposition. The president of Nigeria is also the Commander-in-Chief of its armed forces for a reason; to be able to deal decisively with all external and internal aggression. If he is failing, he should take responsibility for that failure rather than seek to divide Nigerians along partisan, tribal or religious lines.

Nigeria is bigger than any Nigerian and the country cannot and should not be plunged into anarchy because of the incompetence and failure of leadership of a single president.

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