“This is God who has made Goodluck Jonathan President of Nigeria,” claims Chiedozie Isaiah in his contributon to Naij.com. In the article Isaiah offers his point of view on why President Jonathan is worth being reelected come March 28, 2015.
I would like to address a few issues concerning the state of affairs in our country in the face of approaching elections.
I will also bring to light the reasons behind my greatest desire to see our President, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, continue to pilot the leadership of this nation, and why I feel that every well-meaning Nigerian owes this great land a goodwill by contributing votes in favor of Dr. GEJ.
I’m writing this piece knowing that my fellow Nigerians, exercising their right to freedom of speech, will air their differing responses in accordance with their own interpretation and understanding of this very complex and sensitive issue. I’m prepared to deal with some negative feedback.
I am not doing this to seek any attention in any form or personal gratification whatsoever. I’m simply expressing my views and convictions as a legitimate citizen, and also exercising my civic and democratic rights.
Every responsible and truthful Nigerian will agree that corruption is a stain in the garment of our country, and has been right from the beginning, even at the time our would-be President was choosing a university to attend.
I, for instance, am a fan of the late afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Everyone knows that this great intellectual was not joking when he made some hit songs addressing the issue of corrupt practices meticulously perpetrated by our then-leaders who, unfortunately, are still around today. No man at the time when Fela made those songs addressing corruption of high magnitude at the top could have predicted that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan would become a president.
I strongly discredit the notion that our President is at the root of the problem of corruption in this country. Corruption had already eaten deep into Nigeria and Africa long before Dr. Jonathan even dreamt to be our president. If Dr. Jonathan is the problem of corruption in Nigeria, what can we say about chronically corrupt state and local governments, church authorities, families and individuals? What can we say about corrupt leaders of the past?
I urge Nigerians to commend and support the present leadership of our President. He has achieved some great goals in his four-year reign that has seen stiff opposition and attacks by his detractors and enemies of goodwill. Despite all the pressure, he has managed to deliver his duties so far.
His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is passionate about fixing Nigeria while gracefully delivering his official duties. He is the only president in Nigeria so far who has a teachable spirit. This can be seen from his unparalleled humility which gullible Nigerians have mistaken to be weakness. Look at the men and women he gave national honours and awards to last year. Most of them thought they had been forgotten. An old man was placed on a lifetime salary. A traffic warder and a taxi driver received national honours. It takes only a man that has a humble spirit to orchestrate such a kind act.
God is looking for such people to use. No surprise that his rise to power was so effortles since he became the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state. Contrary to some baseless assumptions by the enemies of light, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is not weak and would never be. Lowliness in heart and a humble spirit is never a weakness.
If Jesus punished us according to our corruption level, who would stand? If President GEJ punished the “glass-house thieves” in Nigeria according to their corruption level, who would stand? Every corruption story that involves Dr. Jonathan is just a mere conspiracy and mass-brainwashing mechanism perpetrated through the media by those I call the enemies of light and goodwill.
Let us consider few core primary needs of Nigerians and see how wonderful Dr. GEJ has done so far.
Electricity, which is a primary demand in this nation, has greatly improved, especially in the area of coordination and technical implementation. This will definitely result in stable power supply. We are not there yet, but it is obvious and worthy to note that Dr. Jonathan has set the pace for stable power supply in Nigeria. He has built new power plants across the country for power generation and distribution. Our electricity generation now is standing above 4,000 megawatts, something that billions wasted by past governments in the power sector could not achieve.
After many years of past governments’ failures on fixing and giving Nigerians good roads, Dr. Jonathan has proved to be successful in this area. Lagos-Ibadan, Gombe-Potiskum, Benin-Ore, Owerri-Onitsha, Jos-Bauchi, Abuja-Lokoja are just some of the roads to prove that our President is working. The construction of the Second Niger Bridge is also ongoing, which is commendable.
Our President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has also done very well in the education sector. He has established several new federal universities and polytechnics, other schools of advanced learning for different departments. He also built several special schools for the Almajiris in the North. Our existing universities have been well-funded for rehabilitation by this government.
The Jonathan-led government has also proved to be the first government that is most loyal and accessible to the public. In Nigeria, taking our politicians to the EFCC is not the most effective antidote to corruption. How many Nigerian looters have been to EFCC before Dr. GEJ? How many were prosecuted or jailed? Dr. GEJ simply appoints the right people for the right position. This is the strategy he has been using and it is working for him.
I listen to people talk about the way our President is fighting Boko Haram. If it were that easy to fight terrorism and extremism, President Obama of the United States and other world leaders would have already crushed the Al Qaeda, the ISIS and other terror groups. Boko Haram are Nigerians. We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves. Nonetheless, I am glad that the able and mighty hand of the Lord of Host have strengthened our military. It’s glaringly obvious that we are winning the battle against Boko Haram.
What about our economy that has been rated among one of the fastest-growing economies in the world among the likes of China and Qatar? What of our agricultural sector that has tremendously progressed and seen investments during the present administration? What of our aviation sector that has been revived? We have seen many of our airports rehabilitated and facilities greatly improved. Our rail transport system is also working again.
Dr. GEJ had never requested or lobbied for this position. God himself lifted and placed him there because he rules in the affairs of men. Whoever is opposing the re-election of Dr. GEJ as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is an arch-enemy of Nigeria and her progress, and, therefore, a great enemy of God.
These are the stiff-necked fools, as sung by my late friend Bob Marley: “Stiff-necked fools, you think you are cool to deny our president of his simplicity; take Jah rain, and Jah sun, Jah moon, and Jah stars, and forever erase your fantasy.”
Dr. GEJ is on that seat for a purpose which mu
st be achieved to the benefit of Nigerians as a whole. The brainwashing mechanism of the opposition is crystal clear and must be rendered ineffective before they destroy Nigeria. Our eyes don open.
God bless PDP, Dr. GEJ, God bless Nigeria.
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