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A Doctor, His Dame, And Their Dog By Sonala Olumhense

A Doctor, His Dame, And Their Dog By Sonala Olumhense

Posted: August 12, 2012 – 05:17
Columnist:

Sonala Olumhense

If you have yet to read the New York Times story of Nigeria’s remarkable basketball team to the London Olympics, it is available online.

Before I comment on it, here is a question: to whom, exactly, is President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria accountable?

His answer last week, as he vigorously tried to dismiss the demand of Boko Haram for him to resign, was predictable: the Nigerian people, he said.

“The President will never resign,” spokesman Reuben Abati said, conferring loud credibility to the demand.  “He has the mandate of Nigerians to serve his father land and nobody should imagine that he will succumb

to blackmail.”
With due respect to the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that was not really an answer to the question.

Actually, Mr. Jonathan did not need to answer the question: in reality, Boko Haram is no more than a ghost barking in the dark.  But Mr. Jonathan’s spokesman went on and on about the source of his power.

The truth is that Mr. Jonathan’s response was not meant for Boko Haram at all: it was aimed at the various interests across the country, some of which voted for him last year, and including the suddenly restive House of Representatives, who have reached the conclusion either that Mr. Jonathan has betrayed them, or that he is incapable of the job of president, or both.

It was to them all that Mr. Jonathan felt he should provide a “strong” statement that he is not going anywhere because he is legitimate.

Perhaps he is not going anywhere, but neither incompetence nor betrayal is justifiable or legitimate.
Legitimacy, in a democracy, does not simply emanate from the electorate; it also means that the elected person is accountable to those who elected him.  The conundrum before us is that even if Mr. Jonathan’s election last April cannot be questioned, his performance, and therefore accountability, is.

To whom is Mr. Jonathan accountable?

There seem to be only two authorities: his wife, who goes by the incongruous title of Dame; and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

As a writer, I have been threatened in the past by Mrs. Jonathan for my articles on her corruption troubles with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).  But as I have said, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu—who chaired the commission at the time, twice accused Mrs. Jonathan of money-laundering; who filed court cases against Mrs. Jonathan before he was removed from office—has not provided the official report of the investigation the EFCC undertook which would permit the intelligent conclusion that justice was done when he unilaterally exonerated her upon his return to Nigeria.

In a civilized society, that is how things are done, and that is what provides the credibility to processes and persons that Mr. Ribadu, through Mrs. Jonathan, has now denied himself.

In any event, nobody has told the people who provided Mr. Jonathan with the votes with which he now beats his chest exactly what happened to the funds Mrs. Jonathan was separated from exactly six years ago: Thirteen thousand, five hundred US dollars; and one hundred and four thousand Naira.

Standing on Ribadu’s chest, however, Mrs. Jonathan is now rewriting Nigerian law and practice.  Not only has she has taken up a Permanent Secretaryship in Bayelsa State that she has no intention of serving in practice, she is arguing that the Nigerian constitution must provide officially for a First Lady as it does the chief executive to whom she is married.

Mr. Jonathan has not contradicted her.  He cannot, because he has already made it clear his loyalty is neither to the constitution to which he swore nor to the practical dictates of his office.  It is to his self-interest.

That was why, weeks ago, he said something no truly-elected president would ever say about his office: that he does not “give a damn” about publicly declaring his assets.

It is only that self-interest that could have made the president of a country agree to the embarrassment of having his wife become a civil servant in a State, especially in a job that would require her routine daily attention and supervision of policy implementation and workers.
Mr. Jonathan does not give a damn.
The other authority to which Mr. Jonathan accounts is his party, the PDP.

To be fair to Mr. Jonathan, the PDP had accounted for Nigeria’s collapse before he was put in charge of the government.  In his hands, however, that collapse has been confirmed.  Insecurity is so bad that not only is Mr. Jonathan refusing to visit large chunks of the country, the United States last week sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to assure him of its support as long as he is willing to embark on true reform.

True reform?

In Jonathanville, that is a contradiction in terms.  His years in office as Acting President, replacement President and President have been marked, sadly, by the retrogression best summarized by don’t-give-a-damn.

Jonathan abandoned his electoral promises even before he took office on May 29, 2011: He has never referred to them let alone demonstrated any interest in pursuing them; has never implemented any of the reports submitted by panels he set up; has never done anything to show he wants to fight corruption; has never shown consistency to any identifiable public principle.

If anything, the contradictions are mounting: in January, following the anti-subsidy protests, he said he would reduce the size and cost of government.  Regrettably, not only has he failed to keep that pledge, his government has grown larger in size and expense since then, while shrinking in commitment to the public good.

Last month, after his wife went weeping to him about the unwillingness or failure of the presidency’s media machinery to defend her against allegations of illegal and excessive spending, Mr. Jonathan dug up. Doyin Okupe, who last served in a similar capacity for President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, to return to Aso Rock, presumably to protect Mrs. Jonathan.

Mr. Okupe’s appointment came only a couple of weeks after the PDP was crushed in a gubernatorial election in Edo State, an election in which the party’s biggest guns, including Mr. Jonathan, campaigned feverishly in the State.  The party’s candidate won one vote for every five gained by the winner the opposing party’s incumbent, who, voters said, had demonstrated commitment and action.

Mr. Okupe’s return to Aso Rock also came weeks before Nigeria went to the Olympics and returned with its worst performance since 1960.

Which brings me back to the New York Times article on Nigeria’s remarkable basketball team, D’Tigers.  At the London Olympics, the squad lost to the American team by 83 points, a Games record.
They form part of Team Nigeria, which had a dismal performance at the Games, and about which there has been a lot of snickering.

Not from me.  I am a strong supporter of Team Nigeria and D’Tigers.  The problem always has been with our administration, in politics as in sports.

Bolaji Abdullahi, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, has responded to our embarrassment the way every Nigerian government does: pledging early preparation for the next competition.  While some countries are talking about how they did it, we are talking about how it will be done.  It is our story every four years.

In 2015, some countries will be celebrating how they achieved significant Millennium Development Goals, a process Nigeria endorsed in 2000, but has failed to implement.  Nigeria, if it is not in fragments, will be talking about how it can be done.

That is what happens when emotion, not reason, leads national issues, and every four years, at the Olympics and at our elections—to choose but two examples, we stand before the mirror and look at ourselves.

This is the question Nigerians must ask about themselves. Nigeria’s atrocious leadership is now perfected in the Jonathans, and her followership cannot blame them.

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Lets wake up! Let our conscience and renewed hearts turn against corruption. corruption in our churches, in the mosques, in schools and in our communities! Let our faith stir us unto righteousness and integrity!

A New Nigeria

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“Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” – George Washington

A country of over 160 million people; Nigeria is made up of two religions chiefly: Christianity and Islam. Given the high moral values, the ethics, the principles, the character conducts exemplified in both; one may perfectly conclude that Nigeria will be an ideal example of good governance, of fairness, of justice, of high moral behavior, of low crime, etc. WRONG!

Take for instance councillors, Chairman, Governors, Ministers, heads of parastatals, MDAs, PAs, SSAs, Lawmakers, etc all belong to either of both religions (where they are not atheists!) How then do we have consistent indiscipline, flagrant abuse of power and ineffective leadership as consistent attributes to these leadership positions! Intolerance, Societal dysfunction, Crime escalation (some sponsored by these heads as thugs) and unprecedented corruption are amongst the shameful display we see all around…

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LIE CLOCKS – A JOKE (Anonymous)

When Stella got to heaven, as she stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, she saw a huge wall of clocks behind her. She asked, “What are all those clocks for?” St Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move.”

“Oh,” said Stella, “whose clock is that?” “That’s Bishop Ajayi Crowther’s. The hands have never moved, indicating that he never told a lie.” “Incredible,” said Stella.
“And whose is that one?” St Peter
responded, “That’s Nnamdi Azikwe’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Zik told only two lies in his entire life.”
“Where’s my husband Obj’s clock?” asked Stella. “Obj’s clock is in Jesus’ office. He’s using it as a ceiling fan, its rotating at a very high speed.

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Fantastic!

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Legend has it that while the two were studying law in Yale, Hilary saw Bill at a bar drinking away his sorrows after being dumped by another woman. He had the good looks, charm, gift of garb, and a way with women. She struck up a conversation with him and the rest is history.

Sadly, after all my research, I have been unable to come up with the true story of how Jonathan met Patience. (Maybe someone can help us with that story in the comments section.)

Both women spent time teaching in the class room before their husbands became governors in Bayelsa and Arkansas States respectively. Although their lives are widely discussed on newspapers and television shows, this is an attempt to go beneath the surface and look closely at the women behind the names. Ladies and gentlemen, the dramatic rise of Hilary Rodham Clinton, the 67th United States Secretary…

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FAROUK GATE: FUEL SUBSIDY PALAVER

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Two days ago, I had written about LAWAN & THE CABAL, a piece asking LAWAN to come clean and clear his name given the bribery smear with Mr. Otedola. I had asked him to stand on the mountain tops and declare with blaring trumpets his stance. Earlier That day, Hon. Farouk Lawan had not only evaded but somehow avoided Omojuwa and I doing a live recording of what could have been an evidence-based report of his then ‘denying’ account. That same day, a rebuttal from his person had come out in public disclaiming the allegation from Femi Otedola. As we all know, the song now is different. Farouk indeed collected the money. I am saddened to have read new reports this morning saying he collected it to trap Otedola. Such foolery!

The situation room is clear. The message is loud. The details murky. The situation grim. One thing is certain:…

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