—Politics Today: Jonathan shot himself in the foot
YBTC NEWS—The recent launch of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s book titled “My Transition Hours” has put the Otouke born leader into a gloomy look in eyes of the public.
The book of about two hundred pages has been under public scrutiny since its launch on Tuesday 13, October 2018, in Abuja.
After conceding defeat in the 2015 general elections, former President Jonathan released the book in an attempt to reveal to the public what led him to easily accept defeat even before the official announcement of the election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Undoubtedly, Jonathan’s unprecedented historic call to congratulate his opponent, President Muhammadu Buhari on the 31 March, 2015 has a high place in Africa’s democratic history. In fact, former President Jonathan received commendation across the world for the statesmanship he had shown by wholeheartedly accepting defeat. Even his then opponent, President Buhari till date still refers to Jonathan as a true democrat.
But, in the turning point, the content of the book seems unfavourable for his political image. Inspite his voluntary acceptance of defeat, Jonathan, in his book categorically criticized some people and groups, alleging that they are behind his failure in the 2015 general elections.
For instance, in the first chapter of the book, Jonathan openly accused Kashim Shettima, Governor of Borno state of having a hand in the abduction of the more than 200 Chibok school girls. The former President accused Governor Shettima of promising WAEC on the security of the girls. Mr. Jonathan alleged that why would a state governor be interested in the SSCE exams of a single school?
Moving forward, Mr. Jonathan backed up those non-performing governors on security in a statement that “the Nigerian governor is only a chief security officer in name only. It is one of the ironies of a country being worked to fail, as power gets more consideration than success”. This unfiltered statement made me wonder if the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El Rufai waited for Federal orders before he embarked on restoring peace in recent clashes in Kaduna state.
Furthermore, in his book, the former President accused Professor Attahiru Jega, former INEC chairman who chaired the 2015 elections of conspiring against him during the 2015 elections. On a rationale sense, the former president shouldn’t have come out openly and made such a statement. Mr. Jonathan noted that the INEC had been able to achieve near 100% distribution of permanent Voters card in the North, including the North East which was under siege with Boko Haram insurgency. He attested that the INEC could not record a similar distribution of PVCs in the South which was relatively peaceful.
However, if not for some reasons adjudging president Jonathan’s reasoning, why didn’t he raise this issue then? Why is he shouting now? Again, if President Jonathan knew about this ‘uneven’ distribution of PVCs in the country why didn’t he raise alarm? Could it be that he is having another plan of action? Or is it that he never expected the North East with large chunks of votes in Borno state to come out in mass to vote the way they did?
On the accusations on Jega, President Jonathan should have a rethink and not be clouded with sentiments over his precious eyes. The same Jega conducted the 2011 general elections where Mr. Jonathan emerged victorious. So, how come Mr. Jonathan is touting now that Jega conspired against him?
Similarly, it should be noted that Jonathan did not only accuse some Nigerians for sabotage but also, the Western countries where he specifically mentioned leaders like Barrack Obama, former United States President. Well, Mr. Jonathan should note that, it was Nigerians that voted not Barrack Obama or the Western world. He can go ahead and settle his scores with them
No matter what, former President, a graduate of Zoology deserves an accolade in Nigeria’s democratic nomenclature. The former president who came from the creeks of Bayelsa should have remained resolute and enjoyed the most democratic trait possessed by only him among Nigeria’s passed leaders. No doubt, Jonathan is a democratic hero.
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