Goodluck Jonathan And his Government that talks too much
By: Onyeka ‘Kerous’ Ibeanusi
October 1st, 2014
Nigeria has been in the spotlight every now and then recently, either
going through serious scrutiny from foreign media houses or under severe
attack by dissatisfied citizens.
Never has Nigeria found herself in such a precarious position since the
1967-1970 civil war. Today, Nigerians live in fear as a result of the
growing security challenges. As much as many of us will try to keep
hopes alive, we sometimes wonder if the Nigerian ship is sailing towards
a Bermuda Triangle.
The average Nigerian knows that the fear of the 2015 general elections
is not just the beginning of wisdom but the whole of wisdom in itself.
No thanks to the consistent vituperations of the political powers in
this country threatening fire and brimstone.
Many consider the President Jonathan's administration as one of the
worse in recent democratic dispensations. Some wouldn't even spare it a
bit of puffery. In their judgement, to score him is to rate him a total
failure. Although, not knowing if they would have fared better in his
stead, I still will not blame them. After all, this administration has
done nothing other than lie needlessly again and again to the people.
Knowing that a Nigerian politician cannot be totally trusted, this
administration has gone a bit further by saying one thing today and
coming out to deny that same statement the very next day. In fact, a new
record was broken recently on the #chibok girls issues.
One would think that for a job at that high pedestal, only the best of
hands will ever make a date(interview) to be recruited but alas, the
opposite is the case. The likes of Doyin Okupe, Reno Omokri and Reuben
Abati in charge show that we have school boys running the PR of this
No administration has been this unsure of its actions like what we have
witnessed in recent times. The spokesperson of the Nigerian military
Major General Chris Olukolade has joined the vanguard of giving
Nigerians wrong information like in the case of the story of the
released #Chibok girls which was later denied. This administration has
been about image laundring and those in charge even after paying so much
to a foreign company, have failed to deliver giving the likes of Asari
Dokubo and Femi Fani Kayode part-time PR jobs for Aso Rock.
As GEJ focuses on his campaign for re-election though he is yet to
publicly make an open declaration, he should realize that what the
average Nigerian wants is jobs, security, constant power supply and
basic infrastructures; not some phoney statistics of how millions of
Nigerians were employed without proof, light improved and our economy
the strongest in Africa. These statistics could only fool those who
decide to live in the dark and not the Nigerians who face the everyday
harsh reality of being Nigerians.
He should tell his social media vampires to confirm every bit of
information before running to twitter and Facebook. For even if they
delete their earlier posts, the people will still refresh it in their
A government that says one thing today and turns around to deny it the
very next cannot be trusted. Nigerians need a credible, visionary, bold
and pragmatic leader, NOT a government that talks too much for nothing.
Onyeka ‘Kerous’ Ibeanusi is a Nigerian musician,
motivational/entertainment writer and a social commentator. He is the
founder of Hype9ja.com, a contributor to Businessday and
Deltaforteng.com. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the
University Of Benin. You can follow him on twitter @onyeckerous