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Jonathan: The Mid-Term Scorecard...

His rise to the number one position in the land might have been eased by a sleight of good luck, but two years after in the seat of power, the president 'once without shoes,' must have learned that good luck alone does not translate to success and steady progress. Not only is the burden of the office taking it's toll on him, president Jonathan must have now learned of the pandora's box, that is leadership. Faced by the peculiar plague that is Boko Haram, his two years presidency have come to be defined by his reactive approach to the menace. It is true that his presidency is unfortunate to be the first in our turf to wrestle with such evil, but leadership is not a call for pity party. It requires proactiveness, decisiveness and effectiveness; features that have been in short supply in this current administration. On occasions too numerous to rehash, the Jonathan presidency have lacked the will and efficiency to pursue their policies to completion. The change of the Pow…

Desperate Times For President Jonathan...

It is a government that is least known for it's proactive nature, and many of us have come to endure it's mediocrity, with a fading optimism that 2015 will finally usher in the watershed. In an obvious show of brevity, albeit belated, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a State of Emergency in the volatile states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa. It cannot be a mere oversight that Kano was missing from that list, but one can spare the presidency the blemish, after all, he is acting on information afforded him by his security experts. It is no gainsaying that this current display of stern by the current government should have come much earlier. Perhaps, the carnage will have been curtailed. However, it is better late than never. This current development makes a crass mockery of the entire amnesty program that is proving to be a voyage in futility. Suffice it to say, it will be sheer fool hardiness for anyone to view Jonathan's declaration as being politically motivated. Desperat…

The Politics Of Witch-Hunting: Lessons For Amaechi

Except you are too gullible and prone to believe that the unhealthy relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi is only a war of attrition, there is certainly more to the rift. First, is the tussle for power. The pair wields enormous influence in their respective quarters, but it is the persistent actions of the president to prove a political point to a man who he perceives to be too unruly at best, and a threat at least. This is not an attempt to analyze all the protracted issues enmeshed in the plot, for we may never know exactly when things began to fall apart between the pair. However, this is an attempt to make Amaechi know that in such a war between the little guy and the echelon of power, history suggest that the latter almost always have the last laugh. Make no mistake about it, Amaechi's brevity and penchant to take a swipe at the excesses of the powers that be, must be admired. It was obvious that the creation of the PDP Gov…