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Obasanjo wants you to forget that Goodluck Jonathan was his gift to Nigeria

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Olusegun Obasanjo, president of Nigeria, Brasília, 6 September 2005. Photographer: José Cruz/ABr. Deutsch: Nigerias Präsident Olusegun Obasanjo am 6. September 2005 in Brasília. Foto: José Cruz/ABr. Português: Brasília - Presidente da Nigéria, Olusegun Obasanjo fala durante almoço em sua homenagem, no Itamaraty. Foto: José Cruz/ABr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]

Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria’s best loved president ever and a super successful anti-corruption crusader. You can’t argue with the facts! Since May 2011 President Jonathan has presided over an immensely successful period of Nigeria’s history that has seen us named by the Economist’s Economic Intelligence Unit as the worst place on earth to be born and declared by KPMG as the fraud capital of Africa. No one is more responsible for Jonathan’s unparalleled ‘successes’ than his political sugar daddy Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo is a farmer and far too humble to take the credit for Jonathan’s success. He really should be a little less humble though.

Jonathan was 18 months into a rather unexpected and unremarkable stint as Governor of Bayelsa State when he was hand-picked by Obasanjo to run as the Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2007 general election. Until then Jonathan had achieved remarkably little of note in his political career, by which I mean he had achieved precisely nothing. Goodluck Jonathan had been an unheralded and unknown Deputy Governor under Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the kleptomaniac former governor who infamously fled prosecution in the UK disguised as an improbably unattractive woman.

An old copy of a pre-presidency Jonathan’s resume is floating around on the popular internet forum www.nairaland.com. It’s likely accurate and tallies with publicly available, non-hagiographical biographies of the President:

Now, 5 years after facilitating the improbably spectacular rise of an unprepared, poorly qualified Deputy Governor of a backwater state (no offence to Bayelsans) to Nigeria’s highest office, Obasanjo has not only fallen out with his protégé he’s now reportedly  moving to restrict Jonathan’s disastrous residency of the Aso Villa to a single term. Yes, after rigging a dying man into the presidency, creating a constitutional crisis that almost brought the nation to its knees and then introducing Nigeria to the twin virtues of good luck and patience, Olusegun Obasanjo is not quite finished with his unsolicited contributions to Nigerian politics. Wonderful.

Deepak Chopra weighs in on the election

On Imported Blog

Deepak deconstructs the political candidates, and tells us what our choice of leadership tells us about our own internal psychology. It is pretty interesting, as he describes the part of us that wants to grow and be responsible, and take our place in the world, and the part of us that just doesn't

"Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper."

DUN! DUN! DUN!

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