Apart from being slow and rather ineffective, it has come to light that our President is a great lover of music. When I say music, I mean that produced by the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce.
If this story stopped here, it would have been acceptable and maybe even endearing. Unfortunately, there is more to this phenomenal love of music.
It has been confirmed that Goodluck Jonathan loves music so much, that he even loves it more than doing his job. The man loved music much much more than helping the poor, starving and helpless people he was elected to govern during his tenure as Bayelsa state governor. How do we know this? Well, thanks to the genius that is Sahara Reporters, we now know that in 2006 our beloved President (who was then the governor of Bayelsa State) allocated N150 million out of the state's poverty alleviation fund to sponsor a ThisDay concert which featured Jay-Z and Beyonce as its star performers. Interesting.
Bayelsa State, though an oil producing state, is one of the poorest states in Nigeria. Yet instead of using money from a fund set up to alleviate the suffering of the people he was meant to govern, to actually alleviate their suffering, Goodluck Jonathan thought it more prudent to use this money to bring super rich international performers to Nigeria. This is a show that the poor, hungry and helpless people of Bayelsa would not be able to attend.
Fellow Nigerians, forget about seeing an end to lack of power supply or the menace that is Boko Haram. Goodluck Jonathan's antecedent shows that he is not a man that bothers with mundane issues which concern the average Nigerian. If we want Goodluck Jonathan to do his job effectively, we would need to take a leaf from Nduka Obaigbena and learn to re-package our needs. You want to build new roads and hospitals, get Lil' Wayne and Tyrese as joint project coordinators. You want to fix the electricity crisis, organise a concert headlining Taylor Swift, One Direction and Rihanna. You want to eradicate Boko Haram, host a dinner in honour of Snoop Dogg, DMX and 50 Cent. No indigenous artistes please.
Goodluck Jonathan would sooner spend the national budget on throwing lavish events, such as a N500 million thanksgiving party or on an annual feeding budget of N1.3 billion or the building of a N4 billion mission house for his wife, the newly resurrected Dame Patience Jonathan.
Don't ask "What about the poor?", ask instead "Where the party at?"
[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 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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