By Aonduna Tondu
It is tragic that under the PDP-led government of Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria is a more divisive and run-down place than at any other time in its history. It is doubly tragic that much of the insecurity, destabilization and escalating pauperisation of the people is happening because of deliberate, impeachable acts of impunity, maladministration and corruption on the part of an uninspiring and visionless government.
As the nation continues to groan under the tragedy of criminal misrule, especially at the centre, and its cortege of calamities like kidnappings, robberies, communal crises, the Stone Age Boko Haram insurgency and tribal or sectional outfits in the MEND mould which are imbued with a xenophobic mindset, the Jonathan administration has typically chosen the path of infamy characterized by irrational and heretical posturing that has made matters worse. Nigeria is in deep trouble all because of an incompetent PDP government.
Often brusque and lacking in civility in their interactions with the populace, President Jonathan and his megaphones have a terrible habit of either rejecting with a sleight of hand cogent and useful advice from the opposition and particularly from the APC, or desperately trying to score cheap political points by futilely trying to dress their failures in ethno-religious robes. Paradoxically and alarmingly, the same Jonathan has curiously become eagerly amenable to suggestion (if not orders) from foreign governments or their representatives in the wake of the recent abductions of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terrorists, a tragic event, the aftermath of which was characteristically bungled by the president and his aides who preferred to remain nasty and inhumane by diddling and playing petty politics with the fate of the young female victims.
The president’s alter ego, Dame Patience, even treated us to a bizarre pantomime of cruel, sacrilegious humour when she flatly denied that any girls had been abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok while at the same time invoking God’s name as caution to those she thought were after mischief to discredit her husband and his precious regime. Sadly, this is how Jonathan has mishandled the entire Boko Haram-related quagmire. When decisive action was needed like the taking of measured administrative measures that included the deployment of an overwhelming force of dissuasion in order to neutralize the apparently menacing sect before it became the dreaded terrorist contagion that it is now, the president and his government dithered, retreating into whiningly recriminatory finger-pointing.
As their woeful failures and contradictions keep exploding in their faces, it is obvious that the president and his associates are becoming more panicky ahead of 2015. They are indeed more vulnerable, too. That vulnerability may be exposing Jonathan and his regime to more undue and unhelpful pressures from foreign governments and their leaders whose various offers of assistance, whether against the Boko Haram terrorist machine or in other areas of national concern, may go against the strategic or other interests of our dear country. Vigilance is de rigueur here. We must beware Greek gifts (or Trojan horses, depending on the angle from which one views the issue) from the Americans,, the British, the French, the Chinese and any other providers of ‘aid’.
Citizens ought to know that some of these foreign powers have always seen Nigeria as an enemy whose size, potential as well as integrationist ambition for the West African sub-region and Africa as a whole are perceived as inimical to the economic and strategic interests of these foreign hegemonies. Importantly also, we must reject any interference in our internal politics. Any attempt to prop up the unpopular Jonathan and his PDP tyranny will be repudiated by the citizenry. That brings us to the ultimate question: Are we the Nigerian people more sober now in our collective quest to save our country? Are we wiser today not to fall for the silly and illiterate skulduggery by an under-achieving, reckless PDP and its clueless and sleazy owners who have ruined the country for 15 years now and are desperate to hang on to irresponsible power by wickedly and senselessly trying to promote ethno-religious division ?
Jonathan and his PDP can wallow in their hedonism and other vain pursuits, if that is their cup of tea, but we show that we are not substantially different from them if we condone what they do, are complacent regarding their criminal misrule which has brought us to this sorry pass and especially do nothing to redeem a badly battered Nigeria that is now a virtually failed state, chiefly due to the PDP mafia and its current boss.
Aonduna Tondu via firstname.lastname@example.org.