How Jonathan’s return will ensure the balance of power and national peace
Through Oumar Idris Yaqub
“If we don’t find a way to create fairness, real equity, opportunity and access, to good schools, housing, health care and well-paying jobs, we are not going to survive in as a productive and healthy society â- Tim sage
The The above maxim of notable American activist and writer, Timothy Jacob Wise, only rehashes the most remarkable aspirations of the well-meaning minds of the Nigerian elite and the masses. From the era of the fathers of an independent Nigeria to the contemporary era, a leader who portrays the true color of a nation devoid of the jerky leadership of the people in terms of tribal or religious favoritism, has apparently eluded the black nation. most populous on planet earth, excluding the stale twilight of 2011-2015.
Nigeria, as an emerging nation on the verge of being admitted into the league of the world’s developed economies, so to speak, under the chairmanship of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has been hampered inglorious on the basis of ethnicity and of bitter politics – and the biggest losers – of health workers whose careers were already flourishing in rehabilitated medical facilities with constant and lasting emoluments and other social benefits.
Also among the losers were foundation-level schoolchildren in all parts of the country, but especially in the north, where Jonathan has worked to ensure that no children wander the streets while others are in school, thus controlling the level of illiteracy, especially in this part of the country.
I need not bore the reader with the already well-known fact that President Jonathan supported his dream of inducting a sanitized, enlightened and educated society for Nigerians with the establishment of at least eight (8) schools. almajiri in every state in northern Nigeria, in around 165 schools, all of which unfortunately have been overrun with weeds and rodents since he left office in 2015.
As captured by The Guardian in its October 5, 2019 edition, titled “Jonathan’s N15b almajiri schools are rotting,” the newspaper noted that “the almajiri schools in the North for which former President Goodluck Jonathan spent a whopping N15 billion waiting for the funeral directors. That they are in ruins, to put it mildly.
The scholar scholar has never been deterred or taken into consideration which part of the country loves him the most or has given him the most votes in his quest to give the whole country a facelift. This is what he confirmed in his speech at the Peace Summit at Junior Chamber International, JCI, in Malaysia in 2018.
He noted that when he became President of Nigeria, at least 10.5 million school-aged children across the country were out of school.
âOver 80 percent of these children, the majority of whom are known as Almajiri, came from northern Nigeria, where I registered the fewest votes in the elections I participated in.
âKnowing the value of education, I could see that the deplorable situation limited the opportunities of these children and negatively affected the development of my country.
âThat is why my administration decided to build 165 integrated model Almajiri schools that combined both Western and Islamic education in its curricula,â he said.
Need I mention the farmers and job seekers who are still counting their losses today since the Jonathan administration was cut short by bitter politics? In 2012, President Jonathan launched the Dry Agriculture Program in Nigeria, which provided thousands of jobs and ensured the country’s food security. In 2015, the then president approved the release of N26 billion for this year’s dry season agriculture in the country. At the launch of the program, the former president noted that ânot only is food produced, but we are now processing food. Food production is increasing rapidly and thousands of jobs are being created for our young people.
In addition, it was under Jonathan’s administration that Nigeria made the biggest leap in urea-based fertilizer technology in Africa under his regime, with the disbursement of 120 million Naira to 27 young farmers in Africa. country.
From 2015 to date, the level of insecurity in the largest African country is reminiscent of the former president’s disposition towards a peaceful and united Nigeria populated by prosperous citizens whose lives and goods are well secured, and their well-being. not posing as a Herculean task for a leader to handle.
It was under Goodluck Jonathan that Nigerians were given almost 100% freedom to express their views on national issues and the way they were governed. Although using this complete freedom to express their feelings, many Nigerians have pushed their limits to the point of bearing crude vitupations on the President of the Federal Republic, the only South-South man to ever occupy the exalted seat. of the presidency, without receiving any form of brutality from the security agencies, the assistants of the commander-in-chief were also not ordered to deploy verbal abuse against opposing voices. “I am the most abused and insulted president in the world, but when I step down you will all remember me for the total ‘freedom’ you have enjoyed under me,” Dr Jonathan had said in a quote. he had made it on Facebook in 2014, and today, indeed, Nigerians remember it.
Ahead of his election campaigns for the second term in Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, in 2014, the former president showed avowed love for the lives of Nigerians when he said on his wall Facebook: âI have said it before and I will continue to say and live that my ambition, and indeed anyone’s ambition, is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. Therefore, I urge all Nigerians to look to the future with hope as we fulfill the dreams of our founding fathers to âbuild a nation where there is peace and justiceâ. In this regard, we must make the election of February 14, 2015, a struggle between brothers rather than a struggle between enemies. In my political life, I have never been animated by the love of power. On the contrary, I got to where I am today thanks to the power of love which is the power that has fueled the unity that has seen Nigeria become the largest economy in Africaâ¦ â
From the above, it is therefore undeniable that the burgeoning security challenges of hydra-headed Nigeria today have eclipsed the excruciating economic heat that citizens face today, ranging from unfavorable economic policies to the government in place; the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, the uncontrolled declining valuation of the national currency, the naira, the rising debt profile, etc. with the central government appearing helpless from all angles.
In the midst of these, citizens today place peace above all priorities for their survival, and in the fulfillment of their desire, they long for a leader whose value for human life and dignity occupies the greatest space in its aspiration.
For justice and fairness, every segment of the country must be made to believe and accept that it is for decision-making and the sharing of wealth. The Niger Delta region, which remains Nigeria’s economic thread, thanks to its large oil deposits, home to 70 percent of the country’s foreign revenue, remained the only part of that nation to yet feature a head of state. for Nigeria, until Jonathan, the first person to be elected president of the region, but a short-lived administration.
Although there is no constitutional clause that keeps the presidency rotating, but some notable figures from frontline political parties like the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have alludes to several oral forums, or what is best described as gentleman’s agreement to rotate their presidential tickets between north and south.
If such an unspoken principle of rotating the presidency exists, as has been confirmed to many should be offered another four-year chance at the seat of power.
As well as ensuring that no part of the country feels left out of the blueprint, giving the oil-rich region another four-year chance will pose itself as a real strategy to keep the already existing peace and maintain a lasting calm among young people in the Niger Delta which had been stirred over blatant injustice was based on government neglect, exploitation by multinational oil companies and environmental degradation in the region.
Therefore, to avoid political inconsistencies in pursuing this calming cause, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan deserves a return.