Nigeria: A Nation Of Goodluck

By Gimba Kakanda

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan may be a good private citizen. I think I have seen his types. But “good” and “luck” are not enough to lead a country, especially one that reeks of ethno-religious and regional monstrosities.

GEJ appears like one of those unfamiliar countrymen you can corner at a bar to enjoy an innocent chat around life, politics and, perhaps, zoology. I see him as that person chosen as deputy by his former bosses or political kingmakers in considerations of his subservience – which is actually written, and ever deceptively worn, on his face. Goodluck is a child of “providence”, one of those whose history could excite the largely religious Nigerians. But, he’s practically unprepared for what “providence” has taken to him. He is like me and you, ordinary citizens who have no definable ideology on the way to lead anything beyond the size of our families. A Goodluck is accurately a man who happens to be in the right place at the right time. A Goodluck is an opportunist, a political opportunist. Goodlucks have found themselves on our corridors of power ever since we embarked on this misadventure through Independence. Goodlucks were not forced on us by God, they are miscalculated variables from sentimental permutations of political opportunisms.   
   
And so expecting a miracle from an opportunist who found himself in power through sentiments and the customary corruptions is an absolute misuse of our senses. The trouble with opportunists is not only because they are unprepared, but because they lack what I’d call the constitutional ruthlessness to stand by their ideologies, and the honesty to implement a popular policy which may not favour the parasitic elite around them. GEJ couldn’t be principally honest because he was almost planted there. When you elect a man who has no professed policies, be ready for the confusion and cluelessness being experienced in Nigeria today. An unprepared leader only needs a week of pillow talks with his wife and executive meetings with sycophantic aides to acquire the special abilities to befriend corrupt public officers, disregard the plights of the masses and perpetuate a reign of failed promises. It is not the years spent in politics that grounded a politician’s ideas, it is the genuineness of his intentions. The world had seen how Nelson Mandela, a man with no past in political administrations, came to power and calmed a raging South Africa. Only a patriot with professed policies can save a nation, but where are ours?     

The Nigerian patriots are hypocrites lost in the wind of public intellections and social crusades. Our hypocrisy breeds the Goodlucks misusing our resources today. GEJ, like his predecessor the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, is a tragedy that happens in a country where politics is seen merely as a game of the crooks, and the loud-mouthed advocates of change scamper on being challenged to show us their leadership qualities. There are two categories of followers among the Nigerian Goodlucks: the Informed and the Gullible. Membership of both categories comprised the good and the bad clamouring for change, without necessarily following the code of pragmatic effects. The Informed Followers category comprised the intellectuals who propound political theories and analyse the system, and the change advocates who are largely the social crusaders, members of civil societies, and the apolitical bourgeoisie who engage government policies to demand for a fair and transparent administration. The Gullible Followers, on the other hand, are the politically naïve masses who rely on the elite and are ever influenced by these moneyed citizens to take a side. They are gullible, and dangerous!

While the informed followers are responsible for the institutional collapse of Nigeria and the emergences of Goodlucks, we’re in this political mess also because of the gullibility of the larger masses who are easily played by politicians, who have no sense of their rights at all, who think that their representatives are actually being philanthropic. Their sins are almost as unforgivable as those of the informed followers who wear garbs of self-righteousness in their academia, air-conditioned offices and under their “lead-us-well” placards, reviewing governments after governments and protesting policies. These citizens deliberately keep themselves away from participation in politics and political appointments because it’s a den of the crooks. To the intellectuals, the country is simply an ideological laboratory to test their political theories and build a library of polemics, and the activists form synergies with donor organisations in their dramatised campaigns for good leadership. Despite the fact that previously apolitical Goodlucks, like the Reuben Abatis who have shown us their indignity, betrayed their propositions for a functional Nigeria, a team of patriots with professed policies can indeed recue Nigeria.
 
And time is not on our side. This is a time for increased political scheming, a moment for the Goodlucks to come together and contribute to this challenge of nationhood. Our campaigns now should not be just to oust the leaders of this ideologically evil party that have turned every sector of Nigeria into a mess, but also to have a progressive opposition whose blueprints for Nigeria fit into our demands, and which also has principled individuals ready to work for change. Thankfully, the proposed merger of opposition political parties to form the frustrated All Progressive Party may turn Nigeria into an unofficial two-party State. The process so far is a pathway to depression; it’s clearly a chaos of the progressive pilferers and the conservative criminals. May God save us from us!

- Gimba Kakanda
Kakanda maintains a Friday column for the Abuja-based Blueprint Newspapers.
@gimbakakanda (On Twitter)

 

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b4 GEJ, Was Buhars 3 yrs, Ibb8, Obj 8yr, abacha 6yr jonah 2

@Shino u must be one of those confused APC polling booth agents at large in the North. Added to the fact that I dont think u are a Nigerian-Perhaps like Tinubu u are stateless-Papa from Togo, Mama Osun state. U refer to Pat Utomi who could not even manage Volks-during d era of Buhari? Was it not under his watch that Volks Nig limited collapsed? I begi! Adams is a paper Tiger! Yesterday I saw him as a socialist-today with his certificate forgery case in ACN, I lost interest in him-that is why he can sacks 30 teachers at a go-without thinking of their tomorrow! Acting like a military dictator in a democracy? There has been considerable improvement in the supply of light in d whole of 9ja-Most of u are just being economical with the truth because of the Ijawness in GEJ-We are using NEPA light not Gens in my village! Besides, we had Buhari rule us 4 3yrs-show us his achievements?-Shagari 4 yrs, Ibb 8 yrs Obj 8 yrs, abacha 6yrs-Yet we yearn 4 light and good roads

How can u insult gej without

How can u insult gej without first examing d achievements if any of our past leaders? Then compare then with the activities of jonah. Johan is not used to the 9ja ways of doing things-He gave u the african cup of nation after waiting in the wilderness for over 19 years! In my village, the roads are being tarred-there is NEPA light-let us der4 learn to be grateful for the small mercies God bestowed on us via Jonah-9ja is 53 yrs old-we have had over 13 heads of state-with more than 60 trillion stolen from our oil revenue-yet we cry for light , water, school and health facilities-just show us what leaders like buhari, obj, ibb, abacha, yara adua ati shagari did while in office-Jonah is starting afresh-was obj not there for over 8 yrs? ibb 8 yrs show us their achievements in the areas u mentioned-na trouble be that?

@deri PARTIAL LIGHT

Haba @deri, I don't know which part of Nigeria u reside,that u receive partial light I know u mean power supply which is constantly not supplied to anywhere that I know, always verify ur information b4 stating it as facts, sentiments apart, it is a known fact that jona has no business in aso rock, i'm not a condemner of ss @ least oshiomole, utomi, prof sagay are from there and any of them would have been a better candidate but Nigeria has always been a victim of worst set of pple been foisted on them as leaders.

Deri de foolm cant you speak

Deri de foolm cant you speak without calling north, fulani, hausa and muslims? have never seen you write anything meaningful. cant you discussed issues raised? I pity the person that thot u and ur pay master, company of DUMBOS. So IF and Only IF the past 'rulers' stole, so the next should be allowed to steal as well? The what happens after that?

@Deri u've said it all, for

@Deri u've said it all, for decades the north has been running the government of this country and till now the northern region is leat developed in the country. Instead of the northern youth to ask their elders(leaders) questions they are pointing fingers at GEJ who's only been there 2yrs. This writer is only displaying his ignorance and silly sentiments....even if anyother person but GEJ is in power bt not a northerner the same things will be said. Its stupid to attribute Boko haram to GEJ, that's clearly a monter northern elders created. I know Amodu Sheriff and BH go hand in glove.

Crooks have their place

If you need to break into a safe ( Aso Rock, that is) to possess it, what you need are the "progressive pilferers and the conservative criminals" and not saints who cannot tell the handle from a lock of the safe. Were it not for the "crook" Tinubu, there wouldn't be any credible opposition and for that matter the resulgent ACN to talk of today.

Buhari 3yrs, IBB 8, Abacha 6, OBJ 8yrs-jonah only 2yrs-haba mala

This same old yeye phrase (good ati luck are not good enough for the polity) is now sounding like a broken record. You are up and you are happy once d Fulani North is in power. You are down and you are sad because boko haram ati APC are not in power? All ups and downs help you to find a balance in your being. This is what life is all about. Once u accept Jonah as presido, no more ups and downs, but bliss and joy and silence and gratitude to the God that made it possible for Jonathan to became president of 9ja. We have gone past these APC or Arewa forum sponsored pepper soup articles. U never allowed our regional thoughts to give him d chance to excel. All those who are with him hail from the 6 zones of 9ja. If a political toddler like GEJ can make our rail systems work-give us partial light allow gas to flow, where OBJ could not. In spite of the 17b he stole-refineries maintained-without the help of Obj who gave Emeka Offor over $300b for TAM-u clap 4 Jonah not smear him!

@Kakanda who has been stealing d oil wealth of d SS since 1958

This same old yeye phrase (good ati luck are not good enough for the polity) is now sounding like a broken record. You are up and you are happy once d Fulani North is in power. You are down and you are sad because boko haram ati APC are not in power? All ups and downs help you to find a balance in your being. This is what life is all about. Once u accept Jonah as presido, no more ups and downs, but bliss and joy and silence and gratitude to the God that made it possible for Jonathan to became president of 9ja. We have gone past these APC or Arewa forum sponsored pepper soup articles. U never allowed our regional thoughts to give him d chance to excel. All those who are with him hail from the 6 zones of 9ja. If a political toddler like GEJ can make our rail systems work-give us partial light allow gas to flow, where OBJ could not. In spite of the 17b he stole-refineries maintained-without the help of Obj who gave Emeka Offor over $300b for TAM-u clap 4 Jonah not smear him!

PDP: FROM PARTY TO PRETENCE !

Now nobody can be deceived except those wished to be owing to the fact that PDP is now a pretence but not a reality. The speakers at the NEC meeting said the party was united but it wasn't. God knows this man knows it. Therefore, the end has come for sure whether it is believed or not. No victory in disunity and no unity by force. Nigerians have seen the true colour of PDP. The party was not established on the thresholds of democracy and justice. No democracy in PDP they're only accusing military for nothing.