My Apologies, President Jonathan

Dear President Jonathan,

I’m ashamed of myself. I want to apologize for my heartless abuse of your meek and gentle self. Please accept my sincere apologies.

I did not mean any harm. If I had known that you were as fragile as an egg, I would have been massaging your tiny ego instead of throwing darts to strengthen your muscles.

Just like you, Mr. President, I want to move Nigeria forward. I want to do it in a gentleman’s way - without shedding any sweat. But I have seen that Nigeria is such a heavy load that anyone involved in that venture must be ready to perspire.

Despite the impression I must have given over the years as a professional critic, I am a thoughtful man. I know it must be hard being the president of a dysfunctional country like Nigeria. But I did not know it was this hard. And surely, you did not have the slightest idea how hard it would be when you allowed your name on the ballot.

At a non-denominational service to mark Nigeria ’s 51st Independence Day, you lashed out at me and other critics of yours. I truly deserve it. But your frustrations drew no sympathy in me.

As a member, in good standing, of the National Association of Armchair Critics (Home and Abroad), I want to respond to you.

It wasn’t my intention to be abusive. I wanted to use sweet words to present my thoughts. But it hasn’t been easy. And that is for the simple fact that the Nigerian political space that you head is so rude to me. Everyday, your people insult me. They dish out foul acts. When they speak, obnoxious words come out of their mouths. Your people exert cruelty on me and on ordinary folks like me. The vicious disregard of our feelings makes it hard for me to be loving and kind.

I do pity you, Mr. President. But I cannot sugarcoat things because I’m livid that you haven’t declared your assets yet - and this, in and of itself, is a form of abuse to me and my humanity.

Often, I hear you and your friends in high places say that you don’t mind constructive criticism. You ask that we proffer solutions when we criticize. Well, I thought by pointing out the problems we have invariably made the solution obvious. Must we spell it all out?

We say that we are outraged that 469 people in Nigeria’s National Assembly get paid over N150 million (about $1million)  each every year. That’s about $500 million in total. What does that say to you? Do you need from us a solution on that?

We say that we are mad that the Nigerian government spent $3.2 billion of our money to build Delta Steel Co that is over N480 billion without factoring in inflation. Later, the same steel company got sold to a company that is a front for Obasanjo for mere $120 million, i.e. N7.5 billion. What does that say to you? Do you need from us a solution on that?

We say that we are fuming because Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim bought NICON, valued at N50 billion for N1.05 billion. He used equity in the company to borrow N41 billion from Union Bank PLC.  What does that say to you? Do you need from us a solution on that?

We say that we are furious because Theophilus Danjuma made $4.5 billion when he sold to a Chinese corporation 45% share of a company he build around the two oil blocks Gen. Sani Abacha “dashed” him. He said that after paying taxes and taking care of all he could think of, he had $500 million left. To avoid having his children fight over too much money after he’s dead, he used $100 million to set up a Foundation. What does that say to you? Do you need from us a solution on that?

We say we are incensed that governors across Nigeria cart away hundreds of millions of naira each month as security vote. They commit crimes and hide under immunity. They leave office and live above the law. What does that say to you? Do you need from us a solution on that?

Forget about them-others. What about you? Why haven’t you declared your assets? How much do you get as security vote? Even if you are so helpless about stopping others, why can’t you live by example?

We are enraged. We feel the violence you and your people exert on us right inside our hearts. And all you want us to do is to stop abusing you. Forget you!

In your swipe at us, you essentially said that while we were busy hating you at home, world leaders were busy extolling you abroad.

“President Obama commended me,” you said, like a teenager asked out on a date by a cheerleader. Eeyaah!

Maybe I should tell you that President Obama commended me too? And I never met him. I have a letter written and signed by Obama to prove it. In the letter, Obama called me his friend. He even sends me emails every Friday. So what is the big deal?

I noticed that Obama’s commendation wasn’t all that when I discovered that it doesn’t mean a thing to my children. And frankly, I am more interested in what my children think about me than what Obama thinks about me.

Also, I saw the picture of you taking instructions from Hilary Clinton. Her pose was not that of someone commending. It was more of someone commanding. And your pose wasn’t that of a lion or a Pharaoh or an army general. Yours was that of a schoolboy taking instructions from the headmistress.

You said that you can change Nigeria without being a Nebuchadnezzar. Well, so you know, we don’t care what you are or what you want to become. All that we care about is to see the changes. No need talking. Just show us the change.

Let the critics be critics. Let you, the president, be president. That’s all that we want. You must not use us, the critics, as an excuse for your failure. And we, the critics, must not use your tears as an excuse to quit our job.

As far as I can see, nobody asked you to rule with impunity. All that you are asked is to show some audacity. If you don’t have it in you, just convince us that there is sanity in our polity. Is that too much to ask for?

You don’t have to be the King of Syria to change the lives of Nigerians.

Whatever pact you have with God, that is between you and your God. What we, the critics, think is the reason why you are there is more important than what you think is the reason why God placed you there.

Just in case you have forgotten, you are there to serve us. You said you wanted to do so. And by every means possible, you got yourself there. Now that you’re there, do what presidents are supposed to do.

Gear up and guide the nation. Don’t sit there and grumble.

God does not use grumbling men to change a society. Passionate men who pledged their honor, their fortunes and their lives grab the horn and turn their society around.

Only the dead do not have forces bent on frustrating them. A market woman has forces bent on tearing her ten kobo bag. So get over yourself. Get over the excuses. Get over the self-pity. Give us results. Inspire us. Nothing you say will make the forces against you to pull back. The more you look like a pussy, the more they push you around.

We have heard that one about ‘moving the nation forward.” We have even felt the movement. The only problem is that when we look around, outside of Abuja and your friends in high places, we notice that we are actually moving backward and not forward.

But listen, it doesn’t matter what we think. If you are sure you are moving the nation forward, by all means, don’t worry about what we say. Keep on moving. Majority of the people will notice it eventually.

You don’t want to waste your energy dealing with your enemies. You’re the president, for Christ sake. If all you see are Goliaths everywhere, you are looking at the wrong effigies.

And mind you, Mr. President, I know David - you are not David. Maybe you’re kind of confused. While you are searching for the forehead of Goliath, remember that you’re exposing your forehead too.

Maybe in your days as an intellectual, you did not have to do literature review and thesis proposal where you critic old arguments and advanced new ones. Critics have to do that on a daily basis.

If God is your pilot, I say, good luck to you. But God is not Nigeria ’s pilot. Don’t embarrass God that way. Your PDP is Nigeria ’s pilot. So the sooner you get that into your head, the better.

If you have no plans, no amount of prayers will lead you to your destination. And if you have no destination, no God can guide you there.

I don’t know about others, but I am not praying for you and all your friends who waste the resources of that country, living large in Abuja while ordinary men and women perish for nothing.

I am praying for that breadwinner who will die tomorrow night when the bus he is travelling in collides with an abandoned trailer left in the middle of Lagos-Ibadan road. I am praying for the women and children who will die in a fire tomorrow night because there is no fire truck anywhere in their local government.

I am praying for that pregnant woman who will die in labor tonight because the doctor has no tools to perform surgery. I am praying for the trader whose business will come to an end because ill-educated and unemployed youths will set his goods on fire tomorrow. I am praying for the girl who will be raped tomorrow by men who have copied the impunity of our national life, which you and your friends advertise.

Let Pastor Enoch Adeboye pray for you. Let Pastor Chris Oyakhilome mediate for you. Let Evangelist Helen Akpabio transfigure for you. Let T.B. Joshua splash you with Holy Water. Let David Oyedepo knock you into a winner. All I know is that, “vanity is vanity.” What use is a conscience that is deeply asleep?

Oh, by the way, Happy Independence Day, Mr. President. I hope you’ve received the card President Obama sent you. I’ve got mine here.

I’m your most humble subject,
Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo
 

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Rudolf is wasting his time-GEJ seems not competent.

Rudolph. Good piece and very tongue in cheek. But just to let you know that GEJ is not performing because he has no will to move Nigeria forward or that he is too corrupt. He is not performing to me because I have seen it in his body language that he simply is not competent. He doesn't have a clue. It is like a first year medical student raising his hand wanting to perform a triple bypass surgery with his eyes closed. So I still wonder why he fought and fought by means we all know of to get into this role when as Wiki leaks revealed, he doesn't have a clue on running a complex country like Nigeria. Just leave this man and let us all concentrate on 2015 as you are fighting a hopeless battle to change GEJ to work. A man can do what he can do.

a masterpiece indeed by a

a masterpiece indeed by a great man. i never knew these truths until today. God bless Nigeria

I request the permission of KS to qoute one of his submissions h

Submitted by KS (not verified) on July 21, 2011 - 12:09.
Well you Nigerians are just too hard to satisfy. First you forced GEJ to say that "he will hit the ground running". He did!! In fact I believe he fulfilled the hitting the ground part excellently well, but unfortunately fractured both legs in the process. Now Prince Chrles Dickson wants GEJ to wear some shoes he complained he never had growing up as a kid. How exactly do you want him to do that?? He has no legs to wear them! I am beginning to think that our expectations of GEJ are too high. I think first we need to take him to Igbobi in Lagos for the next 4 years fix his legs, so that he will achieve the running part of his inauguration speech. Poor GEJ!! This is what you get anytime you ask a goat to perform a task meant for a lion!!

Our president would rather be praised by american pres, shame.

What a shame our presdient would rather be praised by american president than his own subjects? No wonder all they do is pleasing their masters U.S and U.K, slave mentality. which way for nigeria, when we keep having leaders that have inferiority complex. Thank you so much for this great or should i say master piece write up, stay blessed bro.

The best analyst i've seen , thank you so much for d write up.

The lord will continue to sharpen your brain. This is a great write up. you've touched it all, all they do is making escuses asking people to pray for them like its by force to be a nigerian president.But i know that one day will be one day, gej is not gonna do anything for nigeria unless he change his mugu ways and tackle corruption head on because we ain't going nowhere without fighting corruption seriously.

MR 'DAVID-LAMB' JONATHAN

Rudolf,this piece mirrors the frustration of our people. I am not surprised in the least by the disastrous showing of this president. Watching and listening to this man over the many years various sections of the Nigerian state has suffered his imposition,I have never been in doubt of his lack of capacity and capability.Some PhD! It is too obvious to miss but in Nigeria,anything goes! PDP has no capacity to do good.Simple fact! Just watch as Mr David Mark comes next-it will happen for as long as we remain this stupid and docile. Are they not Nigerians that said they voted Jonathan and not PDP!! I beg,leave me jo!

Excellent piece

Rudolf, thank you so much for this excellent write-up. The presidents' advisers must pass this article for him to read. The picture of our president looked like he was taking instructions from Mrs H Clinton. Very pathetic. No wonder he is behaving like a nobody. The time for actions is NOW. No more excuses.

What a great piece, Rudolph!!

Like you, Rudolph, I am not going to pray also for a president who is utterly corrupt and incompetent. Mr president if you cannot stand the heat you should, for goodness sake, get out of the kitchen.

Mr president declare your assets and let the world know how stupendously corrupt you are! What is so fantastic about you receiving commendations from Obama? Don't you know that, behind your back, you are not only a laughing stock but a butt of their jokes? I receive, practically on a weekly basis, emails from Obama, his wife and Joe Biden. I am in fact on their mailing list; this is therefore nothing to gloat over.

Get off your rocker. Mr president, and do what you have been rigged there to do and stop moaning!!

To thy tent oh Nigerians!

I weep for the nation called Nigeria from the Himalayas of India. the president is a sheep amidst wolves! the armies are coming back..that is a surety. to thy tent of Nigerians1

Excellent piece

Very good article. Jonathan please lets see you at work, Nigeria is so unsafe......

RUDOLF OKONKWO YOU ARE A GENIUS

I HAVE A CAUSTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH MY IBO BROTHERS BECAUSE OF THEIR PRIDE, BUT THIS IBO MAN HAS BLOWN ME AWAY. THE COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, THE TACT, THE FINESSE, THE BULLS-EYE STRIKE, THE ECONOMY IN THE USE OF WORDS(BREVITY), THE SIMPLICITY, THE GRIPPING LIVELINESS OF THIS ARTICLE IS ASTOUNDING. READING THIS IS LIKE LISTENING TO MY MOST FAVOURITE MOZART'S CONCERTO. RUDOLF, YOU ARE A GENIUS. AS AN ENGINEER I FELT HOPELESSLY INADEQUATE IN DESCRIBING WITH WORDS WHAT I THINK OF YOU, NIGERIA IS BLESSED. ENJOY MY MOST FAVORITE PIANO CONCERTO RUDOLF, MAYBE IT WILL DO JUSTICE TO YOU...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HezRbC-IYFw

GOODLUCK :A FAILURE

i think this is one of the best articles i have read,the writer is speaking the mind of nigerians,i personally didnt vote for goodluck because i saw a chicken hearted leader in him,who cannot take decision,those of you saying we should give him time,how long more should we give him?what did he do when he was the president after yaradua died?he has been in power over 18 months,counting from the time of yaradua death

be careful what you say, or it might turn around to...

im sure you would have gotten your shear
of GEJ's money party...or you probably live
In the US with your family, so don't feel
Our pains here in Nigeria. Please stop making
Such comments here before you receive a
Package of courses God has prepared for all
Those who's kept Nigeria in this mess..

@ Tundemash: GEJ's Empty Manifesto

Thanks, Tundemash. The likes of Obi Moore, Deri and Stanley Igwe, etc, are low minds who have failed to realize that most commentators on this forum are enlightened Nigerians who love Nigeria dearly and would love to see a genuinely transformed Nigeria in their lifetime. The avalanche of pre-election promises by GEJ emphatically showed that he will accomplish nothing-absolutely nothing-in the next four years. Anybody who is still in doubt should point out a single, tangible achievement he recorded between May 5, 2010 and May 28, 2011.

The 51-Year Old Kindergarten Pupil

AFTER 51 YEARS OF INTENSE LEARNING AND SERIES OF EXAMINATIONS IN THE DEGREE PROGRAM OF NATIONHOOD, BELOW IS NAIJA'S STATEMENT OF RESULT:
CORRUPTION = A+
CLUELESS/VISION-LESS LEADERSHIP = A+
SECURITY = F9
HEALTH CARE = F9
EDUCATION = F9
UNEMPLOYMENT = A+
POWER SUPPLY = F9
INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT = F9
INFLATION = A+
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX (HDI) = F9
FAILED STATE STATUS = A+
JUSTICE/HUMAN RIGHTS = F9
TRIBALISM/NEPOTISM = A+
RELIGIOSITY = A1
GODLINESS = F9
MEDIOCRITY = A+
SYCOPHANCY/HYPOCRISY/EYE SERVICE = A+
THE VERDICT: UP NAIJA!!! U 2 MUCH!!! U TRY, NO BE SMALL!!!

@Obi Moore Re: LETS GIVE HIM TIME PLEASE

@Obi Moore
U claim " Its been Five Months already since President Jonathan was sworn into office of his first Term of Four Years. How can you judge a man who has just spent five months of his mandatory 48 Months Term?, I will join you critics in condemning the President when he gets to atleast 24 out of the 48 Months without any visible/Tangible Progress to show for it."

Can u kindly tell this forum who was President of Nigeria btw 2009 when Yaradua died and May 2011 when Jonathan was sworn in a second time ?
We don't need retrogressive people like you to join us critics; you always live a lie and never accomplish anything!

These were catalogue of promises your clueless Jonathan made during campaign, kindly tick off which ones has been started and which is on-going or which he has accomplished.
http://saharareporters.com/column/non-governing-governance-3-4-mountain-...

This is a master piece!!

I am returning to Nigeria for good.  My children have no hope in Nigeria and would not consider Nigeria as their country.  I have accepted my faith to return to the country.. 

This article has been scanned, ISO(ed) and saved on DVD for their future readings to remember when there was a Nigeria headed by a man called Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who contributed immensly to the destruction of their father home country.  They will hopefully understand why their father returned to this messed-up country. I want my children to remain and be blessed in United States of America that had adopted me, nurtured me and made me successful in every aspect of life.  ALL I need now is Rudolf Okonkwo to sign this article and mail to me.  Thank you for making my days!!

 

 

 

Rudolf is just here to fly

Rudolf is just here to fly the biafran flag period. There is nothing in his regional essay that is worth examining. We have been playing this old silly game for the past 51yrs-it has not gotten us any were. Sonny Okosun sang (which way Nigeria) out of frustration with the way things were going in the country long before Jonathan became president of Nigeria! Several years after the death of Okosun, are we not here, still asking (which Nigeria?) When are we going to stop questioning the system-after another 50yrs-the fault lies in our regional souls and not in GEJ-

GEJ's Goliaths = PDP. Simple!

GEJ's Goliaths = PDP. Simple!

But how will he continue

But how will he continue without criticism ? That will be strange.
You need to watch a broadcast of the British "Prime Minister's questions" and see what it's like for people to be criticised and verbally attacked. These are the things that help regulate the excesses of leaders in the British political landscape and guide the public in accessing the performance of their leaders.
Let Him win by visible results and good performance, not by eliminating criticism and intimidating the opposition in a desperate attempt to hide weaknesses. Citizens (not slaves) have the right to ask questions in a democracy.

Re. Rudolph

I love critics because they are chameleon, that changes color to suite it's environment. Rudolph may simply be saying his mind but I consider it a cheap publicity and self advertisement. Give Rudolph a political appointment today his tone will change.
Mr. President you are a Nigerian and you know what the nation problems are, please concentrate and do your best and don't be confused by these blackmailers.

Hush while your behind

The author of this article seems very very pissed as are most Nigerians. You may not concur with all his expressions or analogies as i believe some are just out there disrespectful & hateful. Bt it gives relief to hear someone feels the way your feeling. It annoys you to know the staggering amounts looted & wasted on keeping PDP stalwarts happy. Im of the opinion that the principles of evolution will soon take care of our challenge. I dont care for a bloody battle to claim Nigerian for some so called Liberation Front who just sell you out to foreign nations who funded the fight in the first place.

LETS GIVE HIM TIME PLEASE

@Johnny, Its been Five Months already since President Jonathan was sworn into office of his first Term of Four Years. How can you judge a man who has just spent five months of his mandatory 48 Months Term?, I will join you critics in condemning the President when he gets to atleast 24 out of the 48 Months without any visible/Tangible Progress to show for it. Especially, in the area of Electricity, Roads and Housing for Nigerians, Jobs creation, Rail Transportation. Not forgotten the Promised Second Niger Bridge. If there are no visible sign of improvement on those areas, I will not only criticize, I will join in the call for Revolution or Mass protest to bring down the Government. But for now, I can not criticize the President just for nothing, the President owe it a Duty to accomplish all his promises, Lets give him time, then judge him later

(To Rudolf ...and may you

(To Rudolf ...and may you never accept a political appointment from Jonathan like hungry Abati, who, for a mess of portage sold himself to enemies of this country.

RUDOLF IS THE VOICE OF 9JA JOHN THE BAPTIST

HE THAT HATH AN HEAR LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING TO THE NATION NIGERIA,JUST LIKE THE VOICE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS. RUDDY GOD BLESS YOU FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH FOR THOUSANDS OF NIGERIANS WHO THEIR VOICE COULD NOT BE HEARD.

MR. PRESIDO, DONT JUST READ THIS PIECE AS A CRITICISM, LISTEN TO VOICE OF WISDOM AND DO THE RIGHT THING BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. THOSE PEOPLE SURROUND YOU WILL NEVER TELL YOU THE TRUTH BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY INTEND TO EAT.

REMEMBER IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG FOR 4YRS TO ROLL BY.

This weakling called president must go

Jonathan is corruption impersonifyd an under water corrupt master operator a camelleon to the core. he promised us transparency and came with wuruwuru. Oya Nigerians. Lets adopt the Egyptian type of revolution.

If Libya can push Ghadhafi to the desert. Nigerians can address corrupt leaders from '79 till date.
It's revolution time.
Nigerians say NO to Corruption say NO to heartless leaders. ENOUGH is ENOUGH its REVO! REVO!! REVOLUTION!!!
WE are ready to take our country back from these thugs. Leadership of corruption is unacceptable.shie-ke-nna

Fellow Nigerians

After 50 plus years of watching we all want it better in a day. So we have heard a ton of views but what exactly have we done? Matched to demand a reduction in wages for the senate team and all? Matched for a change in the ways of our elected officials or just continue to voice opinions.
For want of better options, I ask that we begin to profer solutions rather than continue to criticise. This team has only been on board a short while and require time to perform. Stop being ultra critical, rather profer solutions and lets all comment on such great and illustrious ideas to our problems and their implimentation plans. The alternative might be FELLOW NIGERIANS..

Stanley Igwe & Co. should wake up!

The likes of Stanley Igwe, Deri and Obi Moore can never win the argument that GEJ is doing well. In their hearts, they know that he is NOT. After all, these trio all have families and relatives in Nigeria who feel the pains of GEJ's incompetent and people-unfriendly government.
These GEJ protagonists are just as confused as GEJ. Stanley Igwe alluded that some people would not like GEJ to succeed because of his background as the son of a fisherman. That's an insane comment! More than 95 percent of Nigerians are impoverished, and GEJ's success will actually open the doors for the children of Peasants to climb the ladder of power and success in Nigeria. Maybe Stanley Igwe and company have forgotten that GEJ, Bill Clinton, Obama and Joe Biden all share something-they were not born with silver spoons!

Change Is Needed

I have read this article over and over again-at least five times! Any honest Nigerian, including those around Mr. President, will consciously acknowledge that Mr. Rudolf Okonkwo spoke the TRUTH. Even the commentators on this forum who defend Mr. President and who have had cause to attack Mr. Rudolf Okonkwo will equally agree that they are not comfortable with their defense.
The fact is that it takes a very patriotic and passionate Nigerian to convey the feelings of most Nigerians to the President the way Rudolf Okonkwo just did. One way or the other, GEJ must see this article; he will do himself the greatest favour by reading it. The signs are ominous that GEJ's presidency will be doomed if he adopts the status quo.

Kudos to my big brother

Kudos to my big brother Rudolph, all Nnobians are proud of you,for standing on the part of truth, without minding whose ox is been gored.
Never mind,we have all adopted the wait and see attitude,hoping that one day all these shall pass away. One wonders why our leaders can never learn,that you are richer than Obasanjo,Tinubu,IBB,Atiku or Kalu does not add a day to what u got to stay here on earth.
I regreted voting for Jonathan,because the promises that he made to us, about our getting fresh air is yet to materialise,rather we were subjected to foul smells of instutionalised corruption. Just take a look at Dimeji Bankole opening his wide ass called mouth and laughing at all of us.And the lame duck we call our president had the gut to tell us that Obama commended him,Is it Obama that voted for u?
Infact let me go to sleep,someone should please wake me,when this movie called Nigeria is over.