‘A Legacy of Insecurity and Scandals,’ ACN Dismisses Jonathan Administration At First Anniversary

Pres. Goodluck Jonathan
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has described President Goodluck Jonathan's first year in office as a monument to insecurity and scandals of historic proportions, and a far cry from the transformation he promised Nigerians at his inauguration.

In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Jonathan frittered away the goodwill of a nation so quickly after his inauguration, no thanks to gross incompetence and waffling leadership that shocked the citizenry, even by the country's poor leadership standard.

''A President who asked Nigerians to dream again succeeded in turning their dreams into nightmares. Simply put, Nigerians are worse off today than they were when President Jonathan assumed office on May 29th 2011, and the country under his watch has become more divided today than at any other time since the civil war of 1967 to 1970.

''In sports parlance, President Jonathan has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and left his compatriots forlorn and transmogrified, instead of being transformed,'' it said.

ACN said that to be fair, one year is too short a time to judge an administration for failing to fully upgrade or put in place new infrastructure, more so in a country where everything from roads to hospitals, schools and public utilities have been left to decay by successive administrations.

But the party said it never imagined that any administration would make things worse than they have been, citing the case of power which has worsened so much that the only point of light for a large swath of Nigeria has been the sun during the day and the moon at night.

It said, however, that while Nigerians are willing to wager that the Administration could yet rediscover itself and make some impact in upgrading or building infrastructure, they are fast losing hope when it comes to the government's ability to ensure the security or life and property, a key responsibility of any government; check runaway corruption and prevent shameful scandals.

''As at the last count, over 1,200 Nigerians have been sent to their early graves by the rampaging Boko Haram, as the Jonathan Administration waffles - or perhaps deliberately delays – on efforts to end the crisis. As the government flip-flops between non-engagement with 'terrorists' to qualified engagement, the sect grew stronger and more daring.  Today, it has seized the initiative from the government, despite its
allocating a lion's share of the 2012 budget for security.

''Add this to the continuing cases of kidnapping for ransom and other violent crimes across the country, and one begins to wonder whether Nigeria is on the road to Somalia, or if indeed there is a government worth its name in Abuja,'' ACN said.

The party described the Administration's first year as a tsunami of scandals and monumental corruption that have put a lie to President Jonathan's pledge, at his inauguration, to fight corruption ''with overwhelming force of our collective determination''.

''Through a combination of insincerity and deceit, the government went ahead to remove the so-called fuel subsidy, which inadvertently opened a Pandora box that has now let out the worms of unimaginable pilfering of the resources of the commonwealth in the name of fuel subsidy. Sadly, those who are paid
from the public till to prevent such theft did not come out unblemished after the House of Representatives' probe of the phony subsidy. Yet they remain on their seats because the government itself is not untainted.

''Under President Jonathan's watch, the multi-billion-naira police pension scheme was looted by incredibly-brazen public officials, emboldened by the impunity that now characterizes government affairs. There is yet no evidence that these officials will be robustly prosecuted and be made to answer for the crimes they were alleged to have committed,'' it said.

ACN said the President himself is fast losing the moral authority to fight corruption, after being embroiled in scandal after scandal in just one year of his tenure.

''First, he gleefully accepted a donation of a church from a government contractor, pretending not to see the obvious conflict of interest in a church where he worships being gratuitously renovated by a government contractor. As if that's not enough, he has been named in the Malabu Oil Bloc scandal, for which his Attorney-General has yet to offer satisfactory explanations. These scandals are chipping away at the credibility of the President and weakening his Administration's ability to fight corruption, which
is a major inhibition to the country's development.

''Overall, President Jonathan's first year in office is a poor and faltering start to his four-year tenure. He has no one but himself to blame for frittering away the massive goodwill that propelled him to office, in spite of his modest means. He has chosen to play politics with his office, instead of focusing on what his legacies will be. And on occasions that demanded a strong leadership and the need to uphold the constitution he swore to protect, he failed to live up to his pledge.

''The result is that the Jonathan presidency has been greatly diminished within and outside the country. Perhaps this is why he was left out when US President Barack Obama invited four African leaders to Camp David during the last G8 summit in the US to discuss food security in Africa. There is yet redemption for President Jonathan, if he is willing to learn his lessons and turn a new leaf, today!'' the party said.
 

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@nonso Ozoemena: Fool !

@ nonso Ozoemena

Fool. Apparently, you have never travelled anywhere outside the creek hence you don't know MKO has schools alrady named after him in teh South West. Also in teh South West, there is public holiday declared in MKO's memory every year which is more significant than any renaming of a school.

Fool, look at the last statement in the article. Those who want GEJ to succeed need to criticise him. Even a briliant Obama is still being criticised, how much more a moron like GEJ ?

shame on u Lai Mohammed and Acn Leaders!

It is a shame that people like Lai mohammed and Acn leaders can open their mouths to criticize GEJ. What have these people achievec politically rather than appoint commisioners for various state govt.the same Acn leaders use MKO to woo yoruba people to vote them,what a hypocrites!!! Has any of them done anything above what MKO did to yorubas and Nigerians at large? The answer is no!!! It is glaring to nigerians that no ACN govt have named any big monument after MKO, shame on all of u so called acn leaders. Continue critisicing GEJ and don't go and recall sacked professional doctors that has led to lost of lives. Why can't the students and ASUU go on the streets cos of the sacked doctors! Chacoals calling the Pot black!!! Nigerians know how sectional Acn is!!! Hypocrists!!!

Lai Mohammef A Democratic Hypocrite!!!

It is a shame that people like Lai mohammed and Acn leaders can open their mouths to criticize GEJ. What have these people achievec politically rather than appoint commisioners for various state govt.the same Acn leaders use MKO to woo yoruba people to vote them,what a hypocrites!!! Has any of them done anything above what MKO did to yorubas and Nigerians at large? The answer is no!!! It is glaring to nigerians that no ACN govt have named any big monument after MKO, shame on all of u so called acn leaders. Continue critisicing GEJ and don't go and recall sacked professional doctors that has led to lost of lives. Why can't the students and ASUU go on the streets cos of the sacked doctors! Chacoals calling the Pot black!!! Nigerians know how sectional Acn is!!! Hypocrists!!!

Lai Mohammef A Democratic Hypocrite!!!

It is a shame that people like Lai mohammed and Acn leaders can open their mouths to criticize GEJ. What have these people achievec politically rather than appoint commisioners for various state govt.the same Acn leaders use MKO to woo yoruba people to vote them,what a hypocrites!!! Has any of them done anything above what MKO did to yorubas and Nigerians at large? The answer is no!!! It is glaring to nigerians that no ACN govt have named any big monument after MKO, shame on all of u so called acn leaders. Continue critisicing GEJ and don't go and recall sacked professional doctors that has led to lost of lives. Why can't the students and ASUU go on the streets cos of the sacked doctors! Chacoals calling the Pot black!!! Nigerians know how sectional Acn is!!! Hypocrists!!!

Dumbo "snatched defeat from the jaws of victory" indeed ooh!

After just 90 days I knew the clown would never make it. A coward whose line-up includes clowns like Tompolo, Asari, Azazi and all the Odontos and Orontos of aborigine enclaves of Antebellum South-South, a clannish fool who came corrupt from the Oba of Corruption himself. The question any of his choir boys should answer is : Are Nigerians better off under Dumbo today than before he stammered his oath of office over a year ago? This is proof that all the 'educated' clowns he surrounds himself with are actually more detrimental to this country than even the worst military regime Naijas experienced. In fact, he squandered the goodwill of Naijas and 'snatched' failure out of potential victory for democracy in Nigeria. Never Again will an aborigne lord over Nigerians. Dumbo has condemned them all with his monumental blunders. Drunkards!

START YR NIGERIANIZATION POLICY with acn, occupy 9ja &SNG

The son of the late politician, Abdul Abiola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that the family sees nothing wrong with the decision of the government in honour of their late father."We are shocked by the reactions trailing this development," Mr. Abiola said."My late father believed so much in education. He donated money to universities across the nation. Naming a university after him was a well-deserved honour."He should still be given more honours. We see nothing political in this. We are happy about it and we are yet to understand the rationale behind people going up in arms over this."
According to Mr. Abiola, the renaming of an institution as big as UNILAG after the late business mogul and philanthropist is just one of many ways to honour and immortalise him for all he did for the country's education sector when he was still alive.@solaside shame on u

@ osita DIOKA CORRUPTION IS THE WEAK POINT OF THIS ADMINISTRATIO

My Brother, it is a very sad development. Much as one would like to come to his defense sometimes, his unwillingness to reject the same old school professional politicians who have perfected the act of thieving with impunity, remains a spoiler. Just take a look at the political careerists running the parties in Nigeria - these guys are not retiring from federal govt and politics, because it a very lucrative enterprise. The aged Mr. Bamanga Tukur who was defeated in his own State is the same person running PDP.

That is where audacity comes in and that is where President Jonathan is failing the most. Unless he is willing to break with the past and stop appointing them to Committees, Panels, and Study Groups,Nigeria will never experience a break from status quo. It is a choice he has to make - break with the thieving cabal, declare his asset and forfeit the excesses to the state, or remain loyal to PDP while they destroy his govt.

WHERE WAS D VOICE OF EKO STUDENTS WHEN DOCS WERE SACKED

The son of the late politician, Abdul Abiola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that the family sees nothing wrong with the decision of the government in honour of their late father."We are shocked by the reactions trailing this development," Mr. Abiola said."My late father believed so much in education. He donated money to universities across the nation. Naming a university after him was a well-deserved honour."He should still be given more honours. We see nothing political in this. We are happy about it and we are yet to understand the rationale behind people going up in arms over this."
According to Mr. Abiola, the renaming of an institution as big as UNILAG after the late business mogul and philanthropist is just one of many ways to honour and immortalise him for all he did for the country's education sector when he was still alive.

The son of the late

The son of the late politician, Abdul Abiola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that the family sees nothing wrong with the decision of the government in honour of their late father."We are shocked by the reactions trailing this development," Mr. Abiola said.
"My late father believed so much in education. He donated money to universities across the nation. Naming a university after him was a well-deserved honour."He should still be given more honours. We see nothing political in this. We are happy about it and we are yet to understand the rationale behind people going up in arms over this."
According to Mr. Abiola, the renaming of an institution as big as UNILAG after the late business mogul and philanthropist is just one of many ways to honour and immortalise him for all he did for the country's education sector when he was still alive.

@osita are u talking because others are commenting

The son of the late politician, Abdul Abiola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that the family sees nothing wrong with the decision of the government in honour of their late father."We are shocked by the reactions trailing this development," Mr. Abiola said.
"My late father believed so much in education. He donated money to universities across the nation. Naming a university after him was a well-deserved honour."He should still be given more honours. We see nothing political in this. We are happy about it and we are yet to understand the rationale behind people going up in arms over this."
According to Mr. Abiola, the renaming of an institution as big as UNILAG after the late business mogul and philanthropist is just one of many ways to honour and immortalise him for all he did for the country's education sector when he was still alive.

DUE TO CORRUPTION GHANA COMMANDS MORE RESPECT THAN NIGERIA

What our politicians fail to realise is that the international financial system is very closely monitored and every single transfer of money concerning our politicians and thier proxies is picked up from the middle east to the carrebeans to Switzerland,Luxembourg,Monarcho, Mauritius etc.
World leaders will meet,smile and shake hands with each other but they know the thieves amongst them and they excersize care in those countries where criminal establishments hold sway.Just imagine, Obama came to West Africa but avoided Nigeria and went nextdoor to Ghana.Ghanian politicians declare thier assets and have nothing to hide,they are not perfect but the resolute attitude to combat corruption in a honest manner is very visible.

You are part of it

Southwest voted for GEJ against nuhu ACN , how dare u blame him alone

CORRUPTION IS THE WEAK POINT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION.

It would be quite unfair to expect a reversal of the poor infrastructure,deplorable health delivery system,broken educational system,erratic supply of petrol,diesel and kerosine,chaotic power supply etc all in one year.
The achilles heel of the Jonathan administration lies in one aspect that he could have done more about,that is the attitude of the administration towards corruption issues,the levity,the insensitivity and utter disregard to a pledge he made during his inauguration ceremony.
The President's inability to distance himself from corrupt politicians mostly from his party the PDP is a case in point,he has also failed to publicly declare his assets and curb the greed and wicked plundering by the senate and NASS who all earn more than President Barrack Obama of the USA.

CERTIFIED FAILURE

GEJ is a certified nd chartered failure. He has nothing to offer Nigeria other than to legalise corruption

Wat is dis foolish Lai saying?

ACN are here again to fool themselves. Howo have you done better? One of your governors Amosun is about to build pedestran bridges with Airconditioning system. wow!!!! General Fayemi is busy bullying civil servants and Ogbeni Rauf is training militants outside nigeria, while at the slightest protest against any of Fashola's decrees, Tinubu will send his thugs to attack innocent people- Lekki Tollgate. As far as i am concerned. You are a bloody fool just like PDP.

Weitin?

In 1985, IBB was the president of Nigeria and our teachers told us that Buhari was the former President....Our teacher also called us the leaders of tomorrow....27 years later, IBB and Buhari are still contesting for President....its either our teacher lied to us about being the leaders of tomorrow...or tomorrow hasn't come.

Hypocrites!!

No be with your support and connievance
he got there? Yan Iska munafukai!

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I think ACN was mild in

I think ACN was mild in capturing this grand failure; the very worst and most corrupt that has ruined this country. Jonathan is a big shame to his people. He has proven that he stole the PhD he is parading all over the place if a mere thug like Abacha can do better than the pitiable reign of crooks, vandals and destroyers we have seen this past two years.

DERI you are DEMENTED

How did your GEJ from minority win election? ACN could win or have they lost the right to comment on the country we both belong to with your GEJ or Nigeria is only for the Ijaws? I dont think your brain is any more than a cockroache. You dont think much. We want a country where Ikwere man, Tiv or Berom can aspire to the presidency without hindrance and where GEJ can also have second term should he perform. Whether GEJ is Ijaw or not all we wanted is a better Nigeria what we have today is a worse Nigeria thanks to GEJ and that has absolutely nothing to do with where he came from so shut up.

Nigeria For You

WHAT A PITY: The President himself is fast losing the moral authority to fight corruption, after being embroiled in scandal after scandal in just one year of his tenure.

The son of the late

The son of the late politician, Abdul Abiola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that the family sees nothing wrong with the decision of the government in honour of their late father."We are shocked by the reactions trailing this development," Mr. Abiola said.
"My late father believed so much in education. He donated money to universities across the nation. Naming a university after him was a well-deserved honour."He should still be given more honours. We see nothing political in this. We are happy about it and we are yet to understand the rationale behind people going up in arms over this."
According to Mr. Abiola, the renaming of an institution as big as UNILAG after the late business mogul and philanthropist is just one of many ways to honour and immortalise him for all he did for the country's education sector when he was still alive.

can ACN win the centre with this type of mindset

The son of the late politician, Abdul Abiola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that the family sees nothing wrong with the decision of the government in honour of their late father."We are shocked by the reactions trailing this development," Mr. Abiola said.
"My late father believed so much in education. He donated money to universities across the nation. Naming a university after him was a well-deserved honour."He should still be given more honours. We see nothing political in this. We are happy about it and we are yet to understand the rationale behind people going up in arms over this."
According to Mr. Abiola, the renaming of an institution as big as UNILAG after the late business mogul and philanthropist is just one of many ways to honour and immortalise him for all he did for the country's education sector when he was still alive.

TOTAL FAILURE OF A REGIME

We go vote for Goodluck Jonathan, the right man we need, He go make us succeed oo aaa. Jona Jona Jonathan, jona Jonathan. I remember this song D-Banj sang for Bro Jona. Were is D-Banj and co who were paid to deceive the Nigerian youths, to tell us how far Bro Jona has gone. What a shame. I have never seen this kind of thing in my life. A govt without purpose, just corruption all the way.Before, Bro Jona thought he was deceiving Obama, now they've all discovered the truth and are now watching him. Categorizing his regime as very corrupt. Deri, hope you listened to Bro Jona's empty speech today. What do you have to say? Crumb-eaters.

nigeria of yoruba ...nigeria

nigeria of yoruba ...nigeria of ibo ...nigeria of fulani.....nigeria of tiv...nigeria of .....of ...of

go solve the doctors problem and leave jona alone

The son of the late politician, Abdul Abiola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that the family sees nothing wrong with the decision of the government in honour of their late father."We are shocked by the reactions trailing this development," Mr. Abiola said.
"My late father believed so much in education. He donated money to universities across the nation. Naming a university after him was a well-deserved honour."He should still be given more honours. We see nothing political in this. We are happy about it and we are yet to understand the rationale behind people going up in arms over this."
According to Mr. Abiola, the renaming of an institution as big as UNILAG after the late business mogul and philanthropist is just one of many ways to honour and immortalise him for all he did for the country's education sector when he was still alive.

For lai Mohammed, it is still the same commentary of hate

I do not except anything short of this brazen show of hatred for Mr. President.

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