Sunday, 9 March 2014
VIDEO: Pres. Jonathan’s Expert At Falling On His Knees, Says Ogaga Ifowodo
President Goodluck Jonathan has been described as an ineffective leader whom expertise is in falling on his knees at any chance. The charge was made over the weekend by the poet, Ogaga Ifowodo in an interview with SaharaTV.
The professor of literature at Texas State University complained about what he called ‘the level of insanity we (Nigerians) have descended in the name of religion’. He made the comment while discussing the fallout from Nasir el-Rufai’s retweet of a joke about Jesus on SaharaTV’s show, the RoundTable with Rudolf Okonkwo. The joke has provoked Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and others Christian groups.
“The government is very glad that the Pentecostal movement arrived in Nigeria the time it did to literary perform mass lobotomy on the people – take our brain away,” Ifowodo said. “All we have to do is to look up to God, look at the sky, fall on our knees and pray -which is what the president is an expert at doing- falling on his knees every chance he has before a con man who calls himself a man of God.”
The lawyer-turned poet said there was nothing offensive in the tweet about Jesus and Mary Magdalene. “The truth of the matter is that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute,” he said. “And the truth of the matter was that Jesus consorted with her.”
He lamented that Nigerians have allowed religion to take away their reasoning ability. He urged Nigerians to insist on the status of Nigeria as a secular state. “Our leaders, Boko Haram and prayer warriors are all cut from the same cloth,” he said.
Discussing the attack on Oby Ezekwesili by Jonathan’s spokespeople for alleging that the governments of Presidents Yaradua and Jonathan squandered $67 billion dollars in Foreign Reserve, Prof. Ifowodo said that name calling would not solve the problem. “If Reuben Abati wants to help his boss, all he has to do is accept the challenge on behalf of his boss and work towards arranging the debate and prepping his boss to bring all the evidence as required,” he said to SaharaTV’s Rudolf Okonkwo.
He stated that if Reuben Abati had not become the president’s spokesman he would have written columns upon columns making the same argument that Mrs. Ezekwesili was making.
The author of the book “The Oil Lamps” lambasted the Senate President David Mark for spending his time railing against gays and lesbians while corruption swallows the nation. “If David Mark wants to be taken seriously as a righteous man; as a man of God who wants to do the will of God, then he will be the first person to rail against corruption in government,” Ifowodo said. “He will be the first person to declare his assets publicly. And after he has established that moral high ground that he is pure and righteous, and he will be sitting at the right hand side of God on the last day, then he can rail against gays and lesbians as much as he wants…”
Ifowodo described David Mark’s obsession with gays as an attempt to distract people from more important things.
“There is no way his railing against gays can divert us from the fact that the National Assembly over which he (David Mark) presides is the most rotten, the most corrupt and the most inept lawmaking body in the world,” he said.
For a full video of the interview, click here.