Obasanjo wants you to forget that Goodluck Jonathan was his gift to Nigeria

Posted on November 29, 2012 by

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Olusegun Obasanjo, president of Nigeria, Brasí...

Olusegun Obasanjo, president of Nigeria, Brasília, 6 September 2005. Photographer: José Cruz/ABr. Deutsch: Nigerias Präsident Olusegun Obasanjo am 6. September 2005 in Brasília. Foto: José Cruz/ABr. Português: Brasília – Presidente da Nigéria, Olusegun Obasanjo fala durante almoço em sua homenagem, no Itamaraty. Foto: José Cruz/ABr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria’s best loved president ever and a super successful anti-corruption crusader. You can’t argue with the facts! Since May 2011 President Jonathan has presided over an immensely successful period of Nigeria’s history that has seen us named by the Economist’s Economic Intelligence Unit as the worst place on earth to be born and declared by KPMG as the fraud capital of Africa. No one is more responsible for Jonathan’s unparalleled ‘successes’ than his political sugar daddy Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo is a farmer and far too humble to take the credit for Jonathan’s success. He really should be a little less humble though.

Jonathan was 18 months into a rather unexpected and unremarkable stint as Governor of Bayelsa State when he was hand-picked by Obasanjo to run as the Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2007 general election. Until then Jonathan had achieved remarkably little of note in his political career, by which I mean he had achieved precisely nothing. Goodluck Jonathan had been an unheralded and unknown Deputy Governor under Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the kleptomaniac former governor who infamously fled prosecution in the UK disguised as an improbably unattractive woman.

An old copy of a pre-presidency Jonathan’s resume is floating around on the popular internet forum http://www.nairaland.com. It’s likely accurate and tallies with publicly available, non-hagiographical biographies of the President:

  1. http://www.nairaland.com/attachments/606957_6036-drjcv_Page_1_Medium_jpg6a4976bd365bb943be5477480f8b74d8
  2. http://www.nairaland.com/attachments/606958_6036-drjcv_Page_2_Medium_jpgf825b0c7fa0d988e8d0fcf3b8541f80e
  3. http://www.nairaland.com/attachments/606959_6036-drjcv_Page_3_Medium_jpg79a41c36566aac6768c353202b31c5ce

Now, 5 years after facilitating the improbably spectacular rise of an unprepared, poorly qualified Deputy Governor of a backwater state (no offence to Bayelsans) to Nigeria’s highest office, Obasanjo has not only fallen out with his protégé he’s now reportedly  moving to restrict Jonathan’s disastrous residency of the Aso Villa to a single term. Yes, after rigging a dying man into the presidency, creating a constitutional crisis that almost brought the nation to its knees and then introducing Nigeria to the twin virtues of good luck and patience, Olusegun Obasanjo is not quite finished with his unsolicited contributions to Nigerian politics. Wonderful.

Obasanjo has now become a vocal and forceful critic of the current administration. This would be perfectly normal if he wasn’t an elder-statesman, PDP elder and former Board of Trustees Chairman, Presidential godfather and a man almost singularly responsible for the clueless mess that is the Goodluck Jonathan presidency. OBJ is too busy to remember why Jonathan is president, he’s busy kicking ass, taking names and telling us all how shit our president is. Here are a few of OBJ’s recent sucker punches to the clueless presidential jaw:

  1.  “We left what we call excess crude, let’s build it for rainy day, up to $35 billion; within three years, the $35 billion disappeared. Whether the money disappeared or, like the governor said, it was shared, the fact remains that $35 billion disappeared from the foreign reserve I left behind in office. When we left that money, we thought we were leaving it for the rainy day… But my brother said the rain is not falling now. But the fact is that when the rain is falling, we will have nothing to cover our heads with because we have blown it off”. Interpretation? Jonathan has squandered Nigeria’s savings on ogogoro.
  2. “They [Boko Haram] stated their grievances and I promised to relay them to the authorities in power, because that was the best I could do. I did report. But my fear at that time is still my fear till today. When you have a sore and fail to attend to it quickly, it festers and grows to become something else. Whichever way, you just have to attend to it. Don’t leave it unattended to. On two occasions I had to attend to the problem I faced at that time. I sent soldiers to a place and 19 of them were killed. If I had allowed that to continue, I will not have authority to send security whether police, soldier and any force anywhere again. So, I had to nip it in the bud and that was the end of that particular problem.” Interpretation? Jonathan is busy drinking ogogoro while Boko Haram blows us all to hell.
  3.  “I am afraid. And when a General says he is afraid, that means the danger ahead is real and potent. Despite the imminent threat to Nigeria’s nationhood there is no serious, realistic short or long term solution to youth unemployment.”Interpretation? Nigeria is screwed because the youth have no jobs and it’s all Jonathan’s fault. Also, too much ogogoro.

To be fair, Obasanjo makes an excellent point: Goodluck Jonathan is a pretty awful president. The problem with Obasanjo’s self-serving logic however is that he fails to mention the reason Goodluck Jonathan is an awful president and not a mediocre governor of Bayelsa State: Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo’s irresponsible imposition of a medically unfit Umaru Yaradua and an intellectually bereft Goodluck Jonathan on Nigerians in 2007 was likely a deliberate political maneuver designed to keep the North out of power and maintain Obasanjo’s influence in Aso Rock after his aborted 3rd term bid. It was as incredibly self-serving as it was short sighted. Obasanjo will now reportedly work against a Jonathan 2nd term in 2015 and that’s a good thing. Nigeria probably cannot afford 4 more years of Dame Faka and Goodluck. Thank God for courageous men like Obasanjo whose opposition to Jonathan is motivated by his patriotism and is not at all connected to the fact that since his election Jonathan has repeatedly ignored his advice, disregarded his ministerial nominations and stopped answering his phone calls. Ouch!

Obasanjo is now believed to be rallying support for a 2015 presidential bid by Baba Suwe. Allegedly.

 

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