Monday, 5 January 2015

President Jonathan’s achievements and Boko Haram activities

                              President Goodluck Jonathan
It is undoubted that the activities of the Boko Haram sect seem to dwarf the laudable achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan. This is as a result of the mindless and incessant killings of Nigerians. All these unwarranted killings have caused Nigerians to hold the notion that President Goodluck Jonathan is incapable and inefficient to handle the affairs of the country. Some Nigerians who are ignorant of democracy compares it with military regimes where only the head of state takes decision on behalf of all; had laid the entire blame on President Jonathan on the continued malevolent activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.
To these ignoramuses, since President Jonathan is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, it behoves on him to ensure the security of life and property are guaranteed across the country. To Nigerians in this school of thought, since insecurity still reigns in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, President Jonathan is not doing anything and a monumental failure; this is a fallacy anyway. 
The above assertion is never the reality on ground as President Jonathan is doing marvellously well. Apart from the unjustified civil war, no administration has ever witnessed such a formidable security challenges as being confronted by President Jonathan. Terrorism is a global phenomenon which can never be combated in a trice. The Boko Haram insurgency is daunting because apart from the international dimension to terrorism there is also division among Nigerians along ethnic, religious and regional lines. This has also factionalized the nation’s security agencies along same lines; hence some give their allegiance to their tribes, religions, regions and political parties instead of to the country.
It must be stated unequivocally that President Jonathan as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces does not have to go to the war front to confront the insurgents before the terrorists can be crushed. No Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces fights in a war as being demanded by some Nigerians. The Commander in Chief only gives orders through his service chiefs on how to overcome the insurgents but it is left for the men of the armed forces to execute such orders. But if they consider their ethnic, political, religious and regional affiliations at the detriment of the larger society, unarguably there is nothing the President who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces can do. Any nation that has the armed forces divided along ethnic, political, religious and regional lines will find it tiresome to overcome insurgents; this is why the Boko Haram insurgency remains intractable. President Jonathan can never be held accountable for the monstrous doings of the Boko Haram sect; President George W.  Bush was not held responsible for the bombings of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon in America as President Jonathan is being demonised and humiliated for the sins of the Boko Haram sect!
It should be made clear that President Jonathan was instrumental to the Amnesty Programme that returned peace to the Niger Delta region. The Amnesty Programme that commenced on August 6, 2009 has led to the increase and continue production of crude oil; the major source of revenue generation in the country. If militancy had continued in the Niger Delta and there was no money to run the government coupled with the Boko Haram insurgents in the north, by now the country would have disintegrated and gone into oblivion.
 A profound observation of the agricultural sector shows that this sector of the economy has been revamped; an improvement occasioned by direct distribution of fertilizers to the farmers. This is unlike what transpired in previous administrations when money bags hijacked fertilizers and exported them to neighbouring countries for sale at exorbitant prices to the detriment of the real farmers.  This was why in spite of the devastating floods that occurred in the country in 2012 and the continued heartless doings of the Boko Haram insurgents, the country did not witness food shortage or famine! Despite the remarkable performance in the agricultural sector; making foods available in abundance, some Nigerians say nothing is being done by Mr. President simply because of the activities of Boko Haram. In spite of the floods in 2012 and the brutish activities of the Boko Haram sect, prices of food items have remained stable. Additionally, the aviation sector has also witnessed measurable improvement owing to the remodelling of the various airports across the country.
President Goodluck Jonathan has successfully privatized the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), leading to the emergence of five Generation Companies (GENCOs) and ten Distribution Companies (DISCOs). Some unspecified numbers of Transmission Companies (TRANCOs) also emerged from the unbundling of PHCN. Though, the positive effects of these electricity companies are not being felt presently, in the near distant future, Nigerians will begin to enjoy regular and stabilized electricity supply. Just as it was in the telecommunication sector when it was newly deregulated, services were erratic but today the reverse is the case; Nigerians can now make phone calls from the comfort of their bedrooms across the globe with ease.    
Nigerians seem not to see the notable achievements of President Jonathan all because of the bestial activities of the Boko Haram sect as they daily receive deluge of reports about killings of innocent fellow-Nigerians. However, to say that the administration of President Jonathan has not done anything or it is not doing anything is a fallacy and mischievous on the part of those who hold this view.

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