~ “I can’t solve Nigeria’s problems alone”, by President Jonathan Goodluck
President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said he could not single-handedly surmount the challenges confronting the nation.
Jonathan, at an interdenominational church service to mark the 52nd independence anniversary of the nation at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, stated that only the collective efforts of all would take the country forward. He expressed the conviction that the problems of the nation would soon become things of the past.
- Now I have a problem when a leader talks a good talk in church, especially at a venue known as the National Christian Centre.
The theme of the service was “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.”
- You see what I mean….as usual, religionising our critical issues as if these problems were the makings of the devil. Whoever chose that theme needs his brains picked out.
The President said, “Leadership at all levels of government is a collective thing. One person cannot change a nation. The President, governors, lawmakers, members of the judiciary alone cannot do it. “The leader matters but he cannot change things alone. All Nigerians, men and women, will change things in the country.”
- Now Mr President, Nigerians have something to tell you; “we have never thought one person could change this dear nation for us. We actually believed as someone who had been closer to the grass roots for many years before the fortune of your name (good-luck) began to take prominence, you would be bold enough to do something no President before you had completely achieved. And that was to simply appoint GOOD LEADERS that have the interest of the country at heart. Period.” It gets on my nerves when your speech writers cannot be original. Don’t you think you are condescending and patronising when you use words such as the ones above? I just want to puke!
“If God can use Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, in all arms of governments, I believe we have many Nehemiahs. There are many of them among teachers, artisans, and clergy. “God will use these various Nehemiahs to rebuild this country. I can say again that Nigeria will succeed; with our cooperation we shall succeed!”
- Here we go again. Can’t you guys, and I mean Nigerian leaders…..and yes it was meant to be derogatory, imitate other leaders in the world. Where on earth has Obama (America),Cameron (England), Angela Merkel (Germany) or even Benjamin Netanyahu the Israeli Prime Minister made constant references to religion to explain their ineptitude? I must say it’s disturbing to say the least.
Jonathan said if the nation must rise above diseases, insecurity and other ills, Nigerians must earnestly play their roles and intercede for the land.
- So far, personally writing, Mr President hasn’t said any meaningful or earth shattering statement thus far. Which role does he expect Nigerians to play when his appointed leaders are busy looting the nation dry. Which role does he expect ordinary Nigerians to play apart from thinking up new ways of buying the biggest and most expensive Jeep. Which role does he expect the hawkers on the streets of Nigeria to play? Or the ‘agberos’ (touts) that welcome our foreign arrivals at our local cum international airport? Its pathetic.
He said his administration had succeeded in sanitising the electoral process and assured stakeholders that more efforts were being put into the government’s anti-corruption war. He said although the works might not be obvious to many now, his administration had also been doing well in the economic sector.
- Has he now? You are damn right about one thing though- it’s not obvious to many.
Promising that his administration would continue to work hard on the security challenges in some parts of the country, he added that he and his aides would not sleep until power supply stabilises in the country.
- …………so sorry, I am besides myself here…..laughing so much…..my stomach is aching.
[Speech courtesy of Punch newspaper]