By: Charles Ikedikwa Soeze, fhnr, fcida, fcai, cpae, son, emba, ksq.
The recent impeachment threat against President Jonathan by the law makers in the lower house is not appropriate at this time in order not to destroy our nascent democracy. A careful look at the situation will reveal at a glance that members of the lower house want to divert the attention of Mr. President and other Nigerians. In other words not to have time and pursue relevant issues that have affected the nation’s economy, especially the fuel subsidy scam among many others. We should all realize if these anomalies are effectively handled by relevant bodies, it will be to the benefit of the talakawas, that is the poor masses. This is because many Nigerians are suffering and look dejected and abandoned due to the irresponsibility and ineffectiveness of some of our leaders. To this end therefore, we should look into all these with the media in attendance to inform the world of our leaders activities and not any sitting in camera. The latest house sittings on many issues was an eye-opener and the lapses should be judiciously and religiously addressed and not to cover the can of worms. Diversionary motives should therefore be put in oblivion.
In order to take our current democratic structure seriously that is progressing gradually, I wish to quote Abraham Lincoln’s statement in Gethysbury on the 19th of November 1863 for our information and guidance “That this country under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth”. In other words, may Nigeria’s democratic structure not perish. The impeachment threat against President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will definitely make Nigeria to travel in reverse gear. Consequently, let our law makers drop the idea so that we can move forward in the right direction. Any difference between the lower house and Mr. President should be amicably resolved. This is so because many Nigerians have seen the threat as uncalled for and with political undertone which at the end of the day will do no Nigerian good.
It seems to me that the real danger that lurks behind democratization process in Nigeria remains the sustained use of language as instrument of exclusion as well as tribalism, favouritism, nepotism, marginalization, Godfatherism, Godmotherism, open abuse of government policies, which leads to injustice, victimization and the use of ‘special boys’ whom at the end we can no longer control and things will continue to fall apart and the center can no longer hold. Let us not see the successful inauguration of democratic governance which Nigerians celebrated with pomp and pageantry be evaporated with the hot air of the regimented sneezes so that the democratic structures would not be trundled to the ground.
Despite the bombings, killings, maimings, kidnappings, massive political corruption at some of the leadership levels which we all need to tackle at our various levels, it is appropriate to say that Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR has inspired much admiration and affection from Nigerians and will be able to do more. He is really the noblest and most lovable of all previous Heads of State of Nigeria. As a result, deserves to be supported from the bottom of our hearts.
It is clear that he rose from humble beginnings to become a leading figure of the modern Nigeria. One can proudly recall his activities in the last few months as President and commander-in-chief, which has also shown how he identified with the vision and aspiration of Nigerians. Mr. President is an embodiment of humility and amiability. In fact, a designer with a relentless appetite for excellence which are not common with some previous heads of state in Nigeria.
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was identified to be a great child right from his tender age because of his attributes and rare disposition. I think that was why his paternal grandmother “nicknamed” him “Azikiwe” as a strong smile to the great Rt. Hon. Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe to connote another great Nigerian to come in the nearest future. This, has really come to pass. What he needs is our massive support through genuine and appropriate advice and where necessary, constructive criticism.
My special advice as a mass communications scholar and public relations guru based on my commitment to this country through my informative, incisive, analytical including projecting and protecting image write-ups, I will like to use this opportunity to say that presidency must not neglect public relations (P.R.). God Himself even used PR at the beginning of creation when He said“Come let us make man in our own image and likeness”. Based on this therefore, I don’t think there is any individual, organization or nation that would survive without PR because it goes beyond media relations. Furthermore, let us see Dr. Jonathan’s administration as sitting on a new pathway that will bring democratic stability and political serenity.
Charles Ikedikwa Soeze, fhnr, fcida, fcai, cpae, son, emba, ksq,
is a mass communications scholar from first degree to doctoral level, public affairs analyst and currently, Head, Academic and Physical Planning (A&PP) at the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State. (08036724193)