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CPC Press Release: Jonathan’s mid-term tenure as elected President

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On 29th May, 2013, Dr  Good-luck Jonathan’s tenure as elected President will be two years, aside the  added unfinished term of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua. The time is  propitious, therefore, to take a retrospective look at the last three years of  political governance of the Nation. The performance score-card on the economy,  security, education, youth employment, foreign relations and infrastructural  development reveals overall dismal failure.

On the Education sector, Nigerian  students have recorded failure in Mathematics and English more than in any other  time in the Nation’s history. In the 2013 appropriation Law, the allocation of N426.53billion to the sector takes only 8.67percent  of the total budget of N4.92trillion, whereas the UNESCO recommended for the  allocation of 26percent of the total budget to the sector which is very vital to  national development. It is easily discernible why the Jonathan regime  cannot point at brainy but indigent Nigerian that are on scholarship in  Nigeria’s tertiary Institutions or abroad. Rather than ensuring proper funding  for the Nation’s universities, the Jonathan regime preferred the vain-glorious  political revelry of setting up nine new universities it had no desire to fund  ab-initio!

There is no  gainsaying in re-stating the comatose state of the Nigerian economy under the  political governance of Dr Good-luck Jonathan. With over 70% of the State’s  budget spent in servicing over-bloated paraphernalia of government and  accumulation of foreign debts to finance all the economically unsound fancies of  the regime, it is a matter of time before the Nigerian economy plummets under  the weight of gross incompetence and unpatriotic handling by the Jonathan  administration.

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The infrastructural decay in the  polity has undoubtedly ensured the closure of many industrial concerns and this  has inexorably brought the youth unemployment to an all-time high of over 44%.  As a Party, we are forced to believe that this may just be a deliberate policy  of this administration as a way to continue to have tether-hold on the Youth to  implement its program for electoral manipulations. Clearly, this administration  seems unfazed by the portent of a burgeoning number of unemployed youth in terms  of National security!

As a Party, we are  saddened by the insecurity in the Land. Ordinary citizens can no longer pursue  unfettered happiness without fear of forced kidnapping, harassment and possibly,  fatal injury. There is full-scale war going on in some parts of the Nation state  as a result of politically festered hate which had been bred by the President’s  hateful politics. In the run to the 2011 Presidential elections, an undiscerning  observer would have been swayed by Dr Jonathan’s statement: “My ambition is not  worth the blood of anybody.” Meanwhile, considerable number of the Nigerian  youth was put on harm’s way to facilitate the ambition of Mr. President. But,  truly, the divisiveness embedded in the President’s win-at-all-costs brand of  politics has inevitably brought us to the sorry-pass of this indescribable  conundrum of insecurity!

In the last two years, the  President’s brand of politics has brought deleterious effect to the political  firmament of the Nation. Shortly after being sworn in as President, Dr Jonathan  showed more interest in securing another mandate than in working assiduously for  the Nigerian people who elected him. Posters of President’s electioneering  campaigns for the 2015 elections have continued to adorn our cities, with  hypocritical denials from government. It did not matter that no arrests have  been made of the culprits!

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The President’s leadership of his Party, People’s Democratic Party  (PDP), as a microcosm of his leadership of the Nation in the last two years, is  worthy of note. The governors, elected on the platform of the PDP, who have  shown aversion to Mr. President’s desire for re-election, have been treated with  utter ruthlessness. A noxious desire to truncate Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s  Chairmanship of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) had seen the birthing of new  platforms for PDP governors. The bilious discontent arising from the  elections  for the new chairman of the NGF bears the imprimatur of the Presidency. 

As a Party, we consider it  unacceptable the precipitous governance of the Nation in the last two years.  More galling is the priorities of Mr. President which, unfortunately, are at  variance with the political and economic health of the Nation. This,  undoubtedly, makes us –as citizens – to ask: Mr. President, do you still have a  conscience? It seems that the President, for the self-centered reason of his  re-election desire, is at the epicenter of most of the dire security challenges  assailing our dear Nation. As our National leader once asserted, we believe it  is time for the President to throw in the towel because he has ceased to serve  the Nation but self!

God bless the  Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Rotimi Fashakin  (Engr)

National Publicity  Secretary, CPC.

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