of the world’s foremost economists, Professor George Ayittey has
lashed out at the President of the federal Republic of Nigeria,
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ), describing him as “a joke” and a mediocre
President after his (GEJ’s) encounter with the media on sunday night…This is really interesting, continue to see his tweets….
Read the full tweet below (From TwitLonger):
GEJ guy is a joke – a meretricious mediocrity. Nigerians deserve a
better leader. Fancy his statements and responses to questions in a
media chat on June 24, 2012:
• He has not visited Borno state, the center
of Boko Haram attacks, because the airport there was not functional at
the time he planned to visit. “And we did not want to land somewhere
and fly in to Maiduguri with a helicopter for obvious reasons.”
[Why is the airport not functioning? Why hasn’t it been fixed? And are there no ROADS into Borno State?]
• Asked why he had not declared
his assets, Mr. Jonathan replied in an impatient tone, stating “I don’t
give a damn” about declaration of assets. He related that he had gone
to the late President Umaru Yar’Adua to caution “that we should not
play to the hands of some people [by openly declaring their assets].”
Mr. Jonathan added, “That is a matter of principle and I am not going to declare. It is not the president declaring his asset that will end Boko Haram.”
• The president said it’s a matter of principle and whether he is
criticised from “head to toe” he will not declare his assets. “It is not
right,” he said. “I didn’t want even want to declare my assets as VP”
but was forced by the then president, Umara Musa Yar’Adua. He said
asset declaration is “not the right thing to do.”
[Damn it, it is a constitutional requirement to declare your assets, Mr.
President. See Chapter VI, Part 1, Section 140 of Nigeria’s
Constitution: “Declaration of assets and liabilities, oaths of
President.” And what the hell has Boko Haram got to do with declaration
• Agriculture: The president said his government is revolutionizing
agriculture in Nigeria.”We are giving cotton seeds free in the North” he
[This is the most crass definition of an “agricultural revolution” – by providing free seeds.]
• The President said the government is doing very well in railway
construction. “You may not know, but we are working,” he said. He added
that his government has made a “significant progress” in railway
construction. “You should commend us,” he adds.
[What “significant progress” has been made in railway construction? How many Nigerians are working on railway construction with the contract given to Chinese firms?]
• UNILAG name change: The president said what he did, in terms of law,
was correct. You change the name first, then send the bill to the
National Assembly later, he argues. “What we did, was the normal
procedure,” he said.
[No, Mr. Presient, you had it backward. Before you change the name of University of Lagos (UNILAG), you consult with the university and the student body, which you did NOT do.]
• Crude Oil Theft: “The stealing of crude oil is a Nigerian phenomenon,” the president said. He adds that it has gone cancerous. “We will stop it, but it is like allowing a cancerous cell to grow into a major tumor.”
[Mr. President, theft of crude oil is a CRIME, not a “Nigerian
phenomenon or a disease afflicting Nigerians. Describing it that way
means you are CLUELESS about how to solve it.]
Nigerians should not put up with such mediocrity and should mount a RECALL GEJ campaign.
They should check Chapter VI of their Constitution. See Sections 143 and
144 about removing the President and Vice-President from office other
than through elections.
137; 1c: “A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of
President if under the law in any part of Nigeria, he is adjudged to be
a lunatic or otherwise declared to be of unsound mind.” Link: http://bit.ly/MSxUws
What’s your take on his comments? Is Professor Ayittey justified in his criticism of our dear President?