Opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in one of their, now routine, attempts to score cheap points on the ruling party (PDP) have described the president, Goodluck Jonathan, as a president in training.
The ACN made this known through a statement the party issued in Ilorin through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. According to the statement, “How else can one describe the administration’s lack of capacity to be proactive or respond in a timely and robust manner to the recent catalogue of woes and national calamities?”
They gave the series of problems facing the country and the President’s alleged poor response to them, as the reasons for declaring him a “trainee president.” They also complained that on a weekend of multiple disasters such as the Lokoja flooding, the bomb blast in Bauchi, and the two weeks of non-stop flooding in the country, the President’s aides were more interested in informing Nigerians about Jonathan’s trip to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly summit than explaining or proposing an organised “response to these calamities.”
What the ACN has constantly failed to realise is that, with the exception of Lagos State, they have not been able to use the states under their governance to convince Nigerians that they are better than the PDP. Also, they have particularly failed in this attempt because declaring Jonathan’s government as a “government on internship” provides the opposition an opportunity to argue for another opportunity, come 2015, for Jonathan to apply what he has learnt during his internship!