Go Slow President: Opposition Parties, Others Lampoon Jonathan

jonathan6President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday received the flaks from opposition political parties, socio-political and civil rights groups for justifying his slow style of leadership.

They said in separate reactions that Jonathan’s comment had clearly shown that he was not prepared for governance.

The President, had at a Christmas service in Abuja said that his government appeared to be slow because it did not want to make mistakes that it won’t be able to correct.

“By human thinking our administration is slow; I won’t say we are slow, but we need to think through things properly if we are to make lasting impact.

“If we rush, we will make mistakes and sometimes it is more difficult to correct those mistakes,” he told the congregation.

But the the Congress for Progressive Change, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, the Arewa Consultative Forum and Afenifere among others, challenged the President to wake up to the responsibilities of his office.

Berating the President, the CPC said that he was slow because he stumbled upon power.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, in an interview, said the President was always looking for excuses.

The CPC said, “If we spend seven years to prepare for madness, when will the madness materialise? That is what Nigerians should ask their President.

“He is slow because he stumbled on power; he never prepared for it. His coming to power was accidental. He has no idea about governance.”

According to the CPC, the President is always looking for excuses to justify his inadequacies.

It added, “The government and the man heading it are bereft of ideas. The government only ponders to the tunes of the corrupt. The last 13 years has been hectic for Nigerians and the Jonathan Presidency is worse.

“Despite the hue and cry of the citizenry, he has refused to change his transformation agenda which is only transforming the pockets of a few.”

In its own reaction, the ANPP said Jonathan’s statement was a demonstration of his incompetence.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Emma Eneukwu, said, “The President is not competent to be there. He is a President by chance. He keeps on giving excuses for his incompetence and inadequacies.

“He was not prepared for the position he suddenly found himself. He came into office with the hope of learning and he has refused to learn. He has no specific programme unlike the late President(Umaru Yar’Adua), who came with a seven- point agenda.

“Jonathan came with a bogus Transformation Agenda without transforming anything. Nigerians are tired of his excuses” Eneukwu fumed.

Afenifere, a Pan- Yoruba socio-cultural group, said that Jonathan’s slowness was not a recipe for perfection.

The group’s Secretary General, Chief Seinde Arogbofa in Akure, Ondo State said, “We need a President who will take actions that will solve the numerous problems and challenges confronting Nigeria as a nation. We do not need a slow leader right now.

“Nigerians are expecting quick results and solution to their problems and not excuses for poor performances” the scribe concluded.

While faulting the President, the ACF, a political and cultural association dedicated to protecting northern interests, cited the fact that he was fast running out of time to make a meaningful impact.

In a response by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Anthony Sani, the ACF added that the present administration would be judged by its ability to plan but never transformed the country.

It said, “Those who framed the 1999 Constitution and provided for a maximum of four years per tenure must have taken into account the need for thorough analyses of situations with a view to arriving at informed judgment for performance by those with the mandate of leadership.

“So, Mr. President must take into account the fact that he does not have limitless time, lest he runs out of time and go down in history as a President who used all his tenure for plans that did not deliver on his promise to transform Nigeria into a better place.”

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