How Goodluck Jonathan And Okonjo-Iweala Destroyed Nigeria (Must Read)

 How Goodluck Jonathan And Okonjo-Iweala Destroyed Nigeria


According To columnist Bayo Olupohunda ……

Now is not the time for political correctness. I am not going to try and conceal the anger I feel  at the clueless and incompetent Goodluck Jonathan and his lying, conniving and manipulative finance and coordinating minister of economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who messed up our country and have left us all to suffer the consequence of their profligacy. I have deliberately omitted the ‘president’ tag, for Jonathan does not deserve to be so called. Mind you, I also do not exonerate the legion of past accidental presidents that have brought our country to its knees. But Jonathan was in a class of his own.

He was as clueless as they can get. Since he was defeated some weeks ago, some so-called ‘Jonathanians’ have been hailing Jonathan as a hero. Pray! What is heroic about the man who conceded because he was thankful Nigerians voted him out, thereby saving him from being exposed as a monumental failure? The defeat of Jonathan actually saved him from total disgrace and rescued our country from Mr Clueless.

Mr Jonathan must have thought it unwise to continue in a position he was totally unsuitable to occupy if not for former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s foolhardiness in forcing one of the worst individuals to preside over the affairs of the most populous black nation on earth. Let me be clear, I have no apologies for what I am going to say here. I know millions of Nigerians feel the same anger towards the last administration. I am just their voicing their feelings. Our prayer as country is, May we never see the likes of Jonathan again for generations to come. For six years, Jonathan, in his cluelessness, took our country on a merry-go-round. He destroyed what is left of our patrimony. He ran a directionless and visionless government.

His presidency can be compared to a ship that was left to float in a dark sea without a captain, leaving Nigerians wailing and dying, with some jumping into the cold hands of death. That was Jonathan for you.

Many have argued that he did not create the problem. I agree. I have never excused past leaders, from the wastrel President Shehu Shagari to the ‘maradonic’ Ibrahim Babangida to the dictatorial Sanni Abacha and even the largely disappointing Olusegun Obasanjo in his second coming.

If we have all agreed that past leaders mismanaged our country, Goodluck Jonathan presided over its funeral. He was the undertaker, the man who always adorned himself perpetually in black dress. The woman now infamously known as finance minister and coordinating minister of economy completed the job by presiding over Nigeria’s economic doom.

Let’s just hope the new president, Muhammadu Buhari will be able to resuscitate what is left of the dead horse that is Nigeria, plundered by Jonathan and his ‘Jonathanians’.

See, I am one angry Nigerian right now. Millions of Nigerians who voted the lame duck Jonathan 2011 are regretting ever doing so. It is a surprise how they have survived the lies and incompetence of the Jonathan administration. In other climes, the country would have been literally set ablaze because of the incompetence of the government. In climes like China, none of those who presided over Nigerian affairs in the last dispensation would have been spared. They would have all been prescribed capital punishment. But Nigerians are peaceful — sorry, docile. That Jonathan even harbored the thought of seeking a second term in spite of his incompetence showed his contempt and disdain for Nigerians. Everywhere you turn, our country is in dire straits due to one man’s incompetence and a finance minister’s conspiracy to shield the people from our country’s economic status.

Now the wind has blown and the fowl rut has been exposed.

The country is in a mess: no petrol, no power, unemployment has hit the rooftop. Yet, they wallow in self-deceit that we are the largest economy in Africa — an economy powered by generators. Everything Jonathan touched was destroyed. Look at the power sector. From 4,000MW in 2011, when he came, now the country is generating less than 2,000MW. Instead of light, the man has left the entire country in darkness.

In his time, corruption was the order of the day. He now has the singular honour of being second to Babangida as a man who institutionalized corruption by equating corruption to mere stealing. His Transformation Agenda only helped in throwing Nigeria back into Stone Age with ozone layer destroying locomotive trains that cost billions, when countries like Ethiopia have high-speed trains and light-rail system that did not cost even quarter of the money spent on the Jonathan contraption.

Nigeria is so divided now that you wonder what happened in the six years of Jonathan strutting around Abuja attending church services like a visiting pastor rather than concentrating on the affairs of the nation. The ethnic and religious divide caused by Jonathan will take a long time to heal. It was this  same man that allowed people of the North-East to die needlessly in the hands of the terror group, Boko Haram, because, in his mind, he wickedly considered Boko Haram as a Northern problem, until he selfishly decided to engage them because of his re-election bid. Now they are back.

You cannot cover a lie — the truth will always find its way out. In his time, subsidy payment for fuel became a drainpipe to siphon Nigeria’s money to private pockets. Rather than prosecute all known subsidy thieves, he chose to fraternize with them in public. Not to mention how subsidy payment rose from N250 billion to trillions under his government. We must not also forget how oil thieves, who were indicted by the Ribadu report, were roaming freely and even found a home in the Villa as long as they were ‘loyal’ to the occupant. Today, we are all suffering from Jonathan’s corruption after-effects.

Nigerian youths have been hit with unemployment rates as high as 50%. Yet, there are misguided young individuals, blinded by ethnicity and mediocrity, who refer to themselves as ‘Jonathanians’ and celebrate failure. For one, the term ‘Jonathanian’ is a euphemism for cluelessness. How any Nigerian would want to associate themselves with an incompetent leader under whose watch Nigerian youths lost their lives in the Immigration Service employment scam and who refused to sack minister of the interior, Abba Morro, beats my imagination.

Today, more than 100 million Nigerians live in poverty. Where is the Transformation Agenda that was touted when Jonathan was in power? How come the transformation has disappeared few weeks after he left power? The truth is that there was never an agenda, not to talk of transformation. It was all make-believe, a ruse to hoodwink Nigerians. But I am glad Nigerians saw through the deceit and kicked Jonathan out. His ouster was good riddance to bad rubbish. Let’s hope we can pick the pieces of our lives together under the new President Muhammadu Buhari.

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    June 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I still don’t know what some people want from GEJ and Okonjo-iweala. He was in power, they criticised him. He accepted defeats, they found faults in that again. Okonjo-Iweala is still the best thing to happen to Nigeria. If not for anything, let us consider beautiful schemes like the progressive SURE-P, GIS, and the substantial improvements in Agriculture with remarkable inputs from the brilliant Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. What else do we need

  2. Bunmi Lawal

    June 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Bayo Olupohunda,i guess you are frustrated and angry human being,dR Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is not the cause of your problem,venting your anger on this innocent woman is so un call for?this same woman who has committed both emotionally and physically to the growth of the economy development,should be applauded,shame on you

  3. Kenneth

    June 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    This piece is just trying to paint a picture of monumental failure on the part of the Jonathan administration but this is not true. While I agree that there is more room for improvement and growth, the Jonathan administration was not a complete failure as this piece is painting. Madam Okonjo-Iweala was a great tool of change and economic reforms. Our economy improved tremendously under her watch; from the days of heavy foreign debts to being the strongest economy in Africa. Look at even the crude oil crises; the situation was managed well by Okonjo-Iweala’s competent team, otherwise things would have been in a pretty mess or chaos.

  4. Kolapo Adejuyigbe

    June 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Okonjo-Iweala is an internationally acclaimed economist, she has been a resourceful manager. We owe the debt pardon and other major economic reforms to her. These attempts to soil her name will not work.

  5. Afeeze

    June 10, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I must commend Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for making Nigeria the largest Economy in Africa,this write-up is totally false,madam NOI has really delivered,well done maam.

  6. Desmond

    June 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I must state that, i laugh at the author of this very disgruntled article and who no doubt has shown that his opinions are very biased. He has also shown that he lacks the know how as to how government is ran. He should have known that the office of the president of any country ought not to be insulted the way he had just done. How can he say former president Goodluck Jonathan, in conjunction with the former minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala messed up Nigeria, when indeed they made sure that the Nigerian entity remained intact.

    Nigerians should praise President Jonathan and Dr Okonjo-Iweala for taking Nigeria this far. The author of this article should go and learn more about governance rather than wangle his mouth at those who spent their time serving the nation.

  7. Emeka Uwadiah

    June 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    The authour is a paid one. He just want to destroy the reputation of an innocent Nigerian. An Okonjo Iweala who has given her best to this nation is the one being spoken in a negative light. This lies cannot sell because Nigerians knows the truth

  8. Oluwatumishe Adelakun

    June 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Could you have done better than her if you were in her shoes? Do you know what it takes to manage the economy of the most populous black nation? It’s no mean feat. Against all odds, she revamped the economy thereby making it the biggest in Africa. Through her initiatives, many young Nigerians have been empowered to become entrepreneurs. Whether you accept it or not, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a finance minister that has done well for Nigeria.

  9. Gregory

    June 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    The author should have his head examined. The present mess Nigeria is experiencing now cannot be traced to Okonjo Iweala. I wonder how Nigerians propagate lies. Okonjo was instrumental to the growth of the Nigerian economy, the present state of the economy should be blamed on the state governors and not Okonjo Iweala

  10. Akin

    June 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    You only know how to write lies and not to say the truth. It is important that we draw the line between distructive criticism and constructive criticism. Okonjo Iweala performed well. Stop playing partisan politics

  11. Folabi Adetimehin

    June 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    It’s obvious Mr. Bayo Olupohunda is paranoid and ignorant. How come he didn’t mention globally-acclaimed debt relief that the honourable minister made happen? For all he cares, the honourable minister is responsible for all the ills that have bedevilled his ‘dearly-beloved’ Nigeria. Wake up man, and channel your grievance to the appropriate quarters.

  12. Sulaiman

    June 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This is the handwork of an idle mind. The likes of Jonathan and Okonjo came because some basic things had to change. They signed the freedom of information act. Today the Agricultural sector is working; Nigeria has the biggest economy in the country. We should be thankful of what they have done and not to propagate lies. Okonjo is a blessing to this country.

  13. Folabi Adetimehin

    June 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Dr. Okonjo Iweala is a crusader for change, growth, transparency and transformation of the Nigerian economy. She is a patriotic Nigerian who has selflessly served this nation and nothing can change that not even your misgivings

  14. Desmond

    June 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I will continue to give Kudos to President Jonathan and Dr Okonjo Iweala, they ruled Nigeria well to the best of my knowledge.

  15. Desmond

    June 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    It only takes those who does not appreciate good things to castigate former president Jonathan and Dr Okonjo-Iweala having served this country honourably. The author should think about this.

  16. Uwastic

    June 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Let us learn to appreciate and commend good deeds. Rather than condemning the CME, I think Nigerians should learn to look beyond mere actions with an eye on the future. God bless Madam Iweala

  17. Ebun

    June 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Soon enough, the truth will come out in the open. I am so looking forward to a time when Madam Iweala’s haters and critics will have to eat their words.

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