Yesterday night I was ambushed by one of my friends as to my first installment of Dissecting Jonathan. Apperantly he felt I had been unfair to our commander in chief. I was asked to put myself in his shoes and walk a mile or two. I was also asked by one of my readers to give an answer to this quagmire we have found ourselves in as a country or at least what could be done better. To top it off today is democracy day, so I really do want to finish what I started.
Laconically, my arguement in my previous post is that I believe that this country and our commander-in-chief have found ourselves in an unhumorous situation in which any country or political leader in the world will be a little bit confused and frustrated. However, if Jonathan’s antecedent of needless scandals and improper management of crisis is anything to go by I am afraid that we may not have the most equipped person in Aso rock saddled with the responsibility of leading us out of this situation.
That being said if I were Jonathan what would I be doing differently?
I wouldn’t be focusing all my energies on carrying out a propaganda to defend the government, my energies would be much more needed in actively looking for a solution. All the brouhaha that Labaran Maku and Doyin Okupe are causing is more harm than good or even worse is doing nothing. The attempt to blame the #bringbackourgirls protest on an opposition party is wrong. Even if it is led by the APC, that is why it is an opposition party. You don’t expect them to agree with you even if you are doing the righ thing. As long as they are not actively undermining or frustrating the government which the protest isn’t doing, it’s a component of democracy and one should deal with it or resign.
So far it’s The national orientation agency that is doing a sensible job at PR and even at that there is room for improvement. However this indeed is a tricky situation. What we need is transparency. Why was it till the international media literally dragged our government officials in front of the camera before we heard a word. He needs to be more transparent at least to the degree that doesn’t compromise military activities.
I remeber just a few days ago a top military official came to say “we know where the girls are”. That’s not transparency it’s something else. Why tell us that if the next thing you want to say is we cannot get them. The problem there is what stops Boko haram from moving them since they feel their location has been compromised? What we need to be hearing is a breakdown of what’s going on. “Two battalions” doesn’t give me a number, it gives me a word. What resources do they have, have many planes being deployed? What specific training do these troops have for this situation don’t tell me they have been “trained”. Give the people specifics not vague rhetoric.
Jonathan seems to forget that appearance does a lot. Winston Churchill renewed the vigor of British troops and citizens everyday during the Second World War through his radio broadcasts and regular visits to the troops. His oratory prowess despite the fact that he had a lisp is legendary. The people want and need to feel like they are not abandoned. Nigeria needs a stay at home president! Send your V.P to. France and wherever but stay here and stay near the north both literarily and emotionally even if it is to keep up appearances at least the people will feel needed. It’s not all about the military tactics!
How many federal government officials from the have visited the FAMILIES of this tragedy? Forget the site now, visit the people. But even the site they haven’t visited. We need a president who doesn’t have his head in the clouds. I believe it was following Huricane sandy that Obama took time out of his campaign to visit the victims in New Jersey. His actions were so sincere that he won a reelection endorsement from the governor, Chris Christy who is a powerful member of the opposition party. Although you may choose to argue it was a political move, but at least it worked.
Honestly, I do believe that our president at heart is a good man. I just think he is a little clueless which considering the situation would be somewhat expected because it’s tricky for anyone or government, but that he has behaved clueless since 2011 is worrisome.