PRESIDENT JONATHAN IS SERIOUSLY ON TOP OF THE SITUATION – Reuben Abati’s perspective

Fellow Nigerians,
I am directed to write you this letter on behalf of the administration of his Excellency Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I am writing in reaction to the series of comments by Nigerians who keep saying that ‘Mr. President has lost control of the Country’s security situation.

Some Nigerians have constantly maintained that “there is definitely something wrong with government” and that “nobody believes anymore the story that we are on top of the situation”

I am surprised that like Professor Chinua Achebe, who has lived abroad for too long, certain personalities are displaying a perplexing lack of familiarity with realities on the ground in Nigeria, despite their being resident in the Country.

Only someone who resides on Mars would look at the security situation in Nigeria and declare that President Jonathan is not on top of it.

President Jonathan was quick to recognise that terrorism has been a global threat since September 11, 2001 and had the presence of mind and sense of judgment to realise that it is now Nigeria’s turn to be attacked by terrorists.

As soon as he had that epiphany, he took a bold step that no world leader has ever taken in the history of the war on terror; he reassured the Nigerian people that Boko Haram and other manifestations of terror would end in Nigeria inJune 2012.

No American president boasts this remarkable achievement.

No European leader has ever been able to put a definitive expiry date on terrorism.

President Jonathan did it. My people, if that is not being on top of the situation, I don’t know what is.

My people, Boko Haram is not the only case of terrorism that has highlighted President Jonathan’s remarkable acumen as a leader equal to the task of assuring the security of the nation.

You will recall that he took the bold step of ending the fuel subsidy regime early this year.

He struck a deadly blow against corruption and freed up subsidy money for investment in infrastructure such as roads, power, electricity, and hospitals.

Enemies of progress in Nigeria, aided by Nigerian loudmouths abroad, ganged up against Nigeria in the so-called Occupy Nigeria movement. The Occupy virus spread and became a terrorist takeover of Lagos.

Our Commander-in-Chief acted swiftly and deployed troops to Lagos to take the city back from the terrorists.

My people, if this is not being on top of the situation, I don’t know what is.

Despite the challenges we still face from Boko Haram, the President has spared no effort in reassuring the international community of our commitment to the war on terror.

More than any other Nigerian President before him, Dr. Jonathan has assured foreign investors to continue to flock to Nigeria and inject much needed foreign direct investment into our economy.

He has urged them to ignore the threat of Boko Haram and go about their business peacefully in Nigeria.

No American President has been bold enough to encourage people to ignore Al Qaeda.

My people, if this is not being on top of the situation, I don’t know what is.

It is partly in recognition of the President’s giant strides in securing Nigeria and Africa that he recently made Time Magazine’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

Mr. President is humble and has not allowed all the recognition abroad to distract him from the work of the Nigerian people.

As I write, seven hundred and seventy-four presidential committees are working hard on various assignments designed by the President.

As you probably know, the Oronsaye committee recently submitted its report and the President swiftly promised to constitute a committee to look into the report and write a white paper on it.

My People, if this is not being on top of the situation, I don’t know what is.

I suggest, my people, that you upgrade your knowledge of Nigerian realities before castigating Mr. President.

With Regards,
Reuben Abati.

This write up is more of comical relief than being serious.

I will appreciate your comments here too.

Dr. Reuben Abati is The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity.

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THE NIGERIA OF MY DREAM – a poem

The Nigeria of my dream;
where there is stable power supply for like three months; the only cause for interruption is the quaterly routine maintenance which, does not take more than forty minutes.,., before which the power holding company would have tendered an unreserved apology to the Nigerian populace.

The Nigeria of my dream;
where there are reliable hospitals with real facilites capable of providing qualitative health care to the citizenry: fit enough to put the eyes of Mr. President off medical check-ups in Israel.

The Nigeria of my dream;
where muslims and christians live together in unity: where there is harmony between the over two hundred and fifty ethnic groups

The Nigeria of my dream
where Legislators work on part-time such that the cost of running government is at its barest minimum.

The Nigeria of my dream
where House of Representatives Members, Governors, House of Assembly Members and Local Government Chairmen do not hesitate to attend monthly town hall meetings for the sake of rendering account of their stewardship to poor masses who voted them into power.

The Nigeria of my dream
where water flows even in the remotest part of our towns: Where health services are fantastic, where there is electricity and water runs from the taps.

The Nigeria of my dream
where admission to institutions of higher learning is based on merit, not man-know-man.

The Nigeria of my dream
where Universities meet International standard and the least of such rank 25th in world university rankings.

The Nigeria of my dream
where the police on patrol will stop your car, ask for your papers, check it, greet you politely and wish you well.
where the police officer corrects you in love without begging for N20

The Nigeria of my dream
where the dollar sells for N30 and her citizens have little or no need travelling to the white man’s land.

The Nigeria of my dream
where air flights are relatively cheap such that people seldom travel by road and train

The Nigeria of my dream
where thiefing and looting political office holders are publicly executed: where fraudulent contractors are jailed without permutation and combination: where stealing from public coffers is neither fashionable nor attractive

The Nigeria of my dream
where Ikogosi warm spring, Olumo rock and Yankari games reserve are tourist’s havens for foreign nationals; where Jos is like small London and Suleja is devoid of boko haram

The Nigeria of my dream
where the soccer team ranks fifth in FIFA rankings and 1st in Africa

The Nigeria of my dream
where there is a functional social security system

The Nigeria of my dream
where leaders do not find it difficult organising a national diagolue from which the National Assembly brings out a blue print

The Nigeria of my dream
where Mr. President is a good man, bold and ready for the task. He is just charismatic and democratic but firm.
Where Nigerians earlier resolved never to allow shoeless people govern the country again

The Nigeria of my dream

tell me whether these dreams are realistic .,.,.,., achievable or not because
I do not wish to remain a dreamer

FOR OKONJO-IWEALA, CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME ¤

From the perspective of the average Nigerian still basking in the malariaic sun of subsidy ulabaloo, our dear Okonjo Iweala doesn’t deserve that world bank seat.

No doubt, Big Madam is qualified for that post tooth and nail, in terms of experience, exposure, pedigre and what have you.

However, the average Nigerian who now buys fuel at N100, courtesy of the Jonathan/Iweala permutation of January 2012, never prayed she got there.

Don’t condemn this woman! She is our own!! Let us support her!!!
bla_bla_bla
she is this, she is that
ïgbá (container), àwö (plate), ìkòkò bäbä ì$äsùn (old school pot) are some of the many things people said about her.

Listen!
Nigeria is rich but the larger percentage of Nigerians live in poverty stroke penury.

Okonjo Iweala was there, standing in for developing countries (Nigeria inclusive)

We are the giant ; one of the fastest growing economists in the world

but a middle-classed Nigerian prefers assylating in Ghana (who got some of their running current from us)
when the actual giant can’t boast of stable electricity.

Then, Nigerians ask > what is she going to do there?

In what way has her stay as world bank vp profited us?

Some have argued that the Paris club forgave Nigeria’s debt through
Big Madam’s influence

But Nigerians ask;
ëskíìs mà, where did that money go to?

This is the bottom line;
Nigerians have in the last couple of months grown extremely weary of a government that is unable to pay her workers N18,000 minimum wage.

Should we say Nigeria is getting better?
In terms of what? Ghana must go politricks,??
wide margin between the rich and the poor,??
abstract no-point subsidy agenda,??
Time will tell….