Delusions of Granduer: A President and His Honorary Deceit by Momoh Idoko Adejoh

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‘An idiosyncratic belief or impression that is not in
accordance with a generally accepted reality’ is how
Oxford dictionary defines delusion. Grandeur’ is
simply ‘social importance’, even if affected.
So, is it safe to say that when somebody accepts an
obviously bogus recognition such as one of Time
magazines 100 most influential people on Earth,
and allows the media – both international and
national report on it widely, that person is
delusional?
After all, according to Time magazine, to get a place
on their list, you have to inspire, entertain,
challenge or change the world positively in some
way. As a Nigerian, I have tried with little success to
rationalize how President Jonathan has inspired,
entertained, challenged or changed Nigeria
positively.
On second thoughts, I remember the time he
inspired us with his ‘I HAD NO SHOES’ speech, but
that was as far as he went. Now his histrionics
inspires the fanatics among us to blow up churches,
schools, homes in the name of religion; he inspires
the corrupt to eschew whatever sense of right or
wrong they have to loot the treasury.
On challenging Nigerians, with the recent Youth
Enterprise With Innovation In Nigeria (YouWin)
program, President Jonathan challenged Nigeria’s
20 million unemployed youth to embrace their inner
entrepreneurships. A select few wrote business
plans and were doled varying sums of money as
startup capital for businesses. But for the majority
of the unemployed population, all he does is
challenge them to aspire towards positions where
they would have access to institutions that enable
them fraudulently amass wealth.
Is it also correct to say a man is delusional when he
listens to, delights and believes in the poetic
shower of praises that was President Jonathan’s
citation for the same award written by Liberia’s
President Johnson Sir Leaf, when clearly his records,
as can be verified by speaking to any conscious
Nigerian clearly contradicts the citation?
Find Excerpts below:
President Jonathan, 54, possesses the qualities
needed at this moment of great challenges, having
come to power at a crucial moment in the history of
Nigeria. The country has grown out of its past of
corruption, mismanagement and brutality, but the
foundation of good governance is still fragile. In two
short years, President Jonathan has shown the same
dexterity he demonstrated as governor of Bayelsa
State, the same ability to find the remedies to the
many complexities of running a nascent democracy.
With leaders like President Jonathan, Africa is sure
to move toward prosperity, freedom and dignity for
all its people
When a Justice Minister in an interview with a
national newspaper says ‘FG has no intention of
persecuting oil thieves, the fuel subsidy probe
report was just a fact finding mission’, one has to
wonder how fraudulent the system is, and how a
government that widely proclaims an anti
corruption crusade, would not act on the findings of
a report that lists a cabal of oil companies, and
accuses them of defrauding the Nigerian
government of N1.7 trillion. This figure amounts to
36.17% of Nigeria’s 2012 budget, only N2 billion
less than the total derivation of N1.9 trillion that the
19 Northern states shared between 1999-2008, and
the exact amount of derivation paid to the 6 South
South states in the same 9 year period.
On security, Nigeria has never had it worse. Most
Nigerians lives in paranoia, knowing that you may
go to church, pass by a media house, be driving
home at night and get flagged down and shot by
police men.
Nigeria’s international reputation as an African
peacekeeper has been lost as well. In January this
year, the government of Sudan protested to the UN
Security Council over what it considered ‘the
deliberate re-arming of rebel groups in Darfur by
Nigerian troops’.
As regards dignity for the Nigerian people, when I
first read President SirLeaf’s citation, I wondered,
‘How is it that the disconnect between our leaders
and us has widened so much?’ Every observer of
Nigeria via the media alone would know that dignity
for its people is not a Nigerian priority: neither
President Jonathan nor his government is renowned
for its human rights records.
There were cases of killings during the fuel subsidy
removal protests. As we speak, no one has been
prosecuted. Political assassinations thrive amidst
the silence of security forces; rape videos are often
uploaded onto You Tube or mobile phones without
fear of arrest or prosecution. By every measure, life
in Nigeria has never been as brutish, government
has never been as uncaring, and the president has
never as powerless to help.
So, just what influence is this man supposed to
have? Deluded or just plain daft? You decide.

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