Jonathan Must Run On His Record


Last week, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the mass murders across the country were the handiwork of some people who were hell-bent on embarrassing President Jonathan because he “is a minority”. The statement was released by the PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh. This kind of statement should have embarrassed any normal president but Jonathan is far from being a normal president. He did not disown the statement and the PDP national chairman did not disown it, so it is safe to take it as the view of both the president and his party.

If the president was not embarrassed by that statement, I was embarrassed for him. I, in fact, felt scandalised and discomfited that a man who is president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces would think he is a minority. I wonder why somebody who is already the president of 174 million people would still be speaking this language of division. The PDP has even gone further to say that it is the statements of General Muhammadu Buhari, former head of state, and Nasiru el-Rufai, former FCT minister, that were the code words for the criminals to embark on their killing spree. The insinuation is that Buhari and el-Rufai are behind Boko Haram. Well, I think this is a good time for both Buhari and el-Rufai to go to court because this nonsense has persisted for too long. If Buhari, who as head of state crushed the Maitatsine uprising forever, would now become a Boko Haram sponsor, then, I think Olisa Metuh should have his day in court to prove this allegation. The PDP publicity secretary even went further to say that the Sheikh Ahmed Lemu panel indicted General Buhari in the 2011 post-election violence. I remember that the last time the PDP told a lie of this nature about Lemu, the Sheikh came out himself to say it was a lie. He said he never said anything like that and the report of their work, which Jonathan had dumped like every other work aimed at solving the nation’s problems, was still there.

All this talk by the PDP is just a desperate attempt to divert attention from President Jonathan’s unprecedented incompetence. If Buhari, el-Rufai and company were behind the violence all over the country, then, they must also be the ones who organized the kidnapping of the president’s foster father in Bayelsa State. And they must be gifted kidnappers indeed because they forced the president’s household to negotiate a handsome ransom. A whole president? That also means that Buhari, el-Rufai and company also organised the attack on the Enugu Government House, a few weeks ago. I didn’t know that Buhari and el-Rufai are also “biafrans”, because their boys who carried out the criminal attack on the Enugu Government House held a press conference to declare that they were “biafrans” and they attacked the Enugu Government House to send a clear message. Buhari, el-Rufai and company it must be that also organised the MEND bombing of Abuja on October 1, 2010. That must be why Jonathan insisted that the bombers were not MEND operatives even after MEND had claimed responsibility several times. If we are to believe the president and his PDP officials, then, Buhari and el-Rufai must be Boko Haram, MEND, Ombatse, biafran, Fulani, Birom, Tarok militiamen all at the same time.

I think the clowns around the president should stop this tomfoolery and face the reality of their principal’s crass incompetence. I have always said that Jonathan does not have the gift of leadership and the nation should have been spared this horror in the first place. It is very clear that the president is unable to secure this country from terrorists, kidnappers, armed robbers and the ubiquitous gunmen. And I think this fact is already too obvious to the PDP mandarins; that is why they want to distract attention from his incompetence. Is it also the opposition that has been stealing all the public funds on Jonathan’s watch? Or, is it Buhari and el-Rufai that have been massively stealing the crude oil in the Niger Delta and the president has been so similarly incompetent to deal with the situation?

If President Jonathan wants to seek re-election in 2015, he is very free to do so. I am, in fact, one of those that have consistently defended the president’s right to do so. But he must run on his record. Nigerians will evaluate how he has fared as president so far. They must know how he has been able to secure the people – which is the most elementary responsibility of any president. The north-east will want to know how he has been able to secure them from Boko Haram; those in the north-central will like to know how they have been protected from the Ombatse and the Birom, Tarok and Fulani militia who visit at night, while those in the north-west will ask how he has protected them so far from the “unknown gunman”. Those in the south-south, including his own household in Bayelsa, would like to know how he has protected them from the kidnappers and armed robbers. Ditto for those in the south-east. And those in the south-west will want to know why they have been abandoned to armed robbers.

Nigerians will ask to know whether this unprecedented insecurity that has engulfed the entire nation like a plague has something to do with the unprecedented stealing that is currently going on and which has grounded the Nigerian state to the extent that the police and other security agencies as well as state governments do not get their appropriated budgets.

Nigerians will also remind the president of the N2 trillion stolen in the name of fuel subsidy in 2011 which he has done absolutely nothing about. Ditto for the N100 billion stolen from the police pension fund and all the other funny figures of theft we hear every day. We will also ask what he has done about the dilapidated Police College, Ikeja, where the president’s dogs cannot even survive in. Nigerians will also remember that the president’s reaction then was “Who brought the press here?” and not why human beings were living in such sub-human conditions. And this is saying nothing about the missing $20 billion (about N3.3 trillion). There are lots and lots more Nigerians will be asking. This is the record the president must campaign on. We are not going to allow anyone to use his place of birth, creed, tribe, minority or majority status or religion to divide the people.


Jonathan’s Standard Of Corruption

Again, this time in Namibia, President Jonathan has declared that the talk of corruption in Nigeria is blown out of proportion. I am actually beginning to believe that the president really means it. That is why I think Nigerians should begin to imagine what the real corruption would be if Jonathan ever got a second term.


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  • butterfly

    That is my Sam. I just love to read you all the time.

    • suleiman

      Good talk man, Nda Isaiah is just too much

  • Umar Nuhu Galadima

    superb piece.

  • Moukhtar T. Gwarzo

    Uncle Sam, this is a very nice piece. But point of correction, Maitatsine up rising started and end not during Buhari regime but during the Presidency of Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Usman Shagari, when Alhaji Abubakar Rimi of blessed memory was the governor of Kano state.

    • Bala R

      Dear Mouktar, a very nice comment. There was Maitatsine uprising in Gombe in 1985 and Shagari left on 31/12/1983.

      • Alamin

        … and also in Jimeta Yola in April,1984.Crisis controlled decisively within weeks!

    • Tahir

      Kano 1981, rigachikun, bulunkutu-Maiduguri and finally Jimeta in 1984 during Buhari’s regime the last incident.

  • Musa Aliyu

    Mr. Sam, no majority voted the PDP government in d first place. They have never won an election and they will never win, but if Nigerians continue in their resilience, these crass of saboteurs will continue infesting themselves on us till the second coming of Christ, peace be upon Him.

  • Zubairu Usman

    Mine is, if Nigerians can be honest and sincerely do the assigned work to each and every one of us for a minute in just a day, ALL will be fine. ONE MINUTE IN A DAY.

  • suleiman

    I always forward to mondays to see ur article, more grease to your. Continue to expose them, one the masses will come to agree with you and stand up and defend themselves. Thanks Sam Nda Isaiah.

  • Sanusi Saleh Esq.

    Uncle Sam when I read the stupid allegations by this Metuh guy what you pointed out in your write up are the same questions I asked myself, Nigerians really appreciate you.

    • Hakeem

      Speak on behalf of yourself only. You can’t even speak for your kids talkless 150 million people. Who are you to speak on behalf of Nigerians? I do not appreciate him one bit, and last time I checked, I am from a tribe in present day Nigeria.

    • omooba


  • Abubakar

    Wow, u have said it all. I still wonder, his boss implemented 7 point agenda, but Mr president is now making sure that he turns all of them in to problem. only if he had executed his boss opinion, Nigeria would have been a bit better now, but what amused me is, was he not part of that administration or is it that he is still looting the countries money, so as not to run out of shoes. though he had none then!

  • ColNwako

    Sir , In your write up you forgot that same Gen Buhari drove out an elected President Shehu Shagari but today he wants to be elected. Read St Luke’s Gospel Chapter 16 v 12.

  • Dellagio

    Y’all are a sorry bunch!!! what’s so spectacular about this piece? Where are the solutions we expect elites like Nda-Isaiah to proffer?

    Its one thing to write crap about another person without addressing the underlying issues one bit, and its another to make statements that can make people see that come what may, we are Nigerians and we have a problem that beguiles everyone of us irrespective. The issue of corruption, which except we accept a paradigm shift, we can never conquer.

    I don’t support the Jonathan administration but i’d rather one respects himself and keeps quiet, instead of trying to look intelligent by stating the obvious!!!

    A question for you Mr. Sam, how would you solve the issue of corruption in Nigeria?

    • Preco01

      Sam Nda-Isaiah has not applied for the job of president, if and when he does, ask your question then or else ask your self this “Again, this time in Namibia, President Jonathan has declared that the talk of corruption in Nigeria is blown out of proportion. I am actually beginning to believe that the president really means it. That is why I think Nigerians should begin to imagine what the real corruption would be if Jonathan ever got a second term”.

  • Aminu

    Sir, I joined you in calling Gen. Buhari to take that dog,Olisah metuh and d entire PDP to court.

    • A Aminu

      Please my name sake- no bad language. There is no need. Olisah Metin is no dog. He is human. Just take him to court.

    • omooba

      You call Olisah Metuh a dog. Then what are you? You actually show the stuff you are made of.

      • Aminu

        Yes omooba I called him that bc he is barking unnecessarily. And u asked who am I? The same specie like you.

        • omooba

          Allah kiyaye! Mba! Rara! Capital NO!

  • Idris Rufai

    No real patriot will fault or belie this argument, reasoning and appeal. GMB may not need such legal action to debunk the slanderers,but for the fact that they need to be dealt with ( to further establish the rule of law ). You have been consistent and shall remain blessed.

  • Ado Abubakar

    Sam, I love this Package! Remember, it was before the evil men did lives after them; today, it lives with and after them. God bless U.

  • omooba

    You are a crusader of northern agenda. No wonder most of your commentators are from the Northern part of Nigeria. You stood and fight OBJ with the same way you stand against GEJ. Your piece can make sense to your Aboki brothers. No matter how you integrate yourself to them, Lamido adamawa wont provide a space for you in their proposed Cameroonian enclave after finishing the north east with his boko haram fighters. You can fool as many as you can but i tell you most Nigerians know the ship you are piloting. Well done Bro.

    • Aminu

      You accused of calling your brother a Dog, while u now u r calling the lamido of Adamawa a muderer? Who is worst a dog or a murderer? And tell us the ship mr. Sam is piloting pls.

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