Kris Okotie Bombs Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (A Must Read)

By Chris Okotie

There’s a brief historical parallel between the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 – 69), who succeeded President John F. Kennedy when the latter was assassinated, and President Goodluck E. Jonathan, who took office after the death of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Both Johnson and Jonathan were vice presidents who succeeded their late bosses when they died in office, and went on to get elected in their own rights. Both presided over their nations in times of great political turbulence; in Johnson’s case, during the Vietnam War, in Jonathan’s, the Boko Haram insurgency and sundry woes. That’s where their similarities end.

President Johnson shocked the world in the heat of the nomination process leading to the 1968 Presidential elections when he suddenly withdrew from the race because of the turmoil generated by his poor handling of the Vietnam War and widespread race riots at home. He was, nevertheless applauded because of the nobility of his action which effectively sealed his place in the pantheon of American statesmen. He chose his country’s peace over self aggrandizement and the allure of office.

President Jonathan faces a similar situation; he is presiding over a deeply divided country, torn apart by religious bigotry, unprecedented official corruption and a badly managed insurgency. While this poor record ought, naturally to deflate his presidential ambition like Johnson’s, Dr. Jonathan unabashedly schemed his nomination, unopposed, for the 2015 presidential elections. He and his PDP cohorts fail to realize that, if you cannot solve a problem, you invariably become part of it. That was why President Johnson didn’t seek re-election. The U.S leader knew the bounds between honour and dishonor, and he chose the honourable path.

Nobody says President Jonathan does not have the constitutional right to seek re-election. However, legal right, when it loses strength against moral ethos, becomes burdensome to the beneficiary of that right. When a Commander- in- Chief is presiding over an army that is so war-weary that, its soldiers are deserting the war front in droves because of superior fire-power of a rag-tag, buccaneering force like Boko Haram, he loses the respect of not just his own armed forces, but that of the people he leads.

As if the shame of the agonizing plight of the Chibok Girls is not enough, our Defense authority seem to be more anxious for a ceasefire with their Boko Haram captors, than the insurgents themselves, signaling war- weariness on the part of our army. Boko Haram has graduated from a hit and run terrorist group, into an army who now occupies territories they have conquered in the north-eastern part of the country.

The PDP administration of President Jonathan is more concerned with plotting how he’d coast home to victory in the 2015 Presidential elections, than how to defeat the insurgency and other violent crimes which threaten the nation’s stability. This places his current quest for renewed mandate on a moral quick sand.

The ding-dong of proclamation of ceasefire by our government and frequent denials by Boko Haram is too embarrassing to be allowed to continue. For God’s sake, President Jonathan should save this nation the disgrace of seeing poorly armed Nigerian troops fleeing into Cameroon in the face of Boko Haram onslaught. He must exercise leadership and bring this insurgency to an end.

In other civilized climes, when a war is handled in this shoddy manner, the leadership of the armed forces would be dishonourably discharged, while the President and his government forced to resign for bringing shame on the nation. Instead, the Nigerian military is making a scapegoat of poor soldiers who violently protested bad service conditions, by sentencing them to death for mutiny. Though, never should disloyalty ever be excused for whatever reason, the peculiar case of the mutinous soldiers who were recently condemned to death should be treated with leniency, and their sentences commuted to reasonable prison terms because their operational conditions were less than ideal as evidenced by the continued desertions being recorded in this terror war. So much for insurgency!

Now, let us look at the economic record of a President who is seeking reelection. An editorial in the PUNCH newspaper edition of October 6, 2014 exposes Nigeria’s poor governance index: “In the Corruption Perception Index 2013 published by Transparency International, Nigeria plunged further from 137th out of 177 countries surveyed in 2012 to 144th. Our score dropped to 25 per cent from 28 per cent. Nor is our moving out of the world’s most fragile states in the 2014 Fragile States Index to 17th cause for cheer in an economy with Africa’s largest Gross Domestic Product. We escaped the ignominy of remaining in the group of the 15 most fragile only because of the civil wars in Syria and Iraq and the descent of Guinea Bissau into an unstable narco state.

“In its Ease of Doing Business Report 2014, the World Bank rated Nigeria 147th out of 189 countries, a further deterioration from its ranking of 137th in 2013. Despite all this; glaring poverty, unemployment and terribly inadequate infrastructure, Jonathan and his ministers have created a narrative of success, even as their failure and the tell-tale signs of a failing state daily confront Nigerians”.

Despite all these unflattering statistics, one is amazed at the crude, undemocratic manner President Jonathan went about seeking a renewal of his mandate in the forthcoming elections. Long before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC lifted the ban on political campaigns; the PDP unleashed a horde of pro- Jonathan political organizations on the nation.

These disparate groups, the most prominent of which is the heavily- financed Transformational Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, launched a blistering, false, intimidating campaign which promotes the candidacy of Jonathan across the nation. These multi-million naira campaigns are most noticeable on the nation’s major television networks and on billboards in Abuja. We have seen TAN’s zonal rallies across the nation where the President’s supporters begged him to run for 2015 Presidential elections, as if the whole thing was not pre-determined.

Prof. Attahiru Jega’s INEC watched this charade even as the President’s people audaciously jumped the gun before his electoral agency blew the whistle on political campaigns. Armed with a huge financial war-chest, we are set to witness another multi-billion dollar presidential campaign, which is likely to surpass the N45 billion spent on the 2011 Presidential polls.

More than any president, Dr. Jonathan has used his incumbency to the greatest advantage, deploying strong arm tactics, and the nation’s resources whenever he deemed necessary; whether in dismantling the Governor’s Forum which threatened his re-election bid, or sacking errant Governors through instigated impeachments. The President’s under hand tactics serves one purpose: clear the way for his re-election in 2015! If this is what democracy is all about, we are in serious trouble.

·        Rev. Okotie, a Presidential Aspirant wrote from Lagos


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. Hmmmmm! True Talk.

  2. Kris Okotie really seam to made sense in this case. Our leaders are busy chasing rat while their houses are on fire.

  3. Dis pastor that is buying big big cars, are they not poor people in ur church? Goat whay see goat dey call am goat lead ur own church well first. Notice me whay dey sleep with him church members up n down. Control ur own self first as a man of GOD nonsense!

  4. Mayford Fortune,
    Your language and attack of Rev. Kris Okotie write up is callous and uncivil.
    If you read between the lines, you will realize that there is a whole lot of truth in what he wrote.
    As a boy in the late 60's, we experienced the the Biafra Civil war, survived it, went through higher education in one-time "happy-go-lucky" Lagos and the reality of years of unemployment necessitated sojourning abroad ,Europa and now in the USA.
    Do you think that 50% of the Nigerians living abroad are having a good time? If Nigeria was an equitable and just society, there will be no point in living in another man's country?
    Rev Okotie's write up has facts which you could determine if it is true or not before blasting off like you just did.
    I do not know your age or your experience in life, i suggest you desist from such ghetto language and as a matter of retrieve your comments as all electronic correspondence is for ever
    What kind of legacy do we want to leave for the next generation , if we write and abuse each other in such crude, thoughtless manners.
    O, boy take am easy and by the way, why do you have two English names? Are you caucasian?

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