ACN describes Jonathan’s first year in office as disappointing

ACN describes Jonathan’s first year in office as disappointing

The Action Congress of Nigeria on Tuesday described President Goodluck Jonathan’s first year in office as “a monument to insecurity and scandals of historic proportions, a far cry from the transformation he promised Nigerians at his inauguration.”
In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party
said President Jonathan frittered away the goodwill of a nation so quickly after his inauguration, “no thanks to gross incompetence and waffling leadership that shocked the citizenry, even by the country’s poor leadership standard.”
The statement said, “A President who asked Nigerians to dream again succeeded in turning their dreams into nightmares. Simply put, Nigerians are worse off today than they were when President Jonathan assumed office on May 29th 2011, and the
country under his watch has become more divided today than at any other time since the civil war of 1967 to 1970.
“In sports parlance, President Jonathan has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and left his compatriots
forlorn and transmogrified, instead of being transformed.”
ACN said that to be fair, one year is too short a time to judge an administration for failing to fully upgrade or
put in place new infrastructure, more so in a country where everything from roads to hospitals, schools and public
utilities have been left to decay by successive administrations.
But the party said it never imagined that any administration would even make things worse than they have been,
citing the case of power which has worsened so much that the only point of light for a large swath of Nigeria has
been the sun during the day and the moon at night.
It said, however, that while Nigerians are willing to wager that the administration could yet rediscover itself and make
some impact in upgrading or building infrastructure, they are fast losing hope when it comes to the government’s
ability to ensure the security or life and property, a key responsibility of any government; check runaway corruption
and prevent shameful scandals.
“As at the last count, over 1,200 Nigerians have been sent to their early graves by the rampaging Boko Haram, as the
Jonathan Administration waffles – or perhaps deliberately delays – on efforts to end the crisis. As the government
flip-flops between non-engagement with ‘terrorists’ to qualified engagement, the sect grew stronger and more daring.
Today, it has seized the initiative from the government, despite its allocating a lion’s share of the 2012 budget for security.
“Add this to the continuing cases of kidnapping for ransom and other violent crimes across the country, and one begins
to wonder whether Nigeria is on the road to Somalia, or if indeed there is a government worth its name in Abuja,” ACN
said.
The party said the Jonathan administration’s first year was also a tsunami of scandals and monumental corruption that have put a lie to President Jonathan’s pledge, at his inauguration, to fight corruption “with overwhelming force of our collective determination.”
Thew party added, “Through a combination of insincerity and deceit, the government went ahead to remove the so-called fuel subsidy, which inadvertently opened a Pandora box that has now let out the worms of unimaginable pilfering of the resources of the commonwealth in the name of fuel subsidy. Sadly, those who are paid from the public till to prevent such theft did not come out unblemished after the House of Representatives’ probe of the phony
subsidy.
“Yet they remain on their seats because the government itself is not untainted. Under President Jonathan’s watch, the multi-billion-naira police pension scheme was looted by incredibly-brazen public officials, emboldened by the impunity that now characterises government affairs. There is yet no evidence that these officials will be robustly prosecuted and be made to answer for the crimes they were alleged to have committed,” it said.
The party said that overall, Jonathan’s first year in office “is a poor and faltering start to his four-year tenure. He has no one but himself to blame for frittering away the massive goodwill that propelled him to office, in spite of his modest means. He has chosen to play politics with his office, instead of focusing on what his legacies will be.
“And on occasions that demanded a strong leadership and the need to uphold the constitution he swore to protect, he failed to
live up to his pledge.
“The result is that the Jonathan presidency has been greatly diminished within and outside the country. Perhaps this is why he was left out when US President Barack Obama invited four African leaders to Camp David during the last G8 summit in the US to discuss food security in Africa. There is yet redemption for President Jonathan, if he is willing to learn his lessons and turn a new leaf, today!” the party said.