By Olapade Agoro
The recent outburst of former president Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo on his perceived failures of President Goodluck Jonathan in office so far must be understood and accepted as a normal and expected retrospective feelings of a father correcting the mistakes he made when he also was young doing what he ought not to have done and or omitting to do what he ought to have done right.
The fact that no one can ever deny is that it was Olusegun Obasanjo who, like a very violent hurricane, swept Goodluck Jonathan into the serial official positions starting in 1999 as Deputy Governor until 2005 when suddenly under intense intrigues he became the Governor of Bayelsa State after the governor was charged and removed from office for official corruption.
Two years thereafter i.e. 2007, having been given not enough time to learn the rope he was called out to become Vice President to President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and during which period he had the Herculean task of having to negotiate peace with the terrible and deadly Niger Delta militants. Unfortunately for Nigeria but which those with undiscerning minds would possibly have seen, goodluck shone on Goodluck Jonathan, as in year 2010 President Yar’Adua fell sick and became incapacitated and incapable of performing his official duties. The National Assembly, prompted by the hot demands from the nation, in the first of its type decision since the existence of Nigeria, took matter into their hands to save our democracy by transferring power to Jonathan to become Acting President under the doctrine of necessity. However, the chicken came home to roost when on May 5, 2010 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was pronounced dead and the second day Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as President to the happiness of his people in the South-south and sadness of some of the Northern Nigeria political hawks, and particularly hurting PDP unofficial rotational arrangement. President Jonathan’s declaration to stand for election in 2011 was no doubt met with stiff resistance from the North who saw his decision to contest as an usurpation of their rights to stay in power continuum. In the course of events, hiding in the corridor of darkness, Boko Harm insurgency came into broad daylight initially seeming kid –gloving. This insurgency saw Jonathan without showing seriousness of purpose and understanding the magnanimity of the problems confronting him playing the good boy to please the Northern Nigeria political gods whilst his roof was on fire. Since then the nation has been in turmoil and rumble of confusions, pains and agonies all because Jonathan was railroaded into power and never given any time to prepare for his duty callings. It is apt therefore and for good record keeping to mention also that contrary to the good luck Olusegun Obasanjo had during his presidency, enjoying oil price ranging from US$14.74 per barrel in May 1999 when he came into office rising significantly to US$ 68.75 per barrel in 2007 when he left office. It was, however, an ill fortune and economic bad luck for Goodluck Jonathan in the sense that oil price in the international market which was at its peak US$117 per barrel in May 2011when he came into office, has nose dived since January 2015 to about US$58 per barrel and with no end to the price falling yet in sight.
From the aforementioned scenario, it would be seen totally unjust for anyone including our dear respected and revered Aremu Olusegun Obasanjo to lay the blame of the bad performance of the economy on President Jonathan, failing to understand the mistakes he (Obasanjo) and others made and are still making by playing political tin gods and making life unbearable and the nation ungovernable for him in power. This is obviously a case of whom the gods will want to destroy, they first made mad.
*Dr Agoro, (Aladura Patriarch) and Owa’Tapa of Itapa Ijesa land, is the National Chairman/ former Presidential Candidate, National Action Council (NAC) .