‘Want Cheap Popularity? Attack Okonjo-Iweala
Since Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala left her World Bank job in September 2011 to assume the position of Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance at the invitation of President Jonathan, she has been the subject of severe attacks from persons desperate to court public attention. These so-called critics, who usually hide under the pretence of airing their opinion on the state of the Nigerian economy, have been found out several times for their mischief as their criticism are sometimes baseless, unfounded, uncalled for or outright lies with the motive being to sully the reputation of Okonjo-Iweala and in the process earn acclaim for themselves..
Buhari and the Tyranny of Perception
The other day, I casually and light-heartedly sounded out a colleague at work, a well-educated Nigerian, just like me, of Yoruba extraction, what he thought of Buhari’s victory in the Nigerian presidential election. And before I could finish the question a seemingly hackneyed answer popped right of his lips like a kindergarten regurgitating some crammed line: Why wouldn’t he? His man won and like many he was still basking in the afterglow of victory celebration.
“He will fight corruption and insecurity and make the country better”, he gushed, his eyes glittering, with a rather triumphant smile playing on his lips. Like most Nigerians who voted for the APC presidential flag bearer, this educated but seemingly politically naïve Nigerian, had rooted for Buhari solely on the basis of his perception of the man as an incorruptible corruption fighter, albeit with pretty scanty evidence of that at his disposal.
Beyond professionalism: The baseless conclusions of Yussuf Alli on Okonjo Iweala
Yusuf Alli’s piece titled ‘What becomes of Jonathan’s Women’ and his narrow-minded and unsubstantiated conclusions and barefaced lies about the performance of Okonjo-Iweala is indeed only a classic example of how a ‘Managing Editor’ of a national newspaper should not write. The write-up is but an unfortunate representation of the many tired lies and speculative attacks that have been consistently hurled at the Minister with the singular malicious objective of dragging her unassailable professional reputation to disrepute. But a lie will forever remain a lie no matter how often it is repeated and many a good natured Nigerians will never cease to rise up in strong defense of truth especially when it faces abuse by those who it is their professional duty to protect and defend..
Tribute to GEJ, the Gemstone in GMB’s Quarry.
The much awaited Nigerian presidential election has come and gone and it took four agonizing days and sleepless nights to announce the final results. At a point in the seemingly endless serial presentation by INEC chairman, Jega, in Abuja, it seemed to me that we might be heading for a cliff hanger of an election. But that was not to be.
There is no beating about the bush here and parsing words. And I will not attempt to put a bold face on a defeat either. I get it: Buhari won and Jonathan lost in his bid for a second term. Jonathan had beaten Buhari hands down back in 2011 and in this return match, to use soccer analogy, Buhari drew blood and ran away with victory. If there is any lesson to be learnt from Buhari’s victory, it is that perseverance pays in the end.
The Nigerian 2015 Presidential Election: The Real Hero.
The defeated out-going President, Goodluck Jonathan, did the rare thing, as an African sitting president, of accepting defeat and calling upon his opponent to congratulate him!
That, however, to me, doesn't make him a hero as many are wont to see him. One doesn't acquire heroism by mere owning up to a deserved defeat. Heroism is made of a sterner stuff. You become a hero through incredible acts of bravery. A sitting president who lost an election or who saw the result of an election swinging against him and then decided to quickly call his opponent to congratulate him cannot, by that singular act alone, fit into the definition of a hero. No, no, no! What Jonathan did can only be referred to as a sportsmanlike conduct. That is another way of saying that Jonathan is a cheerful loser, which is not the same thing as being a hero.