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
It is just that many of us are so carried away by
emotion that we can't read between the lines. I should
expect that whenever someone acts in a way that runs
against the norm, like what the outgoing president has
just done and everybody is referring to him as a hero,
that we look beyond the surface and probe into what
informed that action. Unfortunately we don't do that
here in Nigeria. We take things hook, line and singer!
Now you see that disgraceful drama put forth by Peter
Godsday Orubebe, former Minister of Niger Delta, at the
collation centre in Abuja last week? That wasn't
something perfunctory contrived by Orubebe alone. No.
Rather, it was an organised coup d'etat that failed,
thanks to the wisdom of professor Jega in ensuring its
failure. The essence of the aborted coup was, if the
ruling party didn't get it, no one else would. In other
words, let the nation go up in smoke for the PDP to lose
Now the question:
Who sent Peter Orubebe to do what he did?
Did he act alone? Was Jonathan in the picture? If not,
who and who were involved? This matter should be
thoroughly investigated and the culprits treated like
coup plotters, for that's what they're.
You see, in the presidential system of government
there's what is called the principle of vicarious
liability. The President as the head of government takes
the blame or credit for whatsoever goes on in his
government. This is what the Americans mean when they
say, "The buck stops at the President's table." He
doesn't pass the buck. He doesn't give excuse nor can he
feign ignorance for whatever goes on in his government.
So Jonathan cannot wash his hands off from what many saw
as the last ditch effort by the ruling party to use a
hireling like Peter Orubebe to scuttle an election in
progress, just because they saw they would lose. Even
the episode of the Card Reader that apparently failed to
capture the fingers of the President and his wife on the
election day and the President had to publicly phone to
complain to Jega about it also needs to be thoroughly
investigated to find out if that was just a mere
coincidence or actual fault of the machine. The
President's elect and his wife didn't have problem with
the Card Reader in Katsina. Theirs worked like the
clock! Also I wonder if all those calling Jonathan hero
for conceding to General Buhari ever bothered to weigh
the implication of the pressure mounted on Jonathan by
the international community to ensure that the results
of the election were not tampered with. Not only that,
remember when John Kerry, the American Secretary of
State, came calling just before the election began, he
warned that Nigerian politicians that caused the
election to derail would not be given an American visa.
John Kerry knew that there's no Nigerian politician that
would want to risk being declared as persona non grata
in the US. It is in the US our looters keep their loots.
They always retire there to live on them. And you can
begin to imagine what miserable misfortune awaits a
looter that would not be be allowed access to his loot!
Now, if you're a Christian or Muslim and you had the
interest of Nigeria at heart, you must have prayed the
prayer that I personally prayed, that God should compel
whosoever would lose the election to accept the result
without protest. That's exactly what happened. The Bible
tells us in Proverbs 21:1, that "The king's heart is in
the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth
it whithersoever he will."
Mind you, I am full of praise for Janathan that he chose
the path of honour in accepting his defeat without
raising a protest voice.
Now, as to who the true hero is in the Nigerian 2015
Presidential Election, my choice is the God Almighty who
sealed the mouth of Godluck Ebele Jonathan from
protesting the outcome of the election. Reader, what