Nigerians need no ‘marking scheme’ to assess Jonathan’s administration – ACN

The Action Congress of Nigeria
(ACN) has said Nigerians need
no ’marking scheme’ to assess
the Jonathan Administration or any
administration at all, noting that
the people know when a
government has impacted
positively on their lives.

In a statement issued in Ibadan on
Thursday by its National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, the party also
reminded President Jonathan that
it is not the business of the
opposition to spoon-feed his
Administration on how to govern,
even though the party has,
time and again, gone out of its
way to proffer solutions to the
myriad of problems facing the
nation, out of
sheer patriotism.

”Needless to say that such
suggestions from us and other
well-meaning groups and
individuals have been so
arrogantly ignored by the
administration,” it said.
ACN wondered why President
Jonathan is suddenly irritated
that Nigerians have not given his
administration a pass mark, after
about three years in the saddle
and two years since he was
elected.

”Mr. President, Nigerians need no
marking scheme to know that
the rate of unemployment went
up, under your watch, to an
unprecedented 23.9% by
December 2011, according
to figures given by the National
Bureau of Statistics. Today, the
figure must be hovering above the
50% mark!

”Mr. President, Nigerians need no
marking scheme to know that
under your watch, security of lives
and property, as well as the
welfare of the citizens – the raison
d’etre of any government – are at
the lowest ebb. A day before you
demanded a marking scheme from
Nigerians instead of giving them
better life, a popular musician was
attacked by a nine-man gang that
snatched his car and deprived him
of his money in the country’s
economic capital city – the fate
being suffered daily by millions of
your compatriots!

”Mr. President, what marking
scheme does one need to know
that despite the seemingly
impressive economic figures being
reeled out by your administration,
the average Nigerian is worse off
today than he or she was before
you assumed office? What we are
seeing is growth without
development. The so-called 6.5%
economic growth announced
by your Finance Minister is
meaningful only on paper. How
does that help the thousands of
university graduates who
are scrambling to work as truck
drivers? How does it make Lagos-
Ibadan expressway or the East-
West road safer for Nigerians?
”Mr. President, what has been the
impact for Nigerians of the
high foreign reserves figure and
the stable exchange rates for the
naira reeled out by your Finance
Minister? Is it not a cruel irony
that as Mr. President was
luxuriating in phantom economic
indices on the second anniversary
of his administration,
Nigerians across the land could
not even watch him on television
because the power situation has
been exceptionally poor in recent
times?

”And in case Mr. President thinks
it is only the opposition and
the media – his administration’s
favourite whipping boys – that are
scoring his administration low, the
Washington-based global advocacy
and campaigning organization,
ONE, was listing Nigeria – under
President Jonathan’s watch – and
DR Congo among ”laggard
countries” pulling Africa back from
reaching the MDG goals by 2015?
Surely, this global body did not use
any ’Jonathan-style marking
scheme’ to name Uganda,
Rwanda, Malawi, Ghana and
Ethiopia as the top performing
countries in Africa (on the MDGs),
even when they are less endowed
than Nigeria?” ACN queried.
The party said it would not have
wasted its energy on commenting
on the mid-term performance
record of the
Jonathan Administration, had the
President not disingenuously
decided to blame imaginary
enemies of his administration for
his token achievements in the
face of mounting challenges facing
the country.

It urged President Jonathan to
shut his ears to praise-
singers, especially those of the
pig-at-the-trough hue from across
the Atlantic who have never seen
an African government, no matter
its governance record, that is
unworthy of their association, as
they hunt for cheap funds from
despotic governments across
the continent to rehabilitate
themselves back home.

”Mr. President, it is never too late
for you to put your shoulder
to the wheel, shun the political
jobbers around you,
reinvigorate your cabinet by
chasing away the deadwood there
– though some of them come
highly recommended on paper –
and giving Nigerians a more
purposeful governance.
”When that happens, Mr.
President, you will not need to
waste valuable time on lecturing
your much-sapped compatriots
on how to assess your
administration, and you would
have succeeded in rending those
seemingly implacable critics of
yours in the media and the
opposition jobless,”
ACN said.