Jonathan: No Single Individual, Group Can Solve Nigeria’s Problems

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan
  •  Obi, Ohakim differ on solutions

Amby Uneze in Owerri

Former President Goodluck Jonathan weekend took another look at the myriad problems besetting Nigeria and concluded that no single individual or group could have the answered to the problems.

But former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, and his Imo State counterpart, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, noted that the problems with Nigeria was not that of leadership but the structures that produce leadership in the country.

Speaking during the 5th memorial lecture and the formal presentation of the late Professor Celestine Onwuliri Foundation (PROFOUND) held at Chris VI hotels, Nnarambia, in the Ahiazu Mbaise council area of Imo state, the former president explained that the nation could only wriggle out from her socio-economic and political travails with an efficacious structural composition and comprehensive diagnosis of her problems.

Jonathan who was represented by the former secretary to the government of the federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, insisted that Nigeria requires a leader with an uncommon knowledge, wisdom and determination to implement the recommendation of the National Conference.

He described the infamous Dana plane crash of Sunday 3rd June, 2012 which claimed the life of Prof. Onwuliri and other Nigerians as the saddest and darkest moment of his administration and prayed God to grant their souls eternal rest.
Meanwhile, in a lecture with theme: ‘The problem with Nigeria’, former Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi decried the borrowing spree for consumption by the nation’s leaders which he noted had further pauperized the masses.

Obi disclosed that he never borrowed a dime to govern the state during his two-term administration, noting it was possible because he never saw the reason for that. He condemned the attitude of present crop of leaders who have embarked on a borrowing jamboree without anything to show for it but only to bag chieftaincy titles and merit awards from traditional rulers and organisation.

“Development reflection is what we need and the process of selecting our leaders must change because the current system is poor hence the leadership is poor.

“A leader should live by example and his character should be consistent. We should begin to hold our leaders responsible for failure to meet our worthy expectations. Nigeria as a nation is not poor”, he stated.

Invariably, former governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim jocularly disagreed with his colleague, saying that the problem with Nigeria was not that of bad leadership, stressing that otherwise, such leaders as Peter Obi, Paschal Dozie, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim would not have emerged.

Ohakim stressed “our problem is the structure that produces leadership and if we can get the structure right Nigeria will be a better place, otherwise even if you bring in Jesus Christ in the structure we currently operate he will fail”.

  • MRnaijawantalk

    Nigeria and understanding how diverse we are… it takes traveling a bit to start realizing some facts. Even within the same state like Delta & Benue you will see the difference and long term issues, and we will now dear generalize them as a region! Apart from South West, South East and North West which are a bit more homogeneous ethnically ( not forgetting the different variance albeit slightly in culture and native dialect language), the others are a myriad of cultures, people , languages and age long rifts on land boards etc.

    I believe we have used artificial lines as boarders to define ourselves which may not be totally correct. Are the Ilajes’ in ondo state culture closer to youruba which they are locked in or Ijaws of Delta state and Bayelsa state. The Udoma names and dressing is closer to Igbo than anyone else in the north Central which they find themselves ( this 2 examples are boarder tribes which i have noticed)

    In my view May be we need to go back the parliamentary system, which is less expensive( then we may need to start fielding professionals as candidates to get ministerial appointments). We have shadow governments that is set up and keeps the government in power on their toes. A government who is not up to the task, will get a vote of no confidence in the parliament and not wait for the long impeachment process or i have a fixed term . Parties will have to negotiate and form alliances that is beneficial to all parties in . Just imagine what is going on the UK with the Hung parliament? The Lib Dems in UK got Deputy Prime minister under PM David Carmeron and when it was election time the Lib Dems paid for it for departing from their principles and core values.

    I feel the last election opened up a lot our sore wounds and we departed from issue based politics to personality, ethnicity and religion( which had silently covered up over the years)

    it time we heal and proffer solutions. my own 10 kobo contribution.

    • Powell Tallen

      Good analysis and not like maccido who started by calling names and I treated him with the same hatred!

  • oyoko

    No wonder you did not perform, because in your perception you believed no one or group can solve Nigeria problem. No wonder, you did not know that the number problem of Nigeria is corruption; wherefore, you declare that corruption is not stealing!

  • Curtx Maccido

    Ogogoro master, you be alive and Nigeria problems will solved. The fact you failed in fixing the problems doesn’t mean no one or group can ….horrific negative mind and brain, lousy ijaw punk!

    • OJAY

      Instead of commenting constructively to help proffer solution(s) to our myraid of problems you resort to the use of abusive words on personalities you can never get to the positions they’ve attained in life. Today, American are forward looking to Trump to improve their state & not crying of what Obama did. But when past leaders here suggest ways of getting Nigeria out its myraids of challenges some of you with pseudo names take it the wrong way. When this country splits into five if at all the core North will suffer the most. They’ll have the semblance of Chad, Niger, & Mali which do have droughts with their cattle’s drying & with no rains to grow crops.
      Note. Every part of Nigeria as it is presently constituted need each other (there is unity & strength in diversity) whether you are majority or minority whether you are weak or strong. Pls mind the way you address your elders (leaders). Have a happy Sunday, insha Allah.

      • Curtx Maccido

        May you attain the position of jonathan….and if that what you aspire to be that’s fine. Fools like you appreciate thieves and give award to fraudsters – as you look forward to being a personality like jonathan and his likes, so shall it be! What I said are facts – does it mean you don’t know the difference between sharing facts and abusing. Besides what you called myriad of problems are caused by your likes and jonathan who will never be patient to see through government programs before blabbing nonsenses. Don’t happy Sunday me and piss off with your crappie story….how can you refer to a jonathan as a past leader, someone who facilitated stealing of over $100 billion from Nigeria economy – even his wife has an empire built on stole money! For some of us we shall continue to attack all the bad eggs until they (including you) stop messing with our country!

        • Pete

          Marcicido, Jonathan does not drink alcohol, let alone ogogoro. Jonathan is far better than the crook and certificate forger and bastard called buhari. Dollar is now 1 to N500, pound is 1 to N700, your stupid illiterate does not know the difference between Germany and West Germany and president and chancellor of German. Your problem is hatred just as any hausa fulani muslim in the north. I am a northerner, but the truth is there is no alcoholics like the hausa fulani muslims. Former governor muazu and el rufai are both alcoholics, the daughter of el rufai died in the UK of cocaine overdose. There are more drug addicts in the north among hausa fulani muslims than the entire south. You are a hypocrite. At least an alcoholic is better than the murderer called buhari who is now paying for the blood of innocent children, women and men he murdered just to get to power. He will never know peace and he will die in pains and of course go to hell

          • Curtx Maccido

            Another uneducated pathetic soul, who doesn’t know the difference
            between illiteracy and education, dollar is N355 parallel and N306
            official rate as at yesterday and pound was never N700. That’s how you spread fake news and pollute everywhere with your stupidity! What has where you come from gotta to do with comment about a former lousy president who believes the problems of the country can’t be solved be anyone or group because he lost election? Who cares if the whole country drinks alcohol? What are we talking what are saying? Must join discourse if you are mentally deficient or distressed? Please go and join your group and stop displaying stupidiotic behavior in public!
            Again you and your jonathan group will live to see the problems of the
            country solved.

        • Daniel Udoh

          i don’t blame you in anyway because pathetic fools will remain so until they died yours is not exclusive, under jonathan you never suffered the way so, cause it is frustration of the unexpected that is affecting you, please all the money that was recovered where are they and how much is it, from african Largest economy to what is rated the 6th, two years in office with nothing show, your so called pathetic president and stupid political party keep blaming their inability to perform on past leaders. you are a fool to even open your mouth to talk, you this pathetic and confuse ornament of catastrophy

          • Curtx Maccido

            Ha hahaa…horrible shameless Udoh, ibiobio punk!…..In 2 years this government have recovered more than N4 trillion from your corrupt brothers and relatives, more than N2 trillion in salaries and allowances of ghost workers, agricultural sector is booming as rice and wheat importation is 70% less than what it used to be under jonathan administration, unemployment is crashing under your big nose and head, refineries are working and soon Nigeria will be self dependent with petroleum products and even commence exportation….to mention a few. The problem with uneducated idiots like you is that your brain is locomotively operated, you struggle to figure out issues appropriately – yet you won’t shut your dirty/stinking mouth but make all sort of reckless noise. Like i said, you will end up like jonathan and your story shall be like that of patience jonathan/saraki/dasuki …say amen! before i come and wack your mouth!

        • Powell Tallen
          • Curtx Maccido

            I didn’t realize I was chatting with a psychiatric patient…all you need do is take your drugs and stop displaying your mental problems public. Nonentity! Horrible punk!

    • On Niger Delta Republic I stan

      Animal Amajiri cow

    • Powell Tallen

      Marcicido, Jonathan does not drink alcohol, let alone ogogoro. Your problem is hatred just as any hausa fulani muslim in the north. I am a northerner, but the truth is there is no alcoholics like the hausa fulani muslims. Former governors muazu and el rufai are are both alcoholics, the daughter of el ru fai died in the UK of cocaine overdosed. There are more drug addicts in the north among hausa fulani muslims than the entire south. You are a hypocrite. At least an alcoholic is better than the murder called buhari who is now paying for the blood of innocent children, women and men he muredered just to get to power. He will never know peace and he will die in pains and of course go to hell and meet muhammed the messenger of the devil. Ka chi ubanga da uwaka, shege dan lambatu dan iska. Uwaka karwa che, shege dan banza

    • Powell Tallen

      Buhari smokes weewee (indian helm), sniff solusho , petrol and takes cocain! Buhari started having sex with aisha at 8, just like the stupid and fake prophet mohammed! Buhari stole all the money meant for PTF to build houses in abuja, dubai and sent his children to expensive schools abroad! You worship the devil’s messenger called mohammed! Buhari will never enjoy the power he got through the shedding of innocent blood! All hausa fulani muslims will die in power eg ahmadu bello, tafawa balewa, murtala mohammed, abacha, yaradua and now the dullard from daura! Useless pig heads!

    • Powell Tallen