To Jonathan, A Man of Courage

Guest Columnist: Azibaola Robert

Dear Goodluck Jonathan, please forgive me if you feel unhappy about this public letter to you. I had to do it as your witness and on the occasion of your 60th birthday. Again, if you noticed, I have called you for the first time by your name instead of brother or daddy as I am used to.

In the past, I have read public letters of people who have written plenty untruths about you including, allegedly, children, that have amazed me and the entire family. One alleged you had snipers in the villa. There are many reasons which made it impossible for us to publicly come out to defend you. It’s not your style. But that is a story for another day. While I’m still developing my memoirs about you and your presidency, I feel obliged on the occasion of this your 60th birthday to write you this letter and say ‘hello, brother!’.

Sir, for five years of your presidency, I was privileged to bid you good morning and goodnight every other day. You lent me your ears as a good brother would and I spoke truths to you. I stood on moral ground with you. I never sought for any appointment from you even though, as a lawyer of 20 years standing then, a former social activist, and astute businessman, I was imminently qualified for any political position. I never, any day, used your name in vain. I never collected any bribe from anybody for any purpose whatsoever to procure your favour for anyone. As it was then and now, I still boldly say that every person’s matter I whispered to you was based purely on its merit. And I challenge anybody to say or prove otherwise. Not that people did not offer unmerited favours though, in fact a lot, but I rebuffed them all. As I did not have any query about any of these matters from you, I believe I acquitted myself very well.

Brother, I am told a lot of times by a lot of people that I’m a man of great courage. But in you I have seen a man of courage which dims mine infinitely. I am filled with enviable nostalgia about your insurmountable courage. I bear witness, Sir. For five years, you were the President. Before then you were deputy governor, governor, Vice President and Acting President. But you came out not a wealthy man. You detest insane wealth acquisition by politicians and public officials. You dealt with every file that came to your table on its merit. I salute you, Sir. You are poor in worldly material wealth but you are very, very wealthy in spirit.

Nigerians know that the easiest way to get rich quick is through petroleum deals. Yet, for the billions being bandied around, nobody has ever mentioned any of your relatives as a beneficiary of any. All of them are Lagos people. Yes, Lagos! Sir, I am fully amused at the folly of humans when I hear them call you corrupt.

But yes, my brother, you are man of immense wealth, not in silver and gold, naira and kobo. You have no foreign bank account. You have no private jet, no mansions, no shopping malls, no hotels, nothing – just a self-contented modest man rich in spirit.

Brother, you are one of the most courageous men I have ever read, heard of or come across. Nothing could be more courageous than you signing the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) into law. The Nigerian media and civil society desperately wanted it. You gave it to them. I call it the Goodluck Act. Generations of Nigerians will be thankful to you, Sir, for your will to sign this law which nobody agreed to do.

Nothing could be more courageous than you acknowledging Moshood K.O Abiola’s place in history and naming the University of Lagos after him. Since 1993 till date, no other President, to my knowledge, publicly mentioned Abiola’s name in any good light until you became President. Not unexpectedly, even those who campaigned for the actualisation of Abiola’s June 12 mandate suddenly came out to oppose you. I saw hypocrisy in its raw form! Abiola’s spirit will remain thankful to you, Sir. Your action has left a very huge moral burden in them that pretentiously used Abiola’s name in vain while pushing their own agenda.

You set out to assimilate the Igbo finally into the Nigerian society after the civil war. Was it not you who summoned the courage to appoint the first Igbo man as Chief of Army Staff since the end of the civil war? Was it not you who gave Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu a full military/national burial? You ordered is casket draped in Nigerian flag and buried him in glory. Ojukwu is happier in his grave because you were the president.

Nothing could have been more courageous than ordering the military to admit girls to Nigeria’s premier National Defence Academy (NDA) and as combatants in the Nigerian defence forces. For the first time, our girls proudly kit fully in Nigeria’s camouflage. Someday, Nigeria will produce a woman Chief of Army Staff who will thank you for the opportunity.

You exhibited uncommon courage when you decided to mop up Almajiri kids from the streets of northern Nigeria and give them quality education. I always watched you when you spoke about it with passion. Don’t worry brother, in two to three decades, maybe, just maybe, one of these youths could emerge a leader of Nigeria and thank you for your noble deed.

It was courage to sign anti-gay bill into law. The day you signed that law you knew the West and the all-powerful anti-gay movement and their media establishment will come after you. You had your fears but decided to go ahead and do it for God and for Nigeria. That law became one of the reasons Barack Obama mobilised the West against you. Even the Vatican questioned you. They knew you were not corrupt, Sir. The allegation of corruption was the smokescreen they sold to Nigerians to enable them edge you out. Signing the anti-gay law was one of the reasons you lost their support.

Throughout your tenure you pushed gender balance and gender equality too far to the distaste of the male-dominated Nigerian traditional societies. Then you boasted to, in your second term, push your appointments to not less than 55:45 ratio of men against women. The more than 35% appointments to women in your government was already, to them, courage taken too far.

Majority of those around you were too bothered that you insisted “too much” on qualification for every appointment you made. Your often-repeated phrase was, ‘is he qualified?’, or ‘is she qualified?’ It was this passion of your insistence for qualifications that more than 70% of your ministers were non-politicians who couldn’t help you in your re-election bid. Your most intellectually grounded ministers, including Olusegun Aganga, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Akinwumi Adesina, Professor Chinedu Nebo, had little electoral value. But you brought them in to transform Nigeria.

You always encourage and celebrate education and excellence. You dreamt of Nigeria going to the moon. You got the best of the first-class products of Nigerian universities and sent them to the best universities abroad under your Presidential Scholarship Initiative Project (PRESID) so they could come back and rebuilt Nigeria.

You set out to ensure Nigeria makes its own cars through the Nigeria’s National Automotive Council. You had a robust campaign. You were the first president that drove a Made-in-Nigeria car. Sometimes I think. Was it naivety that you didn’t know that the Nigerian market was too large for the western car manufacturers to let you do that? I felt for you. For an African country, it is death sentence to boast to want to achieve technological advancement in any area of endeavour. It is better not said.

Your love for the media, media independence and freedom is legendary. You always preached about the need for democracy to encourage free press and divergent views. That surely emboldened you to give Nigerians, nay the Press, the FOI Law. You embraced social media like no other and expanded its frontiers. Today Nigerians freely express themselves through their own media. All thanks to you. You don’t believe in ownership of media houses by political officeholders, nor control of any. Often, I ask some of your hardened critics to mention to me any media house you own or control in Nigeria after 16 years in Nigeria’s political space. None!

Brother, each day I gaze at you, I have no doubt you are a meek of the earth. Your forgiving spirit is legendary. Your unblemished love for even your hardened haters is ‘unpolitician’. In short you are not a politician. As I often told you, those who hurt you hurt their spirit.

In the build-up to Obama’s second-term election, you assured his emissaries and prevailed on the National assembly not to pass the anti-gay bill until after his elections. You didn’t want to hurt him. After the election, the law was passed and you signed it. Then, he turned against you. He meddled in your elections, Sir! He sent his campaign strategist David Axelrod to come design an anti-Goodluck Jonathan campaign strategy. Then, he mobilised the West against you.

Brother, not that am a fan of Trump, but don’t worry. God has taken care of them in Donald Trump. He’s been crying foul Russia meddled in his ‘third term’ bid. His signature programmes are being dismantled one after the other. David Cameron lost out in the UK so soon after in the wake of Brexit. Jacob Zuma has not known peace since then in South Africa. Not even his Owerri statues!

When I tell you, you are a man of courage you laugh it off. Wait. Was it not you who warned that nobody should rig elections for you? Was it not you who instructed your aide to source for a most credible Nigerian to appoint as chairman of INEC instead of someone you knew that could have done your bidding? Was that not how Attahiru Jega emerged and you appointed him without ever meeting him? Was it not you who stood in queue, for hours, in public glare and cameras on March 28, 2015, to vote, and your finger print was rejected? Was it not you who vowed to respect the result of the elections whichever way it went? Was it not you who created and lived the now popular phrase: “My ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian”? What more courage would a man in power have than that?

Sir, nothing could be more courageous than you calling your opponent to acknowledge defeat before election result was declared. History will remember you for being the first to do so in Africa. Several generations will be inspired and remember your nobility wherever and whenever there is an election in Africa.

Still you refuse to agree you are a man of infinite courage? Ok, wait. Was it not you who listened to the yearnings of Nigerians to restructure the country and convened a national conference without influencing the membership or outcome? Don’t worry, someday that document will become the bedrock of Nigeria’s progress. Was it not you who refused to go to court to challenge the result of the elections in spite of hug pressure to do so? Was that not the first in the history of our country and, indeed, in Africa? You have set records that will live for ever in the memory of Nigerians, nay, the world!

You are resilient. A man who always acknowledges is mistakes and retreats. You always consult far and wide to take a decision. Even though you are an embodiment of intellectual power horse, you do not betray any all-knowing attitude but you rather listen to the best of opinions and experts. You too often acknowledge your weaknesses as if you are the only one with weaknesses. Don’t worry, everyman has his weaknesses and yours not near those of lot of men near your status.

Was I not the one who announced to you on March 30th, that you lost the elections? That evening, you were seated alone in your very small guestroom. Waripamowei Dudafa and I were the only ones with you. We knocked the door and entered. The smile you beamed at us, the conveyor of the bad news, lives with me till eternity. I thought what a God that created you! That you did not betray any sense of ill feelings at the news of losing elections to remain the most powerful officer in Africa! Such a calm, cool gentleman! I’m one in a million, lucky having you as my brother.

Sir, on 29th May, I was the last of your relatives to leave the Villa. As your motorcade rolled bye I gave it a salute. I was filled with mixed feelings – a feeling of joy that finally you have been liberated from the evil machinations of hawks whose only primary unquenchable lust is to serve their insatiable, pecuniary desires, and the feeling of departure of a good man who honestly has Nigeria as his only project.

Sir, I’m your brother and, even again, now and ever I bear you witness. History will remember you as one of the most detribalised Presidents Nigeria ever had.

Living under your shadows for five years of your Presidency without any public outcry of overbearing influence in your government, without ever entering and flying your presidential jet or going close the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport for that matter, without harassing or abusing the rights of any Nigerian, etc, are, indeed, acts of courage. For that, I am proud I acquitted myself very well. It was not for you I did this. It was to disprove historical misconceptions. In my early adult life as an activist, I vowed that if ever I found myself in or around power, I would prove that it is possible to be in or around power without abusing it. I proved it, Sir. For that I am also a man of courage. Am I not?

Happy Birthday to you, my brother, the uncommon Nigerian!

• Robert, cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan, is a lawyer, businessman, former human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner

  • Fatau Alaka

    He is unknown HERO of our Generation ,Happy birthday to you GEJ long life in good health

  • Arabakpura

    I am just trying to make a sense of it; did Robert also try to divorce Patience from Jonathan?

  • “Korede

    It will be very funny to get something different from Robert on his cousin.

  • Ken

    I shed tears after reading Roberts Azibaola. It is sad that a country would choose darkness instead of light. We do we wicked our self?

  • Don Gratias

    Robert you made my day with this masterpiece. I’m amazed at these very key legacies of the Jonathan presidency that are not even mentioned at all. Definitely Jonathan has an outstanding place in the history of our national rebirth despite all the hollow accusations of the APC gang of liars and criminals.

  • Chuma Anierobi

    You make me feel so good. This is a master piece. Thank you Robert.

  • BB

    To this Robert fellow, courage and a good heart is the wanton disregard for human life as en-capsuled in the celebration of a party at the Villa less than 24 hours after the massacre of kids in a Northern school….God save us from psychotic sycophants in Nigeria

  • Curious One

    The greatest President Nigeria has produced.

  • share Idea

    tears rolling over my face while reading this great piece. These silent qualities of GEJ has been the bedrock of my administration for him but the non-discerning minds does it see them. Happy Birthday to great Nigeria democrat at 60

  • Mystic mallam

    Mr Robert, you’re right on one point; unlike many who put on a false face, Jonathan is a good man,plain and simple. But, man of courage? No Sir, he is anything but!!! And you know what, courage is perhaps the most vital ingredient of leadership. That’s why he failed as President, he didn’t have courage. His failure had nothing to do with ”clueless” as his detractors love to propagate, it had everything to do with ”pizzaz” – doing the things you have to do as leader [good/popular or bad/unpopular things] when you have to do them, irrespective of whose ox is gored. Above all, courageous leaders never go back on their decision once their gut feelings reassure them that their decision was right – like removal of fuel subsidy, like cashiering corrupt colleagues and loyalists, like implementing Confab decisions… you get the drift, Mr Robert… goodness is good, but it is not courage.

    • American Abroad

      Maybe I am naive, but is it possible to be a “good” man and see all the suffering on the faces of your own benighted people and do nothing, when you have the power and authority to make a meaningful difference? Is is possible to be “good” yet steal or allow the pilfering of money, goods and services meant for everybody, especially those whose very lives might actually depend on those? Can you be “good” and be indifferent to needless suffering, stunted development, premature death, vehicular mayhem, malnutrition, social degradation, pestilence, famine and immorality- even amongst your own? What sort of people are Nigerians????? What kind of country is this? What do you mean by “pizzaz”: is this, yet again, the African babyish (I could have said sophomoric, but the Internet BackPage Commentariat who can’t read, would call it “grammar”) preference for style over substance? Can there possibly be anything as an African brain????? I truly, finally, give up IN DISGUST.

      • share Idea

        When GEJ was introducing scientific ways that could help government to curb pilfering of FG funds, what do you think he was doing?

        Must you fight all the crime and wars at the same while in government. GEJ have never claimed that he was a super human, and had always advocated for strong institutions instead of strongman mentality. Hence, the reforms he introduced.

        • Fula

          Scientific ways of curbing pilfering of funds by GEJ….hahahahahaha. Talk about virginity amongst old women

          • share Idea

            So in your world, every old woman can never be a virgin.

            Do you know that there are people both men and women who have vowed for celibacy and they live their vows.

            Nigeria we hail thee

          • BankyMons

            Oh dear!

      • Iskacountryman

        he hadnt the administrative acumen to effect such changes..

        • BankyMons

          Oh alright how is Buhari doing lately?

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      • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

        Whilst a fierce critic of GEJ, one has to admit, that he left Nigeria better than he met it and it has clearly regressed after him. In that simple measure, history will probably be kinder to him.

        • American Abroad

          No, Michael, he did not. It really upsets me when we manufacture our own factoids which are all false, and does not fool anyone, even the revisionists who abound herein. I have nothing personally against ANYbody, I just hold the true facts sacrosanct. Please name one measurable aspect of human living, any measurable index, that improved under Jonathan: JUST ONE. Nigeria has never been “better” under any leader, not even after Obasanjo, who as rotten as he was, is still the best of the entire stinking lot. I am not particularly religious, but to my way of thinking, there is either a God or there is not: if there is, there is no way all our leaders will not pay a huge price for their egregious failures and unforgivable sins, both NOW and HERE, as well as in the hereafter. If there is no justice in Heaven, why in the name of all that is Holy would I want to go there? If Jonathan knew he was not a “superman” as Mr Share Idea suggests, why the hell did he run for President? Did he think it was a dinner party routine?

          • Daniel Obior

            The problem with your arguments is that you hold Jonathan to standards prevailing in the US and the developed western world. That in itself is not bad, but unfortunately unrealistic in our clime. The comparison here is between Jonathan and other Nigerian heads of state. In that context, if you fail to see the improvement for instance, in the agricultural sector whereby farmers benefited from subsidies bypassing the hitherto corrupt processes hijacked by middle men, then you need to find out. Obasanjo saved some money but virtually all infrastructure rotted away. He had Tony Anenih, the wheeler dealer, as commissioner of works. While roads were in disrepair the billions voted to his ministry were unaccounted for. There was some improvements of such infrastructure under Jonathan, to the benefit of the country. You also did not notice Jonathan revived rail transportation that had been dead for 30 years. You are hardest on Jonathan, on the issue of corruption. His administration was corrupt like all past and present administrations in this country.Transparency International scored Jonathan a low 27% on corruption index. Incidentally, Obasanjo was scored 13% and 18% respectively, on his first and second terms as president. My dear AA, you dislike Jonathan for very good reasons, just as I dislike Buhari. The only difference between us is that you do not accept you dislike the man, unlike me that does admit, even shouting it from the roof top. Maybe you need to come down to our level here to be able to see more clearly what we know for fact.

          • BB

            Mr Obior sir, while it is glaring that this current government is (equally if not more) inept and incompetent, there is indeed some truth to their allegation that their predecessor plundered the Nation beyond belief , and indeed a bulk of the problems they encountered was bequeathed to them by the Jonathan administration.

          • Daniel Obior

            I have said it repeatedly in this forum that all past administrations and the present administration, are all corrupt. They all have plundered the nation, including Jonathan’s and also Buhari’s. The worst of them was the Babangida administration. Also, all preceding administrations have passed on problems to their succeeding ones, and Jonathan’s is not an exception. The issue is that it is the Buhari’s administration that has made the most noise, and has proven to be the most incompetent by worsening the problems it inherited.

          • American Abroad

            Daniel, you are a committed and tireless defender of what you believe, and I roundly applaud it. We need more folks like you, as it is from such disparate and passionately held views that we can eventually distill the Truth for the salvation of my country of birth.
            Still, we have to operate on facts. You have named ONE thing Mr Jonathan did; he “revived” the moribund railways, by reintroducing locomotive engine trains (hell, I guess Nigerians should be thankful he did not bring back horse-drawn trams) in the 21st millennium, where electric speed-rails are all rather rage everywhere else; it could have been much worse- what if he had decided to revive camel haulage of heavy goods, or perhaps, twin sacrifice, Mary Slessor be damned? Perhaps, there was good reason that nobody, even the almajiri, would seek to use those same “revived” railways? Could it be that the shallow Mr Jonathan was actually on to something, and sees the advent of a new boom in coal products in the 22nd millennium?
            But I think you are mistaken when you assume I “dislike” Mr Jonathan; no, I do not. Dislike imputes hatred, even hostility, which is not an emotion I bear towards him. I think disdain, perhaps contempt, is much closer to the mark. And to think he actually has a PhD, even if only from the University of Port HighLife.

          • Daniel Obior

            Thanks AA for making my point in so many words. As I had said, nothing wrong in holding Jonathan to a universal standard, as you are doing. Having said that, Jonathan cannot be expected to revive our rail system with the high speed ones we have in places like Japan, when in Nigeria we cannot even provide power for more than a couple hours in a day. My point still remains that the expectations have got to match the realities of the environment. A series of modest improvements does make a difference in our environment. It is a magic wand that is needed to achieve the universal standard you crave from this third world country. Bottom line, Jonathan falls flat compared to many world leaders. He is still better than most Nigerian leaders.

      • Mystic mallam

        Mr AA, I have to hope that your sense of “good” has not been zapped by your sense of power.

  • remm ieet

    President Goodluck Jonathan is just sixty and he is already retired. Congrats on adding an extra year sir. Since he chose to plung himself into the murky waters of politics he should be assessed on that. You cannot assess a Nigerian politician enough. They are strange species in the community of politicians worldwide. Serving and retired Nigerian politicians should always be judged on their records. One would have wished he had successful projects in electricity or healthcare or railways to put behind his name. He never really settled down in all his six year in office. I think the people who surrounded him thought there was nothing to fight for in the name of Nigeria. I think Nigeria was designed to run that way. Most of us continue to wonder why this is so or why it should continue to be so. Many happy returns sir.

    • BB

      I believe the answer to that question may lie in the fact this man was an incompetent leader… he MAY have had the country’s best interest at heart, but he is just not a strategic or intelligent leader.

      • JayGeeX

        So you went, looked up your backside and found one right?

      • BankyMons


        • BB

          Mr BankyMoron, I see you have a problem with free and intelligent speech

          • BankyMons

            You are a troll – someone has to tell you to shut up. Just read all your posts on this one article. We are not all morons you know 🙂

  • KWOY

    To the eternal digrace of a race of DIRTY, LAZY, UGLY, ENVIOUS, EVIL & COWARDLY people!…. All hail the great man, Jonathan!

    • Iggy

      @KWOY, WOW! such anger and anguish!

    • Fowad

      The day you don’t fight for the Igbo I will eat chicken soup.

    • Iskacountryman

      i second the eboe women trophy….

  • John Paul

    “Was I not the one who announced to you on March 30th, that you lost the elections? That evening, you were seated alone in your very small guestroom. Waripamowei Dudafa and I were the only ones with you. We knocked the door and entered. The smile you beamed at us, the conveyor of the bad news, lives with me till eternity”
    Of course GEJ smiled when he realized that he lost the 2015 elections. It was a smile of relief. He thought to himself, finally I have been freed from the all the unpatriotic vermin in PDP that have been hounding me for six (6) years

    GEJ is a likable person. Most people that have met the man, one on one, come out with that impression. But like Julius Caeser, GEJ was betrayed by people that were closest to him.

    By the time GEJ became president, it had already become established that the primary goal of going into politics was to amass as much wealth as possible, even at the expense of death to the masses

    So the moment GEJ was sworn into office, all the vermin in PDP, who had been waiting for their “turn” for decades, came out of their crevices, abused their relationship with GEJ, lied to him, deceived him and amassed millions for themselves

    They even looted the millions of dollars they collected for GEJ’s reelection, failed to campaig

  • Toate Ganago

    Robert the apologist! Because he is filthy rich and his Brother had made him so. No hard feeling feelings, because as an Ogoni man, I think not that many people from the Delta had benefited from the oil underneath us. But just couple questions; how about the corruption cases hanging on the neck of his wife? How about the avalanche of corruption cases recorded under him as President. He was not able to do anything for his people; could not clean his place, Ogoni clean-up, Here is a man who could not use his power for his people, his place is as he met it before he became president. He had been a Deputy Governor, Governor and yet no improvement in Human index of the people he governed? I only hope Robert writes objectively. No book on Jonathan from Robert is going to a good read.

    • Fidelis A.

      Dear Ganago,

      I thank you very much for your contribution. Reading through the nonsense from Robert, there was not one place he MENTIONED what Jonathan did for his Niger Delta people. The East West Road which could have been a SIGNATURE project of his administration to the Niger Delta people was abandoned and money looted by the Charlatan he appointed from his ethnic group in the person of Godsdey Orubebe. And you tell me something is not WRONG with Goodluck Jonathan? I can go on and on this……. I really don’t like talking about his six wasteful years, for some of us from the Niger Delta, he was never there.

      • share Idea

        Please do you know what is called Local Content in Oil industry? if you, pls can you enquire how many SS people that are currently benefiting from that – I mean genuine beneficiary with long term prospect, and not Nigerian politician benefits.

        How many of Niger Delta people were involved in under sea welding before the advent of Local Content or GEJ’s administration.

        It pains me when Nigerians like gossips to real development from a focus leader. GEJ does not belong to Nigerian clime as we want immediate results that are not rooted to deep structure while GEJ was trying to implement policies that would outlive him, and benefit current and future generations. Nigeria we hail thee

      • BankyMons

        6 years? If from 2010 to 2015 counts as 6 years in your own books, then you need to go back to school. You guys are just insufferable aren’t you? Cut the guy some slack he was elected Nigerian president not Ogoni president or Niger delta (whatever that means) president.

    • rayden

      Hypocrite, accusing him of been corrupt and with the same breath accuse him of not been clannish.
      Define what you really want.

    • Magnus0071mg

      If you search the anus you will see s–t That is what we are doing now to the last administrations We even doing so indecently brashly and every smell is so well publicized without respect or regard for honesty and truth
      If this is done for every administration including the current one the layers of dirt will be unimaginable
      This is not holding brief for anyone In time we would seperate facts from fiction and the truth will be laid bare

    • Daniel Obior

      Do you really believe there would not have been twice as many corruption cases hanging around the necks of previous administrations, if Jonathan was as vindictive as Buhari? All administrations in this country stank of corruption, including the present one. The man had his weaknesses. But compared to other past heads of state, he was certainly more virtuous. That is the point.

      • “Korede

        Is that the Zoo that you want?Rub my back so that somebody can rub yours?

        • Daniel Obior

          It is the zoo no reasonable person would want. But this nonsense of just blaming Jonathan alone must stop.

        • BankyMons

          oh yea he should have just rolled over and say to you, touch my belly!

    • BB

      Thank you for this. As Mr Robert attempts to re-write history, may Nigerians like you continuously abound amongst us

    • Iskacountryman

      how would robert know wetin madam hide underneath her wrappa?

    • “Korede

      Well said.

  • Daniel Obior

    This Robert fellow sure does not know the meaning of the word courage as applicable to the Nigeria zoo. Only ex-military despots and bullies like Babangida, Abacha, Obasanjo and Buhari are considered as courageous, in this clime. The affinity to use brute military force where dialogue should have been considered, shows them to be more courageous. And when they come as less educated, they are adjudged the most courageous to Nigerians. This is a country where everything including the truth is put on its head. Please save us this pious sermon, Robert. We are Nigerians here, and we do not appreciate anyone telling us the truth. A country of lies simply lives on lies.

    • Ken

      Very correct. Nigeria is a dieing nation

  • Dennis

    So this Robert must be one of those sycophants who told him he can do it without Obasanjo.

    • Netanyahu

      This is all you could take away from this essay? So Obasanjo has become a kingmaker? But he could not succeed in his third term project? Same reason you and jubril could not pass your O levels.

      • wanwa

        So Obasanjo has become a king maker you asked. Should you not direct this question to Jonathan after all he claimed so.

    • JayGeeX

      Any more pedestrian, you’d be a pavement.

      Please tell us now… how well are your faring WITH Obasanjo?