The presidency has released a 157-page document detailing what it called the progress report of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Entitled “Sure and Steady Transformation”, the document praised President Jonathan for transforming Nigeria even “under the most daunting circumstances”.
In a preface to the booklet, the president’s Special Adviser on Research and Documentation, Oronto Douglas, said President Jonathan took over the leadership of the country “at a time of considerable political tension in the land”.
Mr. Douglas said although Mr. Jonathan was later elected President “in what was globally acclaimed as one of the most credible elections in the history of Nigeria”, he inherited a nation faced with several longstanding challenges.
He said in spite of the challenges, the President marched on with a purpose of transformation “in his determination to leave Nigeria a far better place than he met it”.
The result, Mr. Douglas said, is that the Jonathan Administration “has no doubt recorded giant steps in the drive to make Nigeria a better place for all.”
He added, “Solid foundations have been laid in agriculture, infrastructure, healthcare, petroleum, aviation, education and electricity as well as other key areas of the economy.
“I believe the country can only get better,” he said.
It is unclear whether citizens would agree with the president and his aides on the direction Nigeria is headed.
Statistics by local and international agencies suggest that poverty and unemployment have continued to soar in the country, with domestic and foreign debts growing by the day.
Citizens have also continued to complain that corruption is rampant at all levels of government while public infrastructures remain dilapidated.
The Boko Haram insurgency has made sure that the country does not know peace, stability and security.
However, Mr. Douglas believe every citizen has been touched one way or another by the President’s “transformation agenda”.
“Democracy thrives when the lives of the people are being touched productively and positively,” he said. “However, because of the weight of expectations, there is always the tendency for cynics to think that no progress is being made in the present.
“This is understandable. Nigerians are extremely hungry for development. We rightfully seek torrential showers, not little drops, of development.
“Nevertheless, it is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step.”