Bamidele Upfront: Jonathan’s House of Impunity, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

“Nigeria stands on a strong tripod of mediocrity, impunity and corruption” and no one in the history of Nigeria defines this triangle better than Mr. Goodluck Jonathan. Impunity in the corridors of power in Nigeria did not start with Jonathan. Only that he has given it new meaning and direct and has succeeded in extending its dimensions. This President presides over “the best country on the planet adept at making laws as easily as it breaks them; with as little effort and with greater nonchalance.”

A climate of impunity exists in our land because of the failure of the Nigerian state to further the rule of law, strengthen the judiciary, prosecute criminals and make examples out of those who plunder our resources.

This ominous cloud of “who fit catch me” brought a Jonathan to us. In this country; everyone has been corrupted with and by money. Stolen money fuels impunity.Everybody wants to make as much money as possible for the sake of making money only.

The dubious rich exhibits such lavish lifestyle that can only be described as obscene. Their ranks are filled with an array of economic saboteurs buying private jets and every available property in choice areas as if the land will vanish under their feet if they fail to buy.

A general lack of accountability and outright stealing in high places without consequence sets the Nigerian stage as a country of anything goes. To cap it all, life is cheap because no one really gives a damn. Everybody practices the law of the jungle where the powerful at every strata preys on the defenseless.

We live in a country where a bunch of faceless men dab chili in the eyes of women and sodomize them with sticks and bottles for stealing pepper without fear or consequence. University students were lynched openly in broad daylight with police cover over allegations of petty theft while pension fund looters who made away with billions are rescued by the high and mighty.

That is the story of our country. Small crooks graduate into major league crooks. Impunity feeds itself into an infinite spiral when people in the corridors of power undermines the country and their fellow citizens wholly and brazenly without conscience.

This is because they benefit from the chaotic Nigerian state and justice is often perverted for maximum protection. The government on its own steam routinely intimidates dissenting voices and the opposition. They create an atmosphere of fear and insecurity by fanning the embers of religious schism and ethnic intolerance.

Knowing we will sit on our hands praying to God to deliver us, the government protects drug barons, fraudsters, assassinates opponents and gives cover to murderers and convicted felons while we keep vigil. With government sanctioned indifference, the right to take lives without fear of any consequence is seared in the minds of criminals.

To complete the cycle, our criminal justice system is a study in systemic failure; felonies including murder are never investigated with any vigor, dedication nor sense of outrage.

This country is what it is because we accept and rationalize every infraction and malfeasance visited on us by our traducers as our manifest destiny. That is why the aviation minister can misappropriate funds and still have the effrontery to travel with the president on a bilateral mission. That is why the president does not give a damn and undermines our collective will by retaining seasoned crooks, academically dishonest people and insolents in his cabinet.

$10.8billion was not remitted into the national purse and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) rushes in with voodoo accounting to explain away the $10.8billion. After all, it is just N2trillion Naira ONLY.

Before now, the scandalously inflated BMW purchase did not inflame this President, certificate forgeries did not violate his sense of decency, the proposed acquisition of a zoological beast for Asorock at enormous cost to taxpayers does not bother him, the unholy travel expense of N2billion by her Royal Deepness, Queen of Crude and custodian of our purse strings does not faze him, it is the leak of a letter that gets his goat.

A letter calling our attention to how the NNPC tin gods share our money is what got him screaming on phone instead of him sacking his corrupt women. In his trademark doltishness, he called Sanusi Lamido Sanusi the Central Bank Governor up and told him to resign. Of course, Sanusi who is never afraid to bell any cat showed the President that his inane cattiness is a poor substitute for wit. He told the President he has no such powers. He reminded him to look more closely at his never-ending cascade of extortionist ministers over whom he has constitutional powers to hire and fire. Enough of nonsense!

Sanusi’s refusal to resign is a pointer to Mr. Jonathan that he must focus his tour de force performance into examining the harum-scarum ways of his women and mossy tropes within his party.

The President has an outsized woman problem; my advised is for him to grow some balls and be a man.

His women have appropriated impunity as conviction and he seems helpless about it. He should start to clean his stable by reigning them in. His wife sees herself of greater stature than the president. She comes across as a woman given to frequent ego trips and overrated sense of worth. For reasons baked in ego, she has succeeded in plunging Rivers State into a cauldron of intractable crises. Many times in not too distant past, pro-Jonathan protesters have staged a lot of protests in Rivers State with police protection. When the shoe was on another foot last weekend, the state police commissioner moved in, tear gassed and fired rubber bullets at point blank range to disperse peaceful civil protest. Commissioner Mbu has worked consistently to fracture the peace in Rivers State as a mark of Obedience to Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan.

If we keep praying instead of cutting this charade constitutionally, this president will transform into a junior league dictator and write the testament for our breakup.

Dear compatriots, this Presidency is a churning swirl of corrupt currents, moral dislocation and impunity, we must find a way to limit its splashes. Mr. Jonathan is a bare-faced ethnic jingoist and an irredentist whose pretensions to meekness are well known. He is a maestro of faux sincerity who has continued to show wanton disrespect for the Nigerian people. We must cease to be taken in by his deceptive exterior. His litany of sins mounts by the day; he actively promotes, encourages and condones corruption; he subverts the constitution; he exhibits willful disregard for the legislature and the judiciary; he uses the states’ security apparatuses to intimidate the opposition or whoever stands in his way; he harbors and gives protection to gun runners and terrorists disguised as militants; he shelters appointees proven to engage in corrupt enrichment and certificate forgeries among other disgraceful conducts capable of undermining their office and in violation of the oath they took. This list runs longer. This President, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan should be impeached to save this country. He is either a crook or a schook, neither of which is good for Nigeria.

Twitter: @olufunmilayo

Email: olufunmilayo @ gmail.com


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