Monday, February 16, 2009

President Yar’Adua’s Bid for 2011

There are rumours making the rounds about President Umaru Yar'Adua's bid for re-election in 2011. To justify re-election should not the incumbent be seen to have presided over some economic growth and improved developmental indices? Ever since Yar'Adua was foisted on Nigerians by the Obasanjo regime in 2007, the Yar'Adua led government has presided over the worst slow-down of government and a reversal of some the good deeds of the Obasanjo administration.

Nigeria's foreign debt is said to have begun a steady climb again after the debt forgiveness of 2005/2006 by the Paris and London Clubs negotiated by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, then Minister of Finance in the Obasanjo administration. The crisis in the Niger Delta continues to escalate so much so that Nigeria lost an estimated 6 and 8 billion dollars in oil revenue in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The activities of these criminal gangs from the Niger Delta have spread to other cities in Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, where they have brazenly operated with impunity. The security situation is dire to say the least and the law enforcement and judiciary systems are up for sale to the highest bidder. Ex-governors and other politicians indicted for gross acts of graft walk free and act as the closest confidants to Yar'Adua and his cohort while stellar law enforcement agents of the ilk of Nuhu Ribadu and model ministers of the mould of El-Rufai are persecuted unduly.

Shame on those Nigerians who are seeking the return of such an ineffectual President as Yar'Adua. The man has not championed any policy or development since he assumed office in May 2007. He is the most lackluster and inept leader Nigeria has ever had. Even the evil Abacha championed some policies and development (PTF, BPE and failed banks tribunals to mention a few). It seems as if Yar'Adua is only in the news when he goes to Germany or the Middle East for a medical checkup or vacation. It is as if the man is on a perpetual vacation, while the country which he took an oath to govern is left to the dogs and hobbled by his gang of purloiners. In fact, it would probably be better off for Nigeria if the man took a permanent vacation today and not return to Aso Rock. Being so inept, he should resign and hand over to somebody more dynamic rather than seek a second term in 2011.

6 comments:

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Your analysis of Yardy's tenure so far, is very damning. Unfortunately, I do not have much information to counter with. I know that the push for Universal health care began before his tenure, so I am not sure if i can attribute it to him, besides, it took him a total of 12 months to find a Health minister.

You know what, I am off to try and solve this problem. I need to know what positives he has, there has to be some...

Veracity said...

Solomonsydelle,
I'll be interested to know what you are able to find..., I have my doubts and have little faith in the current crop of Nigerian leaders, but I will be glad to be pleasantly surprised for a change.

naijagirl said...

I doubt Yar will contest again, he barely made it through the first term with the constant news about his health....
then again, this is naija...
I would love to see how far they will go with the universal healthcare. Wouldnt hurt if they can make food products very cheap and affordable for the masses. Perhaps, what naija needs is for me to be in office for one term.

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

@ Veracity. Since my last stop here I did try. There is a little bit of news about electricity proggress, but I do not think it has translated into something substantial yet.

Other than that, I am afraid I do not have much to share on Yardy's progress. I however have pinpointed Nigerian leadership that is positive and results oriented. Yes! It is possible.

Hope all is well.

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

came by for an update...

susan b said...

our Nigerian leaders should be ashamed of themselves by not following a good example of the developed country. They go to europe and America on almost daily basis on vacation with their families, marrying here and there with so many concubines. Nigeria is a very big and rich country even richer than the europe and America in both natural resources and economically. Yardy's the worst president ever nigeria has ever had, he is a living corpse in Aso rock. i don't see any reason why he should be thinking of coming back in 2011. It is all because democracy is not democracy in Nigeria today. Nigeria needs an educated, intelligent, selfless and tough person to bring the country to what we want it to be, not the terrible, selfish bastards we have as leaders. they are all bad news and it is affected the country both home and abroad.