13th August, 2010
Serving Overseer, Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare and several other Nigerians have decried the non-performance in office of President Goodluck Jonathan after 100 days in office.
The president celebrated his 100 days in office yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria, where he said he had been able to stabilise the naira.
But Nigerians do not see Jonathan as a performer as he had not been able to transform the nation and take it to an enviable height in the comity of nations in the last 100 days.
The consensus among Nigerians is that nothing had changed since he took over the reins of governance.
According to Bakare, while the late President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua was very slow, Jonathan is a ‘threadmill’ president who appears to be perpetually in motion but still at the same point.
He said Jonathan had not made any progress since he took over as substantive president on 5 May after the demise of Yarâ€™Adua.
Mr. Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere Renewal Group, said in the last 100 days “we have not seen any spark, policy pronouncement or dramatic action to move Nigeria forward from the president. We have seen palpable flashes of profligacy as seen in the N17 billion earmarked to mark the nationâ€™s 50th anniversary and the N21 billion approved for the purchase of jets.
“There is no action seen in any sector of the economy in the last 100 days; we expect the government to do more but nothing has been done and there is no clear cut thinking on the part of the government.Â I have not seen what Jonathan is doing”
Comrade Debo Adeniran, Founder, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL wrote off the president as a failure, saying that nothing had been achieved so far.
“We have only seen the award of national honours to people of questionable character.Â Â The Presidential Advisory Committee put in place by the president has done nothing ever since. There is no improvement in the economy of the nation; there is no access to good working environment and the power sector is not working.Â We have seen 100 days of rigmarole. He has not met our target,” he lamented.
Adeniran b condemned e whuge x payersâ€™ money earmarked by the president to celebrate the nationâ€™s 50th anniversary, saying it was unnecessary.
Immediate past Convener, United Action for Democracy, UAD, Comrade Biodun Aremu, said Jonathan had not done anything in the last 100 days.
He said the president is busy campaigning for a new tenure.
According to him, there had been mediocrity from the president, adding that the N23 billion earmarked for the presidential jets was a waste.
“He is just toeing the line of the former president,” aremu said.
Human rights activist, Comrade Toyin Raheem was of the opinion that Jonathan had failed the nation as nothing was virtually working in the country.
“Nothing has changed so far.Â We need a system change in the country.Â Â What has he done about corruption and the power sector? They donâ€™t think about the masses.Â Â There is nothing to show for the last 100 days,” he stated.
Solicitor, Supreme Court, Mr. Chris Akiri said the time was too short to judge the president, saying that Jonathan needed enough time to perform.
By Kazeem Ugbodaga