25th September, 2012
The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has described President Goodluck Jonathan as a trainee President.
In a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party wondered how else one can describe the administration’s lack of capacity to be proactive or respond in a timely and robust manner to the recent catalogue of woes and national calamities.
In the opinion of the party, the continued bungling of the Boko Haram insurgency which is harvesting more deaths almost on a daily basis, the unstoppable carnage on our roads, the executive somersaults of the administration on policy issues, and in general the slow, unfocused and uncertain responses of government to issues depict a government on internship.
According to ACN, “the closure of the Lokoja-Abuja highway which had cut off Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city due to flooding of roads and bridges along the Abuja-Lokoja highway, signposts the extent of our decayed national infrastructure and exposes the incapable hands entrusted to salvage them. However, even worse is the fact that the President has not deemed it fit to comment on this disaster, neither has there been any visit by a federal minister or any co-ordinated response to the disaster from the central government.
“On a week-end of multiple disasters such as the Lokoja flooding, the bomb blast in Bauchi, and the two weeks of non stop flooding all around the country, the President’s handlers showed more concern in informing Nigerians about President Jonathan’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly summit than explaining or proposing a co-ordinated response to these calamities.”
The disposition of President Jonathan’s administration to the welfare of Nigerians confirms the widely held belief that the welfare or wellbeing of Nigerians is definitely not a priority to his government otherwise why could the President not find time to visit even by helicopter the disaster zones to at least give hope to the victims or their relations, the party queried.