by Akan Ido
Reactions have continued to pour in over President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement which tried to justify his administration’s slow pace.
On Wednesday, during a Christmas church service, Jonathan had explained that his government is perceived to be slow because it tries to properly think through issues so as to avoid making costly mistakes.
He said, “By human thinking our administration is slow; I won’t say we are slow, but we need to think through things properly if we are to make lasting impact.
“If we rush, we will make mistakes and sometimes it is more difficult to correct those mistakes,” he told the congregation.
While reacting to the statement, the spokesperson for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Rotimi Fashakin, said Jonathan government is slow because he “stumbled on power.”
According to the party, “If we spend seven years to prepare for madness, when will the madness materialise? That is what Nigerians should ask their President.
“He is slow because he stumbled on power; he never prepared for it. His coming to power was accidental. He has no idea about governance.”
The CPC reportedly concluded its reaction by saying the present administration s bereft of ideas.
“The government and the man heading it are bereft of ideas. The government only ponders to the tunes of the corrupt. The last 13 years has been hectic for Nigerians and the Jonathan Presidency is worse.
“Despite the hue and cry of the citizenry, he has refused to change his transformation agenda which is only transforming the pockets of a few,” he concluded.
On its own part, the National Publicity Secretary of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Emma Eneukwu said the president is incompetent.
Eneukwu said, “The President is not competent to be there. He is a President by chance. He keeps on giving excuses for his incompetence and inadequacies.
“He was not prepared for the position he suddenly found himself. He came into office with the hope of learning and he has refused to learn. He has no specific programme unlike the late President (Umaru Yar’Adua), who came with a seven- point agenda.
“Jonathan came with a bogus Transformation Agenda without transforming anything. Nigerians are tired of his excuses.”
Through his media aide, Lani Baderinwa, the Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bisi Akande, said the president is a joker, he stated that the president is expected to take good decisions.
He said, “The President must be a joker with his kind of submission. As the elected President, he is expected to take decisions, good decisions.”
The Arewa Consultative Forum did not shy away from throwing hard punches at the president, it warned Jonathan to note that he only has four years to spend in office.
According to the ACF’s National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, “Those who framed the 1999 Constitution and provided for a maximum of four years per tenure must have taken into account the need for thorough analyses of situations with a view to arriving at informed judgment for performance by those with the mandate of leadership.
“So, Mr. President must take into account the fact that he does not have limitless time, lest he runs out of time and go down in history as a President who used all his tenure for plans that did not deliver on his promise to transform Nigeria into a better place.”
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