I am afraid of making costly mistakes – President Jonathan explains his ‘slowness’
by Isi Esene
For those who are still wondering, president Goodluck Jonathan has explained the slow nature of his administration saying it is a deliberate move to avoid committing costly mistakes while making critical decisions.
The president said this on Tuesday at a Christmas Service held at the Cathedral Church of The Advent, Life Camp, Gwarinpa, Abuja. He said experience has shown him the that disadvantage of rushing into decisions are enormous.
According to Jonathan, “Sometimes, people say this government is slow. Yes, by human thinking, we are slow, but I can say that we are not slow.
“Government must think things properly before it acts. When you don’t think through things properly, or when you rush, you will make mistakes.It is more difficult to correct errors. You can ask those who build houses.
“Government will not, because of the perception, begin to rush. But where we are required to act very fast, we will do so, just like we did during the recent flood disasters.”
Jonathan, who said no nation could be properly transformed without reformed citizenry, stated that the church had a great role to play in making the transformation agenda a success.
He reportedly said, “You can’t transform a country without the people being reformed. I call on the church to come up with programmes on how Nigerians can be reformed.
“People play politics with things that affect their own lives. That is why somebody will vandalise power equipment in order to ensure that power reform fails. Such people need to be reformed.”
He assured Nigerians that he has every intention to fulfill all the promises made by him during his electioneering campaign.
In his sermon, the Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, said the people’s welfare must continue to be the focus of the government.
He said, “The ordinary people should continue to be the subject of leaders’ agenda because God takes interest in the poor. Emphasis of leadership is the poor, the downtrodden. Their welfare and relief must occupy the agenda of (our) leaders.
“There must be peace between man and man, especially in this country.
“We are labouring and praying for peace. Tit for tat is not recommended for the various killings in the country because Christians are peace bearers.
“Irrespective of the provocation, we must promote peace. It is also a solution to tribalism that has affected us and caused chaos.”
The president, in the company of his wife, Patience, and mother, Eunice, later received members of the Christian community who came to felicitate with him on Christmas Day at the Aso Rock presidential villa.