Nigeria Leader, a trainee president

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Sep 26th, 2012

THE Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday hit hard at President Goodluck Jonathan, placing him among leaders in training.

Citing the myriads of problems facing the country and the President’s alleged poor response to them, ACN said it was in order to declare him a “trainee president.”

In a statement the party issued in Ilorin through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, it asked: “How else can one 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?”

ACN argued that the persistence of the Boko Haram insurgency, resulting in more deaths almost every day, the carnage on the nation’s roads, policy somersault, and the slow and uncertain responses to national issues had depicted the Jonathan administration as a “government on internship.”

Mohammed said the closure of the Lokoja Abuja Highway, which had cut off Abuja, the nation’s capital due to flooding of roads and bridges along the ever-busy road showed decay in infrastructure and the incompetence of public officials entrusted to salvage them.

ACN lamented that the President had neither not deemed it fit to comment on the incident, nor had there been any visit by a minister or any coordinated response to the disaster from the Federal Government.

The party claimed that on a weekend of multiple disasters such as the Lokoja flooding, the bomb blast in Bauchi, and the two weeks of non-stop flooding in the country, the President’s handlers showed more concern in informing Nigerians about Jonathan’s trip to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly summit than explaining or proposing an organised “response to these calamities.”

By the President’s action, ACN said it was clear that the welfare of Nigerians was certainly 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.”

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