Jonathan’s Ineptitude On Boko Haram Is Proof He Doesn’t Deserve 2nd Term!

By on April 30, 2014

boko haram2 - hardtalk naijaI am totally bemused that some supposedly well-meaning Nigerians could be calling for support for President Jonathan run for a second term. I find it very offensive that some of these Jonathan apologists would actually want us to reward one of the most incompetent leaders we have ever had the misfortune of electing President in Nigeria, with another 4 years in the saddle. Seriously, who in their right minds would want another 4 years of the type of mind-boggling tragi-comedy, we have witnessed in Jonathan Goodluck’s 6 years as President of Nigeria?

It is very sad Really. Unlike all those ethnic jingoists like Asari Dokubo; who were unashamedly basing their support for Jonathan because of his state of origin, I don’t care if President Jonathan came from my village, or my wife’s family for that matter. The bottom line is that his laughable incompetence in dealing with the palpable insecurity in the land, and the lingering Boko Haram menace, is enough for us to kick him out of Aso Rock and all the way back to Yenagoa for good in 2015.

Without a doubt, a government’s primary responsibility is to protect the lives of its people, and ensure security and stability for business and life to thrive. Our dear President has shown us over the last few years that he has no clue, no vision and no ideas on how to provide that security. So why should any rational thinking person want to give him another 4 years?

Let’s talk about the issue of security and why I am so upset about the idea of countenancing another 4 years of the Jonathan Presidency.

The current State of Insecurity in Nigeria crept on us like a thief in the night, while our leaders and watchers of our collective security under President Jonathan’s watch, were asleep or too blinded by greed to see what was going on. In less than 6 years, Nigeria has moved from a country where the issue of suicide bombing was totally inconceivable, by the even the most imaginative minds, to where suicide bombing is now a daily occurrence. We have moved from a nation where church buildings and mosques used to be held sacred by everyone, including unbelievers, to a tragic situation where churches are now being bombed with regularity.

johnathan and boko haram2Our nation has transformed from a country where our National Independence day celebrations was always a time of unbridled public expression of pride and joy, to a situation where our President was not even embarrassed to deliver Independence day speeches from his bedroom, simply because terrorists dared him to come to the stadium.

This Presidency has been largely responsible for allowing our country to go from the days where our Presidents were celebrated on the streets with flags as they visit their home towns, to an inexplicable low point where our President could not visit his own home state, because terrorists warned him not to come or die.

Nigeria is now surrounded, and hemmed in on all sides, in a deadly siege by the Militant Terrorists in the South-South; escalating menace of armed robbery in the west; kidnapping for ransom and political assassination in the east; and suicide bombers of Boko haram in the North. That NIGERIA IS UNDER SIEGE ON ALL SIDES, not by a foreign power, but by our own home grown terrorists is no longer a matter for debate, but a deadly and sober reality. It’s a fact that even the most ardent patriots have come to acknowledge

While the State of Insecurity in Nigeria continued to worsen on an hourly basis, our government appeared paralyzed and incapable of dealing with the level of savagery and arrogance of the terrorists from everywhere. Our own president first hinted us that he was clueless in dealing with this problem when he solemnly told us that terrorism is a worldwide phenomenon and that maybe it is Nigeria’s turn.

johnathan and boko haramThat singular pronouncement from our President should have told us very clearly that our President is clueless on how to deal with the rapidly escalating problem. Elsewhere in the world where terrorists have struck, we have seen their presidents coming out with venom in their mouths promising their citizens that all terrorists will be hunted down without mercy, followed by swift reassurances for their citizens’ safety. In Nigeria, our own president told us to get used to it since terrorism is now the hip thing all over the world!

The State of Insecurity in the nation has reached such an alarming level that even some of the most ardent patriotic, well meaning, and optimistic Nigerians are beginning to accept the obvious fact that Nigeria is gradually tottering towards becoming a failed state. One writer actually called it the ‘Somalization of Nigeria’. To some, this may be an exaggeration of the reality on ground, but I personally will not disagree with those sentiments. When a Nation can no longer guarantee a basic necessity for survival in the country, then it is tending towards failure though it may not have totally failed. I am sure those who have been living with the Boko Haram nightmare on a daily basis in Jos, Maiduguri, Kano, Abuja and other cities will definitely agree that Nigeria has failed them in the area of security.

While our President continues to travel the world in his very comfortable jet, and his wife continues to paralyze economic activities all over relatively safe areas on a belated THANK YOU tour of her husband’s supporters, Nigeria continues to be under siege.

The effect of this problem is so farfetched that I am still surprised that our National Assembly and the Executive have not even appreciated the economic, social and political impact of what we are dealing with here. 80% of our capital market activities involved inflow from overseas. Obviously no reasonable investor will put his money in a failing state.

Also, over 70% of food supplies in the country come from food supplies from the north and the state of insecurity in the country has led to drastic cuts in supplies of essentials such as Tomatoes, Pepper and Yam. As it is, many Nigerians have not even connected the rising cost of these staple foods to the terrorism in the North. People just knew prices are rising without even understanding why. As this condition continues to worsen, Nigerians are going to be in for a season of famine and hunger. It may well get to the point where the poor have nothing else to eat but the rich people around them. Then, we will really see anarchy.

BOKO HARAM MENACE -HARDTALKAs we continue to cower in our bedrooms praying for the scourge of Boko Haram, militants and armed robbery to be taken away by God, many have tried to find the cause of this modern day siege of the most populous black nation. Some have traced the root causes to poverty; some have fingered corruption of our leaders while others have tried to pin it on foreign influence. Lately, the National Security Adviser pointed at his own party, PDP, for causing the escalation in bombings through their internal policies and politics.

Meanwhile as allegations and counter allegations continue to assault our already frayed mental condition, we are yet to hear any practical solutions to this scourge on our country. All the government can tell is that Boko Haram will soon be a thing of the past. How this will happen in view of the daily bombings, nobody has told us. Nigeria continues to burn at a rate where even some of the most patriotic and courageous Nigerians alive are now wringing their hands in despair, with a scary acceptance of the fact that Nigeria could be tending towards anarchy. The last interview of General Danjuma sacred me more than anything I have read on this issue. When a courageous and knowledgeable warrior of his caliber starts raising the alarm of ‘fire on the mountain’, then it may be time to start panicking.

JONATHAN CLUELESSOur Government is obviously confused and powerless to stem the tide of this siege and state of insecurity. Our President AGAIN appears to be way out of his depth in dealing with this disaster. He appears totally disassociated from the climate in the country. He has moved from one of the most popular presidents to be voted for, just a couple of years ago, to a President that everyone now looks at with anger and scorn.  The President appears to be way out of his depth and this situation is made even worse because of his apparent ignorance about that fact.

From a University lecturer who ‘lucked’ his way through a bizarre happenstance of fate, to move with dizzying speed to Deputy Governor, to governor, to vice president and then President in a space of 4 years, the President is obviously realizing that luck can get you to the position, but luck cannot run the government. It is a clear case of ‘what got him here cannot take you there’. We need our president to assemble the best rains he can find in the country regardless of party affiliation, and lock them up in a room until they give him solutions.

Maybe it is also time for the President to consider some previously inconceivable options in confronting the siege on his country. Perhaps it is time to call on Jack Bauer from the Counter Terrorism center in the 24 thriller; or maybe it is time we set up our own Counter Terrorism Center and bring out our own vicious killers too to fight fire with fire.

Perhaps it is simply time for the president to own up to what we all can observe, and admit that he and his people are simply not trained, or equipped, to deal with the level of sophistication from people who are presumably illiterates, and call in the terrorism experts from USA, U.K AND ISREAL. Or perhaps it time to set up a Northern development commission like the Niger Delta commission and offer amnesty.

boko haram - hardtalk naijaMore realistically, maybe it is time for the President to simply hold up his hands and tell Nigerians that he is way out of his depth, and resign from the position honorably along with his Vice President instead of asking us to vote for him again for another 4 years of insecurity.

I know I do not have all the answers either. Maybe the issues are not as clear as I am thinking but  then, as Jack Bauer told the President of the United States  who had to make a terrible choice when terrorists attacked U.S. in that thriller TV series called ‘24’,  ‘I am not the President of this Country. I did not run to be president and I did not get lucky to be President.’ Dr. Ebele Jonathan is the Man and the buck stops on his desk. It is time to pick up the buck and do something to alleviate the state of insecurity in this country.

Until President Johnathan has redeemed himself, and showed us he has a lot more than ‘dumb luck’ going for him,  Nigerians do not want to hear any whimpering about why they should vote for him for re-election to avoid power going back to the North or some other stupid excuse. Contrary to the lemon that people from the President’s camp have been trying to sell on why we should vote Jonathan again, truth is that most Nigerians would gladly vote for a Northerner if he would provide security and progress.

One thing is for sure, the continued ineptitude of President Jonathan in handling the security and Boko Haram menace is further proof that he does NOT deserve a second term. Nigerians cannot afford 4 more years of insecurity. For him to stick his head in the sand and believe the lies of the people around him that Nigerians love him may be the worst mistake of his life – He would not only lose the 2015 election if things did not improve drastically soon, he may actually lose a lot more than that when the people finally decide to take their destinies in their own hands, as we have seen happen in many countries already.

Considering President Johnathan’s record so far on the issue of security alone, I personally think he should call it a day in 2015 and retire to Yenagoa where he can still enjoy some of the booty he has amassed in the last 8 years.

Yes, that may be HardTalk, but it’s a true talk nevertheless.


Dr. Ope Banwo is an Attorney, Public Commentator, Business Consultant, Author, and Motivational Speaker. He is the Founder of the syndicated blog HardTalk Naija Blog And HardTalk Radio Show on Email:

About Dr. Ope Banwo

Dr. Ope Banwo is an Attorney; Pastor; Business Consultant; Author; Motivational Speaker, and Corporate Solutions Provider. He holds several degrees in Law including a Bachelors, Masters and a Ph.D. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar (1986), New York Bar (1997) and Federal Court of Nebraska (1997) in the United States. Ope Banwo has written several published books on different topics over the years including bestsellers in Christianity; Lifestyle; and Business such as The Kingdompreneur, Overcoming The Gideon Complex, The Kingdom Citizen, The Return of The Prodigal; The Blessings of Adversity; African Internet Business Manifesto; Confessions Of A Guru-Wannabe; Social Media Marketing Genesis; Offline-Online Business Manifesto, Digital Marketing Without Tears For Company Executives etc. Deeply committed to public service and service to humanity, Dr Ope Banwo has also initiated several public initiatives including the Ghetto Dreamz Foundation to empower economically-disadvantaged Youths; The Omega Wealth Club to teach youths legitimate ways to employ themselves online; The Kingdompreneur Academy to impact Christians in Business and the Nigerian Market Ombudsman to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness in the market place.


  1. Shamsu yahaya Abba

    May 1, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Sure! We must by all means kick him out of Aso rock in 2015 by the grace of god!

  2. ibrahim Abubakar

    May 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    This hard talk is really inspiring.the greatest problem in the north are the enemies within whom deserve to be dealt with anyhow.

  3. cyril

    May 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    i would have aligned with your line of thinking save that some elements from the north had, earlier in time, vowed to make the country ungovernable for the president. In other words it will be unfair to judge the president solely on the issue of insecurity ravaging the north. It must be said that security is a collective responsibility of all and as such, those in whose backyard Boko haram now thrive have some questions to answer. We most also keep in mind the fact that some of our Muslim ‘brothers’ have soft spots for boko haram

  4. cyril

    May 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    i’ll appreciate it if my earlier post is allowed and published. Thanks

  5. Jay

    May 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Truthfully honest and well written article. I do not believe the president deserves a second term, he has done nothing to merit it. The best thing for him to do is just resign and hand over the reins of affairs of the country to people who have the capability to get things done!!!

  6. Chukwu Onwuegbu

    May 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    If not Dr. GOOD LUCK, who is worthy to stop the menace? Name one person.

    • Dr. Ope Banwo

      May 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Anyone can certainly do better than Jonathan! Drinking Ogoro while your country burns is the worst anyone can do. So frankly any person will do a better job that me Goodluck

    • Ifeanyi

      May 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      You are not making sense. He is totally useless.

  7. marc

    May 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I ll not judge Goodluck base on boko haram. On dat I ll blame obasanjo who allowed sharia to operate in d north. It is one country one constitution. What d fuck is penal code? Is either one constitution or we share d country. Y do I have to go inside bush to drink beer or club simply cos I’m living in d north?

  8. Dr Tobi

    May 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    The problem of insecurity is not to be left for the government alone, all hand must be on deck to curb the trait. It is only a fool who thinks what the government can do for him forgetting what he can do for the government. Tackling insecurity is a collective responsibility, no one should be biased on that. Moreover, we are living in the last days. The earth will know no peace until the second coming of our Lord Jesus. It’s written.

  9. Bello Baba

    May 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

    The president was elected to govern the country. If some people have vowed to make the country ungovernable for him, what is he doing to make the country governable. If he admitted that they have succeeded in making the country ungovernable, then he has failed woefully; for he has all the resources to make it governable.

  10. Dr Obi Felix

    May 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I am very sorry but your write up is filled with a lot of biase and ufounded allegations against the president.Your claim that the wave of insecurity came with the Jonathan administration is a lie that even the devil will not tell… How many militant activities have u heard of in the south south since the inception of this administration as compared to those before him.. Kidnapping in the east has reduced drastically
    …if the spate of armed robbery in the south west is on the high,can u tell us what the governors are doing about it CSO’s of their states? I smell a lot of resentment and hatred in your tune. I am not a Jonathan fan but i can not join the clueless few that heap the blame on Jonathan. From your write up you dont seem to me like one who would do any better than Jonathan

  11. Ochuko

    May 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I agree entirely with you that Jonathan has failed woefully. While agreeing with those who feels that the current state of insecurity in the Country is possiby orchestrated by some elements in the North who never wanted power shift to the South, I am however of the firm view that the President being the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces ought to act deftly and decisively by bringing down the full force of State might heavily on the perpetrators of acts of insecurity. He owes Nigerians that Constitutional primary duty. This Jonathan has wilfully failed to do. The obvious reason for Jonathan’s lack of interest in tackling the very serious state of insecurity in the Country is not because he is weak but because of his 2015 satanic urge to come back to Office and as such, he does not want to step on toes of these powerful elements whom he fears can rock the boat for him. That to my mind is most wicked and unpatriotic of him. I therefore wholeheartedly join in the call for his sack on or before 2015.

  12. Bright

    May 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    This is the main reason why the insurgency is on the increase. To make sure that GEJ does not return to office for a 2nd time. Allowing this to happen means that the people frustrating Nigeria or orchestrating all these happenings have won. The truth is that they cannot win.GEJ must be returned . Nigerians must learn to accommodate each other. We are all stakeholders , be it north ,south east etc. You cannot deliberately set your house on fire and also come out to blame , the president, or the fire service for not Quenching the fire on time. For a people to grow , they must resolve to work together for growth . A house divided against itself can never succeed. The security of our dear country is our collective responsibility. The president cannot be every where at the same time, he is not God.

  13. okwe onoriode bright

    May 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    you all has been saying a lot from your mind…but let me ask you all just one question.. if you were to be the President WHAT WILL YOU DO to stop this boko haram insurgents?

  14. davidson

    May 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    please lets call a spade a spade..president Goodluck has not been able to control or handle any of these crisis that has been occuring since his tenure.he should act like man and not been controled by a woman.the death rate in this country has increased since 2011 till date.look…it is unfair to the citizens of Nigeria coz things are geting worse year in ,year out, and this because of the incapability of our leaders.Nigeria needs a change and president Goodluck can not give us that change now or when ever.

  15. Brenda

    May 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I quite agree wit the contributor Ochuko. I am nt interested in Mr president as a person. My only worry is the selfish way he has n still is handling this boko haram menace simply bcos of his desire(selfish)to go for second term. He has refused to step on toes of the offenders simply bcos he wants their support. This is selfish and unpatriotic n wicked. Unless he acts fast to redeem the situation he stands no chance for 2015

  16. hi.bee

    May 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    1daful article!rily njoy it+may God bless nd leads us 2 d right path#peacefulNigeria

  17. Kayode IDOWU

    May 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I sometimes wonder the way some Nigerians reason,this writer has only one vote and he just voted against GEJ which does not implies that JONATHAN would not sin come 2015.

  18. maxwell

    May 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    is not president fault is Muslims fault them said it that them will make president good luck sid ungovernable for him to role since he is not from north or muslim

  19. ajayi olugbenga

    May 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    really let us think deeply may be this is the wrath of GOD on Nigeria ,All what is happening in this nation is worse than the time of Sodom Gomarah in the bible the sacred place such as churches are corrupt with the leaders that are bent for Hell.Who is going to intercede for activities without holiness but to sur change the members with sweet and motivational talks.where are our signs that churches are really empowered by Holy Ghost.why will Boko Haram not bomb churches when leaders of many chuches are worst than Boko harams.Am able to lay emphasies on churches because this is my immediate constituency GEJ is a leader that comes when the wrath of God is on this nation NIGERIA can only be healed and delivered from terrorist only if the churches are healed and purged.we need revolution and revival.We cannot continue like this .Every sector is corrupt.Nothing is on merit again in Nigeria.IT is SAD’ One million Americans soldiers cannot deliver us .We need to go back to our maker and cry for mercy remember that HORSES are prepare for the day of battle but salvation is of GOD

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