- Post 04 July 2012
- Last Updated on 04 July 2012
- By AKINOLA MUIZ.A.
Sincerely,I'm not pro or anti Jonathan presidency.But his view on disclosure of his assets cannot stand the test of sound logic.
Constitutionally,the president is not breaking any law if he decides not to disclose his assets,but sometimes in history of a nation,a dedicated leader can act with sense of urgency and initiate sound policy (As doctrine of necessity).Afterall,he was once a beneficiary of this alien and unwritten law.
Transparency and openness are vital components for efficient democratic culture and development.But,i'm sorry to say that President Jonathan is not conscious of his personal status and symbol of the presidency.His mindset and body language are clear sign that he is not willing or ready to go extra miles to serve his fatherland.Nigerians are one of the easiest people on earth to lead,with our faith in God,we only need a dedicated leaders to give us the road map but, unfortunately,we have deficient leadership pool who consistently refer and seek refuge in defective laws to shortchange our aspirations.
Here in Italy,Premier Mario Monti decided that he will not take any salary throughout his tenure in office and many cabinet members buy into his initiatives.Those cabinet members who cannot survive without salary opted for percentage pay cuts just to show solidarity for ultimate survival of Italian State and today,the ripple effects of prime minister's actions and initiatives are already bearing positive impact in Italy and accross europe.These are inititiative Nigerians expected from our dear shoeless Jonathan.The reason we defy all odds and gave him our goodwill and sympathy votes.To whom much is given,much is expected.That rascal phrase "I DON'T GIVE A DAMN" is a huge and dirty slap on our face.
There is no law or legislation that stipulate that Prime Minister of Italy and his cabinet should not have access to plum salary and peck of office even if the country's treasury is zero.But these are leaders with better understanding of concept of communal survive,time and self-less service for public good.Unfortunately,here in Nigeria,we have leaders who deliberately select to obey defective laws to feather their nest.By the way,are there any laws our elite respect wholeheartedly?
I can say it without fear of contradiction that Italy is recovering faster economically with many big time tax evaders now paying up promptly their taxes while boosting restored investors' confidence.Yes,this type of leadership attitudinal change is also possible in Nigeria.But our dire situation is like a mirage,just when we think we are getting it right,leaders we laboured very hard to elect as an assets and symbol of our collective hope will turn out to be huge burden and liability.
Personally,i learnt the greatest lesson on how not to be sentimental,provincial and parochial in selecting or electing a leader or associates without resorting to sound judgement.
An unpredictable Shoeless Jonathan cum Hawkish President Jonathan is a very bitter and regretful lesson of a lifetime.