BEING the president of Nigeria with more than 170 million people usually referred to as the most populous black race in the world is no mean position. Most people, especially politicians will give their limb to occupy the highly regarded office. But exalted as the office is, it comes with a harsh prize – every problem of the country as well as the good things happening to the country is attributed to the occupier of the exalted office at any point in time. Those who occupied the position in the past look younger but leave the office with a lot of grey hairs, a tell-tale sign of the burden they carried while in the office. It just happened that President Goodluck Jonathan is the person currently occupying the exalted office of the Nigerian presidency. He has been at the receiving end of all the evil and good things that had happened to the country in the two years he has been on the hot seat. Some Nigerians, of all shades and colors, from different tribes and tongues, heap all the problems of the country on the head of Jonathan.
Politicians within the president’s Peoples’ Democratic Party and especially those in the opposition vilify the president for the country’s real and imagined woes in the political, socio-economic, security and cultural sphere. Judging from their comments, it appears that the crisis in the country was the making of the president alone. It is the harsh prize of leadership. But this cannot be so because a leader in the country is as good as the people he is leading. In order to put things in correct perspectives, we sought the view of one of the country’s tried and tested politicians, who has weathered all manner of crisis and vicissitudes of life when he led his home state as the governor. He graciously and promptly obliged us an interview in which he bluntly analysed some of the burning national issues including the security challenges, the president’s mid-term score card, crisis in the PDP and, of course, the 2015 elections and the gang-up of the opposition against the ruling party. This week, we present to you our cover interview on the state of the nation with Chinwoke Mbadinuju, former governor of Anambra State, entitled: Why North Should Thank Jonathan – Mbadinuju. It is scintillating and a must-read. Enjoy it.
— Jun. 24, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT