“Suspect” in Late Attorney General’s murder now Nigeria’s Minister for Police Affairs!

Bad Leadership 101: To Compound Problems Just Install A Criminal Suspect As Minister Of Police Affairs?  –  Sahara Reporters

“Public office is public trust and you owe the people [a public good]” [Nigeria’s] President E.G. Jonathan at the swearing in of new ministers.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has a doctorate degree but obviously lacks any administrative acumen or leadership qualities. One could readily concede that Nigeria’s problem predates Jonathan and he should not be blamed for the myriads of problems assailing Nigeria. His many blames however lies in his lack of tact and seriousness. His approach to Nigeria’s hydra headed problem has not been sure footed and when he did took decisions he often complicates simple problems with politicking.

The leadership Nigeria needs now is one that is willing to do what it takes to pull the country together in these trying times. We are fighting many wars, even though the presidency will want us to think Boko Haram is the only problem we faced. The Niger Delta militants despite billions spent placating them are still striking the poor people of Niger Delta with deadly force. Just last week another explosion went off. As usual, the presidency never uttered one word about that incident nor commiserates with the families of the victims. The war against corruption is also dead on arrival because our dear president as usual is often too busy laughing and “jollificating” over dinners with corrupt politicians while they milk the nation dry. A president that will give the nation’s centenary honors to the most corrupt and vile military head of state like Sanni Abacha is definitely not ready to fight corruption. What is more, for many months, the minister of aviation, caught with her hand in the “cookie jar of corruption”, was allowed to continue in office ostensibly so she can obliterate all evidence against her before she was rotated out of that office.

The pivotal test of leadership’s good managerial acumen lies in response to difficult circumstances. Our president’s response to every problem often complicates and compounds the problem. Take for instance the assignment of a murder suspect as the supervising minister for police affairs. Alhaji Abduljelili Adesiyan was not just fingered in the deadly assassination of a former federal minister, Chief Bola Ige, he was arrested for it. In strange circumstances, the evidence was allowed to gather dust in the police force headquarter and President Jonathan has now handed over the key to that evidence room to the same murder suspect; possibly so the latter could get rid of the evidence and potentially fire the officers or otherwise demote those officers who investigated him. What in the world was the president thinking when he made this appointment?

Nigerian of all hues gave Jonathan every opportunity to prove his leadership mettle but time and time again he throws everything up in our face with his ineptness and perfidious mendacity. The fact that he is sitting in Aso rock is due largely to the sacrifice of many Nigerians who risked their lives to force Yaradua’s wife and her “chicken cabinet” to abdicate power to Jonathan. And now the beneficiary of that largesse rules with disdain over the very people that brought him to power. Someone said the coteries of the sycophants that surround the president often leads him to take bad decisions, but how long should we continue to wait for him to get out of the bubble and see the anger on the street?

Nigeria is in dire straits and bad leadership is compounding our problems!

Francis Adewale

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013.  10:03 p.m.

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2 Comments on ““Suspect” in Late Attorney General’s murder now Nigeria’s Minister for Police Affairs!”

  1. Fatai Bakare Says:

    This is sad and bad. Is the case still in the court? Has the man been cleared of the case? Even if he is cleared should he be given such a sensitive post which he could use to tamper with evidences in custody? What would happen to the police officers that investigated the case knowing fully well how police treat accused and suspects? I think those APC leaders who, when they were in ,ordered electorates in South West to vote for Jonathan Goodluck because he is a gentleman, will now be biting their fingers for the result now. They are all guilty of installing a mediocre in the seat in Aso Rock. The problem now is that are we going to have the right type of leadership to help solve the myriads of problems plaguing the country from the crops of politicians in the present political parties? Hun, God, the fate of our country lies with you and on our hands.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      Thanks for reminding us about that mantra: I voted for Jonathan, not for the PDP. I wondered aloud how people could dream such an insane idea of a free-wheeling President Jonathan after the elections when the machine that was set to roll him into office was filled with those men whom Soyinka described as “nest of murderers.

      He has disappointed many people excluding yours truly. The “progressives”? I reserve my comments for a day not in the far future.




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