IBB Cautions Jonathan On Sycophants, Wants Real Issues Addressed
SAN FRANCISCO, July 03, (THEWILL) – General Ibrahim Babangida, one of Nigeria’s former military dictators has cautioned President Goodluck Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on the need to tread cautiously in order not to allow sycophants in and out of government frustrate his efforts and focus.
Babangida also advised Jonathan that he would need all the comportment, resilience, perseverance and determination in order to reach the best decisions for the country. He further urged President Jonathan to reach out to those unhappy with his emergence as President in order to assuage their bitterness.
In a statement by his Media Aide, Prince Kassim Afegbua, Babangida also warned that the brief arrest and detention of Mr. Nasiru El-rufai is a deliberate distraction which should be avoided adding, that the President must avoid gambling with decisions before he makes them.
Part of the statement reads: “I will like to advise President Goodluck Jonathan to tread cautiously so that those sycophants in, and out of, government will not derail his focus. He needs all the comportment, resilience, perseverance, introspection and determination to be able to take the right decisions for the good of the country.
“The arrest and release of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is a deliberate distraction which the President must run away from. He must avoid gambling with decisions and he must be willing to seek a third opinion on issues before he takes his decision,” Babangida said.
“It is not my tradition to use public platform to pass on my advice to any incumbent President. My choice of this forum is to allow Nigerians the opportunity to appreciate the challenges that President Jonathan is facing in the light of our current economic downturn and security concerns in the Country.
“President Goodluck Jonathan must understand that there is a whole body of people out there who are not happy with happenings in the Country. It is his responsibility as the President of the Country to reach out to them and make his mission understandable to the common man on the street so that they can buy into his government.
“If his body of advisers do not understand the temperament in the country and decide to embark on arresting and releasing people on very questionable allegations, they will be making enemies for the President instead of friends. The prerogative is that of the President and no one else,” the former leader advised.
“President Jonathan should as a matter of responsibility listen to voices of the opposition and or dissent, as he stands to gain experience and knowledge from their well-informed criticisms rather than build hostilities around them. He has to ensure that he minimizes and maximizes his discretionary powers in a manner that will not be subject of abuse.
“The whole essence of transformative leadership on which platform his campaign was anchored, boils down to how the leader is able to articulate his thoughts, nuances and provoke policy options that would best suit the variables. Transformative leadership is a product of constructive criticism, constructive engagement, collective bargaining and critical self-appraisal of mission statement and pursuit of leadership essentials that would lead to accountability and positive governance,” he added.
“President Goodluck Jonathan must sit back, collect himself and carry out a critical self-appraisal before he takes his decisions. He is aware without mention, that the country is presently faced with several developmental challenges.
“The nation’s security agencies must avoid getting involved in political issues. Modern day security has evolved to a point where you do not require seeing gun-wielding Policemen on the streets. The ability to collate information and analyse same in a proactive manner will help improve the security situation in the Country.
“We must carry out moral healing as well as political healing in the land. The President must make it a point of duty to reach out to people, groups and individuals with the sole purpose of selling his presidency. It is becoming instructive that the concept of winner-takes-all which has pervaded the system for so long may not flourish as such again.
“The polity is heated up; minimum wage crisis, arrests, petroleum subsidy debate, crisis over Ministerial nominees, Islamic Banking, and several other issues. Nigerians truly need positive governance, which I think we should work for rather than dissipate energies on frivolous issues that would not lead us any where”, he said,” Babangida said.