No doubt, the political sphere was stimulated last week with the launch of ‘My Transition Hours’, a book authored by former president Goodluck Jonathan.
In the book, Jonathan argued that it was not his biography but an account of his stewardship and a platform to justify that he was not clueless to accept the outcome of the 2015 election, which he described as “probably rigged”.
Except for his mother that was praised in the book, Jonathan appears to have one person or institution to hold responsible for every lacuna witnessed during his administration.
In the book, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, five entities were blamed by the ex-president.
Barrack Obama and John Kerry
One prominent person whose name appeared in the book is ex-president of the United States of America, Barrack Obama. Jonathan blamed Obama for “eavesdropping” into the political affairs of Nigeria.
Also, he accused John Kerry, former US Secretary of State of being too concerned about Nigeria’s 2015 election.
Referring to Obama, Jonathan said: “Armaments, pre-emptive strikes, propaganda, and pack mentality and many other wet works otherwise known as espionage. They are all then encapsulated in a sophisticated international code of deeds. For instance, nations could listen in on other nations’ private conversations.
“It is okay, so long as you were not caught. President Barack Obama would probably not consider eavesdropping in ten lifetimes, but what about that institutional order which transcends his personal preferences and principles?”
Jonathan also alleged that John Kerry visited him when the 2015 election was approaching to humiliate him.
He added: “John Kerry came from the United States to express further worry. It was at once comic and sobering. In fact, John Kerry showed great reluctance in accepting our explanation for the postponement.
“In attendance where the decision to postpone the election was taken were almost all the living former Heads of State of this country. How else does a foreigner become convinced that he was hearing the truth? How does a foreigner love one’s country more than the indigene?
“I have stated earlier how the Kerry visit was designed to humiliate a sitting Nigerian president and clearly take sides in that election.
“We watch today how the Republicans and Democrats are building up to the next tenant in the White House. Do you see anyone going from Nigeria to sit between Obama and Romney four years ago? It would be considered creative, even in Hollywood.”
Attahiru Jega and INEC
Though many Nigerians may argue that the Prof. Attahiru Jega’s led Independent Electoral Commission was outstanding, former President Goodluck Jonathan indicted the commission in his book.
He alleged that the INEC under the leadership of Jega contributed to his loss through its activities, which cumulated into the postponement of the election.
Part of the book read: “I should talk briefly about the INEC here. The PVC shortage was everywhere. The lopsided allocations grew into a national din. The housing of PVCs in emirs’ palaces was a topic. The card readers were not even in view. All of these happening despite years of preparation and huge votes made available! It was all building up to a perfect storm.
“The other front in the heat of Nigeria’s election moment in 2015 was the foreign interest. They mounted serious pressure on us in their apparent disbelief the postponement was without ulterior motive. They maintained the curious posture of one who had been deceived severally before and therefore, had every reason to cede no credence to our position. But there was no such instance.”
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima
Jonathan believed that one of the key reasons why he lost the 2015 election was the kidnap of the Chibok girls. The situation, the president said, could have been salvaged if Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, was proactive enough.
The ex-president alleged that Governor Shettima asked the schoolgirls to return to the zone where they were kidnapped.
The book read in part: “The hash-taggers and crucify campaigners did not stop to ask the governor why he asked the girls to return to that dangerouszone. They did not ask why he pointedly promised WAEC and the girls security, which he did not have to give. Was he so terribly interested in their SSCE exam and so disinterested in their staying alive? Or was the governor part of a bigger scheme?
“Why would a state governor be that interested in the SSCE exam of a single school? Really, if it were the Commissioner of Police promising security, the story would probably have been different. No one was interested in knowing why the girls were left alone in Borno State of that time. How does a Borno state governor of a time like that miss that kind of call?”
Punch, Nation, Channels, TVC and Other Media Organisations
The ex-president believed that major newspapers and broadcast media jilted him at the wake of the 2015 election. He wondered why they were not asking enough questions and refusal to inform the voters appropriately.
He claimed that majority of the media organisations lacked integrity, adding that they refused to effectively report the “violent rigging” that allegedly took place during the election.
The book read in part: “We allowed ourselves to be constantly programmed by a section of media establishment with vested interest and negative politics. Perhaps it is time to bypass the filter of the media, which does not stand on any obvious moral pedestal.
“Since the putsch to which we were so familiar had left the vogue, being out of sync with democracy, even democratic pretences, then the coup’s cousin – violent rigging, becomes the alternative. Violent rigging in itself must be an absurd phrase since rigging on its own, even without bloodshed, hardly adds anything to the measure of devilry which ab initio exists in rigging.
“This must be the habitat of the media with a head totally buried in the sand, while its body remained an elephant in the room. The media is also the home of mercantile academics holding pre-eminence in the trade of politics, albeit at the fringe, mostly.”
Emirs, Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo and ACF
The ex-president blamed the Arewa Consultative Forum for opposing his second term bid; expressed doubt in the safety of the PVCs kept in the Emirs palace; and faulted the Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo for not delivering as expected.
In the book, he said: “For clarity, I am saying these primordial blocs usually bargain better with united fronts at the Nigerian table until the new kids on the block forced a change in the rules of engagement. It was called tribalism and painted in uninspiring colors, but it appeared the only time genuine growth registered in the Nigerian fledgling state, even if by the regions. However, such cultural representatives like the Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo were politically emasculated and eventually rendered mere shadows of themselves.
“However, the Arewa Consultative Forum thrives because it did not suffer that fate. The housing of PVCs in emirs’ palaces was a topic.”