Senate President Bukola Saraki and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima recently made very unflattering remarks about ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s leadership style and quality.
“No matter what you say about him,” began Dr Saraki sanctimoniously, “I don’t think he was someone who was desperate for power. (But) he was not someone that was prepared for leadership.”
He made his conclusions with two personal recollections on business and politics, both suggesting that Dr Jonathan was obtuse in his handling of the economy and incomparably and incomprehensibly indulgent in his politics. But in drawing these conclusions, Dr Saraki inadvertently betrayed his own instinctively realpolitik approach to governance and politics.
Shettima was even more mean “This is the second book I am reading on the Jonathan saga. I think President Jonathan is essentially a decent person, an unsophisticated country politician caught up in the vortex of power politics in Nigeria…If you look at Obasanjo, hate him or love him, you have to respect Obasanjo for not only believing in the Nigerian project but by surrounding himself with men of quality.”
In the remarks of the senate president and governor is located the unmistakeable leitmotif. Both politicians believe Dr Jonathan was unqualified to be president.
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