“Goodluck Jonathan Was A Punishment To Nigeria.” – Prof. Esiemokhai


Professor of International Law, and renowned academician, Emmanuel Esiemokhai, has described former president Goodluck Jonathan and his administration’s tenure as a punishment to the nation.

While speaking with National Mirror in Abuja over the weekend, the veteran teacher explained that the past administration failed woefully because Jonathan was incompetent. According to the professor, Jonathan and his predecessor, the late president Musa Yar’Adua, were imposed on Nigeria by the ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, as a “punishment” over his inability to secure third term in office.

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It would have been too disastrous if Jonathan was re-elected. Obasanjo imposed Jonathan, a man who studied fisheries, although he got a PhD, but totally irrelevant to governance; no philosophy, no law, no economics, no sociology. How can you run a country without knowledge?

Then, Obasanjo and E. K. Clark were in a race to influence Jonathan. Obasanjo would tell Jonathan: ‘this is what I think should happen.’ E. K. Clark would tell Jonathan: ‘this is what should be done.’As a result, there was total misguidance. The young man was confused. Since he didn’t study relevant subject; that was why we got the mess.

When reminded that Jonathan had held prominent leadership positions in the country before his ascension to the presidency, Esiemokhai said,

Knowledge-based governance is different from guess work. It is different from the advice of advisers. It is different from guessing. What experience did Jonathan have? He finished his PhD (in Port Harcourt). He studied primary school in Port Harcourt, secondary school in Port Harcourt. The only time he left his enclave was when he went to Osun state for National Youth Service programme.

Professor Emmanuel Esiemokhai remarked.

This is very narrow for a man who will rule a big nation like Nigeria. He didn’t have that intellectual outlook. He didn’t have that historical connection. He didn’t travel widely; he didn’t meet people. He was just a small lucky fellow who wanted (to work at) NNDC, but he didn’t make it.

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