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Jonathan is not a weak leader – Deziani

June 30, 2013

A new book edited by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke has revealed that external factors and local impediments had been the major hindrances to the President Goodluck Jonathan’s dream of repositioning the country in the first two years of his administration.

In the book entitled, “Goodluck Ebele Jonathan: Champion of Women,” the Minister stated that Jonathan was neither a weak nor indecisive president as many would believe.

The book added that with his consuming passion for the progress of the country, there was no doubt that President Jonathan was leading Nigeria to the promised land.

The book was presented during the week at a mid-term presidential dinner held as part of activities marking the second anniversary of Jonathan’s administration.

The book which failed to identify the “external factors” that compounded the administration’s many headaches, listed the activities of members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in the North and kidnappers in the South as some of the local obstacles.

It added that it was impossible for the Federal Government to separate the external factors from local impediments.

The book also blamed technological advancements including the use of mobile phones as the root cause of the problems.

It stated that the first two years of Jonathan in power were full of threatening challenges capable of making the President lose focus.

The book said that however, the challenges, on the contrary inspired the president.

It reads, “The first two years of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration were met with tough, even threatening challenges.

“The Boko Haram insurgence in the North and the spate of callous kidnappings in the South could quite easily have shifted all focus away from the President’s clearly outlined transformation agenda.

“Ironically, however, the President seems even more inspired to steer the ship of the state to a safe point where the dignity of every Nigerian is preserved; a point where our right to contribute to productive decision-making is assured, where our balance of payment is no longer in deficit, where we do not consume more than we produce, where every Nigerian can boast a healthy standard of living, where our women take centre stage in the whole process of social and economic transformation.

“While the local impediments to the President’s ambitions are unrelenting, external factors have compounded the matter further, making it impossible to separate one from the other.

“We now live in a world where a click of your mobile phone takes you to the global marketplace. This may seem adventurous and exciting to some, but the impact on the local market is incalculable.”

The book stated that Jonathan was determined to fulfil all his electoral promises before the expiration of his tenure.

It described the President as an honourable man who had always been reluctant to say in public what he did not plan to put into practice.

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