"What Nigerians want is a president that represents the sovereignty of this country, a president who guarantees peace and security, a president who is on same page with the people especially in difficult times like this and a president who shares in the plight of the people rather than engage the masses in blame-game over what it (the government) is responsible for."
This was the assertion of the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Segun Olulade, in a statement in Lagos, adding; "I don't think Nigerians are asking for too much from their President."
Olulade, who was reacting to what he described as "defensive response" from President Goodluck Jonathan to issues affecting the people most negatively, said that in spite of the fact that the government had not been able to meet basic needs of the people, including guaranteeing safety of lives and properties, it was not only embarrassing but unfortunate that President Jonathan and his loyalists had continued to add insult to injuries by acting defensively whenever the people expressed their opinions over serious security issues.
According to Olulade, "The likes of Labaran Maku and Doyin Okupe, who have continued to blame everyone except themselves and President Jonathan, are leading Mr. President in a wrong direction. In times like this, the government should not throw anything back at the people who already have a handful of agony and distress. The government rather than encouraging the people by working assiduously to solve pressing problems has engaged in exoneration game with its people, a situation too sad."
"Worst still is Mr. President's utterance that Nigerians should blame insurgents and not government. Does this mean people should start to thrive at the mercy of insurgents? What hope do people have in the government then and what are government's responsibilities?" he queried.
Olulade added that such statements coming from Mr. President signified hopelessness to the populace, saying; "This is the worst thing that could happen to a government. It is sad and ridiculous of leadership. It further shows that the government truly has no clue to solving the current problem and confused.
"But I think there is an option in governance. The President can borrow a leaf from South Korea's Prime Minister who resigned honourably in the face of peoples' overwhelming loss of trust on the Prime Minister. Governance is about people and once the people have lost all confidence in a government, there is no point staying in power."
Olulade concluded that beyond faith and prayers, the hope of rescuing the abducted girls got slimmer by the day with the lack of capacity being demonstrated by the Federal Government and the crisis rocking the Nigerian Army despite the presence of international supports.