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Goodluck Jonathan & the Ontology of the African by Grimot Nane

September 10, 2014

Can Africans in power never get it right? They can but choose not to for reasons of venality and mediocrity and sometimes sheer stupidity.

I concur with the fact that resorting to insulting a President or anyone for that matter via social media especially cheaply is an incorrigible practice. But what happens when a president brings untold shame and embarrassment on his people? Insults are still inappropriate but proper critique necessary. The #BringBackJonathan2015 hashtags is an exercise in the most extreme of follies and a classic if not enduringly memorable contribution to the derisory ontology of the African.

#BringBackOurGirls is a classic of success in the use of social media to promote or bring attention to a worthy cause.

The Nigerian government is habitually and perennially run with “unsolicited proposals” and not “policies, strategies and vision” and now exposed the haplessness and folly entailed in this pervasive practice. These officials are in the business of brazenly stealing other peoples’ proposals to profit themselves, their patrons and clients. Thinking out what works or is best is outsourced by way of theft of ideas without considering the motivation, techniques, justification and enduring use of them. The Nigerian official takes the idea and changes only the name of the submitter of the proposal and makes it the idea / work of the person who will benefit from it. With this form of lowly stealing they secure their positions in power, make money for their crew and take credit for other people’s thoughts and efforts.

#BringBackOurGirls via the spokesmen / media experts of President Goodluck Jonathan did what they habitually do while stealing the proposals of those who produce perhaps with a big nod from the man at the top. They simply replaced … OurGirls with …Jonathan2015 in the hashtag. These so-called spokesmen and media experts seemed to forget the sensitivity, demands and implications that produced, spread and sustained the famous hashtag. The habit of stealing the ideas of others for profit and praise though thoughtlessly backfired this time big time! We now have a President, most unfortunately, looking stupid and unworthy. How can anyone be happy that their Number Citizen looks that way? And if the President looks so bad in the eyes of Africans and non-Africans, how will the ordinary African look? Those responsible take note.

The ontology of the African remains derisory.
Grimot Nane
Grimot Nane is a political economist based in the United Kingdom. His main field of expertise is the political economy of development while his specialist areas are corruption, institutions, energy and research methods. Grimot has a background in energy engineering and has worked extensively as an energy management and policy professional in the electric power sector and oil & gas, particularly the performance of energy institutions, both in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Commenting on various social issues, ecocide, the Niger Delta and belief systems is a side passion of his. Grimot is a Fellow at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University and holds a doctorate degree in development economics.

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  1. September 10, 2014 16:34

    HE WILL SAY ANYTHING AND DO ANYTHING FOR RE ELECTION AND LISTEN TO THIS, GOODLUCK JONATHAN YOUR GOVERNMENT CREATED WHAT, DO I HEAR YOU SAY 1,2 MILLION NEW JOBS? JONATHAN ARE YOU IN THIS PLANET OR IN PLANET MARS? YOU COULD HAVE SAID THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT DESTROYED MORE THAT 1.2 MILLION JOBS, AS THIS IS THE FACT. ALL YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN DOING IS MAKING YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND A VERY FEW OF YOUR FRIENDS, AGENTS AND CRONIES, EXTREMELY VERY RICH FROM VERY MASSIVE LOOTING AND STEALING OF THE NATION’S WEALTH AND RESOURCES. THESE WERE THE SAME PERSONS LIKE YOU WHO WERE SHOELESS JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. GOODLUCK JONATHAN MUST YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND JUST SAY ANYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF IT? ONLY IN NIGERIA AND THE MASSES ARE WATCHING, SUFFERING, DOING NOTHING AND LAUGHING.

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