There are rumours and denials (as has become the norm with the Jonathan administration) regarding mutiny in the ranks in Maiduguri.
News reports say incensed soldiers shot at the GOC’s official vehicle. If this is true, then something is seriously amiss and Jonathan might as well take his mind off 2015 for a second and consider more urgent imperatives.
And speaking of 2015, there is this nauseating advert running on NTA and some local channels. The advert is making what amounts to no more than a specious comparison between President Goodluck Jonathan and Obama.
Other outstanding world leaders to whom GEJ is compared include Mandela and Martin Luther King Jnr and if memory serves me well, Mahatma Ghandi.
Now, only an idiot and fawning praise singer drunk on sycophancy will compare Obama to Jonathan, but then, we must humour those who insist on making jokes while the nation burns.
Jonathan can run in 2015. As a citizen of Nigeria, he holds that right but there is a limit; no one must sit logic on its head all in the name of sycophancy. There are limits.
But since they have made the comparison, we must carry on the charade and humour them.
So, like Obama who surmounted daunting odds to become America’s first black President, Goodluck Jonathan surmounted odds (including not having shoes) to become Nigeria’s first president from a minority region but, you see my friends, surmounting odds does not a president make.
A president is a president because he leads, because he shows courage where all else is despair and this must explain why Obama visited Boston immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing. That must also be why his 6th international trip was to Iraq, where American troops were Enemy Number 1.
He did not sit in the White House to make a phone call to the Iraqi President. No, sir. He got on Air Force One and flew to Iraq. He arrived there on April 7, 2009, a mere 4 months after his inauguration.
On that trip to Baghdad, Obama met with President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and as a true commander-in-chief, he sat down and broke bread with American troops stationed in Iraq.
How many of our troops chasing Boko Haram around the streets of Borno and the forests of Sambisa have ever seen President Jonathan, their Commander-in-Chief?
On May 1, 2012, Obama headed to Afghanistan . He landed at Bagram Air Base, Kabul where he signed a strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and United States. Thereafter, he spent time with U.S. troops at Bagram airfield. From that base, Obama made an address to the American people regarding his commitment to a responsible end to the Afghanistan war.
Obama is not the only US president to visit volatile regions as a way of instilling courage and firing patriotism in troops.
President George W. Bush made a secret trip to Iraq on Thanksgiving Day in 2003 to dine with the troops. His father had made a similar visit to the U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia just after receiving the new VC-25 planes just before Thanksgiving Day in1990.
On the 27th of November 2003, George Bush also flew to Baghdad where he met with members of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Governing Council and addressed U.S. military personnel.
He would return to Iraq on June 13, 2006 and on this trip he met with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and addressed U.S. military personnel.
Three months earlier on March 1, 2006 George W. Bush had touched down at Bagram Air Base in Kabul and on that visit he held a meeting with President Hamid Karzai, dedicated the new U.S. Embassy building, and addressed U.S. military personnel.
He went back to Iraq on September 3, 2007. He touched down at Al Asad Airbase before meeting with Gen. David Petraeus, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, sundry senior U.S. officials, Iraqi political leaders. He also addressed U.S military personnel .
There were further visits to the war zones before his tenure ended; Baghdad on December 14, 2008 and Kabul the next day and on those trips he met with President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as well as with President Karzai and U.S. military personnel in Baghdad and Kabul respectively.
Now, the flight time from Washington DC to Baghdad is 14 hours, 57 minutes while to Kabul is 14 hours, 23 minutes.
In contrast, it would take Goodluck Jonathan a mere 1 hour to fly from Abuja to Maiduguri where a chopper would then fly him to Chibok.
But almost a year since Boko Haram took over Chibok and Crimea’d Sambisa forest, GEJ has not thought it fit as Commander-in-Chief to make a trip there to instil courage and fire the patrotic zeal of our troops who are being killed daily by Boko Haram.
And now, with rebellious troops shooting at their GOC, we ask, Mr. President, when will you go to Chibok?