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Truth Jonathans fans wont tell him

Published by The Nation on Mon, 08 Sep 2014

If there was any doubt about the circle of sycophancy that surrounds President Goodluck Jonathan, which may eventually strangulate him like a noose, the reported secret remarks by Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (popularly abbreviated as Alams), a former governor of Bayelsa State, present sufficient evidence that he lives in a gilded cage. The background is this: Alams, in an interview with New Telegraph,spoke about the discord between Jonathan and Rotimi Amaechi, the Rivers State governor, which culminated in Amaechis exit from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Alams, ostensibly playing the role of peacemaker, came up with his own solution to the problem, saying that Amaechi who is now a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should retrace his steps, beg President Goodluck Jonathan and return to PDP. Alamieyeseighas words: I think there is no problem between Amaechi and Jonathan. I think Amaechi should be humble enough to go to the President and say I am sorry, because he has no place to go. A child that is not respectful will also not deserve respect from anyone. I have spoken to both of them.He continued: Jonathan has no issues. The President of Nigeria is very powerful. I even told Amaechi that the first entity you cannot fight is Almighty God and the second entity is the government (President Jonathan). No matter how you interpret it, nobody can fight the government (Jonathan) successfullyRivers State will never be surrendered to the All Progressives Congress (APC).It is easy to see that his choice of words reflects nauseating obsequiousness, which he is perfectly entitled to; and this is understandable given that he owes Jonathan, who was his deputy in his gubernatorial years, a huge debt of gratitude for his rehabilitation. Hardball remembers that Alams was convicted of money laundering and corruption and got a two-year jail sentence, but was later pardoned by Jonathan who controversially used his presidential powers to apparently wash him clean. Against this backdrop, Alams may be pardoned for imagining that Jonathan is invincible; but that is exactly what it isimagined invincibility. Furthermore, it was the height of childishness for Alams to liken Amaechi to a child. Now, listen to Amaechis reply through his Chief Press Secretary, David Iyofor: It is true that Amaechi does not have any personal issue with the President. And yes, when Alamieyeseigha came to the governor to discuss this issue, he said there was not much problem between the president and the governor, but he was not bold enough to say in that interview what he told the governor the problem was.So, what was the problem as Alams saw it' Iyofors statement said: He told Amaechi that he cannot understand why Mr. President cannot rein in, control or manage his wife. For him to say something else is, indeed, most cowardly and timid.It should be considered charitable that Alams was described as cowardly and timid. Perhaps it would be useful to do a word search for a less generous description for a man who exhibits such two-faced and doubletongued character. With creatures like Alams around Jonathan, who will speak truth to power']]>
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