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Few months to the end of President Muhammadu Buhari's regime and more than 3 years former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was voted out of Aso Rock, Jonathan on the 20th November, 2018 as a part of his 61st Birthday anniversary launched his book captioned “My Transition Hours”.

Few months to the end of President Muhammadu Buhari's regime and more than 3 years former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was voted out of Aso Rock, Jonathan on the 20th November, 2018 as a part of his 61st Birthday anniversary launched his book captioned “My Transition Hours”.

Some argued that the Book came out late. Its delay is clairvoyantly obvious. If it had appeared early, the opportunistic APC would have made a mincemeat of the Book as an antic of a drowning man, a rabble-rouser. The timing of the Book few months to the second term re-election of President Buhari dealt a mortal blow to the Next Level Agenda of PMB as hollow, preposterous and heinous. The Book is timeless and faultless. If the Book had come out in 2015 and 2016, governors El-Rufai, Rochas Anayo Okorocha and Shettima would have disparaged Jonathan and their rabid supporters would have feasted on the Book to score cheap political points. You never can under-estimate the Borno state governor who described the book as inconsequential.
On the 20th November, the Abuja home of Jonathan hosted the crème le crème of Nigerians, international nationals. Former military heads of state – Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar were present. Former President of Ghana John Mahama, the Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi were also in attendance. The list is endless. In politics, there are no permanent enemies but permanent interests. President Muhammadu Buhari was there ably represented by the Secretary to the Federal Government Mr. Boss Mustapha, the APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the governor of Edo state and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi Since the release of “My Transition Hours” Book the camp of APC, the Presidency have become ruffled, rattled and wrinkled. While the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed appeared dazed, Mr. Garuba Shehu, refused to capitulate, dismissing former President Jonathan's argument that corruption has been on the increase since his exit in 2015 as without foundation. Whether Garba Shehu and Presidency embark on Media confrontation against My Transition Hours with spurious and specious polemics, Nigerians can never be deceived by the witch hunt attack on the PDP. The 2015 Presidential election was between Goodluck Jonathan from the South and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari from the North. Now in 2019 Presidential election, the battle is almost within Northern Presidential candidates. What a beautiful scenario!
At the Book launch, Nigerians of diverse backgrounds including those who sabotaged the re-elections ambition of Goodluck Jonathan showered encomiums on Jonathan for not sacrificing the corporate existence of Nigeria, Nigerians on the altar of pursuance of his ambition. By their carriages and visages, they were full of recriminations and regrets. Jonathan in the Book went down memory lane especially what happened before, during and after the Presidential election.
He recalled the sabotage, mortgage of his re-election by his party members, NWC headed by Alhaji Adamu Muazu, PDP governors of Northern extraction, the then American President Barack Obama, his Secretary of State John Kerry and the then British Prime Minister, the South-West media, the use of fake and incendiary campaigns, fake news, the Northern Elders Forum, the Arewa Consultative Forum, Boko Haram among others. Are we denying that these issues did not play out during the election? Is the information deposited in the Book false, fabricated or tissues of lies? The reactions of APC to the Book should have attracted apology or outright silence rather than puerile and meaningless condemnation. What would have been the fate of Nigeria and Nigerians, if Mrs. Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama's Democratic favourite had vanquished her Republican counterpart, Mr. Donald Trump?
Records, facts and figures in black and white do not lie: Nigerians were around in 2015, taking account and consideration the vicious and malicious campaigns to terminate Jonathan's administration and reelection.
To those uncomfortable with My Transition Hours located in the ruling party APC, there are enough reference editions of the Discourse Column of the Nigeria Moment Newspaper between January 2015 electioneering period and the Presidential Election. For records, here they are, some with quotes; 4-5, February, 2015 with the title Jonathan or Buhari: As Igbo the choice is ours. Quote: Igbo sons and daughters, eminent and prominent such as governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha, Dr. Sir E.J.K Onyebuchi, Mr. Paddy Obinna, Sir Bob Njemanze, Barr. Ifeanyi Olumba and many other Igbos are repeatedly calling on Igbos to vote APC and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. On the other side of the political divide, PDP, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Chief Achike Udenwa, Engineer George Nkwoji and others are gunning for Jonathan; 21-22 January, 2015 edition titled “Certificate” Buhari and APC goofed' Quote: Some argue the controversy surrounding Buhari's certificate; is over-exaggerated. Reactions from APC do not help matters. The Publicity of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed insists that PDP is too noisy about nothing wondering why a statesman of Buhari;s stature who served Nigeria in various capacities including Head of state could be a subject of discussion over certificate. This is out of place for what stands as a matter and solution is making available the certificate: 2-3 February, 2015 titled: Is Jonathan and PDP corrupt as alleged? Quote Nature abhors a vacuum. When the military reluctantly exited and the ban on political activities lifted, those who converged to chart a new course politically for Nigeria, many came from the ministers, permanent secretaries who served the military at the various interregnums. They did not purge themselves of vestiges of corruption. They formed different political parties, some defunct, some refurbished, some re-aligned. Far from the truth that corruption started with PDP in 1999 or Jonathan. For lack of issues to campaign, APC goes round the country tarnishing the image of Jonathan by charging him with corruption. This orchestrated campaign of calumny is to blind Nigerians, divert attention for ulterior motive and prematurely return power to the North; 6-8 February 2015: How best is the option to shun Presidential debate? Quote: What is therefore difficult about debate? It is as simple as ABC. It is a golden opportunity to the candidates to repeat all what they have been saying, telling Nigerians what they intend to do if voted into power. The difference between the campaign ground debate and the live television debate is that the candidates are paired and face to face with Journalists and Nigerians asking the candidates questions on how they will successfully implement their various party manifestoes. While rallies do not follow with answering questions on specific terms but rather on general terms, presidential debate is encompassing with opponents capitalizing on the weaknesses of other's inability to articulate fluently, coherently and eloquently. Perhaps this is the fear of General Muhammadu Buhari; 16-17 February, 2015 titled: If I were Attahiru Jega  quote: As far as I am concerned with the connivance of Jega no longer a secret, Jega's purported impartiality, integrity, sincerity and transparency are questionable. The proper thing to do to save the little reputation left is to honourably submit his resignation letter to enable the President re-organize the commission hierarchy to face its challenges in the coming elections. To continue, the Discourse Column of 23-24, February, 2015 titled: Western nation's: their hypocrisy and conspiracy Quote: The circumstance and the emergence of President Jonathan in 2011 seemed a source of surprise to Britain and America, experts in diplomacy and installing unpopular governments for their economic interests. As fast as and as futuristic as they are, they knew, projected that President Jonathan would want to seek a second term in office in 2015, they must put a spanner in the works. They went wild with a projection that the Nigerian Federation may likely end in 2015. With such mind-boggling mind-set, Nigerians bought it, blended towards it and the main opposition party got swollen-headed. Recent occurrences proved that America and its allies implanted perpetual trepidation, discomfort among Nigerians, kept President Jonathan on edge so as to stampede him into chickening out; 9-10, March 2015 edition titled: Why Jega is unfit to conduct the Presidential election. Quote: The APC has refused to condemn in strong terms the monumental failure of Jega as not without reasons. Allegation that Jega held a meeting far away Dubai with APC party hierarchy has not been debunked. Notwithstanding, Jega  defended passionately, glibly the sacrosanctity of the original dates of the elections but the recent discoveries and manifestations are enough eye-opener that Jega had wanted to impose Buhari, his kinsman on Nigerians; 13-15 March, 2015: Jonathan Presidency Tinubu's abracadabra. Quote: If APC does not desecrate the toga of propagating Islamization agenda, its National executives would not be so lopsided in favour of moslems. The National Executive Council of any political party wields enormous power to determine the direction of its President if elected into office. Tinubu is decoded, demystified that he can be remote-controlling beyond his party members. He is the defacto Presidential candidate of APC. As a major stakeholder, he singlehandedly chose Buhari. He alone imposed Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Other editions included 25-26 March, 2015 titled: Between Buhari and Jonathan who is Nelson Mandelan? 3-5 April, 2015; 28th March Election: Post-mortem lessons to both winners and losers, 17-19 April, 2015 edition titled: If I were the President-elect; 20-21 April, 2015 Jonathan's failure: Aliyu Babangida refuses to say the truth. Now that APC has gambled the first term Nigerians freely gave it and President Buhari, giving the party another tenure is like investing in a wild goose chase. The party has run out of ideas and annovations. Jonathan's book coming this time around has incapacitated and dissipated PMB narrow support base, the Military and INEC discovered by PDP and the international community as the greatest threat to the 2019 general elections and victory of   Atiku Abubakar.
To end this publication, permit me to make a reference to Donald Trump wake-up call, not really in focus on Nigeria but informative and beneficial to the country's democracy; The scourge of our planet is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle of the United Nations is based. They respect neither the wrong citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. If the righteous men do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When discent people of a nation become by-standers to their countries, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength. This is what causes a regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed students, protests and imprison political reforms. An oppressive regime will not endure fore-ever and a day will come when the people will face a choice-will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror, return to the nation's proud route, as a centre of civilization, culture and wealth when their people can be happy and prosper once again”.
Sydney O. Madukwem, guest writer, Dile Emeohe, Mbaoma Emii Owerri LG. 07069123994.    


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