WASHINGTON, January 30, 2014 – It just wasn’t his lucky day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan encountered angry voters that pummeled his motorcade with rocks as he campaigned in the city of Yola.
Police used tear gas and whips to break up the mob. And police were posted near Jonathan political posters to prevent angry Nigerians tearing them down.
The scene was repeated across Nigeria.
They are angry that President Jonathan’s fight against the deadly Islamic terrorist army Boko Haram has failed to yield results.
“The Boko Haram sect has transformed from a group of armed delinquents to an active fighting group or movement without the government headed by President Jonathan being able to contain it,” said the opposition All Progressives Congress party. “It is childish for the same person to say that he would deal with a group which became a monster under his watch.”
According to the Nigerian Tribune, President Jonathan told a gathering in Bauchi State to vote for his party’s candidates “at all levels, adding his administration would continue to empower youths with education, skill acquisition programs and job creation.”
When your policies fail, make more promises and throw more money at the voters.
Around the same time Islamists were on a killing rampage in Paris, France, thousands of northern Nigerians were murdered by Boko Haram pirates.
Commander-in-Chief Goodluck Jonathan’s military sat on its hands.
“New evidence shows that the Nigerian military were repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno [Nigerian towns]… and failed to take adequate action to protect civilians,” reports Amnesty International. Some estimates place the death toll at 2,000.
As an editorial in the Boston Globe noted, “[President] Jonathan, who’s running for re-election and is considered the front-runner, hasn’t even commented on the Baga massacre, and has done very little to stop Boko Haram’s rule of terror in the last few months.”
Since its founding in 2002, Boko Haram has gone on to control 20,000 square miles of northeast Nigeria, holding sway over 300,000 souls. It has become the equivalent of the Islamic State in Africa.
Despite the lousy job he’s done protecting the Nigerian people from Islamic homicidal maniacs, polls show Goodluck Jonathan is leading his political competition.
“I feel bad for our brothers and sisters,” a Jonathan supporter said of the thousands of Boko Haram victims to the Manchester Guardian, “but there are so many problems in Nigeria, and the system is so broken, that we can’t expect one man to work miracles. It’s not easy to be president and we must continue supporting him.”
Nigeria is a dysfunctional “democracy,” rife with government corruption and a voting public that gives enthusiastic endorsements to a bumbling chief executive who’s unable or unwilling to combat the cancer of armed Islamic radicalism devouring the world around him.
Come to think of it, Nigeria’s president sounds a lot like America’s.