The following was contributed by ASFL local coordinator Olufemi Ogunjobi
President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration ends May 29. It is a day that commemorates the restoration of democracy in Nigeria. Also, the day marks the day for the change of power from the present administration to the newly-elected government officers.
Nigeria’s President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan will on that day hand-over as the Grand Commander, Federal Republic of Nigeria to General Mohammadu Buhari, a former military head of state, after six years of democratic rule.
In 2010, the then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan took over the mantle of leadership from the 58-year old President, Umar’ Musa Yaradua, who died in office after a long illness. Yaradua’s election in 2007 marked the first transfer of power from one civilian president to another since the nation got her independence in 1960. He (Yaradua) came into power promising a long list of reforms, including tackling corruption and reforming the inadequate power sector and flawed electoral system. He made progress in banking reforms, but analysts say he made the most progress in the oil-rich Niger Delta, by offering an amnesty to rebels.
Mr. Jonathan came into power with lots of promises too for the Nigerian people. He tagged them “Transformation Agenda’’. By and large, he kicked off as the President of Nigeria. His administration was not without successes, but with many lapses.