Tell Jonathan, tell Reuben Abati: so long as Jonathan recognizes tyrants like Godswill Obot Akpabio (who today by the grace of God, the Supreme Court of Nigeria remitted electoral infractions allegation, back to Uyo Electoral Tribunal, for trial on merits), then he, Jonathan, does not demonstrate an understanding of the core concerns that constitute the basis for Professor Chinua Achebe’s rejection of his dubious award.

How can Jonathan recognize Godswill Obot Akpabio (a person that has presided over the murders, kidnappings, and political intimidations of Nigerian citizens), and claim improvements in the Nigeria electoral process.

How can the world witness the bodies of (electoral) deceased out of Akwa Ibom and Benue states of Nigeria, with complaints pending in International Human Rights Courts, and Jonathan/Abati claim electoral reforms?! With so many court challenges?!

Just in case Jonathan mis-interpreted the acclamations by the US State department and the EU, concerns over Al-Qaeda in Nigeria , and concern for U.S. national interests, often necessitate choice between the worse of two evils, not an absolute embrace of Nigerian electoral practices based on “merits”.

Till such a time that Nigeria indeed moves in the right direction; till the crime wave in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria wanes, till the looting of Treasuries by the likes of Godswill Obot Akpabio and Ibori stops, till justice is done and not just talked about, till efforts to stop corruption are sincere and real, till freedom of the press reigns from sea to the desert north, till unemployment abates, till food and the good life is not reserved for the Akpabios only, till the exiled earn their right of return, till Nigerians are free from terror; it will be difficult for Jonathan to earn the support, encouragement, and cooperation of all Nigerian citizens.

A reasonable starting point for Jonathan is to rid himself of the likes of Godswill Obot Akpabio and hire people who can at least count and procure enough medals for his awards.

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