Once again a Nigerian president will be elected without my vote. I always condemn people who complain about the leaders of Nigeria they neither voted for nor against. This is why I am very economical about my complaints against the Nigerian leadership. I have not voted in any Nigerian election in over 20 years. The last election I witnessed being the one Abiola is widely believed to have won, remember? The election Ibrahim Babangida screwed, and raped Nigerian democracy in the process.
I really don't know enough about Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to wholeheartedly entrust the next four years of Nigeria's future into his hands. I however know Nuhu Ribadu even less. So, yesterday I was chatting with a friend and he asked me, if I were in Nigeria on the 16th of April, who would I vote for? I thought about it for a minute and said, "Goodluck Ebele Jonathan".
Well, in my view he has given a reasonably good account of himself in the few months he has been president, considering the route of his accent to Aso Rock. I also think that he does need time to make good any promises he has made as himself, and not as the person who completed Yar'adua's tenure.
But let me offer a totally unscientific, unpolitical, tongue-in-cheek if you like reason for casting my virtual vote for Mr Jonathan - his incredible set of names: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. I remember that during the naming ceremonies of my children, the pastors had said that the names we pronounce are the texts of covenants with God. I therefore assert his names as I intercede for Nigeria and enter a covenant of renewal and blessing for Nigeria.
GOODLUCK shall be the lot of every Nigerian during the next four years of Mr President's service, if he is voted back in to complete what he started. At every bend of thought, action, work or business, God's ministering angels shall take control and bring forth the best of blessings which are often generally referred to as luck.
EBELE - Mercy. I ask God to have mercy on all Nigerians. To forgive our wrongs and to give us the mercy of grace to turn away from wickedness and do what is right. The country shall not be destroyed as a result of our shortcomings, because God does not desire the death of the wicked but that he/she repents and turns away from wickedness. Chineke meere anyi ebele. God have mercy on us.
JONATHAN is a name synonymous with friendship and loyalty. The young David who became king of Israel had the most incredible friend in King Saul's son, Jonathan. As Nigeria struggles through the maze of her myriad problems of security, disunity, corruption, crime, and economic upheavals, Nigeria will find her Jonathan even in the unlikeliest of places.
Even for these reasons alone, I cast my vote now for My Jonathan.
God bless Nigeria