Wednesday 23 October 2013

Conspiracy to undo Jonathan at all cost in the name of Aviation

Usman Abubakar

Sun Tzu says ‘Once is chance. Twice is coincidence. Thrice is enemy action.’ But when an individual or institution receives continued bashing even when it deserves praise, then this can only be translated as the tell-tale signs of a grand conspiracy.

For if not the hatching of a conspiracy, what else could be the root cause of a clearly coordinated and sequential series of attacks beginning with the Ministry of Petroleum, the Ministry of Finance and now the Ministry of Aviation? What other conclusion could be more firm than the assessment that these attacks go beyond the ministries, to undermine President Goodluck Jonathan himself.

Before President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Princess Stella Oduah as the Minister of Aviation, the aviation sector had sunk completely. Prior to her appointment, the state of Nigerian airports was described by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku as ‘poultry sheds’. Aviation stakeholders had been forced into a dangerous relationship of inertia kept in check by a complex and interwoven network of corruption. Three decades of decadence had created an array of benefactors such as the cabals of the oil sector leading to a neglect of its core mandate to the people. Airplanes had become as a writer described ‘Molues in the sky’.

Those who understand the pains that have been taken to make our airports what they are today will surely understand that it would take more than a N225million scam to end the transformation agenda. Actions to sweep aside such great achievement as carried out by the Aviation Minister in such a short while, achievements which earned recommendations from ordinary air-travellers to the Senate Committee on Aviation of a job well done simply hints at nothing else but downplaying the office of the President and its commitment to transformation.

It is therefore of no surprise that the call for Stella Oduah’s head is in line with the dictates of the Abubakar Baraje-led faction of the PDP, who had earlier also demanded for the sack of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Finance Minister; and Diezani Alison-Madueke, the Petroleum Minister.

The achievements so far accomplished by the Aviation Ministry guided and firmly supported by President Goodluck Jonathan has been ground breaking.  Beginning with a Bilateral Air Service Agreement, followed by a simultaneous reconstruction and re-modelling of 22 airports (passengers/Hajj/Pilgrims camps) and crowned with issue of NCAP, the pace had been established from the onset as one which was set to terrify corrupt bureaucratic systems.

Clearly this wave of attacks like a hydra with many heads is among the several attempts to undermine efforts by the President Jonathan Administration. These attacks come in several forms; first as direct attacks towards the ministry of Aviation and the person of Princess Stella Oduah by blames for air mishaps, Aviation Union strike actions, and the Rotimi Amaechi saga, and secondly directs attacks at the presidents transformation agenda through the machinations of insecurity, the organs of corruption, acts of insubordination, springing of political parties and political factions, action groups, ASUU and a long list of unions, groups and cabals who endure because their very existence benefits some state elites who face no significant incentive toward capacity-building, good governance, or development.

It is clear in the face of all these that the cries which echo are not those of the needy masses, not those of a people clamouring for positive change, not the voice of reason and truth, but that of conspiracy, of confusion and intent to throw the country into chaos. The attack on the aviation ministry is one of such false cries that must not be given ear. The opponents of transformation should not be granted such audience.


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