By Sam Omatseye
IT was such a cheer to hear that former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala clinched the WTO job. This is the second person from the Jonathan administration to be so honoured by an international agency of prestige.
The last one was former agriculture minister Akinwunmi Adesina, who stared America in the face and rode back to the glory of his job. It is an irony that these two individuals who did not perform well as ministers could flex as champions on the world stage. I am, nonetheless, happy for them.0k
NOI ran an economy as Nigeria’s “prime minister” that teetered. Adesina promised a piece of bread that we did not see. But I supported their victory. Their grand master Goodluck Jonathan is seeking a second act, it seems, although this column has shut down the kite being flown by the so-called Buhari Boys.
They want him to be a sort of Buhari third term, so that the north can say the south has had its share. Therefore, the north can begin another eight-year berth. It is also a snare for Jonathan. They know Jonathan’s record, so they can blackmail him on what they know to skew any attempt at an assertion of strength. But that is not going to work.
I know some Jonathan diehards want him back. They want another footloose reign. They want to enjoy a slave’s holiday before the servitude kicks in. If they want someone, as I noted last week, they can get other candidates from the south-south. After all, I will be happy to see somebody from my region become president again.
But that is not how politics works. Let the people decide.
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