By GILBERT EKEZIE
David-West who spoke in an interview with Saturday Sun yesterday pointed out that he is ashamed and embarrassed as a Nigerian and Ijaw man to see Jonathan as the president of a country where things are not done the right way. He pointed out that as a PhD holder, he expects the president to show good examples to others who are not fortunate to be as educated as he is. “I am a full breed Ijaw man and the president’s kinsman. But I will not fail to tell him the truth. The president does not behaved like a PhD holder and those who support him are deceiving him. Can you see what is happening in the country today under his leadership? In fact, I am ashamed and embarrassed that Goodluck Jonathan, my fellow Ijaw man is the president of this country because he is not doing well.”
The Professor of virology cited some areas where according to him the president failed in his duties as the number one citizen of Nigeria. “Could you believe that Sanusi was haunted by the president because he tried to expose corruption? And after sacking Sanusi, he was made the Emir of Kano to show how good he is. Unfortunate enough, the president refused to congratulate Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Instead, before the Emir was announced, the president went to congratulate the wrong person, to show the kind of leader he is. In fact, that is funny and embarrassing”, he stated.
The elderstateman also accused the President of sponsoring the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke to become the Secretary General of OPEC, a position she does not know much about.
He also condemned the president’s action against some APC governors who were billed to visit Ekiti State on Thursday, to support their counterpart, Governor Kayode Fayemi.
“Such ban is undemocratic and unconstitutional. In fact, the president has done a lot of things against the constitution. The governor of Ekiti will be elected by the Ekiti people, not by Jonathan or Abuja or Bayelsa or Rivers. Jonathan cannot win all these battles he is declaring against governors and the media all over the country.”
David-West also frowned at the recent clamp down on the media, pointing out that a war on the press is a war that no government all over the world has ever won. “For the president to wage war on the press shows he does not know what he is doing. He forgot that no government waged war against the press and won. The president should know he needs the press more than the press needs him. In every democratic setting, press without government is better than a government without a press. I do not want him to be disgraced in office. But he has done a lot of things that warrant that.”