Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jonathan debates alone

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan yesterday, was the only candidate that participated in the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) for the presidential candidates ahead of the 2011 elections.

Despite being alone before an intimidating audience President Jonathan performed well answering questions thrown at him with confidence. he often needed extra time to answer the questions in detail.

Questions ranging from how to fight corruption and plans for education were thrown his way. While he may not have answered every question satisfactorily he did averagely in laying out his plans for a better Nigeria.

Lack of facts

The president could however not provide crucial facts that should be available as the President. For instance, he said he has to call on the Minister of Finance to know the percentage budget implementation. The same goes for the daily fuel consumption in the country for which Mr. President said the country's refineries are producing 60 percent of an unknown figure.

He promised to "stabilise power" and "stimulate the economy," thereby generating thousands of jobs in the next three years.

What do we expect of a man carrying the burden of approximately 140 Millions people in front of a wild debate panel.

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