American news magazine, TIME, yesterday, rolled out it’s list of most influential persons in the world.
The list which had on it Nigeria’s President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari; Former Minister Of Education and Coordinator of the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign, Oby Ezekewsili; Best-selling author, Chimamanda Adichie and Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, omitted Nigeria’s incumbent president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
TIME magazine’s move to expel his name off their elite list was expected, since outgoing President Jonathan lost his re-election bid to former Military head of state turn born-again democrat, Muhammadu Buhari on March 28, 2015.
It will be recalled that the President conceded defeat at the polls by making a less than a minute call to Buhari before the official results were announced by the electoral umpire, INEC, headed by Professor Attahiru Jega.
Here are reasons we think he wasn’t listed:
– After losing his re-election bid to President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari , Mr. Goodluck Jonathan became the first sitting president in the Nigeria’s history to be ousted through ballot box.
– His inability to secure the release of the Chibok Girls who were kidnapped a little over a year ago by members of the ruthless Boko Haram terrorist group.
– His inability to tackle the endemic corruption in Nigeria. Under Jonathan’s presidency many militant leaders from the oil producing Niger Delta area in the south have become very rich from government patronage and contracts. Some of them have been awarded security contracts to guard the oil installations they once protested against and attacked.
– The Boko Haram militant group has killed 20,000 people and forced some three million others from their homes and President Jonathan was criticised for not getting to grips with this.
So why should President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize? For doing the needful?