Analysis | Nigerian Presidency: Between The Weak One And The Strong Man – By R.T. Sibe

President Jonathan, the one they called the weak one, had the courage to fire his Service Chiefs, when he felt the national security architecture needed a rejig. The CDS, COAS, CNS and CAS were all changed in 2014.

Years earlier, when he needed to ramp up the pressure against Boko Haram, he fired his NSA, Gen. Azazi, who was his “kinsman”. He also fired the then Defense Minister, Bello Haliru Mohammed, who was his Party’s Acting Chairman in the period of the election that brought him in. He also fired the IGP in the course of his tenure. These were clearly difficult calls, but the one they call the weak one had the courage to sack them.

2015: Enter the strong man. Despite clear signs of failure to deal with the security challenge, no one has lost his job. Even when the President himself admitted that the IGP did not obey his instruction, he still has his job. The herdsmen are on a killing spree in middle Belt, and the leaders of the security apparatus still have their job. Same thing in Zamfara, and no one has lost his job. There is no day you don’t read of massacres in our dailies, yet, nobody will lose his job. A report from an International news agency over the weekend alleges that ISWA is in control of a vast expanse between Borno and Yola, yet no one will lose his job.

It appears, with the strong man, your job is safe, despite obvious blunders. The weak one was weak, so he could not protect his staff. I’d rather a country is led by a “weak” leader who is not afraid to fire, than a strong man who appears to use his “strength” to protect his non-performing team.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth…


Robinson Tombari Sibe is a Poet, Strategist, Geospatial & Software Engineer