Mr. Jonathan, Mr. Oghiadomhe, a note of thanks to the Presidency for the Shock and Awe move on Public officials
John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D
September 15th, 2010
Authority in form of indirect dictatorship is the
executive code of a president, and you Sir as well as
the brain trust of your administration have shown this
act of primacy in the recent days.
It’s a way of life at people will read different
meanings into you recent steadfast actions as they
relate to the swift removal of a number of senior public
It is assumed that you took these exceptional actions
for political, security, psychological and calculating
reasons. To an extent the move appears Machiavellian in
style and in strategy. But who cares?
For a society that is almost a failed State, long before
your time, your actions no matter how despotic they
appear to look are within your executive power and the
confines of the law.
Sir, it is a fact that you or no other person cannot
suddenly or fundamentally change the Nigerian society
within the next few months.
As no one knows what may happen in the coming 2010
election, given the absolute lack of adequate time that
surrounds its smooth execution.
Nevertheless, Sir use the next few days, few weeks and
few months to show a clear commitment to the pursuit of
high standards, ethics and fair play across all public
It has been so distressing to watch the society
shrinking into the grounds of no-return. Sir, in spite
of the mixed feelings you may have about the Diasporan
and some Nigerian-based internet Newspapers they
continue to bring to spotlight unbelievable acts of some
officials and the agonizing state of the society.
If there are any roadblocks the President needs to clear
they should include the daunting problems in the area of
Sir is one thing to change one official head for another
as in the case of the now ex-security chiefs. If the
country is to be clearly equipped with new leadership as
with your recent appointments, let each of them undergo
African-oriented Psychological assessment to somewhat
ensure that their respective personality style or makeup
have a direct correlation to public and institutional
Sir, as an academic you know that irrespective of the
ethnic considerations for appointments in a
Tribal/Presidential Democracy like Nigeria, there are
still other factors to consider in a public official,
senior officials especially.
These factors include indexes of genuineness,
competency, empathy and honesty as they are what should
characterize public leaders. Sir, it is time for the
nation to start looking at how competent and loyal is
various policy officials, institution Directors and
other Heads are to the people.
It is by cleaning the internal control structure of
agencies that actual gain or outputs can be seen at all
levels of public governance. Sir, when will we see more
acts of shock and awe in public entities like the
universities, court administration, postal service,
schools management, procurement management, ammunition
management, labor management, traffic management, and
other security related agencies? Let’s hope it is soon.
Mr. President, time is critical and it is an inescapable
fact that no one knows how the 2011 Presidential contest
will unfold across the North and South, as such help the
ordinary people by ‘stepping on more toes’, by ‘throwing
more dirt’ or frighten the sensibilities of officials
who continue to show total disregard to commonsense
practices and governance.
Again, with more shock and awe changes, the acts of
accountability and transparency will be forever tied to
your Presidential name, to your executive staff and
other brain trusts in the administration.
John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D, DABPS, FACFE is a
practicing Forensic/Clinical Psychologist and the
Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs-Behavioral
Science, North Campus, Broward College, Coconut Creek,