My Transition Hours By Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan



“Power politics is the hangman of politicians” -Anonymous.

It is power politics. Germans call it machtpolitik. It would appear a mismatch if applied to local political constructs rather than the international relations structure it was designed to treat.

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Machtpolitik or power politics emphasizes the vicious engagements of nations around the world. The selfish struggle to control the flow of resource and dominate apportionment to their own ultimate advantage. Such inhumanity had since been ratified perfectly human
by an unspoken earthly consensus.

It welcomes threats, as seen in the frenzied build up of nuclear armaments, pre emptive strikes, propaganda, and pack mentality and many other wet works otherwise known as espionage. They are all then encapsulated in a sophisticated international code of deeds.

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For instance, nations could listen in on other nations’ private conversations. It is okay, so long as you were not caught. President Barack Obama would probably not consider eavesdropping in ten lifetimes, but what about that institutional order which transcends
his personal preferences and principles?

Despite this consciousness, time taught me that nothing was really ever international without it first being the native of some soil. Of course, globalization creates the zone of comfort for a global consciousness which makes an import seem like an export, since it is now all a single village in the super highway nuptial, without the essential sacrament of matrimony.

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Our hangman’s noose or machtpolitik is intriguing in the Nigerian context in view of our multiple plurality. A nation owned by over four hundred distinct tongues is not a nation in the conventional sense. We could now add the two ultra nations inside Christianity and Islam. This in itself rivals the volume of world’s trading tongues.

As a Nigerian, the phrase, “comity of nations” is a source of amusement to me (without any disrespect intended) in its first evocation of our nation’s natural fracture, ever before seeing the fragments converging in the global comity.

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Chapter One – Looking Backwards 3
Chapter Two – Political Stalemate 29
Chapter Three – Decision Points 41

Chapter Four – More Decisions Points 61
Chapter Five – The World Responds – April 2015 77
Chapter Six – My Last Weeks In Office 99
Chapter Seven – The Fight Against Corruption: The Blame Game 107
Chapter Eight – The Women Behind The President 117
Chapter Nine – The Change Game Begins 127
Chapter Ten – The Presidential Inauguration Dinner 139
Chapter Eleven – The Youth Bulge 157
Chapter Twelve – A Strong Democracy 167

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The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation 175
Reforming Africa 178
Leadership – Life After Office 181
Private Sector Reform 184
The World Claim Still 188
Epilogue 212

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