President Jamilu Mainasara
President Goodluck Jonathan was re-christened by a delegate at the conference yesterday. Professor Andrew Haruna, a delegate from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), ‘re-named’ the president as ‘Malam Jamilu Mainasara.’
Haruna, a linguist, said he re-christened the president by translating his English names into Arabic and Hausa languages.
‘Good’ means ‘Jamil’ in Arabic, while ‘Luck’ means ‘Nasara’ in Hausa. The CAN delegate also regretted that he was renaming the president “without slaughtering a ram.”
Jonathan is not the first southern politician to be re-christened with a Northern- Hausa-Muslim name. In 1999, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, then fresh from prison, was renamed Baban Sirajo. Chief Olu Falae, another presidential candidate at that time, was given the name Auwalu Falalu.
The president’s men at the conference and their colleagues at the Wadata Plaza, must take the CAN delegate’s free consultancy seriously. Since it’s about power shift, the president can now comfortably claim to be from any part of the North. After all, he is now President Jamilu Mainasara!