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Pres­i­dent Jamilu Mainasara

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

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!

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