Buhari Is A Forerunner; Not Nigeria’s Messiah By Eneh John
In the words of Charles Blow, ”We don’t vote for people because they are the embodiment of our values, but because they are likely to be the most responsive to them.”
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, who has had a long walk to the presidency since 2003, no matter how we may see it, either from the perspective of a pro or anti government, he is not the redeemer to the many travails our country has been through.
In the sixteen years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, there have been so much of rot in the system which even when Buhari wins a second term in office, may not bring total cleansing to the country. Every facets of our National life needs redemption from a near state of collapse to a functional state.
The last time Nigeria had a president who understood the workings, yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, was the late Umaru Musa Yara’dua of blessed memory.
One who had once acknowledged publicly that the very elections that brought him to power was fraudulent and had began the crusade for the rule of law to be functional in a country were lawlessness was the hallmark of previous administrations.
Just as William Pollard had posited that, “Without change, there is no innovation, creativity or incentive for improvement; those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” Nigerians had indeed craved for change. Buhari became a movement not a campaign name anymore. It is the collective belief of our country men, that in the words of William Pollard, Buhari will manage this change that had become inevitable.
What we must understand is that Buhari is not the messiah that will save Nigeria. Just as the Holy Book records that John the Baptist came to prepare the way for the coming of Christ, Buhari is a fore runner, who has been chosen, to pave the way for the messiah of Nigeria.
It may interest us to note that, the demands and expectations of Nigerians on Buhari is too high that, it can collapse even the strongest walls. The incorruptible ways of Buhari had sold his candidature to Nigerians. The All Progressives Congress (APC) understands that the task before her is enormous. There is no room for the excuses which the PDP gave to us and went away with.
With the advent of the social media, helping citizens to hold their government accountable, there is a need for the governing party to work as if today is their last day in office.
Nigerians are no longer in for excuses, neither deceit. The very tool used in bringing the president to power could serve as his albatross if he fails to deliver in his campaign promises and live up to the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress.(APC).
The demands on Buhari are enormous. What do you expect from a country whose citizens had lacked real governance, with unemployment as a hallmark in these years.
We are in for real business of governance with the new administration, were every move and decisions will be scrutinized by the stakeholders who are the citizens.
Though we understand that all of the challenges were not made by Buhari, and he is not expected to resolve everything, but we yearn for a pace to be set by his administration, and a blue print to be followed that will give Nigeria a sense of direction.
It is expected that between 2015 and 2019, the working plan of this administration should be clearly implemented. We have dwelt so much on paper work.
Nigeria’s president should not set up unnecessary committees that has no meaning, which was prevalent in the previous administration. Where committees work paper was never implemented.
Let Buhari know and understand that he won’t solve all our country’s challenges in one day, neither in his administration.
Mr. President, understand that you are only but a fore runner, not the messiah to Nigeria.
Let no one ever feel or believe that there will never be a messiah in Nigeria, for within us, someone will emerge who will come to salvage this country from the wheels of undevelopment.
Harvey Firestone said, ”the growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”
Here is a task before you Mr.President. our citizens need development so that our society can be a better place.
Eneh John is the Managing Editor of Secrets Reporters and Secretary, Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD)