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May 29, 2015: A Date Nigerians Keep With Destiny. By Adedayo Osho

Days countdown to the fall of rulership by PDP, a party which steers the wheel of affairs in Nigeria since the rebirth of democracy in 1999.

I watch with glee the shift to limbo, if not extinction of that once great party. One lesson learnt by the victim is that in democracy “Power reside with the people” and as such they remain the custodian of arsenal to fire any under-performing or non-performing government. To the incoming, an average Nigerian electorate is already enlightened about the parameters to justify if a serving government live up to its traditional role or not. Buhari is free to repeat Jonathan’s mistake if he so wish.

As we anticipate the swearing in of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the president elect, I urge us to be wary of Fifth columnists. Their role in postponement of the earlier scheduled February 14 Presidential election is still fresh on mind. Regardless, the hand over date remain sacrosanct.

Any discerning mind should be able to read the sign of the time. On the part of the incoming, it appears these countdown days is too slow. On the contrary, it is just too fast to the incumbent power holders. In Africa, leaders are only theoretically committed to democratic ethos, their urge for power and thirst to retain same is second to none elsewhere.

Fast forward to Buhari’s Nigeria, the striving poor cannot afford to wallow in another four years of poverty. Failure to provide basic amenities have seen the rise in rural-urban migration. To an educated rural dweller, the Nigerian state is nothing but a nuisance to be avoided.

Chasing their dreams, artisans and small and medium entrepreneurs are bereft of steady electricity for operation. It is illustrative to note that the incumbent government met 2600 Megawatt, it struggled to achieve 4000MW, alas, power generation has slumped to 1327MW, the lowest and worst since 4th Republic beginning. We expect speedy upgrade of electricity. Each distribution company should be given a run for their money.

Since it is glaringly obvious to even the blind, that corruption has reached its seemingly Olympian height and has defiled all curative therapy. It is imperative we deal with its root cause.  In Nigeria, the common man pays for the sin of a rich man.

I indicated in a 2014 piece that “With corruption effectively out of the way, Nigeria will catch up with the rest of the world and even leave some developed economies behind.” However, the potential to achieve this lies with having men of integrity at the helm of affairs. Those who perceive of stealing as not synonymous to corruption should have their brain examined.

My critique on Ethiopia reveals that with exception of the years of the great Emperor Haile Selassie, himself a man with chequered history, yet, his name can be found in African leaders Hall of Fame, the economic boom and recently, emergence of middle class families albeit immigration is not a product of election. Rather, change in the 2nd most populous African country was engineered by its dedicated revolutionary leaders, majority of whom are already aware of sufferings of their citizens and are ready to ameliorate it to the bearest minimum.

Despite the reality adduced to huge debt incurred, stipend or non-availabilty of funds in the national treasury and the failure of about 18 out of 36 states of the federation to fulfil wage obligation to workers, all of these to be inherited by incoming government{s}, the man whom the bulk will stop at his table, Buhari and his team should devise alternative medium to generate funds and vigorously pursue electoral promises. A sound note of warning should the passed across that Nigerians will not welcome irrelevant excuses. The first one year will serve as a yardstick to measure the intention of APC for the country.

With premium placed on youth and women welfare, intervention in the needs of people living with disability, pensioners and the aged. If implemented within earliest time on assumption, the masses will rally round the government.

If you belong to one of the hues which peddle false information about poverty and unemployment reduction, why not embark on an itinerary to our villages and observe social life? On listening to ordeal of many unemployed graduates, one wonder if truly here is where you can find one of earth’s purest crude oil, much availability of limestone and largest deposit of bitumen, second after bilingual Canada. On job creation, Nigeria need more of our own Aliko Dangote, Strive Masiyiwa or Patrice Motsepe.
The ability to faithfully address issues raised herein is a relief that Change has come indeed. It also have the potential to orchestrate the rebirth of a new Nigeria.

Adedayo Osho is a Political Scientist/Analyst based in Lagos, Nigeria. He writes on his own personal capacity. +2349030589989 {SMS only} On Twitter @Jahpolitical

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