The Only Way General Buhari Can Deliver The Promised Change By Adedayo Osho
One of the shortcoming facing any heterogenous polity world over has been power equation. Chief among these problem is rumble among rival ethnic groups in occupying key position. Nigeria is not exempted in this power play scenario.
Of the three major ethnic groups, namely: Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, a preferential proportion of sensitive and resourceful ministries are chaired by kinsmen of the man whom the buck stop at his table, President Goodluck Jonathan – although with the exception of constitutionally term-fixed appointments into specific independent agencies and commissions, say, INEC, which are subject to termination by the National Assembly upon observing incompetence or gross misconduct of its head. Be careful if you choose to blame GEJ, the then Olusegun Obasanjo’s 1999-2007 government wore same regalia of political imbalance. The composition of that government can be found in archives. It is also available to be Googled for those who care to disprove.
It is advisable that the incoming government should never be enmeshed in hearsay bent on favouring a particular ethnic group over another. Such act has the potential to open intra-ethnic malice. Permit me to enlighten that in a federal setting, the government must reflect a national colour. Put simply, each group must be duly represented and accord its due place in order to have a sense of belonging. However small in number, all ethnic groups must be accommodated. Inclusiveness is the hallmark of True Federalism.
Presumably, there might be an attempt to revenge against bigwigs of the PDP bloc, such will only inflict the incoming government with stagnation. Buhari/Osinbajo must be careful not to waste much energy in witch-hunting. APC should avoid not to treat Eczema at the expense of Leprosy.
As we anticipate the end of sixteen years of leprosy and misrule by PDP, a party who had recently boasted that it will rule Nigeria for 100 years. As if here is Burundi, where UPRONA ruled as a single party from 1966 to 1993. Until its defeat at the Presidential poll on March 28 did PDP realise that Nigeria is neither Xenophobic South Africa where ANC has been ruling since the early 90s nor the West Africa regional tiger is Gabon, where Parti Democratique Gabonais PDG has ruled the Central African country since independence in 1960.
In a build up to May 29, the Deal day for handing over of power by the Umbrellas to the Brooms, I urge us all to form a vanguard of citizens who will only criticise constructively.
Adedayo Osho is a Political Scientist/Analyst based in Lagos, Nigeria. +2349030589989 on Twitter @Jahpolitical