The Victory, The Vanquish: Lessons From The Presidential Elections BY Agwu David Nwaze
When a spider muster courage to strategically spread its web in abundance, even the lion could be a prey. The constancy of change as a phenomenon has never, from time immemorial, been disputed and for once again, Nigeria had her share. Before the 28th D-day, it was non-cloudy the race for the Aso Rock was between Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) of the PDP and General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) of the APC. Sometime last year, I hinted a caveat to GEJ in the conclusion to my piece: “JONATHAN AND 2015: STOP THIS PORN” (you may wish to Google it), however, que sera sera.
To open the curtain, my ideological orientation about life constantly revolves in seeing every event as an opportunity for equipment: experience is a teacher but never the best, I often so hold. Being abrased of the pre-on-post happenings in the election argued by many as the best conducted after the June 12, I discovered certain recipes in the glory (GMB) and disappointment (GEJ) and vital lessons for every Nigerian in pursuit of life and purpose: this is the objective-in-chief of this piece.
Firstly, one unbeatable character I noticed in GMB was his persistent and determined mindset. Imagined a General, after three attempts (2003, 2007, 2011), was still relentless, not deterred by previous failures but saw every new occasion as an opportunity to re-strategize and make a fresh attempt. If determination is the key to success, then I dare to say persistency is the cut-copy which complements the openning of the lock (success). In one’s pursuits, the may be need to adjust the plan and procedures (like GMB swinged from one party to the other) but always maintain the goal because there is nothing conceiveable that is not achievable with a persistent and determined mindset: that was the fulcrum of GMB’s victory.
Again, it is a common saying that the word “impossible” is only in the dictionary of the weak minds. The power of incumbency made the race almost predictable: “Is it possible for this aboki of a man to beat Joe, a sitting president? has it ever happened?”, unknown to us, the General believed in the abrupt metamorphosis which was yet to come and hence, swallowed all the wobble in sacrifice of this end victory. Until a conceived vision or ambition is viewed as a difficulty, not an impossibility, an applaudable end result is but a mirage, for the difference between optimism and pessimism is perception, “show me a man who saw possibilities in extreme impossibilities and I will show you GMB enroute to the polls”, this is my newest of axioms.
Thirdly, one way to recognise a journey with a tangible result is the presence of distractions because every achievement is a function of rigid firmness and direction. Even after several attempts, opinions and distractions still trailed. While some insisted on GMB’s disqualification, others hinged on the inability to “produce” his certificate, attacking his reputation thereby, all those did not shaken his standpoint as he went around with his rallies and campaigns which placed him on a vantage point above his rivals, I then asked in rhetorics: what would have been the story today had GMB stepped down as a result of frustration? I then learnt that as one paddles through the labyrinth of paths to the top, be sure of distractors, infact, their presence is a genuine indicator that you are in the right direction. Therefore, keep your head cool and focus even when contrary opinions trail because they will be at the fore to celebrate with your success (e.g. Fayose’s past comments on GMB v. congratulatory message to GMB).
Furthermore, the formation of APC was consequent upon the merging of several political parties and it was in the process that members of the different parties cross carpeted. I then asked a self analytical question: “why did GMB not change his party or better still, form one”? The likely answer is now clear. I came to understand that, in life, there is interconnectivity of destiny which is fundamental, there are people who have been designated as facilitators to the realisation of one’s goal and the ability to identify and stay glued to them is in itself wisdom. In the analysis of GMB’s victory today, except the sin of being mendacious is willingly committed, familiar names such as Tinubu, Amaechi, among others, can hardly be dispensed with, in fact, GOD WILL CERTAINLY FORBID! Therefore, in life, one’s inadequacies are augmented by good company and suffice it to say that the end result of a pursuit can be correctly predicted from the nature of association kept since no man is an island, not even a General-cum-president-elect.
Permit me to say that I congratulate GEJ for the performance in the election because the margin, if one may reluctantly agree, would have been greater had the election not being postponed. it became an open secret that GEJ intended to utilise the six weeks to press the flesh, do the last minute tidy ups and filling of gaps which were obvious: that paid up substantially but could not make up altogether. You cannot fool all the people all the time, I learnt that life is so serious that it accommodates only serious people who can deal with issues seriously and timeously too, tangible victories in life hardly concurs with hasty and last minute agenda and re-organisations. This key principle was outrightly defied by GEJ and PDP and of course, it assisted the administration to create a historic landmark, albeit, against them.
Not to be pretentious, I may not be too sure to say that had the outcome of the general polls be otherwise, GMB and APC, as they waited in anxious breath, would have submitted to the outcome peaceably a la GEJ. This shalomed acceptance of defeat and extension of handshake was indeed commendable, for very few Nigerian, even African, politicians will react thus. This left me, among other few Nigerian youths, with a food for thought. Experiencing Defeats is just part of life and those that knock you out and expose your inadequacies are to be received with boldness and responded to with humility. GEJ set aside self egoism and demonstrated a rare political leadership character and by so doing, carved a niche for himself in the future of our political terrain. THIS IS GOOD PRECEDENCE!
I must say, as I draw the curtain, that it is better to listen to the voice of reason than to be driven by self-motivated egoism. The Aso rock polls have come and gone but many lessons abound from the whole process; every experience in life ought to be an opportunity to gain knowledge and wisdom in handling various aspects of life. Inspite of the claims and counter claims, if I pretend the act of a by stander or better still, neutrality, i will boldly say GEJ has done well so far, I heartily congratulate the victor, GMB, for it was well deserve. We look forward for the much chanted CHANGE!!! Time will never go dumb.
Agwu David Nwaze. NLS, AGBANI-ENUGU.