May 29, 2015 is a very significant day in the political history of Nigeria, not just because it is the day ex-President Jonathan handed over power to the new Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari; it’s also a date that shamed all the foes of Nigeria.
Again, the historic day is set aside to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peacekeepers. On 29 May annually, UN offices, alongside Member States and non-governmental organisations, hold events to honour fallen peacekeepers.
Consequently, the day seems unique in the sense that it was a forerunner of the whole lot that has to do with peace for Nigeria in particular, and for the world at large.
More significantly is that it is as a day President Buhari emphatically made clear to all Nigerians that he was for everybody and not for anybody. It demonstrates the humility of the new President and his pan-Nigerian disposition that may have been misconstrued all this while, especially during the electioneering and campaign seasons. Good talk we may say coming from the number one citizen.
As loaded as the statement is, we understand it to mean that the country as a whole will be Mr. President’s constituency, no favorites, no sacred cows. It means that sycophants, who hitherto maneuvered the system, would have no place in his government. This group which parade the corridors of power in order to perpetuate clandestine activities, advise the President wrongly, and plunge the leadership of the country into a state of confusion while they live fat on the proceeds, will not be patronised.
Interestingly, we see it as a new dawn in the history of Nigeria and Nigerians look forward with anticipation to how the country will leverage on the gains and strides in our democratic journey. Nigerians look frontward to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan becoming an ambassador of peace after leaving office, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari, on whose shoulders, the task of straightening the nation’s crooked path today, solely rests.
We must be quick to say that President Muhammadu Buhari may have started on a very sound note by relocating the Army Command and Control Centre to Maiduguri to completely rout Boko Haram.
What about the lingering fuel scarcity and epileptic power supply? Will Nigerians soon heave a sigh of relief over the intractable fuel scarcity, as it is believed that petrol will be readily available to motorist by next week, thanks to Federal Government and marketers’ agreement after a recent meeting to put an end to the long-suffering of the masses?
As Nigeria marks a smooth hand over from one President to another (in the opposition), which is the first time it is happening in the history of democracy in Nigeria, is the nation truly moving forward in peace and unity?
Our hope is that the President will surmount the issues of electricity, unemployment, insecurity, corruption, militancy, poor health facility, poor infrastructure in the shortest possible time.
Similarly, as a man who has always been popular among the poor of the North (known as the “talakawa” in Hausa language), Buhari should now know that his responsibilities are broader, as it involves the whole country.