The famous speech was greeted with applauses by many with the theme, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.” This means, PMB belongs to all Nigerians and must act in accordance with that covenant with all Nigerians; this may even form his book which, to me, can be titled ‘My Covenant with Nigerians,’ just like OBJ’s ‘My Watch,’ without party affiliations. But the big question here is whether we are seeing that in this government yet. Although, it is too early to judge that, considering the quantum of rot and mess left behind for him by insensitive government of President GEJ.
According to the PMB, “I am immensely grateful to God who has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.”
President Buhari continued his resounding speech as a true reformed democrat, a changed venerated retired Army General; no one thought he could achieve and overcome this upheaval. The Nigerian Army, his own constituency, could not then find his credentials; some said he does not have certificate, a statement that was refuted by our truly elder statesman in Nigerian’s politic, Olusegun Obasanjo.
But surprisingly, PMB acknowledged former President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. So, it means that the former President Jonathan was truly surrounded by sycophants as said by political watchers who deserted him immediately after the election was won and lost, and started looking for refuge in APC.
PMB went further to say that together we cooperated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the then outgoing president will become the standard of political conduct in the country.
Hear the man who is perceived to be unbendable, unchangeable, in fact, the list is endless but graciously, he said “I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night, if necessary, to protect and ensure their votes count and was counted.”
In my own opinion, what is glaringly missing in this paragraph is INEC officials who came up with innovation of Permanent Voter Card, PVC, which was sole determinant of numbers of persons in each polling units without any one having to manufacture figures like the way it used to be.
The president equally thanked those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, thanked our other countrymen and women who did not vote for APC but have contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.
The General shocked many, as some got relieved; in fact, if such persons were to be taken to hospital to check their BP, it would come down by 15 percent, when he said “a few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.”
On Boko Haram, it’s evident for everyone to see his tactics and cooperation with our neighbours in the sub-region and our African brethren should be rest assured that Nigeria under his administration will be ready to play pivotal leadership role that Africa expects of her, as there is relative reduction in bomb blasts, and citizens can now travel to Maiduguri without having nightmares again as crushing and bombardment on the insurgents by Nigerian Armed Forces continue until the insurgents are subdued.
At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns, especially the power sector that is now sacking its personnel with reckless abandon. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems, without the outright reversal of the diabolical privatisation of PHCN?
If these great nationalists mentioned below had privatised the national assets, would we have met any? In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.
Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilisations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernise and uplift Nigeria.
However, as daunting as the task may be, it is by no means insurmountable, it’s time to act. It’s either now or never; Nigerians are yearning to see your assertions backed with decisive actions, because, actions speak louder than voice
No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000mw and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close to $20billion expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way at this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.
Adanu wrote from [email protected]