As we approach 2019 general elections, the horde of presidential aspirants, from all the existing political parties, keep surging forward.
In essence, there is need for vital information, enlightenment, analysis and engagement, devoid of ethno-religious and political sentiment, emotion and prejudice, in the choice of our president, for the survival of our present/future generations and Nigeria, as a political entity.
The next president should, therefore, be:
A Nigerian that has the capacity and capability to drive both our economy and politics. Politics and economy move the world, hence, the need to raise the standard of living, purchasing power, youth employment rate and eradication of poverty, in the midst of plenty.
A well-versed Nigerian in politics would therefore, be able to engineer all other centrifugal forces/facets, within the ambit of democratic norms.
A business conscious Nigerian that can harness both human and material resources for optimal performance, coupled with sound entrepreneurial background/experience to be able to utilise a hundred Naira, on an economic/business venture that would ultimately yield thousands of Naira and thousands yielding millions, billions and trillions of Naira, in a public/private sector driven economy, for overall developmental purposes/goals.
The above, therefore, go hand in hand with a Nigerian that has exhibited, in his private business life undertakings, the capability of being an employer of labour, especially among the teeming populace of Nigerian youths, with advanced technology.
A detribalised Nigerian whose socioeconomic, political and probably family network, background and connections, cut across the various ethno-religious–divide-components called Nigeria.
A young or an old Nigerian? A lot of people have variously canvassed for youth leadership at every level. But, is Nigeria’s problem a matter of dichotomy between the younger and older ones or male and female gender base? The answer seems to be capital no! We once had “New Breed Politicians” during the IBB military political contraption and we all knew how some youths misused the opportunity, then!
Secondly, there have always been youths and women alike at various levels of governance, till date, with nothing to write home about some of them. In essence, no matter how young or old men and women come to government with good intentions and clear conscience, will they be able to perform successfully, without a fall or a slip-up, in this weedy Nigerian political system? This, therefore, leads to the fifth need;
A Nigerian who is very much passionate about the national question!
In order to move Nigeria forward, there is need to remove the impediment, often posed by the Ethno-religious sentimental nature of Nigeria that often prevents the emergence of the right leaders, in a dysfunctional system which made the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, to be “the best president Nigeria never had” and the business mogul, Chief MKO Abiola, “the presumed winner of 1993 presidential election.”
In essence, the main genuine solution to Nigeria’s numerous problems is still within the national question to our political/economic growth & recovery, which is Restructuring. Nigeria, therefore, needs a detribalised personality, well versed in entrepreneurial skills, coupled with great passion to restructuring this country.
Breaking the jinx of accidental presidents.
In the Second Republic, Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s senatorial ambition metamorphosed into presidency, courtesy of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), in 1979; Olusegun Obasanjo, from prison to the presidency, in 1999; Yar’Adua was handpicked by the presidential search team, in 2007; Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency was by divine providence, while President Buhari had earlier withdrawn from any future presidential race, in 2011.
Can this jinx of continuously having accidental presidents, be therefore broken, come 2019, for a new dawn and prosperous Nigeria?
Can Nigeria, therefore, have, and chosen a detribalised individual who has, over the years, been unrelenting in his efforts to be president, without prompting, but driven by the passion to serve? Nigerians need no more opportunists/accidental presidents, but a Nigerian, driven not by ambition but vision and passion to spearhead restructuring, for a better Nigeria, that we are all yearning to live in.
It is, however, a very disheartening experience over the years, that Nigerian electorate are often clouded by ethno-religious and political prejudice, emotion, sentiment, ignorance, misinformation and lack of information, in their voting behavioural patterns, instead of engaging their would-be leaders on intellectual plane of discussion, in order to know what the politicians have brought to the table for societal improvement and betterment of the people. Our society seems not to be knowledge-driven and issue-based on matters of national interest. Hence, the trial and error, complaints, lamentations and national dilemma always, after each miscalculated/misguided electoral decision/choice, galvanised to an average Nigerian Politician, whose personal interests have always been the overall guiding principle. Heaven really helps those who help themselves. The choice is definitely yours/mine/ours.
Let’s collectively make the difference this time around, please.
– Oladipo wrote in from Ogun State