Nigeria’s Window of Opportunity

A new era and A new dawn’ that is the new mantra and buzz word in our political landscape. Nigerians are basking in the euphoria of high expectations and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is riding on a wavelength of goodwill both abroad and at home which places a huge responsibility on the new government to meet the expectations of the people. In his inaugural speech the president was quick to point that out ‘‘……..my fellow Nigerian I cannot recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The message I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfil our long-standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation’’
It is pertinent to note that this is another opportunity to make our nation great and fulfil the aspirations of our forefathers. We have had several opportunities in the past to forge a new path of development for our country but those that have been saddled with the responsibility of national affairs are either corrupts, lacking in political will or incompetent. The new President noted in his inaugural speech that in the recent times Nigeria leaders appear to have misread the mission of our founding fathers, whilst they(founding fathers) differed in their methods or tactics of governance they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. In his words ‘‘…..Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house’’, that was a apt description of the situation we have found ourselves over the years.
Why do Nigerians and the international community repose so much faith in PMB? He seems to have demonstrated a high level of honesty and discipline which is rare especially in our clime which is ridden with corruption and impunity, PMB has an impeccable record and vast experience in public service and governance to put him in a good stead to pilot the affairs of this country at this dire time, couple with a team of competent Nigerians at his disposal there is no doubting the fact that he will deliver on many of his promises if not all. Again, hardly will anyone argue the political will of PMB to orchestrate changes that will bring the dividends of democracy to the masses. Simply put, he seems to possess all the major attributes needed for change which was critically lacking in past leaders.
Having expressed so much high hope and faith in PMB and his team to deliver I am not unaware of the humongous task ahead. ‘‘Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable’’, those were the words of PMB. However, the changes will not be drastic; it will be gradual and incremental. The new government will leverage on the wavelength of goodwill to engage some economic policies that might in the short term be difficult but in the long run will prove to be astute decisions. However, the government must be seen to be doing the right thing for people to be patient with the administration.
In the short term, the government must work proactively to engage the immediate challenges which are; insecurity, power supply and fuel scarcity. These three challenges are really at crisis level and they need to be addressed promptly. Dealing with these three would give the country a healthier environment for education and local businesses, small and big, to thrive. In this age, education and home grown businesses are major drivers of economic and human development across the globe. Now it should be noted that dealing with those three crises areas only clears up the field and makes it ready to for planting.
Here is where everyone in the civil and public service, and all Nigerians must come in. It would never be enough if the president alone is corrupt free and dedicated to salvaging the nation. A good leader deserves a good following. All hands must be on deck to make our dreams of a greater Nigeria emerge. This way, after this tenure would have run its time in office, we would all be proud of our collective accomplishments and be highly motivated to do even more.

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About Oluwatobi Olagunju

International Relations graduate, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife,Osun state,Nigiera.
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