It’s about Nigeria’s next year elections.
Buhari. Atiku. These two, mmhh. These two fall in a category that houses the many recycled politicians that run Nigeria’s politics. They’ve been around for at least a while and like most of the other politicians in their category, neither their persons nor their policies have proven to be what Nigeria needs.
Four years ago, Buhari made many campaign promises one of which was, he would make the Naira as valuable as 1 Naira to 1 US Dollar. 4 years after, the Naira has lost almost half it’s value. He promised to tackle corruption. We cant say he has made any meaningful progress in that direction. Boko Haram was declared “technically defeated” at some point in Buhari’s current tenure. There’s no evidence to suggest Boko Haram has waned in vigour. Chibok girls, epileptic power supply, bad roads, terrible infrastructure, Labour Union strikes, etc etc. Buhari certainly hasn’t made Nigeria any better.
Bearing all the above in mind, I’m nothing less than perplexed at the idea that Buhari is running for a second term against 2019. If Buhari could boldly offer to help Ghana tackle corruption knowing very well that the country he presides over is corruption’s Capital Centrale, it helps me understand the delusion behind his drive to run. What’s more interesting is that he well might win. Why? This is Nigeria. Atiku’s track record isn’t that great either. Buhari and Atiku are the major competitors for the presidential seat because their parties are the biggest and most powerful. They are the biggest because they have the most resources. They have the most influence. Both parties have held power in Nigeria for the last few decades and neither has made Nigeria any better. Can we then hope for a better Nigeria if we still let Nigeria be run by any of these two political parties?
Shall we not try out other candidates and see what they have to offer? Fela Durotoye, Sowore, etc.?