It is never hyperbolical to say that the Nigerian general election that was concluded on April 11, 2015 generated unprecedented global attention and sympathy. In fact, throughout the political campaigns that presaged the elections and during the elections that were held in two phases on March 28, 2015 and April 11, 2015,political news and editorials that border on the elections were mostly seen to have been disseminated on pages of highly-circulating international cum local newspapers and magazines. At some newspaper vendor’s stands in Lagos, the commercial hub of the country, political enthusiasts, including those that were barely educated, were seen making analysis and heated arguments on the chances of political candidates and the parties they were individually affiliated to.
However, at the moment virtually all political enthusiasts are no longer making analysis on how good political aspirants and their parties stand to win or lose the elections at the polls but how they would translate the mantra and sing songs of change which was variously used throughout the period of the campaigns that paved way for the elections to become realities. In a similar vein, how politicians that emerged winners in the elections would engender the wind of change across the political landscape of the country has remained worrisome in the minds of both local and international political observers.
The reason for the world-wide concern and somewhat sympathy over the recently concluded general election in Nigeria cannot be far-fetched as Nigeria is a relevant nation to be reckoned with in the comity of nations.
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The relevance of Nigeria in the comity of nations cannot be discountenanced when seen from the prism of the fact that she is one of the few countries in the world that God, in His infinite mercies, has blessed with crude oil and other natural resources. Besides, for decades the country has remained a commercial hub to numerous multinational companies that have their headquarters located across the world. Apparently as a divine bonus to the foregoing, the country is also richly blessed with clement weather and friendly people.
But alas! As an African proverb has it, “A running nose can make a meaty antelope become indelible. Without any iota of exaggeration, the leadership problems and the biting tough times that Nigerians and Nigeria are faced with find expression in the foregoing proverbial saying. For instance, despite the natural resources that Nigeria is blessed with coupled with the clement weather, one of the problems that the country has been facing from one political dispensation to the other has remained the emergence of clueless and corrupt political leaders that are wont to squander the riches which God has blessed the country with at the corridors of power. Without any sense of ridicule, the foregoing is one of the reasons why other countries like the United States of America and the United Kingdom were so concern over the success of the elections.
However, prior to the recently concluded general election, many political candidates that became the flag bearers of various political parties promised to change the ugly status quo. As God would have it, majority of the politicians that rhetorically used the word “Change” as a mantra or as a sing song apparently to drive their political campaigns were victorious in the elections to various political offices.
However, as the outgoing president has literarilly blown the wind of change over the successful completion of future elections in the country, and to a large extent in other West African countries, it is expedient to opine in this context that virtually all Nigerians and foreign observers are desirous of seeing the wind of change to literarilly blow more than 200 school girls back to their various homes after they were abducted one year ago from a secondary school in Chibok town in Bornu state. Many Nigerians are at the moment praying that rather than marking the second anniversary of the girls in 2016 under the administration Gen. Buhari, their first year of freedom should be celebrated. In the same vein, it is not wrong to say that the wind of change can be felt by Nigerians only when the seeming insuperable threat of Boko Haram insurgency is confronted. Not few Nigerians are optimistic that the tough speaking retired army general is capable of discomfiting the much dreaded sect.
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The wind of change is also expected to blow across the labour market that is saturated with graduates that have remained jobless and discontent since they graduated from various universities and polytechnics. The dream of many Nigerians is that, at least, by May 29, 2016, the rate of unemployment in the country would be seen to have drastically dropped.
Similarly, many Nigerians are waiting for the president-elect to engender the wind of change over the epileptic power supply that has unbearably become an age-long socio-economic issue in the country. As Nigerians, including this writer, wait for the much expected wind of change, it would be expedient for the incoming president to hit the ground and start running as soon as his administration is inaugurated on May 29, 2015.
As Nigerians await the wind of change to start blowing come May 29, 2015 many Nigerians are anxiously waiting for an end to the “UP NEPA” chorus that has become synonymous with Nigerians. Not only are they waiting for an end to the chorus, they are equally looking up to the time when they would stop pulling generators as it is making some of them develop muscles.
Finally, the wind of change cannot be felt by Nigerians if the hydra-headed problem of corruption is not tackled headlong. But many political analysts and commentators are still racking their brains to fathom out how the incoming president would tackle corruption without applying "Iron hand."
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