2019: A lost opportunity


By Gwiyi Solomon

In the past few days, preparatory to the declaration of Nigeria’s election results, the nation and powerhouse of African politics had been locked in an atmosphere reminiscent of country in a state of mourning the loss of its jewelries.

During such days, there was dead silence across the fatherland; the heartbeat of Africa and its giant as ominous signs emerged things were not looking up in the direction that would usher a new political order in the country.

Literally, as seconds transformed to Minutes and hours spiraled into days, trailing the big day, the birds of the air had refused to sing and the sun shunning its shinning particles.

While that endured, the apprehension across the land over the sliding of popular will and loss of opportunity to rewrite the history and destiny of our beloved nation stared us in the face like one in a powerless circumstance.

And then, came President Muhamadu Buhari’s pronouncement by the umpire as winner of the 2019 general elections amid unkind emotion, anger and despondence.

The downbeat reaction by Nigerians overleaf was explicable and quite comprehensible: they were tired of another four years of broad daylight nepotism, under performance and clear case of marginalization.

They were even wearier of another four years of lack, starvation and suicide missions owing to the horrendous effects of headsmen, Boko Haram and Banditry activities under the present administration of Muhamadu Buhari.

But be that as it may, the presidential election has come and gone; and the winner is Nigeria.

It won by its strict adherence and compliance to the peace accord, signed by the country’s major political actors.

Nigeria won by ditching Rwandan or Venezuelan brand of carnage following misadventure. That it achieved by rallying its kit and kin on the need for peace and tranquility irrespective of the election’s outcome.

And on this note, I must heart-fully congratulate our Nationals for their quest and desire for a new Nigeria, under a new president, ebullient, energetic, inspirational, digital and passionate about restructuring the country; even though it ended a mission impracticable.

But their voices were heard loud and clear; resonating and resounding like the voice in the wilderness; nothing more.

This is a fact and factor the incumbent President Muhamadu Buhari and his administration cannot toil with any day of their life; even as they savor the joy of a hard fought and anger ridden victory of last election.

I must also congratulate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former VP and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Major opposition leader in the 2019 general elections for putting a good fight of strength, courage and bravery in the defunct exercise.

Atiku remains a rare breed and leader of millions of Nigerians of different religions, creed, ethnicity and of different groups. He is to this set of people a champion and president, Nigeria never had.

In conclusion, President Muhamadu Buhari, winner of the nation’s last election, must change his administration’s economic and socio-political strategies as he navigates his way and the country into his ‘next level’ mantra; lest it turns out like the ‘change’ promised but never experienced.


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