Thursday, May 28, 2015

Buhari, Obasanjo and May 29

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015. This day in not like any other day. It is special in the history of Nigeria. Like any other May 29 from 1999, it is a day Nigerians popularly regard as the democracy day. Democracy day in the sense that it was the day that democracy was enthroned into the Country after a protracted Military regimes in the Country. It was on May 29, 1999 that Chief Olusegun Obasnajo, a former Military junta was enthroned as a civilian President of Federal Republic of Nigeria under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria. He rule the country for 8years as civilian President and in 2007, handed over the mantle of leadership to another PDP elected President, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua who later died in the post and his Deputy, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, completed the tenure. On May 29, 2015, Jonathan was sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the same umbrella of PDP.

In this May 29, 2015, another former military Junta who rule Nigeria with military fiat Alhaji Mohamed Buhari would be enthroned as a civilian President of the Country. This made 1999 and 2015 to have a common feature. But the difference was that two former military heads of State came through different Political Parties. Whereas Obasanja came through PDP,  Buhari has made his return to the number one position through the All Progressive Congress, APC. Buhari arriving Nigeria, from the UK, 5:20am today via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Obasanjo came into power when Nigeria craved for civilian democracy and he served as the messiah to that course. Whether he lived up to the expectations of a messiah or not, is not the crux of this matter. In similar way, Buhari has came into Power when Nigeria earnestly craved for a change of government. And Buhari used the broom to shatter the umbrella and swept the debris to the South-South and South-Eastern Nigeria.

Having yielded to the desire for a change in government of Nigeria, Buhari should try to avoid the evil of the PDP that made the Presidents under the umbrella not take the nation to the promise land. One evil of the PDP government that Buhari must avoid is the infusion of Power and abandoning governance of the nation to Partisan Politics.

All the PDP presidents saw themselves as the President of PDP first before coming to think of how to hoodwink Nigerians by haranguing the nation with fallacies. Instead of settling down to administer the nation and address the problems of the nation, the Past PDP Presidents were busy dabbling into National Assembly leadership as well as their Political Party Leadership thereby leaving the seat of governance to suffer. In these years of PDP Presidency, Nigeria was like a Country without President, a family without a father and a community without a head. All we had were Presidents for PDP affairs.

Now that Nigerians yearned for a change, and God answered by giving us a President from another Party, it will be good if he will not work in the way of the PDP Presidents. Buhari should leave Political Party matters to leaders of his Political Party, National  Assembly matters to leadership of NAS. The President should sit down to implement policies made by Law makers. The President who is the Chief Executive of the nation should use the best hands in the nation to actualize the national goals. The time lies and deceit to score political points should be over let us have a new Nigeria with a sound leadership God help Nigeria.