Has Buhari Learnt Any Lesson From Past Years?
Nigeria News takes a look at the re-election of Muhammadu Buhari and lessons from his last four years.
The presidential election has come and gone but the effects of the electioneering will still be manifest for a long time.
I urge the winners to be magnanimous in victory while those who lost the opportunity to serve to be sportsman in defeat. There will be other times, certainly.
The President should not see the regions he didn’t record appreciable votes as enemies’ territories. So, there shouldn’t be repercussions. Rather, he should see it as a wakeup call for him to review his administration’s policies as they affect every segment of the nation.
I expect the President to open a feedback channel which he will personally be in charge of. This will enable him to hear, firsthand, the people’s grievances.
There must also be renewed efforts to revamp the nation’s economy. Also, the fight against terrorism, herdsmen’s killings and banditry must be fought with renewed vigour. Government must also make conscious efforts to reconcile Nigerians divided by the elections.
At present, jubilation is going on in the circle of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the election results outright.
According to the results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the ruling APC polled 15,191,847 votes as against the 11,262,978 votes that the PDP polled. The margin is wide (3,928,869), a chunk of which had come from the North Central and East.
Invariably, this election was decided by the north itself. Early on Wednesday morning, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar fumed as he rejected the results. He threatened to challenge the outcome of the election in court.
He had refused to congratulate Buhari despite advice from some of his allies, chief of whom is the Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.
The celebrated columnist and publisher took to his twitter handle on which he advised Atiku to let go any fight over the results of the election.
Momodu explains that there are time and season for everything, perhaps the season of Atiku has not come.
Nevertheless, many Nigerians are less concerned about the results now but how the winning APC could turn things around for the masses to have blissful lives. The economy is not good at all, the truth must be told. Buhari has another four years now to re-write all his wrongs in the area of insecurity, poor foreign exchange and the politics of cabal.
Last four years, Nigeria was under the prejudice of cabal and political mafias who vegetated in the Aso Rock. The years that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo acted more like an errand boy and was not allowed to bring to the fore his intellectual capacity to solve some of the economic problems.
When a vice president became an agent of
Those were evil years that the herdsmen killed and maimed, yet they walked free on our roads. Gone were those years, let this our new song as we welcome back President Muhammadu Buhari to the seat.