“To proclaim that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the public.” -Theodore Roosevelt.
Every government must have her fair share of criticism as much as it may enjoy goodwill support from the people. Those who do not demand for “change” are those who are comfortable with where they are”.
Yes! We now have a change of government but the struggle is not yet over, for it is our collective responsibility to ensure this government succeeds but in doing so we must not allow our sentiments be it political interest, religious, tribal or regional affiliations becloud our sense of judgment. We must be willing to lend our voices in support of the truth that will ensure justice and equality for all.
On the 29th day of May, 2015 equally dubbed as Democracy Day, Nigerians and the world indeed witnessed a new dawn in the annals of our History as we the black pride of Africa’ collectively took another giant leap towards entrenching the culture of democracy by ensuring the smooth transition of “leadership” from one civilian administration to another.
My preference of using transfer of “leadership” instead of the commonly used word “Power” is due to the fact that we have over the years been subjected to cruel treatments and mismanagement of our resources by a select few whom by the privilege given to them, have abused it and become so much intoxicated with the “power” the result for which we have seen how our elected officials act with impunity and obscene arrogance under the protective covering immunity of wielding enormous “power”, which gives them a demi god followership.
Our leaders therefore must be made to understand they are servants of the people and not masters of our enslavement under whatsoever guise. We as a people also owe a patriotic responsibility to them by ensuring we support their people oriented policies and where they fall short of our collective expectations it is our moral duty to also criticise them objectively with the intent of reminding them of their oath of office which primarily is to better the lives of the people.
The inauguration event of yesterday has indeed achieved yet another milestone in our quest for making progress and consolidating on our drive for an egalitarian society. Democracy indeed has proven to be the best option of governance for our teeming populace with great diversity for Nigerians spoke through the ballot and their voices reflected their choices at the polls.
Today, the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice Prof. Yemi Osinbajo can be said to be the will of God. For there’s an adage that says “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
There’s no gain saying the expectations of Nigerians are high and towering into the clouds of heaven just as the masses cried for change and supplications were made by all of our people of diverse faiths for the much desired “change” today we have a new government in place and Nigerians are eager to see their expectations and promises made by our elected officials met.
It is said that Rome was never built in a day, therefore Nigerians will have to exercise patience and show understanding to this new administration. Our country is indeed experiencing an austere phase in our history with a dwindling source of revenue accruing to the nation due to over reliance on income from the petroleum Industry and endemic corruption. Now our leaders will have to diversify our economy if they must meet up with the task of ameliorating the sufferings of the masses through job creation, provision of basic infrastructure and revitalization of our economy for progressive development.
I sincerely have high confidence in the character and capability of our new president for been a man with uncompromising principle of discipline and a strong aversion for corruption, but he is human therefore he is imperfect and he will also be subject to criticism in the event he performs below our expectations. Now that he has assumed leadership of this great country it is my candid prayer that he succeeds despite the daunting challenges visible today.
As a youth my expectations from him would not be any different from that of my peers as we are all expecting him to create more employment opportunities, fight corruption, reduce the outrageous cost of governance, build and improve on our decaying infrastructure, strengthen our schools to produce quality graduates and ensure all Nigerians are secured irrespective of their places of abode.
Finally, I would expect my president to scout for genius and patriotic Youths that he will include in his cabinet so as to bridge the generational gap of governance between our leaders and the youths who constitute our teeming population. After all, we the youths selflessly championed his campaign for change despite the meagre resources at his disposal for publicity we contributed from our lean purses and we triumphed against the campaign of calumny mounted against him by the ruling party.
Our compensation should not only be by providing us with education and jobs but also giving us a platform to lunch our leadership roles and that will enable us take our rightful place in the comity of nations with the ever changing dynamics of global politics allowing youths to assume great leadership positions. I think we the Nigerian youths are also ripe for Leadership and in due time we shall arise to demand for another “change” when the hour comes nigh.
God Bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!
God Bless President Muhammadu Buhari.
God Bless Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
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