The Era Of Buhari & Atiku Has Passed: Nigeria Needs A Younger President With New Ideas That Will Move Her Forward
By Bukola Jaiyesimi
Recently, Atiku evolved winner of his party’s primaries to contest for the post of the president, Buhari Likewise for his party, and all we hear now is Buhari (APC) / Atiku (PDP);who will be the next president.
These are the same people that Nigerians have previously considered as incapable of ruling us.A walk down memory lane will see Atiku trying to become the President of Nigeria since 1992, infact this will be his 4th attempt. Please,what has changed? because I don’t understand anymore, Is it a different Atiku?
Same goes for Buhari, he contested severally before he finally won in the last election, people that have so bitterly grumbled about his administration are now the ones saying I will rather vote for Buhari than Atiku.
The last time I checked,Nigeria has over or about 91 political parties, 18 persons contesting for the post of the president,so does it mean that asides from Buhari (APC) and Atiku (PDP),there is no other person/party that is capable?
I am not here to campaign for any of the other contestants; I am just here to ask us to de-prison ourselves, we have been placed in an imaginary unlocked cage and are unwilling to set ourselves free. Initially,we said “aaah no other party can out sit the incumbent’s party”, until the last presidential election happened and the recent case in Ekiti. Now,our narrative is no person can win the sitof the president outside of the big parties i.e PDP and APC, correct me if am wrong, these are the same people that have been ruling us since democracy.
By the same people I mean it literally, they jump from one party to the other, I mean this should even be the first evidence of incapability, if you cannot be loyal to a smaller group, do you propose to serve a larger group, just evidence that it is your personal interest you are after ( I win or I leave). In fact,the mental status of anyone that cross carpets should be checked,the reason for joining a political party is because you align with it’s principles, what then changed? The party’s principles or yours?
That being said, the decision really lies with the people, politics will not be played the way it is if the people don’t permit it. First,we talk of actually going out to vote, 50% of potential voters don’t actually vote,they are just social media voters. The majority of people that actually vote unfortunately are the uneducated who are unaware of the party’s policies and individual contestants’ manifestos, all they know is that I will vote for this person because he is from my constituency or because he has given me 2,000 and a cup of garri.
Agreed, every political clime has its own problem,it’s time Nigeria moved on to her next problem and stopped grappling with one for decades.