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The Change Mantra

Posted: Jun 2, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


At the presidency, there is a change of guard from Goodluck Jonathan to Muhammadu Buhari, but it will be difficult to tell, in the interim, that that change will automatically translate to good fortunes for the Nigerian populace. As such, the count of days begins for President Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to start turning things around for the average Nigerian. The era of politicking is over; now is time for governance and the delivering of the dividends of democracy for which the party craved the indulgence and votes of the electorate in the change mantra.

Specifically, in the presidential campaigns, which were far from issues-based, Buhari and his party canvassed security – and an end to insurgency – fight against corruption, economy rejuvenation, solution to the energy crises and job creation, amongst others, in their efforts to get the mandate of Nigerians to run the affairs of state. Nigerians did give them that mandate; and so President Buhari. assumed office May 29, hopefully, to deliver on those electoral promises.

But there is something worrisome about the APC propaganda machine during the transition period, which painted a different picture from what they stood for in the electioneering campaign. Suddenly, we began to hear about the huge debt profile and a battered economy – the worst in our national history, the APC cried – that Buhari was going to inherit; as if these facts were not readily available when they sort our votes. Or in subterfuge, telling Nigerians to hold the out-gone administration responsible for battering the economy beyond repairs, in the event of Buhari’s administration being unable to deliver on the party’s manifesto.

It is only fair, though, that Nigerians look unto the new administration with hope and optimism. However, there seems in the APC’s change mantra something that compares with George Orwell’s masterpiece, Animal Farm. In the novel, while Snowball and its co-conspirators plotted the revolt that overthrew man in the farm, little did the rest of the animals envisage that the mantra and first law of ‘all animal are equal’ will be extrapolated to read, ‘all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others’ in the post revolution era. Thereafter, the dreams and expectations of ‘joyful tidings of that golden future time…and fruitful fields’ all belonging to an animal kingdom where all are equal vanished into thin air.

In all, it was just a conspiracy of Snowball and his group to overthrow the oppressive lordship of man in the farm, after which they took stead acting in more brutish ways. To drive the point home, it is hoped that the APC did not just device the change mantra, like Snowball and cohorts, to stage an electoral coup that toppled the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) 16-year reign, and will, like Snowball, resort to the same ways of the past administration. This becomes more pertinent because there is really not much to differentiate between politicians of the two divide – APC and PDP.

Over the years, our politicians have only proven that the essence of politics is just for the acquisition of power to share the national commonwealth, dispensing same among cronies and loyalists; no thought is given to purposeful leadership, which ought to be the primary reason for politicians to seek power. The ineptitude and shortsightedness of our leaders in this direction explain why about 55years of our sovereignty we are still grappling with the need to diversify the economy, provide basic infrastructure, secure lives and property, and truly unite the country irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed.

The perceived strong character and integrity of the new president should give the hope that all may be well, this time out, but it is necessary for discerning minds to drum it to the APC’s administration that the change mantra must not just be a catch votes antics – which it has achieved – it must be an anchor on doing things differently, and in the best interest of Nigeria.