Like every country, Nigeria has its lost generation stolen by political mafias, merely for money, power, and priviledge. When Britain lowered its Union Jack in Lagos, on 1st of october 1960, we were Africa’s greatest hope that will lead the continent onto the global stage. Over 50 years of independence, despite our vast wealth, we continue to struggle with basic needs. We were paralysed by wide spread poverty, corruption, unemployment, decaying health care service, ineffective social service, collapse in education system, chaotic communication system, et cetera.
For the common man, who helped build this nation, things have never been so bad. But for the corrupt politicians and big money bags, things have never been better. Many have lost faith in the country’s governance and are angered by failures of poor leadership. Throughout the boarders, there is an ongoing debate on what is critical to the future: Change! Positive change!!
The challenge facing all Nigerians is whether they have enough will and courage to unite and resolve to radically move the nation foward. Muhammadu Buhari, have been singled out to lead us towards this vision. His achievement as Nigeria’s Head of State between 1983 and 1984 which included; cutting excess national expediture; obliterating corription; encouraging import substitution; shifting employment from mainly public sector to self-employment, to mention a few in a time frame of 20 months is everyones hope that giving him 48 months more will bring better conditions to all.
In one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement before the presidential election, he said,” Our nation is in urgent need of fundamental reform. This requires honesty, integrity, and forthrightness to improve governance, so as to make it transparent and accountable to all Nigerians”. The big question is, ” Will four years of the retired general lead the country to socio-economic prosperity?”.
In his manifesto, he announced that with respect to the economy he will maintain and preserve the independence of the central bank; restore financial confidence by monitoring, supervising, and regulating of the financial institutions; make Nigeria one of the fast growing economies with an average growth of the real GDP by 10 to 12% annualy; create at least 5 million new jobs by 2019; prioritize the implementation of the National Identification Scheme for relevant data; expand domestic demand; embark on export and product diversification; promote sub-regional trade through ECOWAS and A.U. ; make information technology, manufacturing, agriculture, and entertainment key drivers of our economy; creation of six Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to promote healthy regional competitiveness; amend the constitution and the land use act to create freehold interests in land; provide allowances to unemployed graduates for 12 months while in entrepreneurial development programmes; and so on. He also listed his plans in areas like agriculture, politics and governance, security and conflict resolution, foreign policy, infrastructure, oil and gas industry, education, healthcare, sports, culture, youth, women empowerment, and environment.
All these if commited to, Nigeria will attain greater heights.
With respect to age, wisdom, and experience, in a state of dilema, South Africa called on 74 years old Nelson Mandela to save the country. Burdened with critical economic depression, USA called 73 years old Ronald Regan because he was frugal and incorruptible. Faced with war, France called retired General Charles De Gaulle to rescue the country. In a time when Nigerians dignity, freedom, personal safety, income, education, occupation, et cetera, have been negatively affected, causing continuous socio-economic regression, a retired General Muhammadu Buhari is called upon to rescue the nation.
As a man who survived harsh societal conditions since childhood, served the motherland throuhg the Nigerian Military, successfully managed the economy as Head of State, and still enthusiastic about the country at 72 years of age, is inevitably expected with his wisdom and experience, to lead Nigeria in the next 4 years to witness prosperity in socio-economic and many other issues pertaining to growth and development.
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