Editorial: What should be the dispositions of president-elect, Buhari?

We cannot over emphasise the peace that greeted the general elections in Nigeria – as being the handwork of God.

We believe, strongly, that Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the poll was the wish of the Almighty God. “Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men — as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:13-17, NKJV.

To this end, we are reminding the president-elect that there is a mandate upon him. A mandate to do the needful that we the populace have been clamouring for: people’s hope have been dashed (times without number), but there is an opportunity mixed with curiosity, because an incumbent government had been unseated by an opposition party.

The mandate upon the president-elect

While God recognises General Buhari’s rise to power: He loves and wishes that the president-elect does the right thing in His sight. “He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the LORD; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved”. Ps 15:2-5, NKJV.

The president-elect must not, at all, take the expectations of the people for granted. As he also knows – the expectations are just too high.

All that the people require

For the past 16 years, Nigerians have experienced failed promises from most of their political representatives: those 16 years, at the national level – were under the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party led-government administration. This is, however, not to say that the PDP led-administrations have not brought good fortunes to the people, as a whole, but there are mirages beyond comfort.

Therefore, Buhari should not relax until he fulfils his campaign promises: he should be mindful of the people’s heartaches, and deliver timely succour to the masses.

  1. The people clamour for stable electricity.
  2. The people clamour for sanity in government institutions.
  3. The people clamour for equality, before the law, of all Nigerians.
  4. The people clamour for good roads.
  5. Standard healthcare services.
  6. Improved and stable economy.
  7. Rule of law.
  8. Purging the government institutions of corruption.
  9. Safety of lives and properties.
  10. Access to quality education.

While this is not a time for political haunting of any oppositions, it is a time for sanitary (within the four walls of Nigerian government institutions).

Everyone that has his or hands in the rottenness of the nation’s system must be made to face the wrath of the law.

It is better to die for a good course than to be a celebrity in injustices. Hence, the president-elect should not be cowed by any person or group of people from delivering the people’s mandate.

The masses are dreaming of a Nigeria that is organised: a Nigeria in which the poorest could pursue a promising future and achieve his or her set goals. Therefore, it is our prayer that good health, knowledge, and power (the more) be granted to the president-elect.

As he is sworn in on May 29, 2015, may his tenure bring lasting solutions to all the problems that have plagued our great nation, Nigeria.

Congratulations to all the people of Nigeria.

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