QUEEN’S SCHOOL, IBADAN
THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA
Nigeria, a land of the good and bad is a land with an abundance of human and natural resources. All of her wealth has however landed her nowhere simply because it is suffering from the chronic disease of bad leadership. With the 2015 elections swiftly approaching, political parties in the country have conducted primaries to choose their flag-bearers who would vie for political posts. With the two major parties, the People’s Democratic Party (P.D.P.) and the All People’s Congress (A.P.C) fielding Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari respectively as presidential candidates, there is little doubt that Nigerians will think twice before voting.
I firmly believe that General Muhammadu Buhari is the round peg that fits the round hole of Nigeria’s topmost leadership post – the presidency.
General Muhammadu Buhari who was the military Head of State between 31, December 1983 and 27, August 1985 was a no-nonsense leader with zero tolerance for corruption. He condoned no acts of misdemeanor by government officials. Nigeria is currently riddled with corruption which has been growing in leaps and bounds. Buhari, with his deputy, Tunde Idiagbon created the War Against Indiscipline (W.A.I).
W.A.I has been sustained with Thursdays set aside to observe it with environmental sanitation, Nigeria is now a better place.
In addition, General Muhammadu Buhari is the only former Head-of-State who stole no money from the government purse. Nigeria’s leaders are undoubtedly world-notorious for embezzling funds, demanding bribes and inflating the amount of money needed to execute contracts. Most of them go for medical treatment in world-renowned hospitals, buy choice property, drive posh cars, eat expensive dishes and purchase state-of-art household equipment. Buhari is the only Nigerian former leader who does not own a house in Lagos, the nation’s business nerve-center. To crown it all, he has only two houses. What an extraordinary exception!
Furthermore, Buhari’s experience as a soldier and general in the army is enough evidence that he is capable of combating the surge in national security. The Boko Haram sect is no doubt one of the most ruthless terrorist groups in the world. Showering innocent Nigerians with sorrow and fear is its sole aim. Nigerians believe that having a leader with prior military experience is a panacea for the national challenge of insecurity. Buhari surely knows the military strategies to employ to end the massacre of innocent Nigerians. Bomb blasts have become a part of the daily news. Kidnapping, rape and arson are the order of the day. This is another reason to vote for Buhari as president simply because he is the man for the job.
Godfatherism, an evil thriving in Nigeria is of no value to Buhari. Only weak and foolish leaders have godfathers or godmothers. In a recent interview, Dele Momodu, owner of Ovation Magazine said that Nigerians have been brainwashed into thinking having a godfather is one of the tickets to political success. This is sadly true but Buhari can stand on his own two feet without any pot-bellied man backing him. This evidently shows that Buhari is a visionary and purposeful leader.
Coupled with his high sense of integrity is his age. Though many people say he is too old for the post, an old man is the right choice for the presidency. An old man would not take rash or hasty decisions. This will help Nigeria a lot in these perilous times. How can a man who did not steal while he was young learn to start stealing as a septuagenarian?
If Nigeria’s twin troubles are exterminated, Nigeria will change for the better. Corruption and insecurity are the two monsters waging war against our progress. The man to lead this war is General Muhammadu Buhari. The Chibok girls are still bound in captivity and people are dying. The educational institutions are no longer safe. People in the North sleep with one eye open and the other shut tightly in terror. Buhari is from the North and legally handing him the reins of power through our votes is giving him the authority to stamp out the evil Boko Haram sect.
In conclusion, I am totally convinced that General Muhammadu Buhari is the Moses that will lead Nigeria to our Canaan, the promised land overflowing with the milk of peace and the noney of money.