The glossary look of all the presidential aspirants, presently parading the political space in Nigeria, should be a source of worry to Nigerians.
From the ones who have struggled to invoke unity in their states as governors, to others who for eight years failed to protect lives and property, to the even more absured commedians like Mr. Yahaya Bello, gover of Kogi State.
Never in the history of Nigeria has the country been so bereaved of self-effacing, gracious demeanour leaders. Never before now has a statesman become so difficult to find.
The president, Nigeria needs in 2023 is a nationalist that can heal the nation – not a politician, whose interest is mainly to perpetuate his political party in power.
Sadly, in Nigeria, generation next has continued to narrow the opportunities to rise up as a united prosperous nation, primarily because of poor and defective political structures.
Nigeria’s glorious days is now in the past, speaking only of it, in glowing terms, and the present in gloomy tones.
Since the stepping aside by Military President Ibrahim Babangida, every succeeding generation is worse off than the preceding ones.
Curiously, the failing curve may not change in 2023, going by the names parading the political space presently.
It is the view of this paper that the governors of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Transport Minister, Rotimi Amechi, former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku as well as Vice President Yemi Osibanjo are harbingers of failure. Their emergence will accelerate the annihilation of Nigeria.
The responsibility for changing the narrative from its present unpleasant tone rests squarely on the shoulders of Nigerians to search and demand for the right person to lead the nation out of the dangerous path we have found ourselves.
It is no longer feasible to argue along regional line because of the precariously dangerous situation facing Nigerians today.
When the leaders are unflaggingly committed to doing what is right, they will have the moral courage to demand same from the people – then the change will come.