by Adedoja Tosin
One of the things I’ve come to appreciate about life is the ability to make choices based strictly on events of the past, present in anticipation for a better future. This seems to be the case in the current Nigerian situation as we have come face to face with yet another decision making moment for the betterment of our national lives. For the first time in a long while there is an opposition party posing a very great threat to the incumbent party which has been at the elms of affairs for 16years in this new democratic dispensation. Posters and jingle sponsored by politicians have been brandished in the nooks and crannies of this country in the last few months like never before and the ultimate aim is to canvass for votes from the voting populace.
While the incumbent party PDP through Goodluck Ebele Jonathan rides on its achievements in the last four years as a panacea for a deserved second stint, the opposition’s flag bearer have concentrated his campaigns on what he termed the excesses, maladministration of the nation’s wealth and a better promise of developmental strides if elected. Jose Marti once said that “the first duty of man is to think for himself” this can not be more true as different damaging propaganda have for a few months been brandished by players within the political system against each other and the onus of responsibility for discernment has fallen once again on the entire populace. As much as the choice of who to vote for is strictly one’s business it is pertinent to understand that the failures or successes of the receiver of the mandate will not solely be borne by the entruster(s) of the confidence but also by the entire nation as a whole. Not only will the effects rage now, it will most likely rage to generations yet unborn and posterity as we know it ask fundamental questions like what informed your choice that gave us these failures/successes? The incumbent have no doubt recorded some successes in the area of empowerment, infrastructural growth, and very much debatable economic growth but also along with these comes untamed killings of thousands of Nigerians through insurgency, numerous unfulfilled promises, allegations of depleted resources through corrupt practices/ shielding of corrupt officials, high level of unemployment, high handedness, impunity,intolerance to criticism and above all, dividing the nation along religious and ethnic lines. The opposition whose alternative is a former military dictator in General Muhammad Buhari on the other hand has an history of combating corruption vis a vis the jailing of top government officials adjudged as looters of resources, infrastructural development, economic prosperity, and intolerance for indiscipline as the major plus of its one and half year reign, the ugly side being allegations of high handedness, nepotism, suspension of rule of law, killing of alleged drug dealers without due process, jailing of journalists who write unfavorable articles about the administration etc. As much as it is regrettable that these are the options we are stuck with, it is important to make a choice along the lines of competence for the task ahead based on the existing CVs which we can only hope will deliver the Nigerian mandate which is prosperity in all spheres of life. Fellow Nigerians, Marco Rubio once said Leadership can not be measured in a poll or even in the result of an election. It can only be truly seen with the benefit of time. From the perspective of 20 years, not 20 days and the realities that you desire in these time frame is best tested from the quality of choices you make at the poll in relation to the current challenges at hand and how your sincere choice will answer the questions at hand. But as for me and for my house we will strive hard to change the changeable and transformable the transformable for the greater good of the country we love. Finally, Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny. – Aristotle
Adedoja Tosin is a final year student of Obafemi Awolowo University. He’s the CEO of TROL clothiers and a speaker as well as a public commentator. His participation in student union activities dated back to his days as a fresh student and he’s a major commentator and mobilizer for change. He has a passion in seeing people become actively involved in politics and effect a generational shift from the backwardness Nigeria have unfortunately found itself. He is a passionate believer in the possibility of the Nigerian dream.
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