By Bennett Joshua, Abuja
It is June 2019, a new month after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari into office. It is also three months after the February 2019 presidential elections that brought in the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for another term of four.
Whilst it is true that the elections was hotly contested between the various candidates, it is especially true that the contest was majorly squared-out between the president and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
The elections can conveniently be described as one that among other things galvanized Nigerians into appreciable political actions.
Many Nigerians lived up to their electoral responsibilities by coming out en-masse to exercise their franchise.
Some political commentators have described this record voting behaviour as “inspired by hunger.” An allusion to a purported hunger/poverty in the land.
Yet others have attributed it to a growing democratization of the Nigerian state
In fact, very many analysts pontificate that since the return of the country to democratic governance in 1999, Nigerians have never shown such penchant to demonstrate their electoral franchise as they did in 2015 and 2019 respectively.
This group of analysts contend that for 2015, many Nigerian voters poured out to the polls following a widespread dissatisfaction with the government of the day, over myriads of issues, chiefly insecurity and poverty.
The campaigns leading to the 2015 polls was nonetheless heated with not a few pundits concerned about the likelihood of postelection violence.
The events that averted this premonition is talk for another day. But suffice it to state that providence played a crucial role in saving the country adjudged to be Africa’s most populous state from what might have gone down memory lane as a destabilizing bloodbath especially in the wake of the avalanches of security threats straddled across the length and breadth of the country.
This same fear however did not play significant roles in determining the electoral trajectory of the February 2019 presidential elections.
Undoubtedly, there are components of this dynamics that majored in the minds of some electorates ahead of the polls.
But the major issues as have been listed at a growing number of for a is the increasing apathy by Nigerians towards persons and groups that represent the country’s chequered romance with corruption.
Needless to state, corruption has been at the root of the country’s developmental struggles.
The monster accounts for the myriad of infrastructural, economical and very much, moral problems that bedeviled the once illustrious state.
It is the reason for the disproportionate spread of income among the citizenry. Without a doubt, it could be traced to the heart of the ravaging insecurity in most parts of the country especially the northeast.
This single monster accounts also for the few bloated and verily, disproportionate, bourgeoisie against a humongous army of very poor and instructively hopeless population occupying the country’s vast mostly fertile land.
It was therefore not surprising when many Nigerians, prior to the polls proper, indicated willingness to stand against the old order aptly represented by one of the presidential candidates.
This body language clearly demonstrated the citizens’ decision to do away with as it were, ‘the old testament’ for the provisions of a new life of hope, security, abundance, victory and the interest of the people as captured by the message of the presidential candidate of the governing party, APC, President Buhari.
Seeing that the 2019 presidential elections have come and gone, with the winner declared and sworn in, one wonders if it is not time for the various gladiators to sheath swords and contribute their quotas to nation building.
After all, the overall idea one would think is that the various presidential candidates regardless of party affiliation joined the race for the good of the country and its people.
In this regard, it is foreboding to imagine the effect that insistence on pursuing an imaginary stolen mandate on have on a polity that is nearly keeping its ahead above the waters of various troubling disturbances from banditry to Boko Haram insurrection in the north, threats of renewed insurrection by the ever volatile Niger Delta, and fresh warnings of possible hand-to-arm by the South West.
That is not to discountenance the call for self governance by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
To this end, it goes with emphasis that the time for the country to march forward is now.
This underscores the importance of the NEXT LEVEL Victory Concert slated for June 10 2019, at 5pm.
Indeed there’s wisdom in the timely organization of this all important event seeing that it opens the window for all lovers of Nigeria and Nigerians to forget the past and embrace the governments resolve to position the country in an enviable place in the comity of nations of the world.
Even so, the commonsense of the conference organizers to honour astute personalities like His Excellency, Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu and others with Recognition Awards, only goes to buttress the national importance and spread of cognizance adopted for the project.
These are men whose efforts contributed immensely in ensuring the triumph of the will of the people at the February presidential polls.
Billed to hold at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Abuja, the NEXT LEVEL Victory Concert is jointly sponsored by Project One Nigeria and the Buhari Support Organization (BSO).
Consequently, it is instructive to remind all that “there’s time for everything.” “And now is the time to act” says the holy scriptures in Exodus 2:25