As Nigerian market its 55th Independence anniversary last week on a low key in line with the dictates of these austere times, not a few minds flashed back some 30 years ago when the then general Muhammad Buhari was Head of State way back then in 1985 the condition of living was comparatively better than now, no thanks to the intervening years of the locusts which Nigeria has endured in the hands of successive rapacious regimes.
Dwelling on the misused opportunities of the past three decades would however provide little, if any, consolation to a nation trying to regain its bearing particularly following the mindless plundering that characterized the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan. Rather our focus must be on the next four to five years, by which time Nigeria would marking its 60th anniversary as an independent nation. Although the incumbent president’s four-year tenure expires in 2019, it goes without saying that its performance between now and then would have a significant bearing on how the country would be when it clocks 60 on October 1, 2019.
By global yardstick, a 55-or 60-year-old nation is still more or less a youngster, particularly when compared with the likes of the USA and our colonial masters, Britain. Even then Nigeria would have little or no excuses to offer if – God forbid- we were to find ourselves still stuck in the lamentable mess that has been our lot for the best part of the last five and half decades. With the exemption of the Generals Murtala Mohammed and Buhari military regimes as well as the brief tenure of Umaru Yar’Adua, majority of the successive government have been visionless. They came, saw, but failed to conquer.
Against this backdrop it is encouraging to note that the second coming of Muhammad Buhari has been a source of pride to majority of Nigerians from all corners of the land. Not only has the General-turned-politician been governing Nigeria in an assured and visionary manner, his actions and policies in the past four mouths of his administration signal a government that is as purposeful as it is patriotic. Indeed there are grounds for belief that should this administration maintain its tempo (particularly with the imminent formation of his cabinet) the sky will be the limit for Nigeria between now and 2020.
At the heart of our striving to actualise the noble dreams of Nigeria’s founding fathers is the economy. With the naira having been direly devalued in the past couple of years and with the manufacturing sector in limbo, even the blind can see that the economic outlook is not all that cheering, to put it mildly. Add to that the fact that our all-important sectors like power, education, science and technology, and agriculture are all comatose, and everyone would understand the extent of Herculean task confronting president Buhari and his team. Not to mention the dicey security situation exemplified by Boko haram and rampaging kidnappers, as well as the monster called corruption.
These challenges are however not insurmountable. From what has been evident since Buhari mounted the saddle on May 29, 2015, we dare say that the omens are good. With determination, zeal and perseverance against all odds, the goals of repositioning Nigeria towards becoming a true giant of Africa between now and 2020, is certainly attainable. Arise O compatriots! Nigeria’s calls obey. Let’s join hands with our forward-marching leaders so that our trips to the Promised Land will materialist in the foreseeable future.
On 3 Oct 2015 17:49, “tukur mamu”