The signing of the Peace Accord, brought out the humane and saint of the contestants and not the party or group, they represent. Of not for me are three issues and persons that we should not discard so quickly before the elections.
Kowa Party’s Presidential Flag bearer said, it is shameful for Nigeria to reach a stage that we need the international community to come to us and tell us to be peaceful during our elections. Yes, we are the number one Nation in Peace Keeping operations and mediations in the world. Nigerians go into peace management and mediations without any ulterior motive, maybe because as a country we have not developed any nationalistic agenda that motivates us to act externally apart from that big brother disease that has caused us more harm, in lives, finances and balance at home. If we can reroute our efforts on peace inwards, we will become a haven of peace and a place for others to come and learn from.
The PDP’s Presidential Flag bearer and commander in Chief said, Nigeria has a system of throwing the good baby with the bad water. I.e. a candidate that wins 40-45% of the votes, has some good followership and it is not good to have a representative of the simply majority, come into power on a winner takes it all principle. Good, because Nigeria from independence till date, has not lacked in the needed resources internally to handle any issue that is Nigerian or global. Nigerians perform wonderfully well abroad, but at home are not given the chance, because they are not politicians or in the right (winning party). This leads to half-baked cronies destroying the legacies of the past and present on the platter of selfish aggrandisement. They will even tell you it is their time, wait for yours. That is what also causes the do or die politics, because after spending 21billion on campaigns and being told you have lost, will not be an easy sales to any economically right thinking persons. Politics in Nigeria is like Business and profiteering has become the game, how can we minimise it? Look outside the Box (GEJ seemed to be saying) and get the right materials / resources to do the Job. How can we have the likes of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Tam David West, Akinyemi, Akinjide, Mathew Kukah, Alex Ekwueme, Olu Falaye, Shehu Shagari, Yakubu Gowon, Graham Douglas, Buhari, IBB, Gado Nasko, Abubakar Abdul-Salaam, OBJ, Akinkugbe, Adamu Baikie, Oni of Ife, and so many others too numerous to list are a reserve that must be sincerely rerouted to optimal use. The American Government, will call a Kerry, Hilary, Powel and give them very key positions even though they had an attempt for the presidency which they failed to get. I agree with GEJ, irrespective of the Party coming in power, a Government of round pegs in round holes and square pegs in square holes will bring in better and faster results, than party cronies that are only in recouping their investments.
The APC Flag bearer, stated the beauty of Nigerian policies on papers. We have the very best, from the root to the top (for Permanent Secretaries, Ministers and even the President); but the challenge in Nigeria is the execution. Believe me from the gate man to the Ministers, everybody is thinking of his stomach first, before the main objectives of his/her job. After the peace accord, we have heard and seen so many well placed personalities talk violence, even on live television and no action has been taken on them. In a state where I reside, a law on the placement of posters was enacted and implemented, only to have the ruling party build structures near almost all round about or junctions with their campaign materials littering and music/generation blaring political songs.
The job before INEC and the next incumbent is enormous, while we pray for Wisdom and the Grace to achieve, we also pray for the continuity of any/all good processes as whatever is good needs to be finished and not thrown away with the bad water.
God bless Nigerians and Nigeria. May the labours of our heroes, past and present never be in vain.