When the head is good, check also the toes.
It is a truism that what affects the finger affects the whole body. You will be made a believer, when you meet a person suffering from severe toothache or painful boil in the groin or pile. No just stomach cramps or menstrual pains.
The change in governance has come with so many challenging wait and see stances. The Nigerian ruler-ship has seen change from a ‘Party Team Work’ to a ‘Buhari Team’ work and over 100 hundred days into the administration, the silent unease that jump started the administration is the inertia that has kept it going. For instance, EFCC, PHCN, NNPC / Oil & Gas persons and so many other facets of the Nigeria we know is waking up to best practices and better services and Politicians are not as loud as they use to be. This is the first time a cabinet will spend over 100 days in office without Ministers.
While we are of the hope that Buhari is truly in control of the steering and not the newly formed ‘Idiagbons and the AIMS Consults’. Is the case same with the Governors and Local Government Chairpersons or administrators? I need to be corrected, especially in the North, 80 – 90% of elected offices were blindly Buhari’s and not even APC’s. So you hear politicians saying the Buhari Hurricane / Tornado will grant them victory, it did. But after that for lack of vision, they all, but for 2 or 3, are well seated in Abuja eavesdropping the Presidential Villa to hear / see the ‘What Next of Buhari and Osibajo’. That is not a good at all a democracy that needs sanitization, top down and down up.
Our fear is, if persons in governance are not carried along as a team of believers and doers, the few believers and doers will get weary and the hitherto status change, could return worst than the previous status quo. I refer to the Holy Book’s caution on exorcism, teaching us that if a place is emptied and not filled, the removed evils will form alliances with greater evils to return and re-occupy the cleaned areas. That has been a recurrent decimal in the Nigerian polity, if you only take a look at the various administrations, they were saints and saviors till the are out of office.
The President and his Villa Cabinet, need to understand that while the Presidency is Head, the Neck, Chest, Stomach, Legs, and Toes need to be carried along or one day, the head will not be able to jump out of bed. But the Permanent Secretaries and Civil Service are in place and are doing the work you may say. I understand, correction needed, this same people were the AGIP that hyped GEJ to his demise; go and check it. The Nigerian Civil Service is the Chief AGIP and detractors of meaningful change unless it affects them positively. The Politicians that fought to get Buhari into government are not noise makers, whether in the Government or opposition, like the insinuation tagged on a leader, they are part stakeholders and need to be carried along, else we will have a modified form of militarized democracy for lack of IBB’s genius terminologies.
There is the need to synerge the transition efforts of the Buhari Presidential Team with the Transitional efforts of the APC Transition Team (if any) and bring along the National Transitional aspirations of all other stake holders, so we can have a top down, down up effect of the changes that seem to be drizzling only from the White painted Villa.
The country is hungry and the waiting in sight looks longer than the magical wand effect expected. A people reaching measure that will get the Local Government Area Councils (nearest to the people) sync with what the Presidency is doing will reduce the heightened hardship and increase the speed of change desired.
Before you start reading me wrong, the change being carried out is a ‘must do’ for Nigeria, if we look for a better Nigeria. My add on is, when the people who hailed/praised Jesus on Palm Sunday changed their chant to crucify Him, the dynamic change from Hero to Villian shows the unstable state of man. An old woman in Bauchi Muda Lawan market was telling me the other day, that ‘the old is always more gentle’, I had to make her realise that change might not be ‘sweet-able’, like medicine, it is needed for improvement. The need is for the Government to carry the electorate and other informal sectors along, even if it means coating the medicine into palatable forms.
We are praying for a Nigeria where a village resident understands and works in sync with the urban dweller for the betterment of Nigeria, without the cain, as we are all stakeholders. This I beleive if successful will further help the Suitanance of the Development Goals, that Ban Ki- Moon came to canvass Nigeria for.