The scheduled Presidential election of Saturday 16th April, 2011 provides yet another opportunity for Nigerians to chat a new direction in pursuit of the so much talked about desirable change in our political life and behavior. There is no doubt that the one year sojourn in office of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has seen some change for the better.
The palpable humility of Mr. President is a welcome departure from the arrogance with which that office and its operating cabal were associated in the recent past.
There has been a noticeable increase in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power in fostering economic, commercial and social activities. Also, the long queue of vehicles at petrol stations has virtually disappeared. These are achievements whose credit rightly goes to the incumbent President.
However, the presidential election of next Saturday, provides an opportunity for Nigerians to chat the course of our nation for the greater part of this century. Fundamental questions vital to our survival as a disciplined and civilized society in the twenty-first century are begging for answers, in our attempt to make an informed choice of who should be our next President:
Who among the Presidential Candidates can stem the ugly tide of corrupt practices in our country?
Who among the candidates, can reign in the powerful in the corridors of power, who are allowed to appropriate national resources to themselves and members of their families at the expense of the long suffering masses of our people?
Who among the candidates, can stand up to a National Assembly that shamelessly and mercilessly award to themselves, unwholesome budgetary allocations in contravention of the spirit and letters of the Constitution?
Who among the candidates, can rescue Nigeria from the rut into which we have been plunged by our collective indiscipline and nonchalance?
Painstakingly, a search of my conscience, in finding answers to the above questions, repeatedly urged me to single out Gen. Muhammed Buhari from the pack and give him my support, for the sake of Nigeria and the multitude of the down-trodden Nigerians. I have agonized over the choice of Gen. Buhari for months, cognizant of the ‘price’ I will be made to pay, considering the political party to which I belong.
My political life and actions for more than three decades have been guided by conscience. As is said by others, conscience is nurtured by truth.
I hereby urge Nigerians to take another look at the presidential candidates before us, and try to conscientiously answer the questions I pose above. All I ask is for you to allow your conscience guide your vote. For me, Muhammed Buhari presents an opportunity for a new beginning in Nigeria
Wahab O. Dosunmu
April 11, 2011