The Price Of Change - By Gbadebo Adeagbo
The word Change may seems to be an enormous word especially in political vocabulary whenever its uttered by politicians who have adequately studied the dynamics of power and its operational framework together with its effect on the masses.
Getting familiar with this sonorous sloganeering barely came four years ago. It was believed to have connoted a slogan that would send packing the then ruling party into exile for having failed Nigerians at large. "Change" was indeed the right word to confront conspicuous act of corruption and gross mismanagement of public funds existing in the then ruling party which gives everyone a pseudo-legal rights to cart away our common wealth.
The word unequivocally crackdown the hubris tendencies that characterized the then ruling party for having being captured in many occasion that, their political gathering would rule Nigeria perpetually.
Change is a global word. It is a word that made the Chinese reformer, Deen Hsiao Ping to be decisive and sincere in his socio-economic models geared towards transformation of the most populous nation in the world, with effective economic stability, knowing fully well that the politics of China is incomplete without economic recovery from its murky state in the 70s'.
What rationale or justification does President Muhammadu Buhari had to have launched an aggressive campaign of CHANGE in 2015? But, earlier, the Goodluck Jonathan adminstration equally have reformism plans for Nigeria which turnout to be insincere at the long run, eventually turn out to be a suaveness of the highest order without substance.
Is it the privatization of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria or the fight against insurgency or open diversion of public monies?
Prior to the coming of the anti- corruption proponent, " President Muhammadu Buhari", the State of the country was erected on governmental racketeering and ruthless populism.
The citizenry could not only admit that the common wealth of the nation were been submerged in the pool of gluttonous individuals but instead remain hopeful but helpless.
What has happened to the anti graft agencies in those days despite open diversion of public funds and nonchalance? Yet, the pre- Change era at the federal level was an anti Marxist government that awarded excellence to unscrupulous political players at the expense of millions of people wandering towards path of perdition as a result of lack of access to financial weapon. Those days were era of opportunism, sabotage and pessimism.
The 2015 inauguration signalled the end of war on factors that weaken the actualization of democratical aspirations and redirect paths to allow all Nigerians thrive for economic prosperity without special preference to any class of elites.
Even those who were instrumental in the success of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 were made to underwent the stern and strict overarching consequences of a government that is intolerant to corruption or unauthorised access to national treasury.
Maybe, that is why the cabals were bitterly against his reelection bid, knowingfully well that the second coming would give them no breathing space.
Those who had hidden agenda in the last four years were successful in using the legislative arm as hotspot for the orchestration of their respective plans not knowing that the elite at this point have been defeated by the generality of the masses.
The afterwards success of the PMB led government would have been attributed to the resilience of the people who were ready to pay for the change they requested for. The Change brought up an higher proportion of positivity which was the hallmark of Ping China's reformism
When the conduit pipe was blocked, where access to free money during Jonathan's regime was looking impossible. The perceived owner of Nigerians ganged up to show Buhari way out of the Aso villa. Perhaps, the Holy book must have envisaged and captured those moments which made it possible to decree an affirmative words of protection on his chosen ones as recorded by the Psalmist.
Just has the Ping model was able to transform China, the PMB led government was only able to utilize this model in the form of demagnetizing the tendencies of insincerity, corruption, and racketeering.
To thereafter purify the desecration caused by the Conservatives, the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari for second term is a way to continue the model that would completely reform the country in all ramifications .
If Buhari had failed in the last four years, the fight against insurgents could have been a figment of imagination. The bailout released to clear salaries owed by State governors would have been impossible.
The railway revolution in partnership with Chinese government would have been an efforts in futility. The agricultural and mining revolution would have not seen the light of the day. Just as I think more is still needed in all of this sectors, yet, the full actualization of this feat is unachievable in a day.
It might interest you that the Gross Domestic Product of the country over the last year has increased well over 2% which might not be sufficient considering our population put to over 200milllions.
The Buhari's administration despite legislative hindrances has endeavour to open new ground in the five most influential sectors of economy according to the Nigeria Bureau of statistics. The sectors includes Agriculture, Information and communication, electricity, mining among others.
In order to actualize the 6% percent benchmark which the NBS gave, then every tiers of Government must be partners in progress. Thus, population of the country would no longer be a scaring topic, potential investors would be ready to fully stake their funds on thriving sectors with assurance of higher profit.
The crude oil sales must be as profitable as the Goodluck Jonathan's regime, whom despite oil boom was unable to utilize it efficiently. But, before the coming of oil boom, the revitalization of other sectors such as agriculture, mining, etc must be taken more serious in the second regime of the Buhari's led administration.
Are Nigerians ready for the second round of the efforts to reposition the country after being given a decayed government to preside over by the PDP's government? Nigerians are more enlightened to realise the dangers of the convergence of thieving politicians which the Jonathan's regime symbolized.
Otherwise, the Buhari government would have failed if the generality of the country aren't satisfied just as the Change wave swept away the PDP's government in 2015. By June 12, history would be made as President Muhammadu Buhari would be accosted the responsibility to carry the burden of the people while the people pay the price through patience, howbeit, hopefully the next four years would be more rewarding to all.
Gbadebo Adeagbo writes from Ado Ekiti. He tweets from @gbadebo_adeagbo