The Political Atmosphere In Nigeria

My take on the political atmosphere in Nigeria prior to the 2023 general election...

The last two weeks have been hectic for the political parties as each of the political parties is making an effort to field their flag bearers. This happens within two weeks. By now, we had known the party choices of each of the political parties. One would have thought that, since the political parties have fielded their candidates, the political atmosphere would have becomes less tense, but the reverse is the case. Party loyalists, or should I call them candidates loyalists, have taken over the social media space, trying to sell their candidates to people. They have been so loud that their noise is enough to make one deafen.

This preference has taken a new dimension. As some of the loyalists are Tinubu's apologists, they believe that, since it is the turn of southwest candidates to take over the mantra of power, if anybody is to become the president, it is Tinubu. Their main reason is that it is his turn, as he presumed! Although, the fact that he is a force to reckon with, one cannot rule out the possibility of him being defeated because of his choice of running mate. Another candidate is Peter Obi; this man's majority supporters are Christians and Igbos. His supporters think that he should be the next president because it is Christians' and Igbos' turn. And he is the one that best fits these features; hence he should be the next president! It should be him or no other.

Most Christians see him as an alternative to Osinbanjo, had Osinbanjo won the APC primary, Peter Obi wouldn't have had such a great supporter. This is the true situation in Nigeria. If it is not someone from our religion, it should be someone we share the same faith with! Atiku cannot be left out among the aspirants that have majority supporters. He is so popular because he is not new to Nigerians. He had been contesting for the post of president for a long time. He seems to want to give it his best shot this time around. To win the Igbos on his side, I heard he is trying to choose his running mate from the southeast to boost his chance of winning.

I do not know when we will start having sense in Nigeria, but I hope sooner rather than later, we do! The politicians have been playing us right from day one, and we choose not to notice, or rather we ignore that. Whether it is Muslim or Christian or Traditionalist, if it a Yoruba, a Hausa or Igbo becomes the president, if that person is the one to take the security of our lives serious, invest in education, and create programs that will enhance personal development and take our nation to the next level, I pray that person wins the upcoming election. Until we start taking the interest of the country over our personal interests, Nigeria will never develop. I hope we get there soon.

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