Throughout the last general elections, it was widely known that while a certain political party advocated change, its major rival yearned for continuity. In other words, the latter wanted the status quo to continue. But the people had the say and they decided for change. After the tides subsided, friends, associates and foes alike systematically defected to the winning party; amidst celebrations and jubilations. The winning party was excited to hold sway.
At the height of the excitement, not a few of us were strong devotees of the change mantra. Nevertheless, at the moment, the song is beginning to fade, if not in fact totally faded yet. Now, over two years since the baton of leadership was exchanged, preparations for another round of elections are about to begin. Yet, the people are in quandary over government policies and are asking:
What is happening to job creation for millions of unemployed citizens? What is happening to the constitution amendment that will do away with archaic laws and entrench the spirit of true federalism?
What is happening to our real GDP growth and economic indices? What is happening to the inflation rate? What is happening to our agriculture sector? Is our dream of operating a buoyant medium/large scale agriculture and agro-allied industry a fantasy?
What is happening to generation, transmission and distribution of power? Is our hope of 24/7 uninterrupted power supply that of building castles in the air?
Are we still sending our crude oil for refining abroad? Are we taking care of our senior citizens by ensuring timely payment of their retirement benefits?
Experts have proffered numerous solutions to help clear the rubbles of past misgovernance but tons of filth still remains to be cleared. With several questions still unanswered, can this change manifest before the present tenure expires? Is there enough time left?
Though we have to acknowledge that the government is making attempts at fulfilling its electoral promises, I can’t agree less with the wise words of Bill Parcells: You don’t get any medal for trying something; you get medals for results.
A nation is formed by the willingness of its people to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good. There are still people with the belief and faith that the government can turn the tide and prevent this national boat from capsizing.