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A message to the President-elect

A new dawn and new chapter in Nigeria’s history. I congratulate the president-elect, General Muhammad Buhari (RTD) for his victory in the April 28th, 2015 presidential election and also thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his sportsmanship.

It is not by words alone (CHANGE!), but by actions! Nigerians are expecting so much from the president-elect, but the essential and vital needs should be focused on, ranging from electricity problem, corruption in the country, education, insecurity/insurgency in the Northern part of the country. I have taken the time to highlight possible solutions to the problems mentioned above:

  1. Electricity – Nigeria electricity problem can be solved if the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) is privatized, or rather the PHCN should be decentralized whereby each regional zones in Nigeria should use their natural resources for their power generation, in the case of the North, they should use the solar energy, while the South should use Hydro and the East should use any of both mentioned above.
  2. Corruption – For decades, corruption has been one of Nigeria’s major problems, the solution is for the President-elect to enforce existing laws that battle corruption, strengthen the institutions that battle corruption by ensuring they are politics free. A continuation of the initiative started by President Jonathan on evolving government transactions electronically and online to reduce the amount of money those pass through hands government officials. With E-transaction, it would be difficult for anyone to misappropriate funds as they can all be traced easily.
  3. Education – Like they say ”Education is the best legacy”, education should be funded in Nigeria, provision of more basic infrastructure, establishment of more universities, provision of a conducive learning environment for children, training and re-training of teachers and payment of salaries/allowance when necessary. I am excited about the President elect’s promise to provide a meal a day for students across primary school to help them learn better. I think it is a fantastic initiative and one which I hope will be implemented.
  4. Insecurity/Insurgency – The solution to the security problem is linked with education and employment of youths. Once youths are provided meaningful education and gainful employment, they will know the value of life and will cease to be available to sponsors, who are now taking advantage of their ignorance and idleness for their (sponsors) personal agendas.

The road to a better one is by no means an easy one, but it is a hopeful one. Through the successful and significant election, Nigerians have shown their capacity and desire for change. Let us not rest yet, there is still a lot of work to be done. The President- elect should remember, that the mandate of the people have put in power and the mandate of the people can surely put him out if he does not deliver on his promises. I’m excited that by the next election, I will be eligible to join that mandate that decides the fate of our great country once again.

UVA