Buhari, Making the Southeast a Part of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has since been declared winner of the 2019 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and has re-assumed duties as President-elect, amid lingering controversies over the conduct of that election.

Nigerians are also beginning to move on with their lives, even though the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the result declared by INEC and preparing to seek redress in court.

But while Nigerians resign themselves to awaiting the verdict of the court, there are issues that Buhari must urgently consider if his second tenure, if upheld by the court, is to be any different from his first.

Chief among these issues are the security of lives and property and regarding and treating other parts of the country as his constituency.

The problem of insecurity is a scourge that has eaten deep into the fabric of the country. He needs to address the Boko Haram insurgency in the north, as well as the kidnapping in the country generally, especially in the north.

As he goes about this, he should spread democracy dividends across the country to make every part to have a sense of belonging. His administration abysmally failed on this in the first tenure, resulting in the country being divided along ethnic and religious lines.

However, if indeed, there is any zone which earnestly deserves to be carried along by the Buhari Administration this time around, it is the Southeast. This is a zone that has produced men and women who have diligently served the country, giving their best and seeing all parts of the country as one. Sadly, however, they are yet to have a feeling of belonging owing to what appears to be conscious policies by the federal government to deny them access to the national cake.

The excuse that the zone must vote for Buhari to have a piece of the national cake is unacceptable. In a democracy, leaders are elected to rule without bias, whether or not they did not get the support of certain sections of the country during the election.

Buhari’s second tenure therefore has to focus on uniting the various ethnic nationalities in the country through his appointments and execution of projects. That is the hallmark of a selfless and great leader.

He also needs to pay full attention to the issue of the country’s dwindling economy by forming policies that will add more value to our economy, create employment opportunities and fill our teeming youths with hope for tomorrow.

Reconsidering restructuring will not be a bad idea. It is the wish of teeming Nigerians even at the National Confab held during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. It is pertinent to distribute powers presently exercised by the federal government to the other arms of government. Every geo-political zone should be represented.

This is a clarion call to the Next Level government of Muhammadu Buhari to make South East feel like they are truly a part of the political calculations of this country.

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