I like President Goodluck Jonathan, though I was kind of indifferent about him till his daughter, Faith wedded last year. I was more of his critic than his fan. Initially, I thought Faith was his biological daughter, I was very impressed when I got to know that she
was an adopted child of his. I immediately developed a likeness for my President, not many people can adopt a child, let alone throw such a grand wedding for an adopted child ( whether he used just his personal money to cater for the wedding is another story). I was even more impressed with Pres. Jonathan when I realized he adopted other children aside from Faith and he had been caring for them even before he became a president, but that is where my likeness for the commander in chief of the armed forces stops! As a president, he hasn’t impressed me much; as a leader, he doesn’t motivate me as such. I have had to listen to his speeches and he just doesn’t do it for me. I say this with all sense of sincerity and objectivity.
Up until this election campaign, I had always perceived Jonathan as a gentle and soft spoken man on the outlook, he proved me wrong during his campaign speech in Lagos some weeks ago. I saw his true self, I saw a president speak the way I hadn’t seen him do before. He spoke with so much passion, he seemed angry, he talked with a lot of energy… all because he was attacking the opposition, he was campaigning against building prisons and what not, that was all the vehemence bothered on. Then, I thought to myself, so this seeming gentleman can speak with this much passion and energy during a campaign rally, I felt if this sort of energy had been channeled towards pressing issues and needs of the country, perhaps we may have reduced or even eradicated Boko Haram attacks, maybe Chibok girls and other Boko Haram hostages would have been released, maybe schools wouldn’t have gone on strike the much they did, perhaps our roads would have been better, just maybe power may have improved considerably, perhaps our public health system may have been substantially overhauled, maybe, maybe, maybe…
I didn’t vote for Jonathan in 2011, neither will I be voting for him in 2015. Even in 2011, when there was a supposed ‘Goodluck’ frenzy, I didn’t catch the bug not to talk of now when a lot of his own supporters have doubts about him, for many of them, they feel disappointed by him as they had expected a lot of ‘Goodluck’ in many areas especially the power sector which he boasted of improving greatly within his 4 years tenure.
Hence, the aim of this post is to humbly and respectfully solicit support for his opponent, General Muhammadu Buhari. Allow me to note that, I do not think that the General is the best man for the job in Nigeria, but to me he seems better than Mr. President, since we are left to choose between these two people. I hear there are other 15 or so candidates, I haven’t even seen or heard of any of these supposed candidates on social media, let alone see them campaign, so it’s safe to say we have two visible candidates for the presidential February 2015 polls. I may not know much about politics, but I do know that Jonathan and the PDP hasn’t done much for Nigeria and Nigerians as expected, hence I seek change. As it is, it’s either we choose Jonathan or Buhari. Please choose Buhari 🙂
I fully know that change could go either way, it can be from bad to worse or bad to good. I want to take a chance for change with Buhari, hoping that it would be a change from bad to good. In situations when I do not have definite answers to issues or when I am not certain about the outcome of a decision, I usually let my instinct and conviction take the lead. Kindly trust me, when I tell you that these 2 virtues of mine hardly fail me, I humbly implore you to please join me on this train of seeking change in this man. Buhari has been generally and widely acclaimed to be a corrupt-free man, many people attest to his integrity. Every man have their flaws, so does Buhari, hence I am not saying that he is free of blemish, no human being is. Please vote Buhari.
Many people truly loved and voted Jonathan in 2011, a chance was taken with him, he used about 2 years of Yaradua’s tenure, so he’s been president for about 6 years. Even though I didn’t vote him in 2011 but I was one of those against the then ‘cabal’ who didn’t want to give him the free hand to lead when late President Yaradua passed on, many of us agitated for him to be sworn in as the president. In these 6 years, even in our complaints, in our struggles, we are still standing! Kindly let us give Buhari a 4 year chance, if him and his team perform below expectation, we can jolly well vote him out. Perhaps this will sound a warning to other intending leaders that just like we can vote them in, we can also vote them out, maybe that’ll ensure they deliver on their manifestoes.
I understand that he is indeed old, but then I’d rather vote an old man who will likely ease my pain, who I’m convinced will alleviate our sufferings, who I believe can take Nigeria to a better level than re-elect a younger leader who is generally believed to have performed poorly. In some quarters, Buhari is also believed to be an Islamic fundamentalist, some fear that he will Islamize Nigeria, I sincerely think that is an unfounded fear. Even countries who are Islamic countries do not have all citizens and residents as Muslims, many of these countries are liberal to their citizens, residents and tourists. I have been to an Islamic country (United Arab Emirates) and on the streets of Dubai, I saw people going about their businesses, no one was compelled to put on the Islamic attire, no one was forced to worship in the Muslim way, if that happens in Islamic countries, what more Nigeria which is a multi religious state. Please I implore you that you should not buy that lie, no leader can solely make our country an Islamic state. There is a verse in the holy Quran which explicitly states that there is no compulsion in religion. That verse also clearly makes the acts of Boko Haram null and void and no verse in the Quran instructs any Muslim to kill in the name of religion. Please, let us not allow ethnicity and religion deter us from giving this man a chance.
Aside from my belief and conviction about the General, I also feel that having a Vice President like Professor Yemi Osinbajo is a good thing that’ll happen to Nigeria. I have read about this senior advocate of Nigeria and also heard of accolades from people who know him. I believe we’ll be in safer hands with these 2 individuals, they may not necessarily do magic but I believe they’ll better things more significantly.
This article isn’t about arguing with you about Jonathan and his government, I’ve done that already, all I desire to do with my energy and the time left is to speak to people about Buhari. So, all I warmly and humbly request you to do is please obtain your PVC and vote General Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo of APC as president and Vice President respectively in the forthcoming election on 14th February, 2015.
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