Who for president?

The rush into the presidential race is removing the glamour and seriousness of the post. It tends to banalize the contest and the assignment the office is saddled with.

That helps in no small way to make the electorate lethargic. When you look at some characters that are declaring interest in the race, one wonders where the hope lies for Nigeria.

Among those who say they want to run are unserious human beings, those who made nonsense of governance and should in the opinion of the public never be allowed to hold public office. In a clime where public opinion is a decisive political yardstick, many of those in the ring so far would have been blocked promptly from the ridicule they are making of the presidency.

Especially now that the country faces monumental challenges never known in its chequered history, the appearance of charlatans on the scene seems like adding salt to injury in Nigeria’s body politic.

Certainly Nigeria has a problem in the regulation of its political process. Neither the federal government nor the INEC has had the capacity to sanitize both the political and the electoral process. Nobody seems to know what to do to halt the drift in the country. Everyday, we hear something new which takes people’s focus away from the essential elements.

We are in danger of making the presidency an ethnic or tribal contest. Zones are also being used to determine the selection of candidates. The personal qualities and fine attributes of people who want to contest are not considered important. The straight casting of the lot among Nigeria’s tribes or regions is unwittingly replacing the democratic political and electoral process. Those promoting this nonsense should beware. It will make matters worse for the future.

The Igbo race wants the job. Some other Nigerians support an Igbo becoming the next president. Will this happen? Can an Igbo man or woman get the job? Such a person is expected to do the job well and better. Not because it should be his/hers by rotation. What matters is that the new president would be able to perform the duties. The tussle that looms must not be an inter-tribal , ethnic or zonal one. The fittest in the race by character, training and extraordinary disposition to lead must win. If the race goes the wrong way, the new president could still languish in Aso rock chairing dull meetings, looking as uninspiring as ever, coming up with speeches that are superficial in taking up the concrete problems that trouble the land.

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