Prince Adewole Ebenezer Adebayo, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Presidential Candidate in the just concluded February 2023 general election, has commended the Federal Government for its rescue efforts of Nigerians in the war-ravaged Sudan. He believes the government has done quite reasonably in repatriating Nigerians caught in the Sudan war.
However, his message doesn't only cover the situation in Sudan; he also advised Nigerians to forget the last elections, move on, monitor, and participate in governance to enable the President-elect to succeed in the task of rebuilding the country.
In his words, "Governance should start immediately after the winner of an election is announced." This statement is a clarion call to Nigerians to put politics behind them and focus on rebuilding the nation.
Prince Adewole believes that Nigerians should not be discouraged by the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) organized election and should continue to participate in governance to ensure the country moves forward. As a candidate who lost in the election, he believes that the governance process is more important than the election, and that should be the focus of Nigerians.
The SDP chieftain is not alone in his opinion, as many Nigerians agree that governance should start immediately after an election. The country needs all hands on deck to rebuild and move forward. Nigerians need to be actively involved in the governance process, as that is the only way to ensure good governance.
Prince Adewole also spoke about the need for Nigeria to do away with playing ethnic and religious politics. For too long, the country has mixed ethnicity with religion, and this has led to the exclusion of many qualified individuals from positions of power and influence.
He believes that if Nigeria is to be counted among the great nations of the world, the leadership must do away with playing ethnic and religious politics. Leaders should be chosen based on their merit and not their ethnic or religious background.
In conclusion, the call for governance to start immediately after an election is not a new one, but it is one that needs to be repeated until it is heeded. Nigerians must move on from the elections and focus on rebuilding the country. The government has a responsibility to create an enabling environment for all Nigerians to participate in governance, and citizens have a responsibility to hold the government accountable for their actions. If we all work together, Nigeria can become the great nation it deserves to be.
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