I received the news of the death of Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua earlier today. It didn't surprise me in any way because to my mind he was already dead when he made no appearance since his disappearance into some hospital abroad. Everything regarding his condition became very hush-hush and as a result governance in Nigeria ground to a halt.
I feel relieved that that impasse is at an end, at least Mr. Goodluck Jonathan is now recognised as the legitimate President of Nigeria, let us see how he'll steer the mother ship in the little time left to him. It doesn't really matter if it's a day or 3 months, if you have the propensity to lead and the right vision, most importantly the discipline to keep your focus on the prize, a Nigeria that is seen to improve in some way, however little, is better than the rot we find ourselves in at the moment. The hopelessness, poverty, greed, insecurity, violence, unemployment, failed education system, massive levels of corruption, the daylight robbery and so on and so forth.
There must be a way to forge ahead in a more positive manner, there must be a way to uplift the situation of thousands of Nigerians barely eking out a living, there must be a way to stop the needless deaths from lack of affordable health care, these and basic amenities should be a priority, a god-given right to Nigerian citizens.
I am hoping the our new President as his name indicates will bring us much needed 'good luck 'and turn the tide of misfortune that has dogged us in the past 15 years at the least.