The next President is going to meet a great mess. In a metaphorical sense, the nation is suffering from three main disabling diseases. They are leprosy, diabetes, and HIV/AIDs; all in one body.
In the case of leprosy, which is a disease that attacks the sensory nervous system, the brain is unaware of the suffering of the extremities. The presidency, which represents the brain, is not getting the true picture of the grassroots suffering and the excruciating poverty breaking the masses because the feedback system is attacked by corruption, wickedness, and immorality.
In diabetes, there is an abundant level of sugar produced in the body, but it’s not getting into the body tissues for metabolism, and its excess is left in the bloodstream; thereby destroying vital organs. With HIV, the defence system is weakened to the extent that a small group of ragtag criminals can kill the nation and bring it to a halt.
The next President needs to be intelligent and supported by men with acumen, not the ‘garagara’ person with an impulsive temperament that is after the praise of sentimental citizens. He has to act quickly and carefully. He has to centre his efforts and concentration inwards, not outside. I know a lot of our problems have roots in foreign interests, yet local problems must be solved locally.
The President has to be careful of the dishonest clergy. Like mosquitoes, they feed on every system without adding any values except polarising the nation more on the religious divide. I cannot imagine a nation facing insurgencies left, right, and centre, yet the clergy would fold their arms without intermediating to see for conflict resolutions. Rather they are busy fuelling religious polarisation.
The recent BBC Africa Eye documentary and daily Trust documentaries about the insurgency in Zamfara State have exposed the ethnic and tribal undertones as the real genesis of the decadal mayhem the North Western region is experiencing as a whole. The crimes were committed by both sides of the divide but unfortunately, the outside world sees one side as the only criminal, and thus the government acted in such a line of thinking, messing up the conflict and applying the wrong measures of communal conflict resolution.
If the next President also follows the same trajectory, thinking that the present government was only dealing with the criminals with kid-glove, then a greater insurgency will definitely ensue. It’s taking almost 12 years to fight Boko Haram in the North-East, with their leader only killed during a factional fight, not by our military action. And now, many Boko Haram fighters are fortunately surrendering as a result of the genuine efforts of reconciliation and rehabilitation by the federal and state governments as demonstrated by action, not rhetoric. This unfortunately is irking some, especially the elite, as cajoling criminals. To them, anything short of annihilating them is no solution.