Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. ~Benjamin Disraeli. This statement is in tandem with what the Vice President will have to have in mind. In the face of ongoing political abracadabra and the tagging of coordinating with government,which I don’t see as any difference from the position of acting president. So , the issue of the term coordinator is like crying wolf when there is none and making a mountain UT if a mole hill.
Be it coordinating or vice president , it is all about semantics and nomenclature. As we stand today, the buck stops at Prof Osibanjo’s table and he must make good use of the table. Cards are laid down and he should know that he holds that ace. Posterity is watching and how he will be rated ,will be dependent on his capacity to act. And how swiftly he acts and how decision are made .
We can’t deceive ourselves that Osibanjo isn’t in charge. He is and he must come to terms with this and so must other people understand that he is the man of the moment. He is in charge and all respect and support must be given to him. Failure to do so can be tagged insubordination. On his part, the acting president must understand the work at hands and roll his sleeves . He mustn’t be seen speaking big grammar everywhere. We totally understand that he is a professor and as academician, they are used to pontificating. This isn’t the time for that. This is the time to talk the walk. Speaking at conferences ,seminars and workshops are good, but, changing the narrative of government is the best.
Talking about change of narratives, in his first coming during the earlier part of this year, we saw how the vice president engaged the frayed nerves by visiting the hotspot or the troubled spots of the Niger Delta. He engaged the East. This is the best time to do that . With his antecedent, we can confidently say that he is a man for the job. The Eastern region isn’t smiling at all. He must understand that a region that isn’t happy will be a dent to his political sagacity and gymnastics. He must make appointments and recommendations for appointment from the people that come from the East. There is lot of portfolio that are yet to be filled. To give the Igbo a sense of belonging ,the Igbo group must be carried along.
There has been reports that a certain group of people or cabal are holding the government at the jugular. Though, this is doubtful and hard to believe. The concept of cabal is far fetched. But, if there is cabal, the acting vice president must disable their machinery. With his power, he has the right to hire and fire. This must be deployed or a better Nigeria. The Nigerian citizens are tired of living in a country that is being ravaged by inflation. Maybe the vice president doesn’t know that…there is little one can buy with five Naira . Maybe the vice president doesn’t understand that there is no fifty Naira pepper again in the market. Maybe he doesn’t have a minute understanding that people earn 10,000 Naira a month and have this high cost of living to contend with.
Nigerians understand that he is a professor of law. That isn’t an excuse, he should assemble a top notch economic team that will take this country out of the woods. If there are ministers that aren’t performing, he should show them the way out. Nigeria economic performance can’t be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and party affiliation. History will judge and posterity is watching. The acting president , Mr Yemi Osibanjo must demonstrate that he has the well-being of Nigerians in mind. This I believe he does ,but what about other Nigerians ?
Anthony Emeka Nwosu
“There has been reports that a certain group of people or cabal are holding the government at the jugular. Though, this is doubtful and hard to believe. The concept of cabal is far fetched. But, if there is cabal, the acting vice president must disable their machinery. With his power, he has the right to hire and fire. This must be deployed or a better Nigeria.”