The first real “Democracy Day” is being celebrated in Nigeria today. For the first time in the nation’s history, an elected government is handing over to an opposition party after an election at the federal level.
At Eagle Square, about noon today, Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP will step down as president of Nigeria. Muhammadu Buhari will take over after taking the oath of office along with his deputy Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. In 29 state capitals, governors will also mount the saddle for the first time or for a second term.
The elections that produced these new officeholders were not really fraud-free, but, in large measure, they reflected the electorate’s wishes.
It is hoped that the new broom (the APC symbol) will sweep clean for the next four years — sweep away fuel scarcity, insecurity, stealing in high places, indiscipline and joblessness. The problems are gargantuan, but that’s why a new party has been elected.
Judging by his antecedents, Buhari will surely do well. We wish him the best as he leads the real government of the people, by the people and for the people of Nigeria.