The sun rose beautifully from the horizon this morning. The energy of immigrants is back, and the admirations for the America they love. An amazing land where sojourners come and become legends, out of decency, hardwork and service. That spirit is back – I can feel it here, at the downtown, because it is a Good Morning in America. The sounds of the nightingales, the melodies of the crickets, the shouts of joy, and the horns of cars, celebrating a new chapter, night and day, are here.
As America returns back to the mountaintop to lead the world with Strength, yet with humility, I yearn for the day where Nigeria can also rise. Across our nation, we have been unable to replace people who have underperformed on their jobs. And without those checks and balances, the soul of a nation goes.
Nigeria, we need electoral reforms. There is no future without it. We cannot celebrate the good morning in America without asking, “Why can’t our elections make it possible to replace those who fail to do their jobs well in Nigeria”?
Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his election at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs. His election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means. pic.twitter.com/srv3PP6LBz
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 7, 2020
Mr. President, your biggest legacy will be fixing the broken electoral system in Nigeria. Without it, we cannot make progress. We need the dews to drop, the Nigerian electoral system needs to be revolutionized and evolutionized at the same time, because right now, it is broken. America let go Trump but Kogi state was not lucky with its own smaller version! Nigeria needs to feel the good American morning with good electoral system.
You are right. We need an incisive and decisive electoral reforms in Nigeria.
In the just “concluding” election in US, there was no centralized umpire. The people were the umpire. As people voted, they observed the transparent processes, and as a winner emerged, the people, through the media, announced unto themselves the winner. They never waited for a state-controlled “INEC”. The job of the “INEC” will be to ratify and endorse the people’s choice.
It has once again, confirmed the place of the media in enthroning and sustaining democracy. It’s our hope that one day, Nigeria will come to terms with the reality that: power belongs to the people.