Since his declaration as the president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on different forums, people have expressed varied views about the electoral process that produced him. All in all, the views have been divided, at least on whether he has really fulfilled the “36 states and Federal Capital Territory” clause of the 1999 Constitution. Nevertheless, until the election tribunal and courts rule on the applications filed by the candidates of the People’s Democratic Party and Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress will be sworn in as the new president on May 29, 2023.
As Nigerians prepare for his inauguration, it is critical to consider the principles of the social contract theory because consciously or unconsciously, opinions on digital platforms such as social media and in physical settings have been divided on whether he has the capacity to truly renew and fulfil the hopes of the majority rather than the few.
This theory posits that citizens enter into a contract with their government, relinquishing certain freedoms in exchange for protection, welfare, and the pursuit of common interests. To fulfil this social contract, the incoming administration must prioritise the needs and expectations of stakeholders, address key issues, and lay the foundation for a promising future. To achieve this, the incoming administration must demonstrate leadership, transparency, and a commitment to inclusive governance by focusing on strengthening democracy, revitalising the economy, ensuring security, promoting social welfare, and investing in infrastructure.
The government must prioritise policies that stimulate economic growth, attract investments, and create job opportunities to fulfil its responsibility to provide citizens with the means to improve their lives and contribute to national development.
The social contract requires the government to promote the general welfare of its citizens by investing in healthcare, education, and social services. This will ensure that no one is left behind in pursuit of a just and equitable society.
The administration must prioritise national security by addressing security challenges such as insurgency, banditry, and communal conflicts. Through effective collaboration with security agencies, regional partners, and investment in intelligence capabilities, the government can fulfil its duty to safeguard citizens’ lives and maintain peace and stability within the nation.
Through a careful analysis of over 1,000 tweets and sentiments shared by citizens, our analyst identified these key issues and needs that require the attention of the incoming administration. By addressing these concerns head-on, the incoming administration can build a foundation for progress, unity, and effective governance.
Our analyst reports that the tweets and sentiments shared by Nigerian citizens highlight their expectations and needs ahead of the presidential inauguration. By addressing the calls for transparent governance, a robust economy, enhanced security, improved social welfare, and infrastructure development, the incoming administration can lay the groundwork for a prosperous and inclusive Nigeria.
Our analyst notes that as stakeholders unite in their hopes for a brighter future, it is crucial for the government to heed their voices, demonstrate effective leadership, and work collaboratively towards building a nation that prioritises the well-being of its citizens. The inauguration serves as a significant moment to bridge gaps, foster unity, and embark on a transformative journey towards progress and prosperity.