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United We Stand Divided We Fall: Why We Must Rally Round Tinubu For A Secured Nigeria By Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah

Sincerely speaking everyday Nigerian matter go just dey tire person, sometimes one would just wake up feeling ill-motivated especially when one gets to read most contents churned out from the internet and other social media sources.

For me, I wouldn’t blame anyone that feels disenchanted after all the headlines we see are discouraging and worrisome, however, “No matter how careless a man is, he can never seat on his own testicles.”, every country has their own share of problems and difficulties, tribe and tongue may differ but we are all Nigerians and we are all Africans, war is not the answer, it has never been the answer, let us live together In peace as one indivisible Nation.

United we stand, Divided we fall is a long-standing nomenclature used in inspiring unity and collaboration, we can acquire everything we want. Any circumstances that a country faces can be subdued if it gets the syndicate of all.

Let me drop one of the fables behind this terminology.

“A lion used to prowl about a field in which four oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them, but whenever he came near they turned their tails to warn another so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling [sic] among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in the separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.”

This is the case we find ourselves presently. The enemies of our country are working round the clock to destabilise the people by various machinations so they can strike at us hard. Brothers and Sisters are now up against themselves. Distrust is the vogue amongst neighbours, as we speak for the past three days a group I belong to on Whatsapp have been discussing the Aburi declaration and its effect on today’s polity.

I have always maintained my stance that whatever changes we seek can only be achieved through the electoral process and not by bravado or violence.

Are you aware that in the just concluded Local Government Election in Lagos, three Igbo men were elected as chairmen? Common this is possible because the system accommodates it. When Tinubu was Lagos State Governor he had Igbo among his commissioners. What are the agitations we seek? Some say the Igbos needs restitution, national inclusion some say they are the most hated tribe etc.

But today who owns Lagos? They say it is no man’s land, why because it is a cosmopolitan city where the rules and institutions work optimally. This restructuring we are talking about has since been test-run in Lagos and definitely, we are all witnesses to the success of it.

Today Lagos remains the most stable state. I have said countless times that whoever would emerge as the next Commander in Chief must be from the political class. It is not whether you like it or not, if you are not satisfied with the fact then you can as well change the narrative by making your humble self available as an alternative.

Look at every player presently fronting to succeed Buhari and you will see that one man stands out as one who is organised and focussed.

Tinubu is a detribalized leader that Nigerian’s need at this trying period, we need a leader who has strong leadership traits.

In 1999 when the military promised to hand over power to civilians there was apathy among the military ruling class that the new democratic dispensation may be thwarted once again by some military officers. This fear was what prompted the military to approach one of their constituents, General Olusegun Obasanjo to come and succeed General Abdulsalami, they did this out of the genuine concern of our democracy.

That move helped us today in stabilizing our democracy. We can not afford to gamble with the fragile nature of our country. We must get it right and elect the right leader that has the economic capacity and diplomatic experience to galvanise Nigerians to collectively lift themselves out of its self-inflicted calamities.

2023 is close and obviously the shortest way to effect the changes we seek in our polity today. Irrespective of the terrible situation we find ourselves in today the time is ticking and another electoral circle is just around the corner, we must be seen to do the needful.

Tinubu has proven himself to have the capacity to rule a complex nation like Nigeria, he has done a test run with Lagos and we can confidently say amongst the presidential hopefuls we have today that Tinubu remains way ahead of each and every one of them.

Together we can achieve greater success than we can alone. Let us not be blinded by sentiment, we must look at the leadership characteristics of all possible contestants critically before we decide on who to entrust our mandate to.

Let us rally ourselves around Tinubu’s candidacy for a safer and secured Nigeria. United we stand Divided we fall.

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah writes in from Lagos.

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