By Olaitan Oye-Adeitan, Maxwell Oyekunle, Tawakalt Famuyiwa, Tunde Adebisi
Come May 29, 2023, the Eagle Square in Abuja will be a cynosure of all eyes from home and the International community for the inauguration of the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The inauguration is a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term as the president takes the presidential oath of office, the high point of the occasion.
Similarly, in Ibadan, the Capital of Oyo State, all roads lead to the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Mokola, Ibadan for the swearing-in of the incumbent governor, Seyi Makinde, who would be taking up the mantle of leadership for another four years.
No doubt, Nigerians eagerly look forward to this day as preparations are on by outgoing leaders to ensure a smooth transition.
However, beyond the side attractions, the pomp and pageantry that often characterizes the day are the heartfelt desires of Nigerians from the incoming government.
The submissions of those who spoke with Radio Nigeria are indicative of people earnestly desiring a transition that will birth transformation.
In the words of the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, FRCN Ibadan Chapel, Mr Oluwakayode Banjo, the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, must work towards uniting Nigerians for the enthronement of political, religious and ethnic peace.
“The first job the president-elect should do is to find a way to unify the country because the election showed us people are divided, people voted based on tribe, this person is of my tribe, that person is from the same religion, people did not look at what this person has to offer, what are his antecedents. In fact, some people believe Nigeria is still not practising democracy.” Banjo said
A retiree and clergyman, Pastor Oladipupo Olukoya who spoke in English and Yoruba emphasized the need for the incoming administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to tackle the problem of joblessness such that young graduates would be gainfully employed.
Pastor Olukoya, however, lauded the efforts of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State during his first term in office and advised him not to rest on his oars, to correct in the people, the notion that, most governors who were re-elected for the second term hardly perform better than they did during their first tenure.
Another respondent who does not want his name mentioned, appealed to the new administration to do all it could to alleviate the economic challenges that had made many citizens suffer unjustly.
In her own thought, a lady by the name, of Demilade, said the president-elect who is assuming the presidential seat as a new leader should endeavour to make things new indeed.
To another resident of Ibadan, a man who simply wants to be addressed as Seyi, the incoming leaders had made so many promises during electioneering, it would be good if they lived up to expectations.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would be the fifth president-elect since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999.
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