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2019: WHAT REALLY IS THE TEST FOR INTEGRITY IN NIGERIA?


The race for 2019 Presidential elections in Nigeria seems to have gained another momentum with different players and prospects making headline news. With President Muhammadu at the center of it all and his decision to run or not still unknown, we are about to enter another round of elections with promises that cannot be verified. Our President rose to power on the platform of his integrity, probity, anti-corruption stand, prudence and more recently humility; but after 2 years of being in power, Nigerians have been plunged into economic uncertainties that have never been known in this Fourth Republic.

Surely, our President has lost some goodwill in many quarters including from people who gave him full support in 2015.

The people who are mentioned for 2019; former Vice President Atiku, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (should President Buhari decide not to run), former Governor of Anambra state Peter Obi, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso, former Governor of Cross River State Donald Duke and others that are still scheming to join the race for the exalted seat of President in Nigeria. This seat, of course, is respected in Africa and the rest of the world.

The major deciding factor for 2019 choice bothers largely on integrity and competence. The question and the most important question remains how do you determine the integrity and competence of these men?

How do you determine the integrity of Vice President Atiku Abubakar who many say has some corruption issues that bother on ethics and morals in government especially with the privatization endeavors while in office? How do we know that his recent calls for restructuring will be followed through if given the opportunity to lead Nigeria? How can we trust his judgment and competence to grow the economy, create wealth and ensure that aspirations of every Nigerian are met?

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How do we also know that Nasir El-Rufai will be that President that unites us, create a working country and usher us into wealth and prosperity?

What is the true test of integrity, how do we ascertain who among these will be true to his word, campaign promises and show truly that he/she cares for Nigerians and is competent enough to deliver on the many challenges of our country?

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These are questions that must be asked, answered sincerely and equally ensure (as citizens) that our genuine desires are being fulfilled.

Politics in Nigeria defies common sense, natural and universal laws. It will be unfortunate and we will be risking blindly if we dare continue down this path. Nations are moving forward at lightening speed and we must keep up the pace to avoid a greater risk that may arise in the near future.

In quoting Africa’s revered writer, Chinua Achebe, “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”

How do we know which of these aspirants that will not compromise on promises, the common good of all Nigerians and universal laws of good leadership?


About Chukwuemeka Azubuike

Architect, Construction Manager, Writer, Blogger and a Blogger’s Writer

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