Choice Editorial

Now, the Elections are over

The elections has come and gone and another dispensation is about to kick start.  The hopes and aspirations of the people have been rekindled with the belief that each new day presents yet another opportunity to look forward to a better life. Though not perfect and riddled with different degrees of irregularities, the 2019 election has retained sitting leaders while producing new ones, who will pilot the affairs of this country for the next four years. They will make polices and take decisions that will largely contribute to the socio economic and political development of Nigerians no matter the divide.

The policies of the incoming Government must be such that
should relieve pains and reduce hardships rather than inflict pains and
increase hardships on Nigerians. We cannot continue fighting corruption and
retrieving stolen money while the people are dying of hunger in midst of
plenty.

President Buhari should involve competent professionals in
the management of the various sectors of the economy. Involvement of relatively
younger and sharper brains should be given prominence. Most of the old and less
productive people in the current cabinet should be replaced with more vibrant
younger professionals who have the technical and intellectual know-how to drive
the economy. Good enough, Mr. President has promised an all-embracing and
participatory government during the second tenure.

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President Buhari’s government should be more ruthless on
looters of our national treasury. Fighting corruption should however cut across
the board without sacred cows. Neither should it be made to look like a
witch-hunt against political opponents.

The All Progressives Congress government under Buhari should
prove critics wrong by respecting and honoring religious secularity in Nigeria.
The rumored hidden agenda to Islamize Nigeria should be killed and buried.

The last four years witnessed more companies going into
extinction than before. No thanks to the ailing economy. Economic policies this
time around must be geared towards encouraging local producers thus revamping
dying companies.

President Buhari’s second term in office must concretely do
more to secure lives and property. Herdsmen’s inhumanity to humans and callous
brutality must be curtailed with all the vigor at government’s command. Killing
of innocent people must stop completely during the second term in office.

Federal appointments should as a matter of fairness and
equity recognize the federal character policy of Nigeria. In as much as the
votes of other tribes are relevant and contributory to installing the
President, there should not be discrimination in government appointments. It
must cut across all geopolitical divisions.

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In line with the inevitable succession plan, the Buhari
government should conduct a free, fair and credible election to get credible
leaders who will take over from him in 2023. What this implies is that
candidates should not just be hand -picked or anointed by the ruling party or
class. Opportunity and level playing ground should be provided to all parties
and candidates

If the above could be considered and
strictly adhered to, Buhari would have despite all that has gone down in his
tenure, written his name in gold as someone who has laid solid foundations for
sustainable democracy in the country.

Meanwhile, as the people of Enugu
State are bracing up for another 4 years under the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
led administration, there is every need to improve on peace, security and development
in the state. Enugu has been relatively peaceful, but a lot still needs to be
done around security of lives and property in the state.  Similarly, there’s a need to revisit some of
the ailing infrastructures in the state calling for review. His Excellency can
do a lot in revitalizing the state of infrastructural development in the state;
even as he is adjudged to be the man of the people in the way he has continued
to pilot the affairs of the state.

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For the next four years, Nigerians
should demand more from their leaders. Gone are the days when we show lackadaisical
attitude towards our collective interest which is centered on development,
security, justice and prosperity for all. We need to set the agenda and also
continue to monitor the policies and programs of government, because it is our
business and our common inheritance is what is at stake.

Chikezie Ogbonna Administrator
Chikezie Ogbonna Onyenonuzochi is a passionate Journalist, Web Developer, Photographer, and a Film Maker. He is the editorial manager of The Choice Flame Newspaper and has deep passion for innovative story telling geared towards development at all level
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Chikezie Ogbonna Administrator
Chikezie Ogbonna Onyenonuzochi is a passionate Journalist, Web Developer, Photographer, and a Film Maker. He is the editorial manager of The Choice Flame Newspaper and has deep passion for innovative story telling geared towards development at all level
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