Following the closely contested presidential election between incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and retired General Muhammadu Buhari, who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigerians are eagerly awaiting the new government and have shared their expectations.
Nigeria faces a host of challenges, including economic instability, insecurity, terrorism, inadequate shelter, social and infrastructural amenities, quality education, and unemployment. Nigerians believe that the incoming President and his administration, along with the APC, have a crucial role in addressing these issues and implementing their party’s manifesto.
One of the most pressing concerns for Nigerians is the unreliable power supply. The lack of stable electricity has had a detrimental impact on businesses and households, pushing many into poverty and increasing crime during blackouts. Nigerians, like Olabode Williams, emphasize the importance of prioritizing electricity supply for human and economic development. They hope that the incoming administration can address this critical issue.
Corruption is another major concern, with Transparency International ranking Nigerian political parties among the most corrupt in the world. Nigerians are eager for an incorruptible leader like General Buhari to combat corruption effectively. They believe that curbing corruption and holding public officials accountable will go a long way in solving the country’s problems.
The allocation of government funds is also a subject of concern. Many Nigerians argue that the country’s recurrent expenditure, particularly the remuneration of elected officials, is excessive, leading to underinvestment in infrastructure. They call on the new administration to reduce politicians’ remuneration and allocate more funds to capital projects for the benefit of the youth and national development.
Infrastructure is another area where Nigerians hope to see improvements. The state of many roads in the country is deplorable, and citizens are eager for the government to invest in better road networks and other essential infrastructure. Communities like Ikola-Ilumo are requesting federal government intervention to address issues such as erosion and the absence of basic amenities.
Lastly, Nigerians want a fair and just society where the justice system is transparent and equitable. Many have experienced injustices and nepotism within the justice system and are calling for reforms to ensure social justice prevails.
In summary, Nigerians have high expectations for the incoming government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. They hope for improvements in electricity supply, a robust fight against corruption, responsible government spending, enhanced infrastructure, and a just society. The new administration faces significant challenges, but Nigerians are optimistic that positive change is possible.