Nigerians have experienced a series of disappointments from several governments since the nation’s return to civilian rule in 1999. However, the distrust in government has deep roots that predate this period.

The military era was marked by a brutal form of governance, characterized by strict order and obedience to the whims of military juntas. The long rule of the military had a profound impact on the citizens, making it challenging for them to come to terms with the unregulated actions displayed by the civilians they elected into office.

Promises left unfulfilled and the conduct of the political class have eroded the trust citizens once had in them. It is clear that the political elite often prioritizes personal gain over the welfare of the masses. Helplessly, the public witnesses how seemingly ordinary local government councilors and chairmen enter office and return with lavish lifestyles that are a stark contrast to their previous status.

This widespread scenario has led to the belief that almost everyone in Nigeria seeks political office solely for personal wealth accumulation, rather than for the genuine desire to serve their country.

Unfortunately, this prevailing trend has also cast a shadow on the genuine politicians who are committed to making a positive impact.
The Tinubu Administration assumed office after eight years of perceived mismanagement by the previous administration under President Muhammadu Buhari, despite both leaders being in the same political party. Interestingly, there appears to be a distinct difference in vision and governance style between the two.

Tinubu wasted no time in assembling his team after taking the oath of office, a process that took President Buhari over six months. Regardless of personal sentiments, it’s evident that the ministers in Tinubu’s cabinet have hit the ground running, displaying a clear commitment to the promised “RENEWED HOPE.”

Almost all the ministers have shown a strong dedication to their roles. Tinubu’s track record of selecting and utilizing competent individuals is evident in his current cabinet, some of whom served with distinction during his tenure as governor of Lagos.
The Minister of Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation Affairs, Betta Edu, a young and dynamic medical doctor, is making significant strides in her role, revitalizing a ministry that had previously been dormant. Similarly, the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has made unprecedented progress in addressing long-standing issues, such as the backlog of over 200,000 international passports for Nigerians, which were expedited and delivered within weeks. Other departments under the ministry, such as the Correctional Service and Civil Defence Corps, are also undergoing positive transformations.

The dynamism of Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and David Umahi, the Minister of Works, cannot be overlooked. Positive changes are happening in various sectors, including education, health, tourism, women’s affairs, communication, and youth affairs. The inclusion of the energy and enthusiasm of the youth, combined with the wisdom and experience of the elders, in Tinubu’s administration signals hope for a brighter future for Nigeria.

In light of these developments, it is essential for citizens to exercise patience, evaluate the sincerity of the administration, and allow peace to prevail in the country. Although the economic climate may currently be unfavorable, there is hope that things will eventually fall into place.

Political opponents, pressure groups, and dissenting voices should remember that Nigeria is our collective homeland, and we all have a responsibility to work together to make it thrive. Government public enlightenment programmes must also step up to ensure citizens have access to up-to-date information, reducing rumors and misunderstandings.

As the nation embarks on this journey of renewal and progress, the collaboration between the government and the people is crucial in building a brighter and more prosperous future for Nigeria.

(Aare Olaseni O. Egbeyemi, a Public Affairs Analyst and Social Reformist writes from Lagos)

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