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  The Presidency of Nigeria is the toughest job in Africa. It needs someone who is intellectually savvy, physically strong, mentally aware, globally informed, academically sound and cosmopolitan. It also needs someone with grit and stamina. He or she must have youthfulness on his or her side with the accompanying energy. He must be a go-between the young and the old generations.
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The Presidency needs someone who can represent the nation in the comity of nations, one who can command respect through his speeches, and have the ability to articulate his or her points. He must be able to sustain useful dialogues with other world leaders who are mostly digital savvy and more contemporary. The Presidency also needs one who can occasionally communicate with Nigerians through the media, unlike Buhari who rarely grants media interviews but uses mouthpieces who have poorly communicated his intentions and have largely engaged in needless tirades with those who demand accountability.
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Democracy is strengthened by frequent communication between the Presidency and the electorates. Look at Boris Johnson, he grants media interviews almost thrice to five times daily. He grants at least 3 media broadcasts a week. Nigeria needs an up-and-running president so that we can feel each other’s pulses. Finally, the Presidency needs to be someone with no local and international baggage of corruption charges, fraud; shady businesses of drugs and cocaine and other detestable blemishes. The Presidency needs a figure who earns the confidence of all and sundry based on track records.
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Although he or she might not be perfect, however, he or she must have a level of transparency, accuracy and verifiable biography and source of wealth. He must not be bugged down with the temptations of rewarding cronies with dubious characters, or patronising violent non-state actors like thugs, bandits, terrorists and other agents of violence and organised crime. To this end, Peter Obi is on the right side of history. Featured Image Source: The Niche
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This article was first published on 21st August 2022


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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