Dear Mr. President,
On behalf of the citizens of Nigeria, I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to you on your election to become the president of our great nation, which is the most populous black nation in the world. It is a privilege and honor to address you in this open letter and share with you the areas of concern we, the people of Nigeria, are looking forward to your leadership and service.
- Corruption: Nigeria has long struggled with corruption at all levels of government and society. We are eager to see your administration take bold steps towards reducing corruption and promoting transparency, both in government and in the private sector. We know that the TSA and BVN initiatives have brought us a long way, and we sense that the push for a cashless society will take us further. We, however, need to do all to ensure our name leaves the list of the most corrupt countries in the world. The institutions that enforce transparency and investigate corruption need to be strengthened and laws put in place to punish corruption so that others are proactively warned.
- Economic Growth and Development: Nigeria is blessed with abundant natural resources, but too many of our citizens continue to live in poverty. We are looking for your leadership to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and promote sustainable development that benefits all Nigerians. The average Nigerian is not lazy but is willing to hustle and do all it takes to survive and sustain their family. If we have more power, it will stimulate our economy. If the banking sector were really participating in financing real projects rather than just trading forex, we would have more real production. If there are incentives for doing business, many wealthy Nigerians keeping money in the banks or at home will be more productive.
- Education: Education is the foundation of a strong and prosperous society, and we need your leadership to improve the quality of education in Nigeria. This includes increasing access to quality schools and ensuring students have the resources and support they need to succeed. We want less of avoidable strikes at tertiary levels, and we need more primary and secondary schools so every community can be served. We are doing very badly in the number of children out of school.
- Healthcare: A healthy population is key to a thriving nation, and we need your commitment to improving the healthcare system in Nigeria. This includes increasing access to quality medical care, promoting public health initiatives, and investing in research and development to improve healthcare outcomes. Once upon a time in Nigeria, the Royal family in Saudi Arabia came to Nigeria to get treatment; now, our leaders are traveling everywhere in the world for medical treatment, and this has to stop.
- Infrastructure: Nigeria’s infrastructure has been long neglected and is in dire need of investment. We look forward to your leadership in investing in critical infrastructure, including rails, roads, waterways, power, and water, to improve the quality of life for all Nigerians. The last regime did quite a laudable work on infrastructure, but we still have a long way to go.
- Security: A safe and secure Nigeria is essential for the well-being and prosperity of our citizens. We are counting on your administration to address the various security challenges facing our country, including terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, robbery, and other forms of violence.
- Restructure Nigeria: This country is set up on faulty foundations. The first statement in our constitution is a blatant lie. If we are ever going to make it as a nation, it will be as federating units. It takes a lot of leadership and tact to organise and execute a convention or referendum that will birth a restructured Nigeria. Abolish the state of origin and make the state of residence count. This is the biggest legacy any president can bequeath to Nigerians, kindly make it happen.
In conclusion, we are eager to see your leadership and commitment to the people of Nigeria, and we are confident that with your efforts, we can build a better and more prosperous future for all.
Adeolu B. Akinyemi
NB: The table above shows the options Nigeria has for the presidency. My candidate is option E. Which is yours? Whatever happens, be assured that God’s will concerning Nigeria will be done.