*The 2023 Nigerian Presidential elections are coming up this Saturday the 25 February and so do the 2023 Nigerian Senate elections. A new president, not the current President, will be voted into power as well as a new vice president. Out will go President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, having both severed two terms in 8 years
Buhari ruled Oil-rich Nigeria as a civilian president from 2015 and will hand over on May 29 to a new President. He was also a Military Head of state from 1983 – 1985. Difficult to pinpoint Buhari’s successes during his leadership which Nigerians struggle to see. Is it the not-so-successful fight against Boko Haram and the kidnapping of the Chibok girls… The mishandling of Covid19…the Fulani Islamic terrorist herdsmen and relatively poor sporting achievements under his leadership? The end SARS student protesters who were killed by Lagos police? Or his banning Twitter in Nigeria? Or the Naira currency fracas? And the list goes on.
Nigeria is a big populous nation in Africa and everyone wants the elections to be free and fair and for Buhari to hand over the reins of power smoothly and set off into the Sunset. His record as the oldest Nigerian leader in office at 80, will take some time to be broken. President Donald Trump described President Buhari after their April 30, 2018 meeting in the White House as “Lifeless”….OUCH!
Which Way Nigeria…Which Way to Go?
The late Sonny Okosuns sang “which way Nigeria,” a 1984 popular and evergreen recording. He was one of the leading Nigerian musicians from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. His song and lyrics remain as poignant today as they were then. Okosun sang protest songs including “Fire in Soweto” and “Papa’s land.” He died in 2008. Nigerians still remember his “which way Nigeria” and this makes the elections more important for Nigerians and young people to decide at the polling stations around the country, who they want in leadership. Nigerians are wondering which way Nigeria is heading. The decision is in their hands on Saturday.
TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer, and Illustrator is an artist of the African diaspora. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US., and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated at UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and has held a virtual OUR ROOTS cartoon workshop for SMITHSONIAN- National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. His Fela Kuti outline image is featured in the Burna Boy’s mega-Afrobeat hit song “Ye.” –– firstname.lastname@example.org
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