Dear Mr President,
I like how our people have coined you PMB, there is joy and laughter on the faces of many. People say that your posture brings hope and that you are a messenger from God. To be honest with you, prior to your inauguration, I was indifferent to you. I felt that although you had been successful in being president in the past, you seemed a bit too strict. Yet I know that the ‘War Against Indiscipline’ you initiated is needed even more ardently in todays Nigeria.
Dear Mr President, I am hopeful, because I am aware that there are so many issues that need your attention. I am unsure which you will attend to first. The Boko Haram insurgency? Female Genital Mutilation? Child Marriage? Child Labour? Corruption? Lack of health care for the common man? Unemployment? Poor Education? Overall Indiscipline?
Nigeria is a land of many troubles yet many victories. We are full of wealth and history. We need to educate our children about our history, where we have been, where we are and where we are going. We need to develop the youth to be ‘Country Proud’, we need to have something to die for. Words fail me daily when I hear of death tolls as a result of Boko Haram, road traffic accidents, and from failings of health care, my eyes are tired of crying. However, I confess, I believe that you are the right man to keep these tears at bay.
When you said; ‘I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody’ something struck within me. I felt that you were a man of the people, suddenly I was won over to your side by your calm demeanour and honest words. Mr president I am hopeful and expectant. And so I pray for you with the words of our national anthem;
‘O God of all creation
Direct our noble cause
Guide our leaders right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace
And justice shall reign.’
Written in anticipation