A New Political Era: Could There Really Be Hope for a Better Nigeria?

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Today, the 29th day of May 2023, Nigeria inaugurated its sixteenth president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, amidst grand celebrations. In this blog post, we delve into the concerns and speculations surrounding Tinubu’s presidency, examining his background, credibility, and the reasons behind the people’s skepticism.

The Rise to Power

Tinubu’s ascent to power was marked by a fierce struggle among other aspirants, emerging as the popular choice of the people. Yet, allegations of election rigging and the deprivation of people’s mandate cast a shadow of doubt over his victory.

While these allegations remain speculative, the pressing question arises: Why do Nigerians harbour such intense skepticism and opposition towards his leadership? What are their concerns about his ability to positively influence Nigeria while holding the office of president?

A Comprehensive Overview of Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, often called ‘Jagaban’ (Big Boss) by his followers, is a formidable figure in both the corporate and political spheres. His involvement in Nigerian governance spans over three decades, and he played a significant role in political and economic reforms.

Notably, during his tenure as the governor of Lagos State, he spearheaded transformative changes that propelled the state’s economy and development. A major change was the reformation he initiated which greatly improved the efficiency of the civil service and further developed its infrastructure.

Tinubu’s active participation in the campaign for democracy during the Sani Abacha regime and subsequent arrest have instilled hope among Nigerians that he possesses the same spirit of patriotism and courage as president. However, concerns persist, particularly regarding his age and health, as his ability to lead a nation effectively is questioned.

Challenges and Questionable Traits

Critics raise concerns about Tinubu’s competency to address Nigeria’s economic challenges, combat corruption, and improve security. Age and ill health contribute to doubts about his stability as a presidential candidate.

Furthermore, his perceived nonchalance during political campaigns, evasive responses to important questions, and occasional incoherent speeches have fueled skepticism among the populace. One of such occasions was his appearance at the Chattam House, where he distributed questions meant for him to members of his entourage, stirring a negative reaction among Nigerians everywhere.

As Nigeria grapples with economic decline, corruption, and insecurity, the imperative for a capable and astute leader cannot be overstated, and many civilians and political analysts argue that Tinubu may not be the right candidate to address these pressing issues effectively.

Ultimately, the outcome of Tinubu’s presidency is yet to be seen. The power has shifted, and the future lies ahead. We can only hope and pray for a better Nigeria and an era of great achievements.


The inauguration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria’s sixteenth president has evoked mixed sentiments among the Nigerian population. While his past contributions and reputation provide some optimism, concerns persist regarding his age, health, and responses to critical issues. Only time will reveal whether Tinubu leads Nigeria to riches or ruins. As citizens, we must remain engaged, vigilant, and committed to building a better Nigeria for all.

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