90 Days Post Inauguration: A Look at Tinubu's Presidency in the Villa

90 Days Post Inauguration: A Look at Tinubu's Presidency in the Villa

 

 

 

 

In the realm of politics, the influence of “vested interest” has consistently played a significant role in the allocation and distribution of political favors.

 

During the initial three months of President Bola Tinubu’s term, a fervent struggle unfolded among members of the All-Progressive Congress (APC) and Tinubu’s close associates to secure key positions following the 2023 general election triumph.

Tinubu’s ascent was marked by behind-the-scenes negotiations and intense lobbying, particularly among the influential figures within the ruling All Progressives Congress, with the governors wielding considerable influence.

 

This intricate political bargaining led to the selection of a Muslim running mate for Tinubu, a move intended to appease the potent religious dynamics in the northern region.

This decision aligned with the nation’s political landscape, characterized by tribal divisions, ethnic affiliations, and a system of patronage.

 

Consequently, in order to ensure they weren’t excluded from the distribution of political spoils, President Tinubu’s initial three months witnessed fervent lobbying by those who believed that priority should be given to supporters who contributed to his rise, rather than solely considering the multitude of economically disadvantaged Nigerian voters.

 

Harold Lasswell, an American political scientist and communication theorist, once defined politics as the intricate interplay of actions that determines “Who gets what, when and how.

 

“This concept possibly influenced former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s admonition to his fellow countrymen against developing political indifference during his tenure. Obasanjo, in his quest to secure Yoruba support for his administration, emphasized that being actively engaged in political affairs was vital to understanding the mechanisms of resource allocation and, in some cases, securing one’s fair share.

 

Even decades after gaining independence, Nigeria grapples with the persistent challenges of ethnic, sectional, and nepotistic influences in politics that have hindered its progress.As a result, it’s not unusual to hear phrases like 

“he is one of us,”

“Our representative is in power now,” and the most recent addition to Nigeria’s political lexicon, “Emilokan” or “awa lokan,” which translates to “it is my turn” or “our turn.”Nigeria’s delicate federal structure is characterized by an uneven and unequal distribution of resources. To address this, Section 14(3) of the amended 1999 constitution advocates for and establishes the principle of federal character.

 

According to this section, “The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and to promote national unity and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or any of its agencies

 

This current regime forced it way on the people, sat upon the judiciary and has brought  the highest inflation in the history of Nigeria, thus causing national distress and survival panic among the plebs. 

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