n African Renaissance - Umar Yar' Adua and the Nigerian political labyrinth

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


There appears to be a certain impatience in the land that President Umar Yar'Adua is moving rather sluggishly. There is a feeling that over thirty days into the life of the regime, what the President stands for in terms of actions, not speeches or platitudes, remains unclear. While he has remained extremely conciliatory, courteous and urbane, saying the right things at the right places, there appears to be a certain lack of stamina for action. Again while the sluggish paces at which things have moved - or more correctly not moved since his ascendancy - may have admittedly helped to lower the political temperature, it is important the president does not give impression of being a man who procrastinates, or unsure of which foot to put forward first. For one, there are many Nigerians today who believe that the country is in a state of emergency and needs urgent, but thoughtful actions, to help bring her out of the wood as quickly as possible. There is also a certain feeling that a president who knows exactly what he wants for the country, could have accomplished far more than the speeches and gestures we have seen in the past 30 days.

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