By: Babatunde Obele
It is a known fact that our nation is blessed with fantastic human resource, but for far too long, our national output has not reflected our individual capacities and one of the major reasons it has been so is because majority of our best minds have remained mostly as spectators on the side-lines when it comes to participating in active politics and governance. And because nature abhors vacuum, it gives room for our second-class minds to take over a greater part of our national structures.
Every informed mind knows that a nation may be endowed with extra-ordinary individual great minds, but such a nation may not make any significant progress on the global scale until the best minds begin to take charge of politics and governance. Active participation of men and women of knowledge and proven integrity is what serves the common good and guarantees socio-economic progress.
Prof Yemi Osinbajo’s aspiration to become the next president of Nigeria therefore, serves as a clarion call to all men and women of knowledge and goodwill from across the country, irrespective of tribe, religion, or political affiliation, to make a decision towards ensuring that the office of the president and other key offices within our national structures, are occupied by only the best amongst us.
That explains the excitement which has been displayed by the majority of our citizens since the Vice President courageously declared his intention to run for the office of the president on the 11th of April, 2022. That excitement had been building up even before he made that bold declaration. From North to South, Muslims and Christians, men and women of goodwill who believe deeply in the promise of greater Nigeria are excited because Providence has given us Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN; — a man who has not only been trained on the job, but also represents the best amongst us, — to help mobilize the unprecedented social capital within our nation towards building the Nigeria of our dreams.