We at Change Vigilantes Organization feel compelled to express our surprise at the level of impatience that many Nigerians have been showing to the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari in less than 48 hours of assuming office.
We have also noted with concern the very passionate call to arms by many people expectant of immediate overnight change in the country. Some social activists have essentially lambasted the new government for not taking immediate drastic actions to effect change in the country without recognizing the fact that the new government has been in place for less than 48 hours (which actually falls on a weekend).
We think such a hard stance against the new government who has had less than a full day in office, is most unfair at this time.
Nevertheless, while we disagree with the tone and combative stance of those already expressing negative feelings for the government of Muhammadu Buhari, we nevertheless share his desire for positive change in our country as soon as possible. Expectations are very high and Nigerians definitely deserve to see improvement quickly but we need to be fair to the new government and be realistic on what can be achieved within such a short time.
Now, while those of us at Change Vigilantes are as eager as everyone else to see the fulfilment of all the promises of President Buhari executed, and our mandate definitely calls for us to hold the President’s feet to the fire to ensure he does not go back to business as usual, we also believe it is most unfair to expect the president to have made any major moves in less than 24-48 hours on the job.
The President was only just sworn in on FRIDAY May 29th, and this Monday would be his first full day at work. It is therefore unfair for anyone to have expected that the new President would have fulfilled all his campaign promised within the first 24 hours!
For those who may not understand why the President appeared to be moving slowly, it is important to understand that this time around as Head of State, President Muhammadu Buhari is NOT a military dictator. There are therefore very little things he can do without the necessary structure of government in place.
For instance, there is not much he can do without a functioning NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. The National Assembly won’t be inaugurated for another week at least, and we must be patient for the structures to be activated before asking for definitive action on his part. After all, the NASS have to approve his ministerial appointments, and any legislative initiatives on the part of his government to arrest some of the rot in the system would have to go through the NASS first.
Furthermore, we understand that the President and his team did not really get any useful or actionable hand-over notes from the outgoing government until the day before they were sworn-in. It would most certainly take time for them to READ AND DIGEST the contents of the hand-over notes before jumping into the ring with actions.
Yes, we want swift action from our new Leader in the Change Revolution, but we need those actions to be positive and well-thought out. Nigeria cannot afford any Rambo style of government now. So we counsel patience for the new government by all Nigerians. It is too early to start judging this new government on anything until they have been in government for at least 30 days.
However even as we counsel for long suffering Nigerians to be patient, and give the new government a few days to get its bearing and start making things happen, we also call on the new government to hit the ground running over the next few days in order not to lose the tremendous goodwill of Nigerians that swept it into office against all odds. Nigerians have been held down for too long and expectations of relief are running rampant in the country. The New administration must recognize that and understand that people need to see visible action soon.
Also, while we at CHANGE VIGILATES ORGANIZATION call for calm and patience to allow the new President get used to his seat, we also want to use this medium to appeal to our President and his Vice to revisit the issue of asset declaration immediately. They promised us a PUBLIC DECLARATION OF ASSETS and what they have done so far by filing their Asset Declaration with the Code Of Conduct Bureau is not different from what former President Jonathan Goodluck did.
We at Change Vigilantes are of the opinion that filing an Asset Declaration with the Code of Conduct Bureau is NOT a public declaration of assets as we understood it from the speeches and body language of Buhari during his campaign. As the uproar on Social Media also showed, that certainly was not the way most Nigerians understood it.
We therefore need the President and his Vice to immediately make copies of their asset declaration available to the public to avoid losing the trust of Nigerians. The truth of the matter is that by virtue of his Manifesto and his Pledge to Nigerians during the grueling campaign, president Buhari willingly entered into a Social Contract with Nigerians, and a part of that social contract calls for TRANSPERENCY AND OPENESS. A PUBLIC DECLARATION OF ASSETS will definitely be a good step in that direction. Failure to do that over the next 30 days would be viewed by us as a BREACH of the Social Contract with Nigerians with attendant ramifications for the new government. We at Change Vigilantes will not comment further on this issue until after the 1st 30 days. WE DEFINTIELYB TRUST President Buhari to do the right thing and not hide under any technical compliance with the law.
Our mission at CHANGE VIGILANTES is to ensure positive change in Nigeria by holding politicians accountable for their campaign promises, and putting pressure on them to deliver on promises of good governance among others.
For full details of the Mission and Vision of CHANGE VIGILANTES ORGANIZATION and how to join the Change Vigilantes, please go to www.ChangeVigilantes.com. We need Nigerians TO JOIN THIS MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE by registering on this site, and making their views and opinions count on all the campaign promises of our politicians as we hold them accountable over the next 4 years.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria as POSITIVE Change Cometh in our time
Dr Ope Banwo Laila St. Matthew Daniel Ola Ogunlana
National Chairman Director General National Secretary