Atiku Abubakar: Nigeria’s Most Qualified 2019 Presidential Aspirant

By Ikenga Chronicles May 28, 2018

Atiku Abubakar: Nigeria’s Most Qualified 2019 Presidential Aspirant

The 2019 political season in Nigeria has basically kicked off, with many politicians showing interest to contest for the very many elective positions available.

For many, the key battle will be the fight for the country’s Presidency. Several persons— young and radical, entrepreneurial and innovative, old and power hungry— have indicated interest. Two of the key persons who have shown interest are serial contestants, Muhammadu Buhari, and Atiku Abubakar.

While Buhari, was opportuned to win the last Presidential election, and is the incumbent President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, another man who has harboured dreams of ruling the country for decades is yet to get that dream materialized. Several questions pop up; will 2019 be Atiku’s year? If he wins, would he be the answer to Nigeria’s perennial leadership problems? How prepared is Atiku, to tackle the problems bedeviling Nigeria?

As recent history has shown, contesting for the Presidency severally does not equate with having an idea of what to do with the power when one gets it. If anybody is in doubt, all the person needs to do is to refer to the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency. So how prepared then can one say that Atiku is?

It is important to differentiate immediately, Atiku and Buhari. While Atiku is a very successful businessman who has run several companies successfully, Buhari, all his life has depended on what Nigeria gives him. So while one has a clear track record of success in leading and managing people, the other had none. So one must quickly note that unlike Buhari who came into power unprepared, Atiku is perhaps prepared, armed as he is with decades of experience in leadership success.

In terms of being aware of the politics of Nigeria, Atiku has also been at the very top, especially between 1999-2003 when he was at the thick of the politicking necessary to steer a nation recently returned to democracy through the murky waters of uncertainties. That experience makes him fully aware of the difficulties involved in dealing with major players in the Nigerian leadership cycle. This was a key experience that Buhari lacked in 2015, and one that most of the other contestants currently lack. Without having a firm grasp of how to navigate through the power hurdles, any leader elected in 2019 would spend years hitting a brick wall, and set Nigeria back by several years. The country must avoid this like a plague.

Again, on several occasions, Atiku Abubakar has spoken of his blueprint for a better Nigeria. On the many occasions he spoke, he had also itemized the necessary steps to be taken to realise this dream. There is no current contestant(the incumbent inclusive)who has valid concrete steps to be taken to actualise his or her lofty promises to Nigerians. In fact, after the debacle of Buhari, Nigerians must stay as far away as possible from contestants who promise Eldorado with no clear explanation of how Eldorado will be attained!

One thing is clear, for Nigeria to move forward, President Muhammadu Buhari must be voted out in 2019. What the focus of the country’s electorates should be on now, is to painstakingly seek out a man whom, despite his inadequacies, has a clear cut plan for the progress of Nigeria. Atiku Abubakar, from all indications, is that man.