Life is seen by some people as a game; hence, everyone is a player. Some people believe that life is a journey; while many people believe that life is a gift that is held in trust, which must be accounted for. I however believe that like life; leadership is seen by many of us as either a game, a journey or a gift. Meanwhile, we take leadership or demand for leadership or campaign for leadership or fight for leadership the way we see it.
Undoubtedly, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) and General Mohammadu Buhari (GMB) are gentlemen; for there are many politicians or statesmen that are more aggressive, forceful and cunning than them. However, each of these gentlemen is a player in this game of taking over power of government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And being players in this game, each of them have their group of tacticians and strategists; who may not share in their gentleness.
For every game, there are players, rules and spectators (on-lookers); and if these gentlemen are players with their team of tactical, but desperate minds (for national influence, office and treasury); the reality is that, you and I have only two options left: we either join the spectators that wonder what is happening or become advocates for the rules, ensuring that the players and their team of experts play according to the acceptable rules and guidelines.
The truth is, every play is enlisted for only one goal, which is to win – no one joins in a competition, even if he or she is a gentle person, to lose. Therefore, it is important that we identify ourselves with the rule setting bodies to establish justice, fair play and peaceful competition.
It is inherent in a man when he loses to want to make it difficult for the winner to enjoy his victory; however, it is imperative for us, not to become mere bands of “praisers” or accusers (blamers); but to ensure compliance from both parties.
Remember, no matter the number of these players and their team; they are smaller than all of us. And no matter their claims of patriotism – we all own this nation – Nigeria. Therefore, let us work together to ensure peaceful competition by these gentlemen and their cohorts; while we take ownership of our nation and our national leadership: For when GEJ and GMB have come and gone, Nigeria will and must remain strong and safe in unity of purpose.