In his speech soon after he collected his certificate of return at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Wednesday President-elect Muhammadu Buhari began to flesh out on the skeletal promise of change that his incoming administration will bring about. The speech shed some light, but not nearly enough. President-elect Buhari told Nigerians in his speech titled ‘The Die is Cast’ that “My team and I shall faithfully serve you.” This will sound to many as a promise routinely made by in-coming rulers, except that Buhari’s public service record indicates that he could live up to this pledge. He also said, “There shall no longer be a ruling party again. APC will be your governing party. We shall faithfully serve you. We shall never rule over the people as if they were subservient to government.” The distinction between a ruling and a governing party is not clear at this stage; it will need more elucidation. The President-elect also said, “Our long night has passed and the daylight of new democratic governance has broken across the land. This therefore is not a victory for one man or even one party. It is a victory for Nigeria and for all Nigerians. Millions of you have worked for this day. So many have risked life and livelihood and others have died that we may witness this moment.” Again this may sound like regular political rhetoric unless the promise of a new democratic daylight in clearly spelt out. Given Buhari’s record as a stern former military ruler, democratic inclination is not one of his strongest selling points right now.
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