Editor's note: The piece by Onyirioha Nnamdi x-rays power struggles in Nigeria and how the present political happenings seem to be painting a rather gloomy future for the country with special focus on 2023.
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As one of his key resolutions, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will not be running for a third term at the expiration of his second regime in 2023.
President Buhari made this promise during the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at its national secretariat in Abuja on Friday, November 22, in Abuja.
While this may seem inconsequential to a section of citizens in the country, to others in different geopolitical zones, it means a battle to snatch political power at the national level.
A consideration of agitations from the southwest, north and southeast for 2023 presidency makes the picture clearer at best and scary at worst.
Take the southwest for instance, an immensely powerful political figure like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a top ally of the president and the national leader of the APC, has been recently identified as having his eyes at the presidency.
It is no secret that Tinubu has Lagos and many states in the south-west under his sway added to the fact that he enjoys the loyalty of some influential northerners.
However, some socio-political groups in the north have expressed displeasure and disaffection over their views on the relationship between the president and Tinubu as well as his 2023 presidential ambition.
Talking about the north, which seems not to be ready to relinquish power to any other region just yet, there indications that someone like Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna (a force to reckon with) is being groomed for the much-envied office, although this has been greeted with a lot of rejection even from some of his kinsmen.
Another party to this scramble for national power is a set of south-east politicians (especially on the platform of Ohanaeze Ndigbo) who feel that the geopolitical zone has been short-changed for decades when it comes to getting the chance to rule.
Thus one can only imagine how fierce the contest will be from these power blocs at the close of the current administration.
While there are possibilities that alliances will shift and unholy pacts sealed among hitherto rival groups ahead of the general elections four years from now, one thing is sure: security will be an issue for all and sundry to personally consider much more than in the past.
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