NASS Leadership: Tinubu’s Crucible

The National Assembly of Tinubu: A Surprise to Come
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In 51 days’ time, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will become Nigeria’s Executive President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Obviously, his job is already cut out for him, and it’s definitely not going to be an easy task. If the NASS leadership challenge is satisfactorily resolved, it will help place his presidency on a better footing to face other challenges with a greater sense of assuredness and preparation.

The first challenge for Tinubu is to ensure that his party favourites emerge as leaders of the National Assembly. In achieving this, the task of governing Nigeria would be a lot easier. However, the more his party foot drags on this issue, the more some smart opposition members are likely to coalesce with some disgruntled members of the APC to produce another “Saraki – Dogara effect.” If this is the case, the new president will face greater political storms.

NASS Leadership: Tinubu's Crucible
    Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu; Nigeria’s President-elect

    As the first southern Muslim president of Nigeria, Tinubu will face unprecedented challenges hitherto never imagined. The fact that the Senate Presidency is being subjected to religious arguments is one major signal of this fact.

    If the APC allows the Northwest to produce the senate president, it will automatically mean that the three highest positions in Nigeria are effectively in the hands of one religion. Even at the height of military dictatorship in Nigeria, positions were shared between the two religions.

    Conversely, if the Northwest is denied the position, it will mean that the region that gave the highest votes to the APC in the 2023 presidential election has been shortchanged. It’s a catch-22 dilemma.

    NASS Leadership: Tinubu's Crucible
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      In a similar vein, if the Southeast and Southsouth regions are not allowed to head the Senate due to their low APC votes, it will create a wider sense of political alienation which might worsen the political tension in those places.

      It will further cast the APC in a worse light. No member of the national assembly from the Southeast or Southsouth will be able to explain to his constituents why they’re not found worthy of heading the national assembly.

      In the meantime, let’s continue to imagine how Tinubu will resolve the current problem of subsidy removal that’s likely to start by June which will likely shoot the price of fuel to almost #700 per liter.

      NASS Leadership: Tinubu's Crucible
        Who becomes the next Senate President remains a challenge for Tinubu

        There’s also the unresolved problem of mounting debts currently placed at 45 trillion naira. After that, we can start talking about electricity, crude oil theft, insecurity, incessant ASUU strikes, etc.

        In addition to these challenges are the IPOB question, the Niger Delta crisis, Middle-Belt disturbances, Fulani cattle herders, etc. It’s definitely going to be a very difficult task ahead. As an African proverb says, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown!

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        CREDIT: Facebook.com / Uzogara Tobechukwu

         

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