Electioneering campaigns are over, elections have been held and the results are known and have been announced. Winners are joyous, losers are shaking heads. Thank God we are not experiencing the acrimony that has become an after-election pattern in Nigeria. A situation where there is always pandemonium and chaos whatsoever.
Two sets of people have evolved: ‘the VANQUISHED and the VANQUISHERS’. To the VANQUISHED, though you lost the election, you’re not LOSERS. Losing the election doesn’t mean you are not qualified for that position, you might even be the round peg which fits for the hole. The great courage you have surmounted for even stepping and standing out when a lot of people who could also make changes sat back blended in. I salute you all for your conviction.
To the VICTORS, the VANQUISHERS, it feels good to win an election, not even one that was keenly contested like the just concluded Students’ Union Government election in the said institution. I therefore use this medium to offer my warm and heartfelt congratulations to the newly elected SUG executives. Congratulations!
There is no gainsaying that you all campaigned on solid promises. Well aware, it has become the vogue of Nigerian politicians to promise all sorts of good things for the ‘common men’ only to ride on their back to power and fend for themselves. This is one thing that Student activists cum politicians have inherited from our political leaders. In fairness to them, they all had their constraints but i think one of the qualities of a good leader is foresight in order to envisage these constraints and plan to surmount them. It is in this light that I urge the newly elected Student Union Executives to agitate and tackle students yearnings with a realistic approach. I need not mention the problems, I guess you know it all; or would you have campaigned to tackle the problems you know not about?
I am hoping that you would all do and fulfill your promises made during electioneering campaigns, letting you know that your students have lots of hope in you all. Your election itself shows how much the people love and trust you. You had worked hard for this and they appreciated it.
More importantly, I enjoin the newly elected executives to revive, revitalize and rebrand our hitherto castrated Students’ Union. I wish you a successful tenure and hope that your hard work brings you higher responsibilities and position in your endeavours in life.
On behalf of the leadership of over 50.1 Million Nigerian Students in all South Western States, I congratulate you once again!!!
Until are Freed
All remain Slaves!
Á LUTA CONTINUA! VICTORIA ASCERTA!!
COMRADE OLADIMEJI UTHMAN “DAN FODIO”
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS,
NANS ZONE D.