President Muhammadu Buhari will surely complete his constitutional second term in 2023. He was first elected in 2015 and Nigerians were satisfied with his government, hence he was reelected in 2023 for another four years in power.
But while his administration is heading to its end by day, it is pertinent for him to prepare a Christian who will take over from him. Actually, every Nigerian, irrespective of religion, tribe or whatever, has a right to contest for the number one seat in Nigeria.
Once an individual fulfills the requirements contained in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, such a person can become the president of the country. But in fairness it is the turn of a Christian.
Power appears to be rotated between the two main regions of the country: north and south. The two share power based on rotation. Currently, a northerner is in power.
But one thing Nigeria is yet to take a critical look at is the rotation of power between the two leading religions in the country. At least, Christianity and Islam dominate the country. And once a president is elected, he can be either a Christian or a Muslim. That is the case.
Nigeria embraced democracy again in 1999 when the military officially handed over to the democratically elected government. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was elected in that same year. Of course, Obasanjo didn’t hide his religion. He is a devout Christian.
The former president ruled from 1999 to 2007. This article is not aimed at analysing what he achieved or did as a Christian. But the fact is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was a Christian when he was in power. That is why a Muslim was his Vice President: Atiku Abubakar.
And after his tenure, the late Umar Yar’adua was elected as the new president in 2007. The late former president was a Muslim. He didn’t keep his religion from public. He even had a Christian Vice President: Goodluck Jonathan, who took over when the former president breathed his last.
Goodluck Jonathan was in power from 2010 till he lost election in 2015 to Muhammadu Buhari. Definitely, Goodluck Jonathan is a Christian and he made a Muslim: Nnamdi Sambo as his vice.
When Goodluck Jonathan left power in 2015, he didn’t hand over to another Christian. He left the corridors of power for a Muslim: Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari has been in power since 2015. He leaves office in 2023. And while coming in, he took note of the sensitivity of religion in Nigeria, hence he picked a Christian: Yemi Osinbajo as his vice.
Both Osinbajo and Buhari remains in power. Chronologically, it is clear that power is being rotated (perhaps inadvertently) between Christian and Muslim. Though Nigerians may not observe this political trend, it is obvious that power is being shared by the two religions.
In fairness, since the current president is a Muslim, a Christian should take over later. And the country is not going to lack a viable option for the job. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has many politicians in its fold.
The current Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, used to be a popular pastor before he was picked by Buhari to be the number 2 citizen of Nigeria. And he has apparently done well in his capacity as the vice president of the country.