By Dr. Osho Olusola

Public health (PhD) - AIU

Ado Ekiti, Nigeria

Nigeria: Exchange of Batons and the Fever of "Change."

Change has been defined variously. It means to become different or make different (Encarta dictionary, 2008). In another development, it is defined as a shift or switch from one to another (Meridian Webster dictionary.com). In other words, it is a transition from one state or position to another. It can also be viewed as a process of transformation. "It is the only constant thing in life. Hanging on is the only sin." (Denis, 1927).

Nigeria, a developing country, has transited from colonial, through military administration to join the league of democratic nations. She has been consistent with democratic tenets patterned after the US system of government since 1999.

During the recent democratic transition, the two main contending political parties were the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), and the All Progressive Party (APC), and their gladiators have keenly contested elections. The PDP was the incumbent government led by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

The performance of the party was deemed rather unsatisfactory enough to effect the needed change, hence the preference for the APC, under the hegemony of the revered , but once topped former military Head of State; Mohammad Buhari. He is an icon in the war against indiscipline and corruption. He has promised to "infect" the present generation of Nigerians with these virtues; at this period when the people's opinion regarding corruption has increased geometrically, as buttressed by the rating of the Transparency International (2007-2011).

The National Assembly has just been constituted. Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, in his inaugural speech, remarked, "The change our people voted for is a change from a life of poverty and misery, to a life of prosperity, happiness and security. This is the change all of us in the National Assembly must justify." it is expected that the National Assembly would work in tandem with the executive arm of to government stem the present wave of criminality, poverty and unemployment.

The Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has also promised to deliver on his campaign promises of effecting positive change despite the current financial challenges. This is in tandem with the assertion of Shaw (1856-1950 ), that "Progress is impossible without change, and, those who cannot change, their minds cannot change anything."

The promise of positive change has pervaded the society by the political leaders, and Nigerians are highly expectant of "change". It is only time that would vindicate them of compliance with their promises.

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