The 2019 Presidential race seems to be gathering steam recently. The President, Muhammadu Buhari today declared his intention to contest for reelection in the 2019 presidential race, thereby joining others who had earlier declared their intentions. Others that have earlier declared their interest include, former vice president, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, former deputy CBN governor, Dr. Kingsley Moghalu, governor of Ekiti State, Chief Peter Ayodele Fayose, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
Over the next several weeks to months, we expect more declarations. Most Nigerians would hope that the coming election will be an issue based election, especially on the backdrop of several contentious national issues. Some of these challenges include, the economic downturn, the insurgency from Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, the clamor for restructuring of the Nigerian political structure, and the rising ethnic tension based on seeming nepotism by the current administration.
This is a critical period in the Nigerian experiment most importantly for the youths whose energies need to be keyed in to propel Nigeria from what is now a gathering of states and their people in a geographical related space to a nation state.