The countdown is on, the years turned to months, the months, to weeks to days, and it is now a matter of hours, when Nigerians, will go to the polls to decide the future direction of the country.
The campaign so far from all reports have being civil, it is devoid of the usual rancor and acrimony that accompanied earlier elections in that country.
The introduction of the Card Reader in this tomorrow’s elections, have also increased confidence in the process. Nigerians and indeed Africans are looking to Nigeria, to do us all proud.
Like it is said of the United States of America (USA) that when it sneezes the world catches cold, in Africa, when Nigeria sneezes, we all catch cold.
Being the largest economy and the most populous nation in Africa, anything that happens in that country, has a rippling effect on the whole of Africa.
We in Ghana are more than interested in what happens in Nigeria after tomorrow, because next year, we have our own elections to run.
Should anything happen in Nigeria, Ghana will be the biggest loser, because this country will carry the remnants.
The two leaders, i.e. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the incumbent and his closest rival, General Muhammad Buhari, have all pledged their readiness to accept the outcome of the result, no matter which way it goes. That is the spirit of democracy, because the will of the people is what must remain supreme at all times.
Accepting and recognizing that elections could go either way is the beginning of preparing one’s mind to accept the outcome.
Our own President, John Dramani Mahama, this week held talks with the two leaders, where he encouraged them to play by the rules and accept the outcome.
Thankfully, our former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, is leading the African Observer Mission to supervise the election, all these means that we have a huge interest in the survival of that country.
We once again, wish the two leaders the best of luck and implore them to remember that the election is not about them but the people they seek to lead.
They should take advantage of the interest and goodwill shown by the people and leaders across the world. Nigeria is a big player in the world affair and is respected among the community of nations. This is one more test of the country’s ability to rise above the negative stigma that characterizes the country.
Whether it is Goodluck or Buhari, Nigeria must move forward in unity.
We wish them well and we want to tell them that as a country, we are also watching.