It is perhaps comforting to know that Nigerians by and large get along with the electoral process. However, governments need to pay some attention to the wishes of the citizens. Major social disturbances such as protests shift public revenues and expenditures to new and unimagined levels.

As a precursor, let me reiterate that I do not in any way envy the next president of Nigeria. This is because so much work needs to be done. A fraction of it is bridging the distrust gap existing between government and the governed. Disinformation follows when there is an apparent cluster in the information gateway. No serious attention to social infrastructure. Oftentimes, we see this lack of political will in resolving crises. Look at the needless logjam over naira notes swap. Information filtering in from different quarters, causing chaos in the country. Yet, no respite in sight. I recall when the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) was abroad for routine medical check-up and the vice president stood in as acting president. He ordered the sack of the Department of State Service’s director-general over infractions that could jeopardise the country’s security and integrity. This is  pointer to the fact that it is possible for our political leaders to do the right thing.

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Who are the ‘cabals’ in Aso Villa bilking the President? Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State alluded to this in a recent interview. He should know better. Even advanced nations, especially, the United States of America, from whom we copy nearly everything, including the pseudo-federalism we practise would never do anything to threaten the peace and security of its citizens.

Over four decades ago, President John F. Kennedy was pestered by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, over the fact that there was a large sign directing drivers to the central intelligence Agency’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters. The attorney general saw the sign every day that he commuted to work and grew increasingly irked; he believed that its presence violated federal policy by advertising the address of the super secret spy agency. After listening to intensifying complaints from his brother, President Kennedy ordered an aide to get it removed; the aide, in turn, directed the Interior Department to remove it. Nothing happened. A few days later, the President repeated his order.

Again, nothing happened. Aggravated by both the bureaucracy and his brother’s persistence, the President personally called the official in charge of the signs: ‘’ This is Jack Kennedy. It’s eleven o’clock in the morning. I want that sign down by the time the attorney general goes home tonight, and I’m holding you personally responsible.’’ The sign was removed and the president had learned a lesson: ‘’ I now understand that for a president to get something done in this country, he’s got to say it three times.’’

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This scenario often plays out in my dear country. However, the difference is lack of political will in following up. There is disconnect between our leaders and those saddled with the responsibility of carrying out official orders. This, creating a single narrative: that our leaders, especially, politicians, in this part of the world, are bad. The risk of the single story, the one perspective, is that it can lead us to default assumptions, conclusions and decisions that may be incomplete, and may lead to misunderstanding.

The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, already has his job cut out. He must prove to be effective. Effective leadership is one that is tailored to the situation, needs, and culture of the nation at the time.

From research, what Nigerians: youth; elderly; East, North, South and West desire is simple: good governance. They want a leader who can meet up with their expectations. Nigeria is immensely endowed. The distinction between us and other prosperous countries is leadership. People are trooping out en masse to nations where their basic needs and aspirations could be met.

If the president-elect could reinvent the wheels and transform Nigeria, posterity will never forget him. Now to the question: how do we address the growing distrust between our leaders and the led? How does the government earn public trust? The lack of confidence and distrust is so wide that one can cut it with a knife. Most importantly, how does one change the single narrative that our leaders are insincere in their social contract with the citizens?

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If you ask many Nigerians, they would want the President-elect upon swearing-in, to focus on economic transformation and provide constant electricity that would lead to even development. This is possible. God bless Nigeria.

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