Among other daunting tasks that he would be confronted with is how to unite a country that has been torn apart by ethnic and religious sentiments.
[ source of those calling for peace to know if it’s genuine,” Emmanuel said.
“How can you steal somebody’s property and start calling for a healing process? It’s hypocritical, you are taking our intelligence for granted,” Dayo Kayode, an academic said.
Kayode further said that the posture of the President-elect during the just concluded gubernatorial election does not show that he is a leader.
According to him, “Firstly, Tinubu has not shown the sincerity to match his words and no one would take him seriously.
“His message is hypocritical and as a leader you can’t call for settlement like that.
“They were doing ‘Oro’ festival in Lagos before the election. Did you call them to order? You have to return what you have hurt people to collect.
“You have to go to people you steal from. You have to go to people whose relations were killed, anything less than that is trying to play on people’s intelligence and emotion.
“If Bola Tinubu doesn’t do that, I don’t think people would take him seriously.”
some innocent people.
“So, the big issue now is how to get everybody to move on and still hope for a united Nigeria. Of course, we know that it is not going to be easy when some people felt that they won and when the youth now see that their votes at last did not count.
“It is going to be a very big task for the next president to unite the country. Some are already saying he is going to run an illegitimate government and they have the right to say so,” Onikoyi said.
: restoration of the masses’ mandate,” Onikoyi explained.
Umelahi also thinks that Tinubu will follow the footsteps of President Buhari in not reaching out to all Nigerians, especially those who did not vote for him.
“The APC government often seems less concerned about people’s plight. Buhari never showed concern when Nigerians were crying and I fear Tinubu may toe that line because being former Lagos State governor has hardened him. Instead of the unity moves, he may go after perceived enemies with state security apparatus,” he said.
In all, there is this feeling that the desired unity may be far-fetched as agitations will continue in some parts of the country, where people feel marginalised.
“If you remember vividly, before the general election, Ayo Adebanjo, leader of the pan-Yoruba cultural organisation, Afenifere, and President Olusegun Obasanjo had warned that Nigeria may experience a serious crisis arising from increased rebellion from certain parts of the country, particularly, the South East, if someone from the geopolitical zone did not win the Presidential election. Of this warning is anything to go by, Tinubu’s administration must be ready to battle open rebellion,” Kelvin Arung, a Kaduna-based scholar, said.