How Nigerians can force Buhari to listen – Part 1

A sensible engineer would expect political leaders to foresee a problem and then search for efficient solutions to the problems.

It may work in engineering, medical, or construction field.

Here is our advice: lose that thought. Politics does not work that way.

At any moment, a number of problems could grab national attention thereby pushing a hot agenda to the foreground.

A handful of those problems beat out the competition and rise to the political surface. Media houses then run stories on the problem, people discuss it while others take a religious view of it.

All of these complicates a simple issue.

Hence, unlike a mechanical fault which needs to be addressed, anything can prop up on a political table and displace what was hot yesterday.

Take for instance, prior to 2012 fuel subsidy removal protests, there had been discussions on the amount spent on it.

Then all of a sudden, Aso Villa decided to take it headlong. The entire episode snowballed into huge protests. Many were [neutralized].

That discussion was carried over to 2015 presidential elections and formed part of the reasons why GEJ was ousted.

In-between this, Chibok girls happened. It took over social media and became topmost on government’s agenda.

Some secondary school girls had gotten into politics and was one of the core reasons GEJ lost the elections.

Politics is fluid. Remedial actions are not as concretely defined as they are in classrooms or boardrooms.

In all of these, we can readily conclude that a favorite policy is not going anywhere until it gets into a political agenda.

And a problem does not get into an agenda by itself; an individual or a group has to put it there.

But here is the issue: every problem has countless possible answers: We can educate it, subsidize it, tax it, regulate or ignore it.

With many agendas competing for Aso Villa’s attention, the question of restructuring has to get in the agenda and be a painful issue to discuss before it will be looked on.

Again, if another national issue happens, that issue may overtake the question of restructuring and even blow it off the table.

The utmost concern for those advocating for restructuring (a good policy by the way) is make sure it remains an agenda on Aso Villa’s table and remain there.