2015. What a year in our lives! I have thought long and hard about this year, trying to come to terms with its many colours and shades; the ups and downs that made it such an incredible year in the life of our dear country. I honestly think the stand out moment, one which has defined the Nigerian spirit profoundly, was that encounter between PDP chieftain Peter Godsday Orubebe and the former INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega.
The tension was palpable and could very well be cut with a knife! The former minister was acting out what was clearly a premeditated plan to scuttle the process that was already underway and was to be the culmination of the most closely fought elections in Nigeria’s recent history. As he ranted and postured, it was clear to all who watched television that morning, that this was a defining moment for Nigeria. The wrong move was going to upturn the applecart, as our country was taken to the edge of the precipice. Nigeria’s fate hung on the riposte that Attahiru Jega was to deliver to the impetuous Orubebe. Cool as could be, and with all his experience, education, upbringing and character rolled up into a historical moment, Jega delivered what the French call a coup-de-poing!
In putting Godsday Orubebe firmly in his place, with eggs to his face, Nigeria was yanked away from the brinks. The courageous act of one man, at a defining historical moment, reflected the very best of the Nigerian spirit, showing the latent possibilities that have not often been harnessed enough for the common good.