An American don, Professor Danny McCain, has urged Nigerians to be optimistic about the outcome of the general election which comes up on March 28 and April 11, 2015.
McCain, who is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Religion & Philosophy, University of Jos, Plateau State, gave the charge during a lecture in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, organised by Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin, in conjunction with the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP).
The lecture which was hosted by the CPSS Director, Dr. Mahfouz A. Adedimeji, of the Department of English of the university, attracted distinguished world political analysts around the world to the institution. It was titled “Towards Peaceful Election in 2015: The Roles of Stakeholders in Nigeria”.
In his lecture, Professor McCain asserted that “Peace and safety in society are often sacrificed on the altar of political rigidity, personal arrogance and unbridled greed.”
He pointed that “Nigeria faces many daunting problems at this time, adding that “politicians cannot solve all of these problems instantly but through democratically electing, supporting and holding accountable honourable politicians is the starting place.”
“Democracy is sometimes ugly, Nigerians however should be optimistic. The ultimate expression and illustration at this point is democracy because it gives every individual the opportunity to offer counsel to government”, he said.
He emphasized the place of the electorate in elections, saying; “the people are the biggest and most important stakeholder in every country, which include: (the registered voters, unregistered voters, and the non-eligible voters). He further opined that “Not every form of democracy has to be exactly alike, an election does not have to be perfect to be successful. The more transparent the political process, the less likelihood of corruption and violence because, every vote is important.”
McCain however tasked Nigerians to “follow the example of late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, who during his presidential campaign, chose to focus on his own experience and commitments and not on the negative shortcomings of his political opponents.”