Nigeria’s long presidential melodrama is no over. Umaru Yar’Adua has been pronounced dead.
Africa’s giant, floundering in the shadow of a political crisis, now can prepare for new presidential elections — and a fresh opportunity to raise the bar on self-governance in this critical nation.
Nigeria and its people have long shown that, despite the country’s dysfunctional national politics, their own creativity, energy and ambition permits them to make a mark on their world, and each other. At times Nigerians speak as if no governance is better than what they have. Yet improved self-governance will help all Nigerians, at home and away, and the death of a president, while sad in its way, will only hasten the inevitable day when Nigeria rises to the heights that its best and brightest often presume it already has reached.