“Giving up is Not an Option”
In the wake of the unanimous verdict that upheld Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria, Aisha Yesufu, a prominent civil society activist and figure in the opposition, wasted no time in rallying the spirits of Peter Obi’s supporters and those of the Labour Party. With a single tweet on X, the former social media platform Twitter, she outlined a roadmap for the disappointed but determined.
“Giving up is not an option,” she declared, her words echoing through the digital realm in response to a question by a tweep. “A setback is an opportunity to consolidate and keep going.” Aisha knew the resilience of those who believed in their cause, and she was ready to channel that energy toward a brighter future.
“All eyes now on the Supreme Court,” she continued, urging them to hold onto hope. “Mop for a day or two and keep going.” She understood the importance of allowing emotions to settle before forging ahead with renewed determination.
“Time to All Get into Politics”
Aisha Yesufu’s plan went beyond mere encouragement; it included a call to action. “Time to all get into politics,” she proclaimed, recognising the power of influence within the legislative and judicial arms. “Focus on the wins so far and use it to motivate self,” she urged, reminding them that small victories could fuel grand ambitions.
Key to Lasting Change
But perhaps her most profound advice was this: “Most importantly, do not do it because it needs to be done. Do it because you want to do it.” Aisha wanted true dedication to came from within, emphasising that self-motivation is the key to lasting change. “That way,” she emphasised, “you are self-motivated and do not care about people’s validation or gratitude.”
In a separate tweet, she shared a newspaper column by former Executive Director of the now-defunct Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Ayisha Osori, which contained a fitting snipped of the article: “It is difficult to capitulate & cede space to those who have a different ideology about how Nigeria should be governed & what our society can be.”
The repost contained Osori’s comment about the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal’s verdict: “Yesterday’s judgment reversed gains made in improving trust in elections, another reason to stay committed.”
“History is Slow While Living It”
In closing, Aisha offered a perspective that only time could validate. “At the end, remember that history is slow while living it,” she mused. “And also it takes a few to get to the end even though many start.” With those words, she left them with a sense of purpose and the knowledge that their journey was just beginning—a journey that might ultimately shape the course of their nation’s history.
In closing, Aisha Yesufu’s charge to Peter Obi’s supporters offered a perspective that only time could validate. “At the end, remember that history is slow while living it,” she mused. “And also it takes a few to get to the end even though many start.” With those words, she left them with a sense of purpose and the knowledge that their journey was just beginning—a journey that might ultimately shape the course of their nation’s history.