In a recent statement, popular Nigerian singer Davido shared his belief that elections in Nigeria are won by candidates who exhibit a certain level of ‘ruggedity’. This term refers to the toughness and resilience displayed by individuals in the political arena.
Davido, whose real name is David Adeleke, made this assertion on his X page, sparking a conversation among his followers.
When asked if his uncle, Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, won his position through ‘ruggedity’, Davido confirmed that rugged men were indeed on his uncle’s side.
This statement by Davido raises interesting questions about the dynamics of Nigerian elections.
What exactly does ‘ruggedity’ entail in the context of Nigerian elections?
It can be understood as a combination of qualities such as tenacity, street smarts, and the ability to navigate challenging circumstances.
Candidates who are perceived as rugged are often seen as fighters who can withstand the pressures and obstacles that come with political campaigns.
However, it is crucial to note that ruggedity alone should not be the sole criterion for electing leaders. While toughness is important, it should be accompanied by integrity, competence, and a genuine commitment to serving the people.
This article was updated 1 month ago