Welcome to May, the powerful Month of Transition
Today is the first day of May. It is generally known as International Workers day or in some cases, the Labour Day.
It is also called "May Day';
Some historians link May Day to an ancient European spring festival.
Oh, the reader may want to know what Haymarket Affairs is about.
The Haymarket affair, known as the Haymarket massacre, or Haymarket riot, was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago. A peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour workday, during which police killed eight workers.
An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at the police as they acted to disperse the meeting, and the bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; dozens of others were wounded.
As a result of that, the 1904 Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on "all Social Democratic Party organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace."
Antoll date, workers all over the world now enjoy the eight hours work day.
So today workers, both public and in the private sector will gather at a rally to talk about things that pertain their collective welfare and also chart a course for better engagement with their employers. It is also a public holiday for all workers except those on essential services.
Not Really About Workers' Day
This article is not centrally about May Day, which worker don't know its history. This piece looks at 1st May as a date that heralds the beginning of an end of a journey for those in the corridors of power.
Yes. May is the month of mix feelings for those around the seat of power across Nigeria; because by the 29th day of this month something big will happen; something that is life changing.
The power baton will surely exchange hands and nothing or nobody, except God, can alterer its sure course.
Some people will celebrate the assumption of power, others will mourn its departure from their grip. But only those who are comported will take it lightly from either side of the baton.
In Borno and Yobe state, there is going to be an absolute transition. Two incumbents, Governors Kashim Shettima and Ibrahim Gaidam, will relinquish the power of the state permanently to their successors.
On the 29th day of May Professor Babagana Umara, the Borno state governor-elect assumes office as the new captain of the state.His portraits will immediately adorn all public offices without any delay.
The incumbent Governor Shettima will by then become the latest former executive governor of Borno state and all the protocol and official paraphernalia will be removed from his sides as Professor Umara takes charge.
Mr. Shetima, now a senator-elect will even have to wait for about a month until the new Senate president swears him in as a member of the National Assembly before he could get some aura of officialdom restored in him.
The same thing will happen in Yobe state when Alhaji Mai Mala Buni takes charge as the new helmsman the incumbent Governor Gaidam will step aside. Gaidam too is a senator-elect.
So this makes today an important day because it marks the beginning of the last lap of a journey that started for both governors and those that worked for them some eight years ago.
Therefore May is, to many of us, a countdown month.
Yes. Count down.
Interestingly, the Muslims will use most days of this May to observe the Ramadan fast. And May 29th will also fall within the count-down month to the end of Ramadan.
It is also significant to note here that the 29th of May will fall within the last ten days of Ramadan when Muslims keep vigil to witness the Night of Power (Lailat al-Qadri) to get special blessings of God. It is also a powerful night of power transition.
Invariably, this May is a unique month because it comes with so many powers - both spiritual and political.
It is the month in which God proves once again to a man that He alone grants power to whom He wishes, and takes it from whomever He likes. Because it is Him who brings out Light from darkness and turns darkness into Light. He alone brings out Life from death and makes death get back Life.
In this powerful month of May, some people will begin to see the dawning light of their new beginning while in the same but reversed vein, today signifies the beginning of twilight for others whose final dusk will set in on 29th May.
This month will also be a month of sober reflection, especially for the outgoing chiefs executive. In their minds, there will be a silent court in session and they are both the judge, the prosecution and the defense councils.
In their subconsciousness, they will present their case before their selves and cross-examine themselves and then give a silent verdict. It could be a verdict that we may never hear or have the chance to read. Or a verdict that one day when they feel it is convenient, they may say it to our hearing or write down in some obscured autobiography.
Certainly, those kind of verdict, if penned with a fair sense of candor, are mostly of regrets.
Irrespective of what May 29th means to you, it is certain that it is going to be impactful - to some positively, and to others negatively.
For this little reason, I welcome you all to the month of May. Let the count down begin!!