(By Somefun Oluwaseun Ayodeji)
“Let me ask the President. Sir, don’t you think the masses who are uncared for should be the ones blowing the Centenary trumpet? But how would they, and who even cares? Is it when fuel is being hoarded in a country that is the fourth largest exporter of crude in the world? Is it when about 45 million Nigerian youths are jobless?“
GROWING up as a boy, any time I was being prayed for or asked if I was going to become a president or governor, I would say no. I really do not know why, because the answer still stands same. Maybe it was because it just never appealed to me or occurred to me from the onset. I prefer being a technocrat or a social commentator.
Recently, the not-too-different-from-the-
I was only tuning to different television stations that fateful Sunday evening to see what was on, lo and behold, I stumbled on FFK(Femi Fani-Kayode as he’s fondly addressed) being interviewed on Channels Television amidst other programmes. I decided to opt for that as I have at several times read the articles of the sound UK-trained lawyer on different blogs. Fortunately or unfortunately, he already decamped to APC, which I didn’t know had happened before that time. He was being quizzed about his time in service with President Olusegun Obasanjo, what the PDP is doing wrong and the like. This man sweet-talked his way out with statistics, which to him mattered most, which might be true anyway, but as the presenter of the show said and as most Nigerians would have thought, did the statistics have a trickle-down effect on Nigerians? Certainly not. At least I didn’t see anything. In all he did, he fought and sweet-talked his way through during the interview juxtaposing Obasanjo’s administration, in which he served, and Jonathan’s administration that has levelled grave corruption charges against him.
In fact, a PDP member was introduced into the programme via phone conversation to respond to all FFK had said. Trust that such a person would always say the opposite while FFK also made sure he doused everything the man said. In my mind, I began wondering, why Nigerian politicians act like this: Liars, sweet-talkers—always wanting to attack the opposition at the slightest instance. My conclusion was politicians never change, they are all the same.
Then came Lai Mohammed in his own television interview, too. Nigerians called in during the programme to ask “serious” questions. I couldn’t really sit to watch this but I overheard a man who called in say to him that Nigerians would hold him responsible for promises he was making and I particularly like that.
Where am I driving at with all these? Nigerians know that all these gimmicks, tantrums and buck-passing are solely for 2015 and not for our sake. Not because they are really interested in improving the present worsening situation where lives no longer matter and the economy is going into a dip. Some people died not too long before the Centenary Day celebration yet the government went ahead. And you ask yourself: For what?
Let me ask the President. Sir, don’t you think the masses who are uncared for should be the ones blowing the Centenary trumpet? But how would they, and who even cares? Is it when fuel is being hoarded in a country that is the fourth largest exporter of crude in the world? Is it when about 45 million Nigerian youths are jobless? An average Nigerian will say, “Na Centenary go put food for table abi na im go give me clothe make I wear? Centenary ko, Millenary ni, mtcheew.” That is if she/he knows something is on.
I have not even spoken of our political parties and their lack of ideologies. We don’t know what each party stands for. As a politician, you can just wake one morning and feel like defecting to another party and there you have it especially if you have been aggrieved in your party (like what I feel happened to the likes of the New PDP members that made them leave PDP).
To save time, my advice for the APC is that they should start now on a right footing by trying to convince the masses who have lost confidence in their leadership with positive actions. They should say how they intend to fight corruption, restore power and gain the peoples’ confidence. It should not be the usual “always replying everything PDP says. Everyone knows they brought Nigeria to where it is today.” One can recall that even a one-time Minister of Defence has alleged that Boko Haram menace emanated from the PDP and should be settled by the party. The President himself has said that Boko Haram sympathisers or apologists were in his cabinet. It is surprising he has refused to address it from there.
One can already sense that Nigerians will be very eager to vote and consequently boot out rubbish in 2015. Nigerians are yearning for fresh air, to see what another party will do differently from the People Deceiving People; what many derisively refer to as Poverty Development Party (PDP). What is being awaited is a party that will move this country forward and not just seize and wield power for personal aggrandisement of its leaders.
Let him that hath ears and is wise hear and act on what Nigerians are yearning for.
• Ayodeji E-mail: Justthinking54@gmail.
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