(By Michael Irene)
“When would Nigerians ask for a party that is free of these old criminals? When would they seek for a party filled with candidates that are purely chosen by the merits of their past works? Parties with say Oby Ezekwesili and Pat Utomi or Fashola and Dora Akunyili won’t be bad if they are formed without the help of godfathers“.
Most Nigerians are politically complacent—anything goes. And that’s why in the 2015 presidential election, they’d be voting for or against two devils representing two major political parties in Nigeria—PDP and APC. It is like taking a walk in hell and Satan asks which part of his infernal community one finds comfortable. Whatever the choice, one is still caught in his heated milieu. But, there is heaven, which Nigerians are too scared to attain.
It might be too late to achieve that eternal bliss now as these parties, it seems, have spread their “jazz” over the populace. Thinking or any form of logical reasoning by Nigerians, therefore, still leads them into hell.
A brief summary of the 2015 candidates is pertinent here. Perhaps, to shine a light on reasons why hell suits many a Nigerian.
The man who lied about his shoe-less nature is campaigning with a “do or die” strategy. He would go to any length to cut off his “enemies of progress” and even if it means displaying a Mégadian attitude, he would. If records serves us right, things, during his six-year reign remained static. There is and there has been no significant improvement in Nigeria.
It is not news that during the shoe-less regime, the nation has been consistently pummeled by Boko Haram and it is not news, also, that the man with no shoes can’t come up with practical solutions to stop this mess. Flimsy excuses rent the air: “We know the people orchestrating the haram strings of the Boko boys” but, of course, nothing can be done. Is it not logical that once you know such organizers you make moves to stop them? Over two hundred girls are still missing and the shoe-less one still has the guts to contest in 2015. What kind of folly plagues him? Some staunch supporters, with their eyes blind on facts, would come up with all kinds of defenses and point their fingers to his achievement and, these ones, are the ones who sing that “Northerners and enemies don’t want him to rule”. Whatever! He is a devil. Come 2015, he would be representing the most corrupt political party in the world and some Nigerians would vote for him.
Then the messiah, Mr. Discipline lines up as the second most important devil in the presidential contest. He goes around presenting himself like an angel. Nigerians believe he would change Nigeria even though he represents another party that was cut from the same cloth. Some have even gone as far as using biblical references to define him; they boast, “on Buhari I stand!” Giving him that Rock of Ages status. Again, history tells us that Mr. Incredibly disciplined was involved in a scandal involving the loss of $2.8 billion (though it cannot be compared to $20 billion missing from the shoe-less regime). During his first reign in the 80s, he’d order brazen beatings on Nigerians and commanded that humans be shot to death like flies in public. But Nigerians believe that when he puts on a civilian robe he would do better. Nigerians are good like that; they are quick to forgive their leaders’ past.
If there is an Alamieyeseigha and Ibori presidential team for 2015 election, they will definitely get some votes. Most Nigerians like to eat their vomit and more importantly, cherish criminals. One example of criminal worship can be found in Bode George’s stories; he received the kind of praise given to athletic champions.
When would Nigerians ask for a party that is free of these old criminals? When would they seek for a party filled with candidates that are purely chosen by the merits of their past works? Parties with say Oby Ezekwesili and Pat Utomi or Fashola and Dora Akunyili won’t be bad if they are formed without the help of godfathers.
In 2015, the same old rags would come with beaming messages and you’d see Nigerians, in their numbers, singing their praise senselessly. What’s more shameful are those individuals who have gone ahead to divide themselves into sects of two “–isms”. One “–ism” thinks they are better than the other and vice-versa.
The brand of politics played by Nigerian politicians is one of the dirtiest in the world. A mirage of sorts, where uncertainty plagues the mind. Like in every politics, you should expect puppeteers, but the Nigerian puppeteers are ready to kill their fellow citizens just to achieve their aim.
Satan, it is fair to say, would not vote for any of his proteges.
When there is no angelic choice what can the people do? The people need to start creating their own path to heaven. It is simplistic to allow the same set of buffoons run and control everything. For once, let the people control the affairs of selecting candidates.
No significant change should be expected from the next candidates. To sum up Nigeria and Nigerians’ blind journey to 2015, Ikhide Ikheola’s words are apt here: “… it is between the PDP and the APC, no difference really, only in the letters. They will run us to the ground – until we either fight for a better Nigeria or lose the nation. ”
So, why can’t we fight for new parties? Or better still, why can’t we fight for a new nation?
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