DO WE REALLY WANT CHANGE?
I have really perused Bill Clinton’s “My life” while hoping my brother would lend me his copy of Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”, yet the book i am dyiiiiiing to read now is ex president Olusegun Obasanjo’s “MY WATCH”. Believe me, from the rare review i have read, that book is the bomb, a careful sinister plot of truths/half truths laced with malicious humour and salt stinging effizy. It brings to fore, some of the issues raised here.
The trending/hot topic of discussion on facebook, twitter, print and electronic media is the issue of the upcoming election. Everybody is clamoring for change through campaigns on facebook especially. Why am i only seeing contestation for power instead of a rigorous, well thought out agenda of how to reduce her national woes and impending economic doom? Why are they selling smoke, shadows, sentiments, emotions and not reality? Why are we having campaign of personalities instead of issues or solutions driven campaign? Why are we having exchange of words, backlashing, tonguelashing, rhetorics? Who does all these in saner climes? Are we sure we really know what change means? Are we ready for change? What do we stand to gain with the rhetorics and grandstanding, the name calling and the aggression?
Again, this is Nigeria. We are regularly been tossed about by superfluous ideas and exaggerations which does nothing to assuage our national calamities. We keep recycling the same people without clear ideals, who do not have the foggiest idea what we really need as a nation or how to protect the core values of our heroes past.
As expected, a lot of Nigerians have turned this charade into another Bill Cosby show. They are catching fun and making entertainment while queuing behind each candidate. The most popular parlance in town now is ‘which party do you belong to or who are you supporting?’ And not the question of asking who would berth the ship of Nigeria to dock. And so, when things fail again, we begin to rant, rave and share blame. Nobody is pausing to ask what the country gained from the national nonsense called transformation agenda of the present government and what she would gain from the incoming northern agenda or otuoke agenda. We are busy clapping and dancing on the lyrics of age, certificate and other puny issues. Time is running out. As it is, none of the candidates have yet offered any solution driven debate neither have I personally seen how any of the repertoires would benefit me after Feb 14th, no matter how the dice is thrown.
This is Nigeria where sometimes ago, some people who thought they were lawmakers in the national assembly(some people’s fathers,#smh#) were seen/photographed scaling the fence/gate to enter the premises of the assembly. As embarassing as this is, they sometimes still denigrade their status by turning the hallowed chambers into a boxing ring and sweating it out among each other(what have we not seen?). This is Nigeria where we never see an end of certificate saga. I can never forget Salisu Buhari #universityoftorontosaga# why do we love fighting over certificates?
What about the active populatiion of Nigeria? Those clamoring for change on social media. Hmmmm!!! The Nigerian youth are blazing the trail only on social media. Why hasnt there been a massive riot or peaceful protest against the seeming decline in standard of living and unemployment? Why would Nigerian youths be active on media sites to clamor for change yet remain averse in their thoughts, moral outlook and conduct? If facebook shuts down for a day, i’m sure there would be mass protest not only worldwide but especially in Nigeria. A lot of folks would fall sick, some would get depressed. Yes, it is that bad. It has become a favorable pastime, a thread of hope, a life support such that anything that threatens it becomes life threatening to such individuals.
Are we ready for change when police keep intercepting ballot boxes, PVCs everywhere in less than twenty one days to the election? When arms and ammunition are being imported through the sea route by powerful ex-militants.
And if the prediction by crystal ball gazers, star watchers, saduccees and pharisees, prophets and prophetesses, primates etc is anything to go by, then the election needs to be carefully watched.
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