Wednesday, September 23, 2020

2023: Where is Nigeria’s pendulum swinging to?

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The clouds are gathering, the winds are blowing, it is drizzling already. Nigerians like the local farmer are preparing to farm. All these are pointers to the forthcoming 2023 general elections. The elections like a pregnant woman are having contractions and would soon be delivered.

Just a few moments after the 2019 elections which brought to the bare President Muhammadu buhari, the drum beats began to sound for the 2023 general elections. A sane man would have wondered why this is so considering the avalanche of time ahead. All these are pointers to the unarguable fact that the minds of Nigerians aren’t always at rest especially on issues relating to elections and the polity generally.

The “2023 Agenda” has since been added to the lexicon of Nigeria’s politics. Politicians in their usual style of jamboree have started lobbying going from pillar to post !making covenants and promising Heaven on earth. While some are of the opinion that there is still time ahead, some others are of the opinion that it is not too early to start preparing for the rainy days. After all, a stitch in time saves more than nine.

Nigerians and Nigeria are living in a period of distress, turmoil, stress and worries. No thanks to the activities of bandits and herdsmen spill the blood of martyrs. Kidnappers and ritual killers are also having their field day. How about the government? It is characterised by wanton desires and spendings. Citizens are not getting the deal they negotiated for. Security personnel who are meant to be friends of the State suddenly turn enemies shooting and maiming incessantly.

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The economy which was once the envy of the Western world is in ruins and flames. The strong ties which bonded the nation as one are almost ripped off. Corruption and moral decadence are thriving effortlessly.

With the spate of things, one would think that the focus of our policymakers would be on mending the broken lines and map out strategies to nipping these challenges in the bud. The reverse sadly is the case. Our policymakers are !myopic and lethargic. Rather than sitting down to think of the future of the citizens, they are rather humorously after their individual pockets.

One thing that keeps bothering my mind all day is what is the future of Nigerians? Where is Nigeria’s political pendulum swinging to?

The principle of political equality and the social contract has aptly propounded that the main function of the government is protecting the welfare of the citizens and the interest of the state. Where this is lacking, the citizens can withdraw their support, especially during elections by deferring to vote.

The All Progressives Congress change mantra has lost its savour in the tongue and mouths of Nigerians. The gospel of goodness and mercy which President Muhammadu buhari and his cohorts promised has hit the rocks. Nigerians cannot bear it any longer.

The 2023 general elections are just by the corner.  It is time for a decision. Like the Biblical Joshua charged the children of Israelites on either choosing the right way to worship or apostasy, so also Nigerians have the liberty to decide the type of leadership they desire for our dear country Nigeria.

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We have been bitten once and it would sound foolish to be bitten on the same spot making the same mistake repeatedly. Albert Einstein has rightly divided the word of truth by saying insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

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Nigerians shouldn’t allow anyone coax them into selling their consciences and votes. Whether we all realise it we are all voters and politicians altogether. If anyone refuses to vote, he has voted for anything that results from the forthcoming elections.

As fallible as the whole situation may be, Nigerians shouldn’t allow their minds to be closed by ignorance and fear.

The two principal actors in the elections APC and PDP are seeking the attention of all and sundry.

The umbrella symbol of PDP is promising to shield Nigerians from the heat and scourge of penury, poverty, insecurity and others. This is amidst gross allegations of misconduct inter alia.

Anyways, the love of APC is the beginning of change. Whether this assertion proves somewhat true or not, Nigerians will tell come 2023. On this note, I rest my case.

 

5ominds 5ominds

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