By Oluwaseun Odetunde
My writing will be like a dirge if I continue with comparison between what the progressives promised and what they have achieved though some infrastructure is in place, poverty has become epidemic. Naira is becoming weaker and valueless, while the grass is not greener even on the green side of the Nigerian flag. How do we solve this or where do we go from here?
This question is what I think these old men should answer rather than giving us a Chinese-language tutorial that was not practicable while one of these guys was a state Governor. Even the man who chairs the National Economic Council can only boast experience travelling across the country, you travel to do what and how do you plan to tackle the poverty you have seen across the state? This man is even saying that he won’t spend two years trying to decide what to do, bravo! Are you telling Nigerians your boss is sluggish and confused? Well, show me your friends and I will tell you who you are!
“It is unfair and injustice if I don’t spend 16 years in Aso Rock, with all my newly acquired local and international connections….” That’s not your family house and Nigerians will determine, bros.
In this election eve, we have the word ‘betrayal’ as a common one among some aspirants and their followers, making it look like this is the first time a particular political camp will betray another. “…I have no son grown enough to declare…” “…I have decided that I will run for the office. I have sworn an oath to the Fed Rep of Nigeria. It’s an oath to our people, our children& future of Nigeria. I owe nobody else any allegiance outside the oath…”
All said and done, my thinking is that the real betrayer is not that big man who has been the chairman of our Economy policy and yet the economy keeps dropping just like the rain falls from the sky. Neither is the real betrayer the kingmaker who has spent all his resources over the years to make people king. The Judas is all Nigerian politicians or office holders that have promised to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich, promising heaven and earth. Yet, the the rich are not getting richer, and the poor are becoming poorer. Indeed, the poor are not only getting poorer but their lives are also under.
These are the people who have every right to feel betrayed. Or how will you explain the feeling of a person who trusted you with all his sovereign right, obedience to rules and law of the constitution, yet the government can’t provide basic amenities for the common person, safety of life is not ensured, there’s freedom of speech but freedom after speech is not sure. The government has in every aspect of life betrayed and failed the people.
The government has failed miserably to the point where trust has vanished, and Nigerians are skeptical of everyone, including themselves. WHY? I believe now is the time for the professor to cease speaking Queen’s English, and the labourer to understand that they are the grass that suffers when elephants battle. “If you failed to join politics, you will be governed by the fools…” We must educate ourselves. Ysouth must never be used as a weapon of destruction.
The elderly should quit accepting peanuts from the greedy con artists; and voting should be based on reason rather than emotion.
Now is the time! There’s no need for excuses!