Elections As A Joke

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So, I patiently waited to see what would become of the #osundecides race,
between an F9 PDP dude and other big wigs of APC, and SDP: the result was
inconclusive, like all the reoccurring NYSC certificate debacle as a people
we are inconclusive regarding what is right, wrong, progressive or
backward…our elections are a mere joke, but we will get there maybe.

Meanwhile, I have struggled to avoid discussing the matter of Buhari’s
presidency in recent times, not as an act of cowardice, but truly, who am
I, to discuss, a president of the federal republic of Nigeria with such
cultic followership. Especially when I am not on a praise-singing mission
like many are want to do?

It is also with annoyance as one watches everything national discuss
narrowed to for and against without any sense of critical thinking.

However with each passing day, I know that I am compelled to make my
opinion known, and it’s not just my opinion but it’s that of many
Nigerians. And I make these comments so that someday in the future when I
am asked what did I say or do, these words would hold me liable. I will not
sit on the fence and watch, I will talk, I will write and let my words
stand for posterity.

Before I go far, let me state the following facts…as of today
comparatively like Jonathan before him, Mr. Buhari is a decent man… (Note
my words, comparatively). He is not as tainted as most players in our power
block. However trust me, he is tainted. He is by actions of omission and
commission, are we not all guilty?

The year 2007 was labeled the “Year of Living Deceptively” for South Korea
because of the country’s numerous scandals involving fake academics and
corrupt politicians. A survey of 340 professors selected the Chinese phrase
‘ja-gi-gi-in’ (deceiving yourself and others) to sum up the year.

I can tell you that since the Buhari’s APC administration came on board
fully, it has been one hell of deceit, after another, struggling hard to
break every of the last administration’s failure consciously or otherwise.

A host of us know that the last administration and that which commenced May
2015 share a lot in common, and that is “living deceptively”. Mr. Buhari is
a ‘no-yes man’ and is far from a departure of the business as usual set of
leaders that have plagued this nation. But really what has changed?

The Buhari praise singers have simply caught the messiah bug. I am
surprised some persons have not called him a god. The expectations were
high, and for a nation that has for decades lived below its potentials we
have a right to expect much but sadly we are again (saddled with our
permission) a government that is largely a deceptive one.

Many will tell you that there has been fuel for quite sometime now. But the
fact remains that there is a clear difference between availability and
affordability, whichever way we argue, most people drive-in just to
purchase some two-three and four litres. Not that they do not have that
right…that’s the Chinese spirit in Africa after all.

Mr. Buhari not just by his will but by powers beyond him will has been
forced to still tow the known path. It is the only road we know for
now…road contracts abandoned, commissioning of hospitals without
facilities. Schools neglected, strikes within various sectors of the
economy amongst many shortfalls and long falls have characterized the
administration with a couple of its own fair share of ‘elephant and hippo’
projects.

There is nothing Mr. Buhari can do about the National Assembly and their
outrageous million naira salaries for doing nothing, while as part of the
deceit the government negotiates a few thousands for another set (civil
servants) that does at least a ‘small thing’.

Did anyone think that Mr. Buhari led APC was the answer, than we really
need a re-think or we should take that weed prescribed by my brother and
friend Sowore? We have all been witnesses to the deceit called the mono
rail? Or do we need a soothsayer to tell us that the best that we have now
is a conglomeration of deceit…

Security is working well only on two fronts, budgetary and expenses, but in
terms of actual provision of security it’s all deceit as the Borno,
Plateau, Zamfara, Bayelsa, and Edo are cases all there for all to see. The
mystery is that while it is better, it remains the same.

By 2019, what will Buhari’s greatest achievements be, (actually for those
of us thinking, he will lose the February 2019 polls, we have very little
in choice).

A cursory look at the policy thrust of this government is the very essence
of my lamentation. For those who have asked for more time, I have argued
that a change in government, if free, fair and credible does not mean that
government should restart its engine. On the contrary, it calls for a
refuelling and moving ahead. Our experience is that government has to start
all over again and the same old music is remixed and few months after we
notice same old thread in action. Has it occurred to us that the same
issues that the last administration sought to solve or made comic of, is
the same ones we are facing again.

Obasanjo-Yardy-Jonathan-Buhari…it’s all been cosmetic dressing, in terms
of the resources at our disposal. For those that ask for more time, I hope
they are aware that we earned 2.8 trillion, in 2010, an increase of almost
30% from 2009, and fast-forward to 2018 we are spending in excess 0f
6 trillion of which half may have been borrowed.

Talking about borrowing, we have equally borrowed from everywhere, it
remains to be seen if Benin Republic will give us money for some
Private-Public-Partnership project on radios inside Keke NAPEP?

However Mr. Buhari may be blessed as Nigerians are so divided on these
issues by religion, ethnicity, nepotism, chopism and other selfish modules.

To curtail a breakout of similar revolts in the country, Buhari and his
team do not have the plan, the will; it simple pays lip service to
change…just like a labourer changes his shirt day by day without choice
to the same work wear he is used in 50 long years.

Meanwhile the acidic truth is that the PDP cohorts called opposition will
not urgently and comprehensively address the job issue, nor improve on the
business of government either if given a second chance, because who really
is PDP?

There are no plans that will translate to the provision of housing, water,
and education for all Nigerian children to the Senior Secondary School
grade. With more billions spent, electricity will still not be available,
reliable and affordable.

I beg to re-echo again that except there is a honest search for
understanding, education, organization, action that raises the cost of
state violence for its perpetrators or that lays the basis for
institutional change. There would be no answers; rather we would
continually be plagued by the same questions.

Win for Buhari, or for the PDP is not going to solve our problems, Mr.
Buhari will not disappoint APC, nor make PDP eat their words.  Many like me
would surprisingly with shame eat our words if there is a remarkable surge
forward, if we can stop complaining about the same problems.

If any of the current clowning circus in PDP or APC, can make Nigeria join
the speed train age and stop the government of celebrating bore-hole water
in communities that deserve more, then elections would be worth it, but for
now, let us slowly keep grinding on.

Finally Mr. President, you are not under obligation to read, or listen to
me. Besides you are not the root cause of almost 60 years after we are
still a nation of potentials and little in achievement. You cannot do
anything about it…but certainly you can do something…You cannot
surprise many of us that do not believe in you. But you can shut us up by
performing when you win but only till you win—Only time will tell

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