Towards 2011: Election or Re-orientation? Wither Nigeria?
Read below an appeal made last year by EMNnews to the Federal government on the issue of 2011 election. We are almost being proven right as evident in the crash-landing of the election process just as it is taken off. With more and more problems appearing inevitable, we hope you share opinion. Happy reading:
As President Goodluck Jonathan consolidates his power base to steer the ship of the state towards a new channelled direction, we join other millions of well meaning Nigerians in congratulating the Nation’s leader, wishing him good luck in the big tasks ahead.
Nigeria has lost her dignity for long because of bad government. Nigerians alongside as a people who have lost a greater deal of dignity and pride both at home and abroad as a result of activities of selfish, corrupt, visionless and purposeless leaders, who continue to destroy the psyche of the truly patriotic and passionate Nigerian.
Nigeria today is a big tragedy of fate – a tragedy that started with the disastrous second Republic, when all decency about governance was thrown to the dogs through blatant misrule and unabated corruption.
No specific achievement was left behind after four year with the ruling party perfecting the act of election rigging, nation’s wealth sharing and all sorts of social immorality. It is in history today that the second republic regime of Shehu Shagari destroyed the conscience of the true Nigerian, Buhari/Idiagbon attempted to salvage it before almighty Ibrahim Babangida hijacked the attempt, lynched it before eventually auctioning it for his own convenience and worldly gains. It is pitifully a pathetic journey for a well endowed nation saddled with evil driven vultures- those vultures that shamelessly sucked away the potent blood and all functioning body ingredients, leaving behind mere skull and bones that needs urgent and desperate salvage today. Now,the whole body needs to put back to shape.
The tragedies of NPN and Babangida remain with our dear nation up till today and the by-product is an inept and conscience-bankrupt selected leadership which has left the people, we mean the productive cadre of the populace completely frustrated, mentally depleted, socially disoriented and psychologically confused citizenry.
Salvation only lies in God’d hand as the real Nigerian has been damaged beyond repairs creating a gullible and very sickly at your mercy citizens hanging on the mercy of those who actually did the real destruction.
How can we have a free election when the electorates are hungry and are just hanging to life. Many Nigerians today hardly understands what a real election is having been demoralised almost beyond repairs.
Today, the psyche of true Nigerians has been terribly battered, distorted , twisted and eroded due to hunger, anger, hopelessness, oppression, class terrorism and many more social maladies.
The nation needs true counselling and a new beginning. A new beginning that will kick-start a hopeful future for all; A new beginning that will re-orientate the nation and make all to feel a sense of belonging, so that we can all lift Nigeria up from the abyss of destruction; A new beginning that will create a true sense of patriotism; A new beginning that will make all citizen feel they belong to Nigeria and that the nation is not only for those who continue to rotate power as if it is their inheritance.
We all must understand that Nigeria’s problem is not the Niger Delta. The militants issue and their much avowed pacification is only a code for those in power to perfect their stronghold on the economy and the power of the nation.
Those international mediators are engaging for their long and short term benefits and not really for the benefit of Nigerians. Only true Nigerians can bring the country back to line.
The symbolism of the Niger Delta problem is actually a reflection of the problem of all Nigerians, East, West, North, and South, who have been abandoned and side-tracked by the evil and conscienceless power holders.
Many of our youths have lost direction and our old ones only exist in flesh with lost psyche and souls.
The situation with our country is so pathetic that the youth dare all odds to escape from the country, yet Nigeria controls one of the most vibrant and recession immuned economy despite gross mismanagement and high level looting locally and internationally.
Many of our past leaders should cover their faces in shame and many of them are lucky that they can still go about with their ill-gotten wealth without people’s revolutionary challenges from the depleted masses.
Setting an election for next year when the nation is in a state of total psychological anarchy and the people in terrible social, emotional and mental disarray is like glossing over Nigeria’s problem.
There will be terrible dangers ahead.
Now, the same set of politicians who have thrown us into darkness are scheming to come back to perfect their act of wickedness. Wither Nigeria?
For how long will Nigeria continue to oscillate to the same past while the entire world moves on in perfect fast-forward motion?
We need a new beginning- a new beginning drawn from a rectification of our past wobbled history.
President Jonathan now has enough time to think before it is too late. Before the dust of his ascension to the topmost post of the land settles, he must get his hearts right.
2011 election should be made secondary now. Those who are hanging on the nation’s constitution to sway us towards an election are only soliciting for their own political gains. 2011 election will bring us several steps back towards our unrewarding past as we have experienced since out independence.
We as a nation must perfect our walking techniques before we start to run, otherwise, the eventual consequence will be another inevitable fall.
Nigeria needs re-orientation – a thorough de-briefing from our tortuous past.
A new hope needs to be rekindled in our youths, in the aged, in the professionals, and in all segments of our society; such that will create a new direction of socially, psychologically, and mentally balanced, to get us ready for the coming challenges so that the generation coming will have a real fruitful life to inherit.
Convention of a national Conference:
Making election a priority now is like embarking on a fruitless mission. There are wounds to heal, tears to wipe off and many more psychologically sloppy roads to level up so that the nation can sail better into the future.
The nation needs a new sense of nationalism, patriotism and loyalty before moving forward from here. The youths that are our next generation have for long felt isolated. The extent of their anger may not be known until a revolution takes place in the country.
The current House of Assembly members are too comfortable to understand the dept of the nation’s anger. Like the erstwhile botched Dora Akunyili’s re-branding, what Nigeria needs is genuine campaign for attitudinal change. The Psyche of the nation’s citizen must be brought back to balance to set the right mood for our future.
We have must learn to face the reality of today’s Nigeria. The nation needs to create and carry out a vigorous campaign for an attitudinal change that will prepare us all for a better future.
Unless something is done to expunge Nigeria of the social maladies and psychological aches suffered by the citizenry, any attempt at holding any election next year may turn to be an exercise in futility; much like the proverbial running of water on the back of calabash – A complete waste of time and resources.
Can Jonathan be courageous enough to leave an indelible mark for posterity?… Can he put up an agenda for the orientation of the people through a worked out Attitudinal Change Bureau or Ministry similar to the botched re-branding project and postpone the election until people’s mind are ready for it…. Or is he taking a big gamble by kick- starting another round of election( or is it selection?) come 2011. Can he convince the world we need a new direction for our polity and allow another two years of attitudinal change? Can he…
By Fatai Ogunribido