Election 2011: What EMNnews advocated in May 20 2010 Editorial

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LONDON:  20/05/2010

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.

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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.

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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…

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By Fatai Ogunribido

3 COMMENTS

  1. Your suggestion that the nation forgets about having an election next year 2011 is like surrendering to the devilish forces that have assaulted our collective destiny for the most part of fifty years. It is like asking a thief to stay on having repeatedly robbed you of your property; simply because you think your only weapon is not good enough to save you. In this instance, our only weapon against a bad government is the ballot, and you are advocating that we freely give it up. It is a patently unpatriotic proposal.

    The first point I like to make is that this proposal is about violating a pivotal section of the 2006 Electoral Act and perhaps certain other sections of the constitution. To do what you propose, these laws have to be first amended.

    I do share your sense of frustration that the Nigerian nation has failed to deliver in her responsibilities to th citizenry. The catalogue of governmental failures is well known (you listed quite a few in your write-up). During the military, we had no choice but to accept what they threw at us. Now we have a democratic dispensation; and here you are suggesting that our only means of getting rid of a bad government be abrogated. Without an election in 2011, what are your proposals for having a government in place, pot-Jonathan? Are you suggesting that we give a blank cheque to the current clueless lot to govern us ad-infinitum? The PDP dominates our lives from local government right to the very top and all that they have to offer after over 14 years in charge is hopelessness and despondency – unprecedented youth unemployment, failed education system, massive failure of infrastructure, insecurity of lives and property and so on. My view is that we can not get any worse a government after an election than the visionless bunch currently (mis)governing at the helms.

    Despite the well-known failures of our electoral process, an election in 2011 is a reasonable risk in comparison to asking Jonathan and company to continue in office, the outcome of which will only be more of the same, the misery they have dished us since the PDP assumed office in 1999.

    There must be an election in 2011. Giving Jonathan and his entourage a blank cheque to continue in office will be a miscalculation and an own goal that will haunt us as a nation for ever.

    The fear of not having a good election is not enough a reason to continue to tolerate a bad government. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”. The more we keep at electioneering, the better we will get. It is unpatriotic to ask us to forgo such a fundamental right as the right to change a bad government. The campaign should start no to throw out the PDP in favour of a more humane government.

    Chief (Dr) Ayodele Owoade

  2. What you are suggesting is that the nation forgets about having an election next year 2011; the main reason being that past elections have been dubiously conducted and that the nation needs a re-orientation before going that route again. This argument is logically flawed. It is like suggesting that one gives up defending one’s property because one’s weapon have in the past failed to stop the thieves. For the current scenario, a few hardened criminals have continually stolen our property (electoral mandate) and you advocate that our only weapon (the ballot) be given up. And if we postpone the election in 2011, for how long before we try again. To suggest that we willingly surrender our right to freely elect those we want to govern us is patently unpatriotic. Your proposal will set us back several years in our attempt to perfect the fledgling electoral system. Should we postpone now as you advocate, when in your view will be the ripe time to try again?

    My first observation is that this proposal is requires the violation of a pivotal section of the 2006 Electoral Act that stipulates the tenure of each electoral cycle; and perhaps certain other sections of the constitution. To do what you propose, these laws have to be first amended. Can this be achieved in the time remaining before the 2011 electioneering kicks off? I think not.

    I do share your sense of frustration that the Nigerian nation has failed to deliver in her responsibilities to the citizenry. The catalogue of governmental failures is well known (you listed quite a few in your write-up). During the military, we had no choice but to accept what they threw at us. Now we have a democratic dispensation; and here you are, suggesting that the ballot, our only means of getting rid of a bad government be abrogated. The PDP dominates our lives from the local government right to the very top and all that they have to offer after over 14 years in charge is hopelessness and despondency – unprecedented youth unemployment, failed education system, massive failure of infrastructure, insecurity of lives and property and so on. Without an election in 2011, what are your proposals for having a government in place, post-Jonathan? If Nigerians are to be hand-picked to serve, what are the criteria? I hope you are not suggesting that we give a blank cheque to the current clueless lot to govern us ad-infinitum? My view is that we can not get any worse a government after an election than the visionless bunch currently (mis)governing at the helms.

    Despite the well-known failures of our electoral process, an election in 2011 is a reasonable risk in comparison to asking Jonathan and company to continue in office, the outcome of which will only be more of the same, the misery they have dished us since the PDP assumed office in 1999.

    There must be an election in 2011. Giving Jonathan and his entourage a blank cheque to continue in office will be a miscalculation and an own goal that will haunt us as a nation for ever.

    The fear of not having a good election is not enough a reason to continue to tolerate a bad government. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”. The more we keep at electioneering, the better we will get. It is unpatriotic to ask us to forgo such a fundamental right as the right to change a bad government. The campaign should start no to throw out the PDP in favour of a more humane government.

    Chief (Dr) Ayodele Owoade

  3. Thanking you Sir for this beautiful and well thought out response. As a politician, I understand your angle of thought. But by the time elections are held next year and it is saddled with the anomalies of usually rigging, selections and fix-ups, would there be justification for any legal challenges, wolf- crying and protests when to start with we gave those problems chances due to lack of foresight and bad preparations because we are in haste. Politicians are desperate now because of personal gains. We speak about constitution. But we made the constitution. We are not saying it should be ditched. We are saying we need good and solid preparation which includes even the amendments to the Constitution to allow a smooth sailing. We need to prepare the mind of our bastardized electorates who are adducing no meaning to elections and and are only ready to accept N2000 to sell their votes. We need to create awareness on the importance of voting for the right candidates. Our youths now crave for easy money irrespective of the source. The problems are so enormous. By the time election is held next year .we are throwing Nigeria back to ten years reverse because we have gained nothing from our past debacles. If we postpone for another two years for solid preparation, in five years time, Nigeria would have made a big leap to the future and citizens well equipped for the tasks of many years ahead. There is no gain in living in the past while nothing has been learnt from those problems of the past,
    Well, we keep our fingers crossed as the reality now is no party to solidly rout off the present political actors who have presented Nigeria to the outside world as a nation of liars and citizen deceivers.

    We need awareness for our people and the bastardized, isolated and deprived youths who grew up to believe Politics is all about looting.
    We know what we are craving for- a new dawn of responsible and well sanitised society with passion, dedication and true love for the country. Two years of bringing the nation back to discipline line is we thing a good sacrifice worth having rather than rushing into another tragic journey as we are witnessing now. Thank you Sir.
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