2015 And The Goad in Our Hands By Fodio Ahmad
Every aspect of our national life has been moving from brink to brink. For over five decades our problems have proven hydra- headed, and defying solutions.
With the hordes of protests emanating from the masses against the realities of our country, they apparently have never been fed up as they currently are.
As we look back on one of the darkest periods of Nigeria’s existence of democracy (1999) and reflect on the acidic evil that our politics is capable of anchoring, one would have thought that at least, if we had learnt anything from Nigerian past political incident, it is not to take for granted the issues at stake of the forth coming general election, that is few miles away come 2015…
So to say, only those with little political history would be carried away with cheap propaganda. To me, the messianic solution is for us on the lower rung of the social ladder to reconstruct our minds on how we view the politics of our country. It seems to me that to understand more clearly what’s wrong with something, it is. useful to consider what could be right.
We need to believe that it is the struggles we make towards the growth and development of our society that show what we truly are, not the wealth we acquire.
In the contemporary world, democracy is breaking frontiers. It is swiftly paddling people to their fates, but those fates are determined by the choices we make at the country’s general elections.
Democracy cannot be different any where in Nigeria as the clamour for dividends of democracy has reached a crescendo, we are presented with one chance to realize our dream. That one chance is the decisions we are going to make in the 2015 election. With the powers that democracy has vested upon us, we can decide that it is the right time we have our lives transformed, or decide to keep the perennial trend going.
Gimba Kakanda wrote in premium times that “It’s so sad that the clowns we have in charge of this nation are polarising accusers whose evils thrive on our refusal to be serious, I mean unite against this undeserved political vampirism that consumes us, not in bits, in mass, one after the other, mass after mass” Trust me, a word is enough for the wise.
Nigeria’s democracy has been mired in people’s urge to make ‘quick money’. The practice pollutes the goods that come with it. But 2015 is an avenue for us to change the trend; so we should bury our political differences and make that choice that would certainly dry the tears on our cheeks.
2015 elections should be more than ordinary; it should be the year that the fake promises that the politicians made to us in order to get our mandates would have no power.
By now, we should be able to know how to sieve the sweet words that politicians tell us in order to convince us to vote for them.
We should gather our acts together to vote for candidates that would transform our standards of living. Those who are esteemed umpires of GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT.
Indeed, if a person is not articulate in making monumental decisions, the person may have a dull future. Hence, it behoves on us to make a decision, by the way of our votes, that would scheme those that have been mortgaging our destinies out of power.
I am sure that we, followers, are collectively suffering in the hands of our leaders, so it is high time we embraced this thought which says “nearly all men can stand harsh condition, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”. But also Remember like all humans, politicians are people too, subject to the same weaknesses, so don’t expect perfection but reasonable efforts.
So, fate has placed a goad in our hands; We will not just vote based on the proposed policies of a candidate (manifesto) and how those policies would affect us as individuals, but on how they would affect all of us as a society. we have choices to make; we can goad our votes into our transformation, or goad them into the ‘pity’ that is our history…
There are dozens of problems with leadership, but it starts when you refuse to vote, allow selfish interest or get involved in raping our chance for change. Until a great majority of us especially the Nigerian youth and elders recognize this, nothing will change after 2015.
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