The Manifesto from Ekiti By Rabiu Usman
It is a common phenomenon for prospective leaders in all strata of administration to reel out a carefully arranged vision and mission for the people they are soliciting for votes to make them ascend the throne. These vain promises are often not fulfilled largely because its not all about the feasibility of the pledges made but how cruelly coated the words should be with deceit and flavour to be able to have them entrusted with responsibilities. The political arena of Ekiti State at the moment is inherently laden with vendetta of all sort. The rivalry between the incumbent; John Fayeni Kayode and his opponent; Ayo Fayose continue to brew more hostility as the presidency wades in the saga for the next occupant of Ado-Ekiti edifice. The presidency had promised to launch an operation of bring back Ekiti state, this can be vindicated in the recent shooting of some supporters of JFK and with even an attempt on the life of the governor shortly after the President’s visit to the state. While the erstwhile governor and JFK’s political opponent had vowed to send some “Okada” riders to the legislative house if elected, the President has also made his intention known clearly that he will develop Ekiti if Fayose is voted in.
There are different perspective and perception to the utterances of the president. But it should be worthy of note that the presidency is consented with the truth that each state deserves her attention regardless of party affiliation or region. Similarly, we should be perturbed that failure of not having a stronghold in any of the 36 state would bring the opposition’s enmity to fore and will conversely evict them from any benefit from the apex government.
How low can we sink before we wake up to the reality that we are subjects to visionless cretins. Leaders who’d place our development under a condition. Leaders who’d want us to eulogize them for a necessity in governance. Leaders of low calibre and juggernauts. These are the congress of men and women that has flooded the whims and caprice of our affairs. The Ekiti statement may be opaque in nature but must be seen through the prism of what it entails because it was uttered by the president of Borno and Enugu. The president of Osun and Kano. The commander in chief of the federal republic of Nigeria.
What does the statement means the abducted college girls in chibok? Does is it explain the long uncomfortable silence over the agonizing plight of the innocents girls? Does it shed more light on why the aberration called Shekau still have a strong data of network to upload videos of all sort from the satellite enclave of Sambisa? Does it clarify us on why projects in some parts of the nation is put to halt and the fund siphoned to other region? These and many more question should send shiver down to our spines that when the relative peace some opposition states enjoys is shattered, then, they’d be forsaken to combat with their fate and unfortunately settled in it. The president has said inter-earlier that He’s happy the menace ravaging the nation is not happening in the ruling party controlled states. How can a man be comforted in a room of a burning home? Does it occur to the president that the ship of the Nigerian state at the moment would have both the occupant of the highest floor drown in a pestilential aqua before it’d make it to the shore or bank.
The current troubles of the nation deserves every attention and concentration from the government. it deserve to have other activities of the nation suspended for it. A dying man careless about the aesthetics of his nature but rather how he’ll recuperates. If history is one of our weaknesses, we shouldn’t diverge from the unfolding reality of global terror. The ISIL have captured two major cities in Iraq, residents fleeing their homes for feeling unprotected and vulnerable to the militants. Our own Boko Haram are having a field day in three North Eastern parts of the nation, and yet we pretend to be in control of the scourge and go about politicking in non-afflicted areas. Engaging in a “roforofo” fight with a whistle-blower turned monarch that has no constitutional power conffered on him. We have enough troubles to confront already. We had expect the president to resolve every hostility amicably and to seek for opinions on how to navigate out of the woods.
Its exactly two months since our girls were whisked away from their beds in the dead of the night in #Chibok. The military had lament of low fire-power. The western world have extended a helping hand to free the captives. Negotiation deal with insurgents was blown up. The government detest us using the #BringBackOurGirls hash-tag. It has even attempted to frustrate the Abuja sit-out of Mama Oby Ezekwesilli led team. A mother of an abducted child has died of depression. Sad tales of some girls being seriously ill is emerging, even some of them are reportedly pregnant in far away Sambisa, but the leadership continue to tow the path of trading blames, uncovering and discovering conspiracies.
Alas, the president is like a proverbial chicken, if not allowed to it, will scatter all.
Rabiu Usman is a freelance writer/teacher based in Lagos.
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