One Vote That Will Determine the 2015 Election By Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir
I believe One Person Can Change The World, I also believe in the power of the people, individually and collectively in opinions and choices. Of all the problems we face in Nigeria today, each and every one of us can play his part in a remarkable way and make a huge difference because it is only through that, that we can have an effect the enduring and lasting change we all clamour for as Obama aptly opined; “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
In a democracy, election days offer the people the power of a single vote each. We determine our future by deciding who spearheads our government for the season. It is therefore pertinent to analyze in all aspects to which our vote goes. Personal interest must not have grounds in our choice of good leaders. Religion, tribalism, sectionalism and all other ‘isms’ that divide us are not of credence in choosing good leaders in the present day Nigeria.
In 2007, a good number Nigerians plus INEC factor brought the incapacitated Umaru Yar’adua to take charge of the Nation’s affairs though among the contenders there were more energetic, intellectual and patriotic Nigerians with apparently clean bills of health. We went through a lot of challenges spending months as a nation without active leadership and even in his presence in the country, he can hardly go out for over sight functions because the stress of the seat was already taking a toll on his health. Aftermath of his demise succession brought in a ‘bad luck’, as GEJ took the affairs of the Nation. Few months into his tenure, our excess crude account was near empty and foreign reserve started depleting. The whistle blower (Sanusi Lamido) was at the peak of his voice but no one gave a listening ear.
In 2011, many Nigerians chose to close their eyes from the reality and gave GEJ about 22million vote (including INEC factor), while some said they gave their mandate to the person not the party (PDP), others gave him because he never had slippers to go to school or because they hail from the same zone, tribe, religion so on.
That choice is what we are seeing today in Nigeria, a near anarchy as the government at the centre has lost focus. It is in this regard that I choose to take us a few miles down the lane of memory to refreshen our minds about our actions and inactions.
It is said that when you know the past, you can understand the present and then predict the future. A flash back into the last four years of GEJ’s led government with postulation of what we might likely transpire if given the mandate in the next presidential polls. It is important to state that this piece is not aimed at discrediting the current administration as no government can do nothing likewise none can do everything. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have standard parameters for grading the performances of political leaders yet; leaders that do too well and too poor need neither scale nor jingle to tell what they do. As a book will not be enough in analyzing the major events of this administration in all sectors, I chose to narrow down to two major problems bedeviling us as a nation.
Insecurity and Corruption.
The primary duty of any responsible government is the protection of lives and properties of her citizens. To the present day government, security is not a priority, most agents of the government in key political offices are busy looting the treasuries dry and finger pointing the opposition on the palpable insecurity while innocent citizens are being killed like chickens in our market places, places of worship, offices, schools, on the streets and even at home. While we mourn the death of about 50 children of Buni Yadi college, their assailants are busy enjoying their time within our shores waiting for the government to come for another abducted 200 plus girls.
When governor Kashim of Borno told the media that Nigerian armed forces are not capable of fighting the insurgents, the presidency fell over him calling him names but unfortunately now, they reluctantly admit that they can’t do it alone and had to invite foreign aid.
From 2012 till date, government spends at least 3 billion naira on security on a daily basis including weekends and yet, we are left to be killed by less than 20 thousands terrorist. According to the president, from the beginning of his tenure till date, over 12000 civilians were killed by the insurgents excluding the twin Nyanya and Jos blasts, Kano blast and many other villages that were raided recently.
To the surprise of most Nigerians, while the likes of Rt. Hon. Tambuwal and British High Commissioner were busy donating blood aftermath of the first Nyanya blast, the president and PDP chairman were busy partying in Ibadan couple of hours after the first Nyanya blast and went for another dance in an illegal rally in Kano. This is quite unfortunate.
While they keep degrading the country’s reputation in the eyes of international community, they keep celebrating criminals who get convicted in countries where the rule of law is respected. They aid and abate sea pirates by giving them contracts to ‘protect’ sea lines! Ex-Militant now Maritime Security! No wonder, the Whistle blower’s survey by the famous financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity estimated our revenue losses between 2010-2013 to bunkering and illegal refineries to between US $6.5-12 billion.
It was once a major headline, a colossal theft of our excess crude account during the 2011 electioneering campaign. About $31billion, as claimed by Malam Nasir Elrufai was stolen during GEJ’s first 30 months in office. We later became accustomed to such news, from the N1.7 trillion 2011 extra-budgetary subsidy scam where all the president could do after too much pressure from concerned Nigerians was just to set a committee whose report is yet to be implemented. That was a 6 months through investigation by the fearless fraud investigation expert, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu which till date, no one lost his job for squandering the money against…….! And again, none of the fraudsters that import oil was brought to justice in any court of law.
Olusegun Aganga first reported a missing $1.6 billion crude export fund before Sanusi Lamido’s latest ‘wikileak’ of about $20 billion un remitted funds by the NNPC. All he could get from the Oga at the Top was a letter of suspension since he has no constitutional right to sack the CBN boss. While Petroleum Minister spent $3.5 on kerosene subsidy without appropriation and a clear presidential order that it should not be done, the president suspended Sanusi on grounds of financial recklessness when as at the time of his suspension, the apex bank audit by two auditing firms were only awaiting board approval as against the NNPC’s none audit for more than 5years.
It was alleged that Sanusi was at the verge of auditing the commercial banks to know how the $20 billion was laundered. If it’s not true, why would the president not wait till his tenure expires in couple of months away from the suspension?
To show the extend of how much the president lost to fighting corruption, the ace CNN anchor Amanpour in a report on the CNN claims that GEJ identified Security, Corruption… as our major problems during his inaugural speech and later in a media chat with Nigerians said our problem is not corruption! I started asking if he actually knows Nigeria. To worsen everything, Mr. President in another chat told us how ignorant he is to the Major Problems of the country as he said stealing public fund is not corruption. What a leader!
Now that even the international community admitted this administration’s gross incompetence, corruption and cluelessness, others say Nigeria has no government. It is left for us to know that these words are not just of the opposition craving for power but rather more patriotic Nigerians coming to her aid before she falls to the ground.
In exactly one year, Nigerians will celebrate yet another government. The state of the Nation is the product of our choice in 2011 and am sure if we actually learn from our mistakes we will vote out the PDP which can not boast of any meaningful developmental project in the last 5 years. The opposition APC whose states are shining like stars in a dark sky are awaiting our input while they plan for a New Nigeria.
Albert Einstein once said “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is INSANITY” This is to wish us all a Happy Democracy Day!
Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir wrote from Bauchi Nigeria! Twitter @Abdul003
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