Wetin All Progressive Congress (APC) Dey Find? by Odusote Oluwakayode
The hype in the formation of a believed formidable opposition party called All Progressives Congress (APC) took on an increased dimension when it released the logo, slogan and motto of the party, which is seeking to be registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The merger committee of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with nine of the progressive governors in attendance unanimously agreed on a logo, slogan and motto.
It was declared that “With this milestone achievement, the political landscape in the country has been irreversibly altered.”
The slogan as declared is “CHANGE” and the motto is “Justice, Peace and Unity.”
The political landscape is becoming continuously charged towards the 2015 presidential election. Nigerians were subjected to a similar hype when the sitting president contested for the present office he occupies.
We were then beckoned upon to see and understand the need for a change. The slogan then was “fresh air”. Nigerians were emotionally charged to look beyond sentiment of tribe that they forgot to ask questions about the kind of “fresh air” promised. Unfortunately, the deteriorating state of our national life has charged the polity to demand a change.
Strategically, the APC adopted what Nigerians want as a slogan “change”. The kind of change must however be known before we plunge again into an uncertain future. As it is said, “once bitten twice shy”. It is pertinent to take the leaders of APC up on the slogan as they prepare a “massive” membership drive.
The major questions will of course arise from the party’s manifesto which is expected to give details about the programmes of the party and the performances of the eleven states governors under the merger as an eye opener into a likely future.
The rate of poverty, unemployment, corruption etc is no longer breaking news to Nigerians. We understand these diseases and we have lived with them for years without a near solution, therefore the APC do not only need to remind us of these problems, what we do need to understand is the sincerity in the slogan “change”.
Change from what? From PDP to APC? From Jonathan to Buhari? From 11 governors to 28 governors? From opposition party to government in power? From yesterday’s men to today’s men? Etc
I will not be part of some pessimists’ perception that the APC is another club of corrupt official that can’t proffer solutions to Nigeria’s numerous problems. I’m an optimist with a sound belief that the solutions to our problems begin with us.
We have refused to take action for a long time and the APC have decided to wake our sleeping cat. In waking the sleeping cat however, the leaders of APC should not forget the popular song of the late Abami eda, fela-Anikulapo Kuti when he said “When Trouble sleep yanga go wake am – Wetin he dey find? Palava he dey find – Palava he go get o.
Its obvious that poverty is on the high side in Nigeria, therefore, the “change” of the APC must be designed towards eradicating the scourge to a large extent or else wetin dem dey find – Palava dem dey find – Palava dem go get o.
The rate of unemployment is alarming. Many Nigerian youths are unemployed; the few employed are under employed, therefore, if APC do not have a road map to creating jobs, wetin dem dey find? Palava dem dey find – Palava dem go get o
Power generation in Nigeria has been a great failure. Several governments had made promises in the past without logical solution. GEJ government lied at a CNN interview when the world itself is not blind to the darkness that engulfs Nigerians. If APC can’t bring light into a dark nation, wetin dem dey find? Palava dem dey find – Palava dem go get o.
The level of insecurity has become a landlord demanding for blood as rent in Nigeria. Robberies, assassinations, kidnapping and bomb blast coupled with a weak and possibly unwilling security operatives needed to tame continued surge has become a daily activity. If the APC therefore won’t be strong to challenge its stings, wetin dem dey find? Palava dem dey find – Palava dem go get o.
We do not need to be told that our educational system is crippled due to the deliberate neglect by government. Budgetary allocation to education is not encouraging. Teachers and lecturers are poorly paid, if the APC therefore won’t be bold enough to raise the standard of education in Nigeria and equip the educators, wetin dem dey find? Palava dem dey find – Palava dem go get o.
Our hospitals are medical death traps while the doctors are just first aid specialist because the government has turned them to be so. Equipments of world class standard are lacking and we depend on referrals to countries that have foresight for medical attention before treatments could be made. Our leaders don’t even make use of our medical facilities. If the APC therefore can’t focus on this sector to be revived, wetin dem dey find? Palava dem dey find – Palava dem go get o.
There are so many ills to be pointed to. Decay in the Agriculture, infrastructure and transportation sectors. What is therefore needed is not the knowledge of criticism but the knowledge of actions to be taken.
The surprise has always been why a lot of times, the country just can’t seem to make progress in her national life despite the fact that there are logical calls so much about what it takes to succeed?
There just seems to be a gap between what is known and what is actually expected – Knowledge of action.
There is a frustration when a country knows what to do and how to do it, but can’t just get to actually doing it.
The APC should not just shout “Change”, there should be a well defined road map to solutions of our killing problems. Nigerians are not interested in the words of mouth or the weight of the criticism, the touch bearer that would inspire and act on great solutions is the key factor to a better Nigeria.
Our fears to take action concerning a crippled nation have been a curse. It is important to be clear on what our fears are as a nation. They are by far the biggest obstacle that we have to deal with in order to move ahead and succeed.
We know what our fears are. The need to take action is the first step for us to progress.
Beyond the slogan, anthem, criticism and emotions, the APC should be reminded that “you don’t promise what you can’t give”. At this level, Nigeria’s trouble dey sleep, make the yanga of APC no go wake am if they have nothing positive to offer!
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