I am ashamed of Nigerians who have shelved their common sense and humanity just to rally behind a failed government. My actual problem is not the Buhari led Government, the Goodluck Jonathan regime, neither is it the Obasanjo, regime. Well, they are all a source of concern but please read on…
It is a known fact that Nigerian leaders are corrupt, have been corrupt and may remain corrupt. They are ill equipped for leadership and an all-round example for incompetence.
My grouse is that Nigerians are either legitimately blind to our actual problems or we have gotten so good at feigning blindness to major issues just so that we can have some semblance of peace in this chaotic times.
Nigeria has been plagued with horrible leaders since its inception and let me quickly throw in the fact that THERE IS NO NIGERIAN HERO. Whatever anybody did at whatever time, was done to further their personal interests. I digress.
The average Nigerian is a sycophant who just wants to look after his belly and that’s why I have concluded that we deserve whatever nonsense we have been through over the years either at the hands of the Colonial masters, our sub par leaders or the international community. Nigerians are not worthy of good leadership; we are a people brainwashed. I have concluded that Nigerians suffer from Stockholm syndrome, we are stuck feeling sympathy for our oppressors, therefore you see the display of undeserved affection, and praises for horrible leaders who did nothing but loot our treasury and left us wallowing below poverty levels. Abi why else would you explain the fact that Some Nigerians want to stage a protest to stand with a dysfunctional government?
Why else would a viable Nigerian youth take up the contract to sell a geriatric, uneducated, ill equipped person fixated on his definition of corruption to the Nigerian people? Why else would a bunch of Nigerian young people suddenly disregard history and put their weight behind a person they know is a bad choice. They all hid behind the lesser of two evils ideology but why did we not reach for another option? I watched them parade themselves on twitter before the last elections, there were two major categories, the brainwashed and the “money washed.”
I might be over reaching here but I wondered for a long time, why did we not float our own candidate, the “Young Nigerians candidate?” We could have failed but at least we would have tried. NO, Nigerians allowed themselves be brainwashed by some sweet talking, bible thumping fake human beings whose only interest was the good life and some ramblings about “how we made it.”
I am ashamed of the Nigerians who would discredit a man who just wants his people to rise with him and demand better. Everyone came out bearing ammunitions ready to tear him down, I don’t much about the man in question but I am sure that he made some valid points.
Instead of Nigerians to discuss the issues raised by this individual, they spent their hard-earned internet data making washed out celebrities’ trend. Shameless Nigerians spent a whole day discussing individuals and nonsensical ideas and left the issues raised unattended. Everyone forgot the recession plaguing our economy, we forgot that the standard of living has dropped so low some families have had to cut off a meal a day, Nigerians neglected the fact that we can barely afford our daily needs and that the price of washing up liquid has gone up by 50%.
Nigerians completely ignored that 60% of Nigerians live below the poverty lines and that that number is on the rise, we whipped out our phones and tweeted, wrote on Facebook about everything but the real issues plaguing us.
You have the right to demand better governance from the government of Nigeria if you a Nigerian citizen. That’s the only criterion you need to meet to demand better governance, accountability, transparency and the prevalence of the rule of law from a sitting government.
It is irritating to say the least, the way Nigerian lawyers amongst others, have turned a blind eye to the blatant disregard for the rule of law by this present administration. Nigeria has become the place where human rights go to die. Court orders have become worthless pronouncements sometimes reduced to worthless pieces of paper. The judiciary has been made powerless right before our own eyes and Nigerians think its ok. Heck! Our Vice president used to be a respected professor of Law.
I think Nigerians should march. We deserve this one. It might not make the desired impact but we would have registered our frustrations. Nigerians should march because we need to send a message, we may have voted you in under bad circumstances, but you are accountable to us. Nigerians need to let politicians know that they cannot continue to toy with us. Ask Kayode Fayemi, although it was a frying pan to fire scenario, Ekiti people showed him that power belong to the people. Nigeria needs to march because we don’t want to be the generation who laid there and took it. We must speak up, we must not be silent in the face of adversity. the holy book registers, If you faint in the day of adversary, your strength is little.
This present Administration came to us with lofty promises, president Buhari seemed very noble to the unassuming, brainwashed and money washed.
To be fair, he seemed like a better choice at that time but some things did not add up. How can a lowly farmer who claims to have accessed a bank loan to buy his presidential nomination form have children in universities abroad? A man who promised to be transparent and accountable suddenly refrains from declaring his assets, the most worrisome part was when he claimed to have no knowledge of some of the campaign promises made. At that point, I feared were firmly tooted in the proverbial “one chance.”
The internally displaced person’s camps are run by seriously corrupt people; children are reportedly dying of starvation. Do you know what happens when a person starves to death? Their body eats up the fats in it, then it takes the muscles and as they reach the final stages their tongue dies, then internal organs give way. The above was the plight of Nigerian children who should be protected by its constituted government, men and women are suffering and cannot do anything to alleviate their situation. Yet we have the ultimate corruption killer as our president.
Nigerians should march because you placed your trust in the current presidential administration and its ability to rid Nigeria of its greatest enemy– corruption. This administration has failed to keep this promise and many others made. Instead we are plunged deep into recession and neglect. In the last year, a regime meant to be the proverbial messiah has
- Accidentally killed civilians and offered a haphazard apology
- Plunged Nigeria (further) into recession
- Manipulated market forces and made the recession worse
- Failed to salvage the Naira
- Turned a blind eye to senseless killing of Nigerians
- Endorsed extra judicial killings via his silence on the issue
- Blatantly trampled on the rule of law
- Has endorsed the infringement of fundamental human rights via silence on the issue
- Has been way too silent in general
- Publicly declared that the place of women in the Nigerian society is limited to the kitchen, the living room and the other room
- My personal favourite: Our professor emeritus launched a task force to reduce food prices.
- Manipulated the provisions of the law to paralyse the judiciary.
YES. I think Nigerians should march, protest and show that we actually care. We’ve been too quiet for too long.
The average Nigerian’s strategy for survival is to find the nearest rear worthy of kisses and get to work. We have made a career of honouring thieves and praising the incompetent just so we can make a living.
Let me tell you, we are not the turning point generation. In fact, I am more worried about the leaders that my generation will produce. They will be internationally exposed, beautifully educated, American accented individuals equipped with the international best practices as to the workings of greed and corruption.