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Monday, 17 September 2018

2019: Voters Are To Be Blamed For Killings In Nigeria




By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | For Biafra Writers

September 17, 2018

Political campaigns have zoomed off in preparation for next year’s general elections in Nigeria. The contracted campaigners have commenced singing the ‘every-four-year’ dubious song (which has now gone out of tune) for these selfish and corruption-personified candidates cutting across major political parties in the country. These parties are stocked with selfish and corrupt political activists schooled in the mastery of enhancing corruption in Nigeria with little or no regards for the beleaguered citizens they swore to serve. Today, corruption in Nigeria is so endemic that it fights back in ten folds to anyone who claims to fight against it.

Political organizations since independence have maintained ‘acting as comfort zones’ for criminals in the society and to an extent, a fiefdom for money ritualists. However, it is mind-boggling to accept the fact that these poor citizens have failed to embrace reasons why they should not vote-in activists thoroughbred in these corrupt political organizations. What can the reasonable ones do than to fold hands and spectate as they are been destroyed by the same sword they helped cast.

Nigeria from inception is a land where the worst is not bad enough, where a brigade of corrupt political parties and individual groups mindlessly defecate on the polity. With unsheathed swords, they banish civility and celebrate criminality. Their saints and scholars end up behind bars while their lazy-poor citizens waste away senselessly. In such a country, those hungry for justice die of starvation and intimidation. In such a society, it is only the mad people that can be considered well. The legislatures legislate misery for the poor while the executives decree and execute pauperism for the lowly ones. Fortunately for these politicians, these same subjugated and enslaved citizens are not relenting a bit in voting them in every four years.

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During the build-up to the 2015 presidential election, the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, accused the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for incompetency in office. The epic reason been that he failed to curb the menace of the Boko Haram terrorist group. PDP’s inability to curtail the killings is what was believed to have paved way for APC’s victory at the polls. Supporters of PDP were of the opinion that APC stalwarts, particularly those of northern extraction were masterminding the killings perpetrated by the terrorist sect in order to perpetuate themselves into power. Now as APC is in power, the killings have worsened. PDP supporters, in turn, have labelled APC as being incompetent for not curbing the spate of killings orchestrated by Fulani herdsmen in the country. APC supporters just like PDP, are of the same opinion that PDP is behind the activities of Fulani herdsmen. Reason being that PDP wants to come back to power. And the one question begging for an answer is to what end will all these ‘politricks’ stop?

In view of all these shenanigans or will l say political maneuverings, it is evidently clear that whatever be the case, it is the poor citizens that are been killed to achieve political goals in Nigeria and unfortunately they are the same people who participate in electoral process and in voting these cunning, insincere and dispassionate politicians to power. If we are to go by the supporters’ opinions, it provides that Nigerians are in the era of political terrorism to cling to power. Above all, these citizens are on a voyage to vote them in. Going by the experiences gathered these past years, no political party will rule Nigeria that will bring the killings to an abrupt end.

To the citizens, it is the way you make your bed that you lie on it. Voters are busy fetching an ant-infested firewood, when the lizards come, they should not complain. An animal that was once caught by a trap sees a bent stick and takes to his heels. It is not good to try your luck with what you know that it is destructive. Stop plunging the people to calamity by going out to vote. The solution lies in referendum. Remember, it is only a fool that takes a wrong idea to be the best idea.

Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
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