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OUR GROUND QUAKES AS TWO ELEPHANTS SETS TO BATTLE (AN OVERVIEW OF THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS)

After inde­pen­dence, which led to the ‘birthing’ of the fed­er­al repub­lic of Nige­ria on Octo­ber 1st 1960; the new­ly born repub­lic was under the strong hold of mil­i­tary forces.

Indige­nous polit­i­cal schol­ars argued that Nige­ria (The Fed­er­al Repub­lic) was giv­en birth to pre­ma­ture­ly; In oth­er words Nige­ria had a ‘forced inde­pen­dence’ because Nige­ria as Nation was not ready or due enough for inde­pen­dence. I strong­ly believe in their posi­tion owing to the Fact dur­ing mil­i­tary rule, mil­i­tary heads were over­thrown by bloody and palace coup. It is evi­dent that top mil­i­tary per­son­nel were pow­er thirsty.

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1999 wiped the dust off our nos­trils as it came with the fresh air of democ­ra­cy and its div­i­dends alike. It was ther­a­peu­tic for those who had always yarned for a demo­c­ra­t­ic sys­tem of gov­er­nance. How­ev­er democ­ra­cy came with its own demons; the strongest of all is the ‘sit tight syn­drome’; here we see a sim­i­lar­i­ty between mil­i­tary gov­er­nance and a demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­ern­ment, which is the unwill­ing­ness to relin­quish pow­er or polit­i­cal port­fo­lios.

The par­ty with less­er grip on the Nation emerged as the win­ner of the last Gen­er­al elec­tions con­duct­ed in 2015, yet anoth­er breath of fresh air. Joy erupt­ed into ether; the mass­es pre­sumed there would have been infla­tion in the econ­o­my had it not that a new polit­i­cal par­ty had emerged as win­ners. The 2015 elec­tion­eer­ing cam­paign came with hope of reas­sur­ance, cleans­ing and restruc­tur­ing of the demo­c­ra­t­ic sys­tem in Nige­ria, the fair­ness and open­ness many sought for, was right before them. The people’s gen­er­al (New­ly elect­ed pres­i­dent) promised to revive the Ajaoku­ta steel com­pa­ny, increase gen­er­al trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of pow­er to at least 20,000 MW, do an empow­er­ment scheme to employ 740,000 grad­u­ates across 36 states and the fed­er­al cap­i­tal ter­ri­to­ry, the most notable of all was; plac­ing a ban on all gov­ern­ment offi­cials from seek­ing med­ical care abroad.

Eleven months into his admin­is­tra­tion, peo­ple want­ed a change oth­er from the change they once clam­oured for, as there was an eco­nom­ic reces­sion. Many eco­nom­ic schol­ars and even lay­men argued that it takes a while to clean and restore a work­ing eco­nom­ic sys­tem owing to the fact that the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment was very a cor­rupt one. The admin­is­tra­tion spent a rea­son­able time blam­ing its pre­de­ces­sors. Oth­ers argued that the peo­ples gen­er­al was seri­ous­ly lock­ing horns with cor­rup­tion amongst gov­ern­ment offi­cials at such it wasn’t busi­ness as usu­al; and this was the rea­son why the mass­es where going through hard­ships. But again since humans couldn’t loot funds, wild ani­mals and rodents where recruit­ed to do the job; as on one occa­sion a snake swal­lowed sev­er­al mil­lions of naira, we also heard of cas­es where rodents destroyed very impor­tant gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments.

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Three years after the elec­tion of the people’s gen­er­al, many can’t wait to vote him out of seat. Peo­ple com­pared his admin­is­tra­tion to the ones we’ve had before the incep­tion of a demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­ern­ment. Our coun­try has been rat­ed amongst the poor­est of nations for the first time in a long time.

Just weeks to anoth­er gen­er­al elec­tion, we are to pick and choose between two polit­i­cal par­ties, even if our coun­try runs a mul­ti polit­i­cal sys­tem. The people’s gen­er­al rep­re­sent­ing one polit­i­cal par­ty, and a per­son with doubt­ful records flanks the oth­er. We’ve heard peo­ple say bring back our cor­rup­tion!!! As long as we don’t starve, oth­ers say the peo­ples gen­er­al is sur­round­ed by ‘yes men’ and ‘hench­men’ who are a bunch of cor­rupt peo­ple any­way, so they don’t care about the ques­tion­able records of the oth­er pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

we are just a few steps to the cross­road, where we have to pick a part; are we going to take the famil­iar yel­low brick road on emp­ty stom­achs and lurk­ing preda­tors on the side-lines or we should test one leg on fresh deep waters even if there are dead bod­ies rolling on top of it. You pick!!! Pick your less­er evil come 16th Feb­ru­ary.

BY: OKOTETE HAPPINESS JOEL

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