I know, I know, I haven’t blogged in a while. I am sorry, I’ve been hustling. The economy is tough but I want to talk about something really quick.
When I went to register to vote in August of 2018, I was either going to vote for Kingsley Moghalu or Donald Duke. Donald Duke had been my dream candidate for as long as I could remember. Then Moghalu happened. His plans resonated with me, I thought and still think they are what we need. I loved the energy he was putting into his campaign, it was the energy Donald Duke’s campaign did not have. The point is I was conflicted.
By January 2019 when I picked up my PVC, I had thrown Donald Duke’s campaign into the dustbin and was in the process of shoving Moghalu’s campaign into the deep freezer. My reason was his refusal to join or force a coalition.
A lot of Moghalu’s plans rest on his ability to get the National Assembly to work with him and for him. Added to this, political realities exist. He’s unlikely to win and even if he wins, his party is even more unlikely to have a majority in either chamber of the National Assembly. If you’re a stranger to Nigerian politics, let me just let you that the National Assembly doesn’t play nice even when the President’s party has the majority.
With this in mind, I thought to myself, if Kingsley Moghalu or any other independent candidate for that matter couldn’t pull a coalition of less than 20 people together how in the world are they going to get a National Assembly to do what they want? To be fair to Fela Durotoye has repeatedly advocated for a coalition but the fact is it didn’t happen. I imagined them going to tell the legislators how they wanted to fix the dysfunctions of Nigeria. I also imagined them getting laughed them out of the room because it’s not in the legislators selfish interest to fix a lot of those dysfunctions.
With INEC saying Oby Ezekwesili will be on the ballot (even though she has stepped down), a coalition is essentially dead. As a matter of fact it’s been dead since November 2018, we just didn’t know it.
So I find myself tilting towards the PDP because the alternative candidates, despite all the hard work they’ve put in didn’t finish all their homework. They stand no chance to win as independents and didn’t show the ability to work with others towards a common objective. It’s very very sad for me and I am hoping some magic happens but I honestly don’t know if it will. If I am being completely honest, I also feel a bit disappointed and let down.
Something is really wrong with our country and we need to start asking “what is wrong?” But that is a complicated question because there is no answer that would be less than a 100 pages of documentation. We need to ask more simple questions so we can get real answers and know if truly our leaders are knowledgeable and selfish or just plain stingy and stupid.
I ask myself, Why are we asking for ‘free and fair elections’, aren’t elections meant to be free and fair? Isn’t that the whole point…that real people have their real votes counted? So why are we asking for free and fair elections? Or maybe this question is too complicated.
So I ask myself, why don’t we have light? What sensible nation doesn’t have Light? Even Ghana has light! Why does NEPA keep taking my light even though I pay the bills? Why do I have to spend my evenings listening to my generator hum; a hum I know too well and I can tell from the hum alone when the generator is bad.
Why isn’t there any policy to seek out alternative energy sources because clearly whatever we are doing isn’t working. With all this heat and sunlight no one is taking about solar energy, why? Maybe this question is also complicated.
I will ask another. Why do students always fail Jamb and WAEC? Is the syllabus bad? Are the teachers bad or unequiped or are Nigerian youths just dumb? Jamb is about rounding up and I will be surprised if there is mass failure, not because I’m a prophet of doom but because people always fail. I guess this too is complicated.
But wait, why are there no jobs? Are we overpopulated? If we are I wonder what China is. Are our graduates just unemployable? If they are then why? When our parents graduated, there were jobs. There used to be jobs didn’t there? Is it that people never retired or computers took over all the jobs?
Is there even any simple question to ask? Is there a simple answer to why Nigeria is like this?
We need a strong person in Aso Rock. A man with strength like Samson, energy like Moses, a mind as sharp as Einstein’s, a passion as deep as Mandela’s and a determination like Ghandi. Someone who doesn’t only have these strengths but can also exude them like Martin Luther King Jnr.
We need someone who can stand alone. A person with few friends, friends that speak the unreserved truth in his ears and not some propaganda. We need someone that puts this nations ahead of family even. Someone prepared to lay his life down rather than allow the man on the street die.
The time has come for someone with skill to guide this national ship through the turbulent ocean of corruption. Someone, who has indepth knowledge of the modus operandi of political deviants and is also determined and resourceful enough to put them behind bars. We need someone who will strengthen our institutions so that they will keep working long after he is gone.
We need a man who has gone through tests and have passed. We need a woman with integrity. We need someone who won’t loose his focus the moment his first paycheck comes or he is approached by unscrupulous entities chasing personal gain with communal resources.
We need someone with a plan and not just an idealistic perspective of how government is suppose to function. We need someone who has studied the system and has multiple strategies for the hazards that come with leadership. A person who is as much street smart as well as book smart. Not a person who just “wants to change this country.”
We need someone that can play the game of politics and win because the only thing our political system is good at is keeping good people out. If I wasn’t wrong Donald Duke would have been running against Raji Fashola for the presidency of this country. But instead we have a 72 year old man and a grossly uneducated woman running for the presidency.
We need someone with thick skin. The kind of skin that makes crocodiles so difficult to kill