Archive | July 2013

Nigerian politicians and the trust factor

The ruling party has shown beyond doubts that it is a party built to serve selfish interests using National wealth at the detriments of citizenry, after 14years which will be 16years come 2015, Nigeria is far worse than it was before the return to democracy and now it is the job of every soul in Nigeria to rescue our once great nation from them before they embezzle the future of our unborn children and leave them to spend their lives paying back the debts PDP borrowed in the name of Nigeria for their private use.

Several political parties most of which were PDP in different trade marks, have tried but failed to oust the dreaded PDP from National power but the new merger APC could be the party to get us away from the mental slavery PDP has subjected us to for many years.

True, the merging parties along with the good plans also merged their different challenges and problems, also we can’t rule out their own selfish interest from being a challenge to them and their greatest hurdle will surely be when its time to select candidates for their various positions.

When this alliance was formed, our hopes were raised that the merger could just be what we need to conquer the slavery party and give the youths some hope of a good future but APC make a big mistake when they allowed disgruntled PDP members join them, APC already have their own members with questionable pasts and we are willing to overlook their past but allowing PDP members  in their midst might portray them as not different from the party they want to oust.

What do young Nigerians want?

Now that the APC has been registered, ousting the present government is not enough, even if we succeed in ousting the PDP how are we so sure that the next party won’t unmask their leering monstrousness at us and let us trade in another path of purgatory?

The youths need people we can trust not those screaming for change when all they really want is a chance to loot their share of the national treasure, we’ve seen many partisan activists cloaking their selfish interests under the auspices of change movement just to realise their ambitions.

The APC is a good party formed with the interest of Nigerians at heart, young Nigerians want to see role models in power, not “loot models” that are so obsessed with having fat bank balances, we want people that will allow us be the leaders we were told we are.

A nation where education at all levels is given all the attention it needs and a lasting solution is provided to the incessant ASUU strike.

We want a nation where we can see ourselves as Nigerians first before any ethnic or religion, where the leaders see themselves as the leader of Nigeria and not the leader of a region or religious group as it is with the present administration.

We don’t want a nation where those without constitutional power believe they are more important than constitutionally elected officers and Nigerians won’t have to suffer on the road because those we elected are in town

A nation where the lawmakers earn modest salaries and not the outrageous salaries they currently earn for doing nothing.

Corruption has been a major problem for many years, we want to a nation where the fight against corruption is taken seriously and the
anti-corruption/electoral bodies are independent of the presidency.

Nigeria is the only country we can call our own and the revolution as been witnessed in Egypt is not really a solution for us (though if frustrated further than we already are we might revolt), this country is blessed with enough for us to stay in our country and live happily, we’ve endured the ills of PDP for 14years going to 16years, 16years is enough to suffer, 2015 is the time for the change we deserve and God willing we’ll effect the change with our thumbs and not our blood. God Bless Nigeria.

This article is not to discredit the PDP neither is it to praise the APC, rather it was written to make known what we crave, A POSITIVE CHANGE from top to bottom of power in Nigeria.

Stella Damasus, ChildnotBride and The Saints

I find it difficult to believe that instead of commenting on her ranting Nigerians chose to judge her personal affairs.

Though I did not bother to watch her youtube video about the child marriage issue because most of our celebrities just like most Nigerians don’t really understand the issue, there was no bill, the senate only deliberated on a section of the constitution but because everybody is talking and sharing their opinions about it, they as celebrities don’t want to be seen as nonchallant, but as celebrities and with the attentions they get I believe they should have read or ask questions about the issues before talking about it but most of them never bothered to understand the issue before ranting about it.

Those that watched her attention seeking video said she “spat fire” but the responses that followed the video is what I really don’t agree with, Stella Damasus is human just like us all and she surely need a man for those cold nights, I am not writing to defend her, but the abuses and judgements about her private affairs are uncalled for, I really don’t think we should judge public figures by their private lives (except public office holders), the husband snatching allegations around her is still a rumour, and even if it is confirmed, Daniel is neither a baby, a purse nor is he a mobile phone that can be snatched, I think if we want to blame anybody it should be Daniel and Doris for allowing their marriage to fall apart, especially Daniel for not giving his marriage another shot before moving on to Stella.

We are a very “religious” nation, whatever happened to our popular saying “thou shall not judge”, Stella Damasus shared her opinion as a girl and a mother, she has passed through the pains of marriage and childbirth, her rant and show of anger is very understandable, she doesn’t want girls that are not ripe enough for such pains to pass through it, we don’t have to shoot the messenger for her life and “misdeeds” if any, am sure most of those abusing her have done worse than her, let he/she who is blameless cast the first stone, but if you have your own short comings too, leave Stella and Daniel alone.

The Intricacies of Our Twisted – Dark Democracy

By Amir AbdurRahman J.A
President District 11 Outreach Project (DOP)

Finally what we craved and prayed for many years was granted and it was time to forget the past and look to a new lease of life filled with many hopes. We believed the new system will heal our land and make us forget all we’ve suffered in time past.

It was 14 years ago when the country finally embraced the Democratic system of government; we all believed that democracy is the ultimate cure to the ills inflicted on us by the cold chains and dark shadows of military imperialism.

Our hopes was that a democratic government will put an end to the incessant brutality and blood shed as well as the dreadful duo of bribery and corruption, but it was like pouring the same drink into a different bottle, since the return to democracy; neither God nor Nigerians have known peace. The funny intricacy of our twisted and bogus democracy is that the same circus players who bled Nigeria to death in the series of military regimes are the same ambassadors loitering the corridors of power today, a fortiori we have incompetent, wicked, fraudulent and desperate politicians with their immodest spouses trying to sully the nation to doom.

The epoch of our negated democracy has featured ruthless thugs and frisky criminals cloaking themselves as politicians, flagrant abuse of power by these so-called office holders and uncountable cases of invidious looting and unscrupulousness. These frontliners of our democracy, these vile unconscionable beings have all proven how amused they are by depravity and human desolation.

In these 14 years unemployment has soared to greater heights, our education sector is on the row of debacle, constant electricity still remains a dream and with each day we get new promises of when it will be resolved and despite the huge investments, the power sector continues to deteriorate; The public office holders prefer to fly abroad to treat a headache rather than fix our health sector and provide hospitals for the masses; agriculture is in a quasi-redundant state and terrorism is gradually becoming a norm, These are but few of the many “dividends” of our democracy.

Last week I saw a shocking photo of an ongoing surgery in a hospital while someone was holding a rechargeable lamp, at first it was hysterical but truth be told it warmed my conscience on how human lives have become utterly meaningless. Over the years things have gone from bad transiently to worst but all these melancholy, grim re-occurrences and inhumane oppressions are nothing but the comeuppance for our decadent silence as ordinary citizens.

We all share in these problems regardless of our ethnic and religious background, we’ve been silent for too long and the earlier we stop hoping that things will get better automatically the better for us, those at the helms of our affairs have shown us they don’t care how we feel and even when they feel we are getting close to threatening them they distract us with religious or ethnic issues

What is wrong with Nigeria today is that we’ve ignored our feelings;
the feeling that we deserve more than a tawdry democracy and mediocrity leadership;
the feeling that an ideal democracy (even not 100% obtainable) is a government of the majority and we the masses are that majority- that voting out the incumbent dominating party is zilch if we don’t collectively set a standard for our political office holders;
the feeling that it is our right to know and question our government and vote out the vampires there-in;
the feeling that it is our collective responsibility to put out these ungodly sleazy politicians and reclaim our nation;
the feeling that to ameliorate our nation positively requires collective efforts regardless of our religious and ethnic diversity and that hope alone will not get us beyond this point but rather our infinitesimal individual actions of patriotism because such actions are sine qua non to the utopia we all anticipate;

It is time for Nigerians to know that the collective fight against corruption is the fight for good roads, good jobs, portable water e.t.c. For us to progress as a nation we have to curb whatever barricades us from our much-needed unity; the problems of Nigeria are the problems for Nigerians irrespective of age, religion and tribe. If we really want to put an end to these inhumane oppressions and break out of the shackles of a bogus democracy, then its time for us to withdraw our investments from cowardice and dormancy and redecorate our beliefs with the motivation to move forward without regression, although success may not be guaranteed but we must advance towards the path that will positively re-shape Nigeria one day in the future, anything short of this is inadequate.

Its not necessary for us to make a rapid change but its time for us to make a difference by standing up to our corrupt government.

Its time we take our show of anger beyond the internet and let them know we can do more than the Egyptians, we aren’t zombies, we put them In power to serve our interest but they shown us that their interest matters most.

We’ve always asked: What Is Wrong With Nigeria but its time we start asking WHAT HAVE I DONE TO SAVE NIGERIA?

The writer is on twitter @Ameer_tsidi

Nigeria; Are You Still Waiting For God?

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use”– Galileo Galilei

Nigeria could pass for the only country where the same things are done regularly but different results are expected.

A Nigerian prefer to vote based on his/her religious or ethnic sentiments rather than vote a more competent candidate of different religious/ethnic background. We have continually decided the fate of our nation on sentiment and selfish interests. To a Nigerian, as long as his/her interest will be protected he doesn’t care whether the country goes up in flames or gets destroyed by incompetent political office holders.

Overtime, some of us voted people based on how much we were paid or on “their” names. As it is, in Nigeria, most of us prefer “Goodluck” (even when we’ve done nothing to deserve it) to working hard and earning based on efforts put in. Which is why we were easily deceived during preparations for the 2011 general elections, when most of those who voted the ruling party voted for the name of the candidate and not the party.

The solution to the problems with Nigeria lies with us ; Nigerians and the more we wait for God to help us solve our problems, the harder it will get. 
We all have felt the hardship in the land; we feel the pains of unfulfilled campaign promises, yet we’ve refused to think and act right. We prefer to cast all our burdens on God which has not solved any of our many problems. 

God has given us the ability to think and reason, There is no better time to put it to good use than now. The solutions to our many problems lie in our ability to think about what we’ve done wrong for 14years and start looking for ways to make them right; Selling our votes has not taken us anywhere, voting based on names has hurt us, voting according to ethnic/religious leanings hasn’t helped either and if we continue to hope on God to help us solve our problems while we continue doing the same things, just like we were deceived by a name associated with luck in 2011, another candidate will come forward and tell us his name is “Godsent” and since we’ve failed to address what we’ve been doing wrongly, we’ll vote for the name again.

God won’t come down to help us. He has placed in our midst those that can help us and he’s given us the ability to recognize them. It is left to us to trust them and support them. We also need to learn how to protect our votes and enlighten others on why we must stop voting on religious or ethnic sentiments, stop selling votes. God has not come down to liberate any nation on the planet, the citizens liberated themselves when they decided enough is enough. Nigerians also must stand up and let our voices be heard. Those in power need to know they are there because we want them to and that we’ve had enough of their oppressions. Egyptians aren’t waiting for God to help them; they know God has given them enough to liberate themselves. Why is Nigeria still waiting for God?

2015 is a few months away, it doesn’t hurt to start preparing now and act right. God Bless Nigeria..