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How America might be responsible for Boko Haram Activities in Nigeria

For once let’s consider other possibilities for the emergence of Boko Haram and the continuous growth of their Arsenal, let’s look beyond Islam and the greediness of Northern elders, as much as we can’t rule both out, for now let’s look beyond them.
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Truly, He Doesnt Give a Damn

Defending President Jonathan is actually the hardest job or hobby in the world right now because he’s a man not worthy to be defended or supported, he makes it hard everyday for any human with a functioning brain and conscience to even think of defending him.

Though we can’t blame him for all that has happened in Nigeria since he became the President in acting capacity and as the elected president but we must as well blame him for his ‘snail-like response’ or non-response to problems in Nigeria, Nigeria has changed from being the giants of Africa to the clown of Africa, though he’s not singularly responsible for that but his contribution to achieving that feat is immense and he’s still doing more to even take us further as the most dangerous black nation in the world, don’t even think about the GDP rebasing, the average man on the street won’t feel its impact and only a secure nation will attract investors.

From unguarded statements to dance of shame, its clear for even the blind in Nigeria to see that truly this man doesn’t give a damn, some Nigerians were murdered in Yobe state last year and instead of staying back to bring the perpetrators to book he choose to travel for a conference in Brazil because he wants to make a statement and show the world and indeed those committing these crimes that they can’t stop the government from functioning, weeks ago he went for a rally in kano while over 200 girls were kidnapped ‘under his watch’, a serious/competent president will want to know how terrorists were able to operate in a state under the emergency rule but instead he chose another dance of shame, one would have expected him to at least pretend that he cares (though we know he doesn’t give a damn) and cancel the rally/birthday party but he didn’t because he want to clearly show the criminals and those against his government that they can’t stop his government from functioning.

For every problem he has no interest in solving he create committees but a committee 18days after the chibok girls were kidnapped shows one thing and one thing clearly that our president has other important issues to deal with like rallies, campaigns, dance of shames and other important issues that will guarantee his reelection in 2015 and if not for the protests of Nigerians and the international communities he won’t even create a committee at all, and its clear that the girls will still spend more days in the den of kidnappers because until the committee submits their reports nothing will be done, I might be wrong here but how else can you explain his silence for so long, a normal leader would have at least pretend to care and address the nation but he doesn’t, because he doesn’t think those girls are eligible to vote in 2015 anyway so they can’t help achieve his second term ambition.

In conclusion, its safe to say we have a selfish robot with no feelings as our leader in Nigeria and he doesn’t care what we think about him as long as his ambitions are realized in 2015, though the opposition is also not good enough but how will the citizens that are afraid to go about their normal activities and business because of his incompetence come out to vote and re-elect him in 2015?

Dear President, improve security in Nigeria and you might just increase your chances of not losing scandalously in 2015

Boko Haram; A Misconception of Islam

Before one can begin to take a stand on “Islam” and “Terrorism”, it is significant to understand the enomity of these two divergent terms, albeit we have to agree that these two terms have become inextricably interwoven in this zeitgeist, and the media has contributed enomoursly to the complexity of trying to understand the nature of the problem, but it is only fair for one to understand Islam’s stance on terrorism and inorder to do this one must refer to its original sources, the Quran and Hadiths (the teachings of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him) which are explicit in their prohibition of any form of injustice and skull duggery including that of wanton violence which seeks to instill fear, injury or death to (innocent) civilians.

On that account the Quran clearly states in chapter 5 verse 32 that: “We ordained for the Children of Israel (Believers) that if any one slay a person – (unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land) – it would be as if he slayed the whole mankind: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole mankind” , the verse did not specify “Muslim” or “Christian” but Mankind, that is to say Allah (God) does not take delight in transgression against one another irrespective of Religion, Race or Ethnicity. Another verse reveals: “Whether We shall show thee (within thy life-time) part of what we promised them or take to ourselves thy soul (before it is all accomplished), – thy duty is to make (the Message) reach them: it is Our part to call them to account. Q 13:40

But if they turn away, thy duty is only to preach the clear Message. There are several verses that aligns to the above like: Q 88: 21-22, Q 17:54, Q:24:54 and so many others. These verses clearly points out that as a Muslim, it is only your duty to preach and remind and not to compel or coerce anyone to adopt your religion either by violence or by subjecting them to hypocritical kindness.

Another verse goes on to explain that if Allah so wish, He would have made the world one religion, but it is His will for us to be created this way. Q 10: 99-100

The reason for providing the background information here is to enable us come to grip with the sophisticated nature of the problem and understand what we are dealing with, it is also believed that this should help whoever that believes in the synonymity of these two morally opposite concepts to clear up their vague assertions.

First and foremost, it is very necessary to note that Islam is not a religion of sects, it is a religion that seeks to regulate lives from which values can be derived. Islam as a word means “peace” and Muslims are expected to uphold this virtue in all aspects of life, on that note we can clearly assert that the brutal killings and attacks on the lives and properties of innocent people in the northern part of Nigeria under the guise of Islam is unIslamic, unjustifiable, UnGodly and barbaric.

This sect tagged “Boko Haram” which literarily translates into “western education is a sin” have disguised political themes under the auspices of religion, they have come to cause mayhem and shake the very core of our economy and society, perpetrating all sorts of immoral acts claiming a propagandized war against Western Education and Christians of which a meticulous approach of the subject reveals that their cowardly acts are aimed at intimidating, dividing and causing despondency among Nigerians. It makes it very important for us to point out the several incontestable facts that these acts of cruelty is not justified by Islam and neither is it a northern course. One of the prayers of any true Muslim is written in Quran 20 Verse 114:”My Lord! Enrich me with knowledge. How is it that the same religion that ordained us to pray for knowledge counters its own self by telling us “Western Knowledge or Education is a sin”? of course there is an obvious contradiction here. One of the Hadiths of the Holy Prophet states “Wisdom and knowledge are things that the believer lacks. He should take them “wherever” he finds them.”(Tirmidhi, Al-Ilm) futhermore, the pursuit of knowledge and the use of reason, based on sense and observation is made obligatory on all believers because Islam is a religion that encourages research and constant acquisition of knowledge for us to fit into the society. However Islam only limits us on using our acquired knowledge for the good of humanity and to fulfil our salvation to our creator.

If Islam is against acquiring western Knowledge then one should sight examples of foremost Islamic scientists in the 14th century who colored the European civilization at a time when Europe was considered a dark continent: Muhammad Ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi considered in some cases to be the father of Algebra, Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathīr al-Farghānī who was said to be involved in measuring the diameter of the earth, these are few amongst many. To further crown this point, In this zeitgeist one of the most renown Islamic Orator in the world, Doctor Zakir Naik is a surgeon, sighting more examples from the north where this group of people claim to hail from, we have Prof. Attahiru Jega (Political Science), Prof. Ruqayatu Rufai (Education), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha (pharmacy), Professor Sheikh Dangi (Accounting), Prof. Ango Abdullahi not to mention those in politics: Aminu Tambuwal (Law), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Quantity Survey, Law and Public Admin), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu (Law), Sanusi Lamido (Economics), Shamsudeen Usman (Economics) and not forgetting Mrs Aloma Maryam Mukhtar (Law). All these men and women of accolades are popular not for proclaiming Islamic Knowledge alone but for excelling in western education mostly from northern universities and standing in mainstream politics.
Let us also bring to our cognizance that Kaduna State alone houses Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State University, Kaduna State Polytechnic, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, College of Aviation, National Institute of Transport Technology amongst many and as far as education is concerned , these institutions are renowned for conventional education. If Boko was Haram, then how did all these institutions find their way to the north?.

The Governor of Kano, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has recently thrown it to the world that “Boko is not Haram” by introducing a free education project for the people of the state from the primary to tertiary level and it is important to note that this form of education is not only Islamic but conventional having realised that if we don’t educate ourselves, how do we understand that the bloody and tyrannous killings cloaked as Jihad is unIslamic and outdated and now is the era of contemporary Jihad that requires intellects and verbal jousting.

More so, the “heroic” acts of Boko Haram and Shekau will not in anyway contribute to a religion that has already been in existence for centuries and stood through the worst moments, his actions are as hysterical as trying to make an ocean sugary, He is only making the Islamophobia grow stronger amongst the ignorant and It is also glaring that some politicians use this as a bludgeoning point to serve their selfish interests and paint the image of Islam wrongly, while others focus on using terror as a profit making enterprise.

While the Media serves the news to the permeable minds of the ignorant, one cannot debunk the fact that radicalised muslims have been used to perpetrate heinous acts, but from a vantage point, radicalisation is a human thing and not a religious programming as it is often percieved. We can’t keep Judging religions by its followers just like we can’t Judge a car by its driver. If a driver knocks someone down with a car who will you blame, the car or the driver?

Nigerians should also know that these Terrorists view us all as Nigerians and worthy targets and they don’t discriminate. Our divisions will do nothing but reduce our bargaining power for a better country from our leaders because we speak in divided religious and ethnic voices.

At this juncture It is suffice to quote the President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in which he clearly stated that “Boko Haram killings have no link with religion” on that note we seperate Islam from this cowardly act of destruction.

I’m a Muslim, I’m not a terrorist and I don’t support terrorism.

Amir-Abdurrahman
@ameer_tsidi

The Anti Gay Law and Nigerians.

The concept of Homosexuality is an abomination according to the Holy Books, a taboo in African tradition and also to every extent it is morally wrong but that is not enough reason to hate or condemn anyone for being homosexual. Religiously and morally it is wrong to hate anyone for their choice or opinion in life but with the hate and condemnation homosexuals receive from everywhere especially from Nigerians one would think homosexuality is the only abomination in the eye of God which is not true.

Many of the things we do and see as normal are abomination in the sight of God but the society makes it seem like homosexuals are the greatest sinners in the sight of God, according to Ezekiel 18 v 10 – 13, homosexuals aren’t the only ones committing abominable offences even bankers and almost everyone involved in politics commit abomination but the society sees it as normal.

Instituting laws and tagging them like criminals shouldn’t be a state issue,, what two consenting adults do in private shouldn’t be a problem to the society and shouldn’t be an issue to be discussed in the parliament. Hating and condemning them won’t solve the problem of homosexuality, how do you convince those you’ve shown hatred to repent from their wrongdoings? Besides, making it illegal doesn’t make it go away.

The anti gay law cheapened our democracy and will probably pose more danger to the freedom of Nigerians than any other law in our history because there’s no way to prove anyone is gay and with the law enforcement agencies we have in this country more innocent people will be arrested, black mailed and tortured as gays and soon the law will be used as a weapon to settle personal and political scores.

More ground studies should have been done to itemize other options before laws are passed, that is why in America, not all states have legalised this act. The Okada ban law in Lagos is a clear example that in Nigeria the law enforcers don’t really understand the laws they’re enforcing neither do they know how to interpret laws, A law like this will give rise to many wrongful convictions and vile mob actions.

Homosexuals are our brothers and sisters and should be shown love, if we all claim to love God how come we hate our brothers for their choice in life? 1 John 4: 20 “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen”

Religiously, Homosexuals are like lost souls, they’re in sin but don’t know, to make them realise their mistakes they must be shown love and respect, prayed for and taught to be true to the order of nature,, by doing this we can convince them to forsake their wrong choice and change for good.

Nigeria; A Product Of Our Society

By Amir-Abdulrahman JA
President District 11 Outreach Project (DOP)

Democracy is a fair system in which the people get the leaders they deserve. Nigeria is a perfect example to fit into this description as our political office holders who are ambassadors of our paper-perfected Democracy are perfect reflections of our societal standards and what we stand for as a people. Why call our leaders idiots when we are bigger idiots? Why call them corrupt, when we are like them?

Our failed democracy is nothing but a result of inconsequential decadent hypocrisy and insalubrious sentiments that majority will always bring into everything especially when money is involved to buy our conscience and make us wave our sense of judgement. After the Last Presidential media chat, it became clearer that Nigerians lack the grace and acumen to advocate for change, we are talkers not doers and it is fair for any one to say; we don’t deserve good governance yet and not anytime soon. The incumbent administration is going to be 3 years old in office by 2014 and 5 years in total from the 2 years passed down from the Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua, we don’t need the United Nations, Transparency international or Amnesty International to tell us that in the past 3 years our Nation has been in a state of anomaly and almost heading for doom, a casual perusal and meticulous analysis of the subject will tell us so. In the last decade, N21 Trillion has been said to have fled the shores of Nigeria, the fuel subsidy was a total scam and innovations such as the SURE-P failed before they even got started, the last 3 years has threatened us with insurgency and incessant corruption cases.

The incumbent administration has failed in totality to address the major areas creating inferno and chaos in the Nation, instead they have exhibited great parochialism by playing politics while burning issues loom and threaten the sovereignty and unity of the Nation, yet we have people who are ready to fight you just for pointing out several incontestable fact that the PDP and the present administration has derailed the Nation 16 years backwards even if records show that I voted for the same people I criticise, their loyalists will accuse you of being blinded by religious sentiments. This is totally abysmal and uncivilized, to say I can’t spell out the ills of my government because I don’t share the same religious beliefs as majority of them.

If Nelson Rohlil-Ahla Mandela was a Nigerian, Nigerians will play tribalism and regionalism even when the state of the Nation is at stake, who cares? Nigerians are entertained by politics of backwardness and slavery, that is why despite the heinous atrocities of Late Gen. Sani Abacha against Nigerians and Nigeria, he is still being worshipped and praised by a vast majority of people in the North Like wise Lieutenant Col. Odimegwu Ojukwu in the East. In this zetgeist it is saddening that our politics is still being fraught with sentiments instead of important National issues, this is why our kingdom keeps crumbling and falling.

Nigeria is still one of the very few countries in Africa where political officers campaign with feeble projects such as bridge and road construction, portable water and Health care facilities after all we are educated illiterates who do not understand what “basic social amenities” means. Our politicians care about the hungry when they are voters and only care about the naked when they are women. We sell our votes for items as small as pack of maggi, bag of rice and in most cases for nickel and dime oblivious that selling our votes out is selling the future and our coming generation to continous slavery. Our politicians continue to offer such items because of the certainty that we are like them, we are what they are and what differentiates us from them is just time. while other Nations are moving to 2014 next year, Nigeria Is just stepping into 1961. This is hysterical but true.

The recent open letter of former Head of State General Olusegun Obasanjo to Dr Goodluck Jonathan has nothing to do with Nigerians, we are just being overtly partisan over paper-transactions (fraught with intentional and political innuendos) between a former president who ran a Nation of gorilla warfare and Lion-ist modus operandi and a serving one that runs a government of the elites and commitees where corruption is the currency for trade. Instead of dwelling on how to reclaim our Nation from these people in 2015, who have not even an infinitesimal idea of what the masses are going through. We stay analysing and looking for ways to take sides with them. It is disheartening that Nigerians are pleading with Obasanjo to help us stop President Jonathan from his 2015 ambition, this is to tell you that our powers as voters is zilch and has no effect on our democracy, we don’t need OBJ to act for us, if majority are dissatisified by his (GEJ) leadership, our votes should speak for us in unison. Allowing the same people interfere for us insinuates that Our fate, freedom and rights are being compromised, yet we are positioned to observe while we sing praises of them because they are from the same region as us.

One day at a gathering in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, a friend of mine told me that after he saw the natural resources possessed by Nigeria and our history of bad governance, that it is appropriate to say, Nigeria is not a Nation where heroes can be made, and it is going to take time for us to realise that we have the power to be better than the United States and China. Yes! Nigeria can’t possibly make heroes because the youths are bothered more by relationship status than the state of their Nation, we are obsessed with trivialities and enslaved by materialism that greatness has lost its adequacy in our hearts.

How can you demand for your rights when you live wrongly, a revolution starts with individuals doing the right thing. God did not send a prophet to lead the egyptians, they recognised their common enemy and proceeded. Muyideen Mustapha the 23 years old boy that passed away during the fuel subsidy protest in Kwara has been forgotten, his name blown with the dust on streets and sadly no place in history for him. Is it not true that we are not a Nation of heroes?

While we anticipate 2015, we should go back and look at the journey from 2011 till date, majority elected Mr President, he clearly represents us, so when we rain abuses and curses on him we should remember he is a product of our own system, the same society that made us, shaped him and we must learn to appreciate that fact.

The change we anticipate in this Nation, the utopia we dream of will only be a product of our individual-patriotism. Let us know our places, we should know that this is NIGERIA and we are Nigerians. Let us not seek the APC answer or PDP answer, let us not seek, the North, the South, West or East answer, Let us not seek the Christian or Muslim answer, let us seek for the right answer, Let us not seek to fix the blames of the past, let us accept our own individual responsibilities as citizens of tomorrow for the future. NIgeria belongs to us all and the earlier we put aside our prejudices, sentiments and bigotry aside, the better for us all. We can blame our pasts leaders for our present state, but we should be ready to blame ourselves for the failures of tomorrow. We must put aside our religious and ethnic sentiments and move forward without regression, although success may not be guaranteed but we must advance towards the path that will positively reshape Nigeria in the future and anything short of this is inadequate.

The next general elections in 2015 is just 16months away and to get it right then we must start doing the right things now, ask the right questions, stop being blind loyalists and act right, the enlightened ones should let the less enlightened know the dangers and consequences of selling votes and helping politicians rig elections, because if we don’t do these, Nigeria might get worse with each elections.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA

Freedom Of Speech and Dumbness

Freedom of speech is not and should not give rise to freedom of hate speeches and speeches capable of causing more division to an already divided nation.

As much as we all are free to always express what we feel inside of us, Nigerians need to be very careful especially with the world we are in now that information travel faster than light.

“Free speech is not the same thing as dumb speech. We can’t pretend to be sane men when our very words defy sanity” J.J Omojuwa

Elderly Nigerians should be good role models for the younger generations, though they’ve failed us woefully but shutting up when they have nothing sensible to say will go a long way in helping this sinking ship called Nigeria.

This is a nation divided against itself, Ethnicity and Religion are the two greatest enemies Nigerians battle every seconds of our lives and both have done more harms that good;

The Youths don’t really know who is an elder and who is a Youth anymore because everybody now behave like undergraduates; A former minister behaved like a drunk jambite with access to the internet, spilling all informations nobody asked for and he’s proud of himself, his words defy sanity and shows how much he’s refused to grow up.

As much as he is free to display his dumbness, he should limit it to himself and his friends, Nigeria is an already fragile nation, we don’t need him to tell us who owns what and where, we don’t want to know how many Igbo ladies he’s slept with, with his articles a fire of hatred has been lit and it will be very hard to extinguish it, its already causing rancour amongst the youths and if not curtailed it might lead to civil unrest and bring more problem to an already fragile nation. We don’t need people like him in Nigeria, he’s already shown to the world who he is and a thousand articles can’t change it.

Nigeria is and will remain a country until we go our separate ways, though many of us don’t believe in one Nigeria but as long as we are still together let’s respect the nation of Nigeria and becareful what we wish for;

Some Nigerians without dual citizenship are clamoring for a revolution but how many of us want what Egypt and Libya are currently witnessing, as easy as it is to scream revolution its aftermath is worse than what it tries to eradicate, Revolution will bring more questions than solution, wasting our blood won’t cleanse Nigeria, Hate speeches will further divide us so let’s work together, let’s put Nigeria before our tribe and religion(Not before God), if we all can think of Nigeria first then we’ll have the peace we need.

God Bless Nigeria

How Fashola’s ‘Deportation’ Drama Exposed The Bigotry In All Of Us

When the deportation saga graced cyberspace, I expected Nigerians for the first time to rant in one voice, condemn the illegal act of the Lagos state government and all other states that have joined in the illegal and shameful act, demand apologies from the Lagos governor and if he refuses to apologise, sue him. But instead of addressing a
national problem, the ‘bigotry’ in us was unleashed and it was seen as a tribal/regional problem when it actually was a National Issue.

The Hausas were mostly silent because there were not affected so it was none of their business that a certain governor disrespected the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Igbos screamed injustice because those deported were mostly igbos and were dumped like toxic wastes in the wee hours of the morning. A certain Igbo brother wrote on facebook :”You have my kids, and they are behaving badly from your end and you want to return them… You called me up and tell me, without my response, you bring them to my house at 3am and find the house locked… You drop them by the gates without care and nobody looking after them, and you want to justify that… The morality is
despicable”

The Yorubas were divided in their opinions. There are some who can neither see nor think beyond where they eat and believed ACN/Fashola can do no wrong. The second group acted like real humans:
The first group argued that the governor was right to deport them because they were neither Yoruba/Lagosians nor do they have a right to call Lagos “a no man’s land”. A certain attention seeking and confused former minister even went as far as telling a story of why Lagos should never be called a “no man’s land” and in his defence, the Osun state
government quickly issued a statement to the effect that 46 Osun indigenes were also deported from Lagos and it is not a tribal issue but the issue of an emerging mega city. Osun state couldn’t condemn the illegal act for reasons we all know but the state should have done its damage control by keeping mum instead of releasing a statement in an attempt
to defend the madness.

The second Yoruba group, though very few, argued that it is wrong on all fronts to deport anybody in Nigeria whether sick or dying and that as long as this country stays together, there should be freedom to reside where ever you want irrespective of your tribe or health status.

What I expected from Nigerians, especially the educated and enlightened ones, was to address the issue as a Nigerian problem, a slap on the face of every citizen of this great nation and a trampling on our constitution. But it was reduced to a tribal/regional issue thereby allowing an injustice as big as that to go unpunished.

The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria clearly states that; “Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit therefrom.”

The first, second and next governor of any state that has deported and who is still thinking of deporting any Nigerian has turned against the constitution they vowed to abide by when they were sworn-in which is an impeachable offense. But with the kind of politics we play in this part of the world, we all know that impeachment is the last thing that can happen. A public apology and a statement in all national tabloids should be issued not to the tribes deported but to Nigeria and her constitution for the insults she has suffered from the lawless law enforcers in the country.

As stated in the Federal constitution, nobody has the right or power to expel any Nigerian anywhere in Nigeria, irrespective of their physical, mental or financial states.

Nigeria has been insulted, an apology must be issued and occurrences like this must never happen again anywhere in the country as long as this country remains one.

God Bless Nigeria.

PDP and Corruption: Nigeria and APC!!!

Now the APC has been registered and for the first time it seems the ruling party won’t have it easy in the next election which is a good omen for our country and our democracy. Congratulations to Nigeria and Nigerians, at last we’ll be experiencing a vibrant democracy where there is strong competition.

The APC will either make the PDP start performing and show Nigerians why the party deserve to stay beyond the next election or help them out of office come 2015 if they fail to earn our votes in the next general elections which at this moment is most likely.

Corruption is a big issue in Nigeria and unless there is a change of ideology it will bring our economy to a halt one day, corruption is one of the main reasons Nigerians want the PDP out of government because it is a party swimming in corruption and any party that wants to replace the PDP must be very serious about reducing or killing corruption in Nigeria.

The APC is a party of people that have been in position of power in this country before and they sure know what they need to do to curtail the menace of corruption, as we know PDP members are already cross-carpeting to APC which really is something I don’t agree with.

Allowing PDP members join APC is like Pouring water into a bottle of gin, there won’t be any difference until it is tasted, though people might think it is gin but once tasted, the truth will be known, most PDP members should be facing corruption charges once they are out of office for the frauds they’ve committed while in office, for a party that is aware of that, fighting corruption must be one of the first three things they must do if they succeed in ousting the PDP come 2015, allowing PDP members should not be on the cards for them at all.

So my questions to APC are;

1. If the PDP members that joined APC are guilty of any offense while they were still with PDP, will they be made to answer for it?

2. Won’t allowing PDP members in their midst show how unserious the APC will be about fighting corruption?

3. If APC succeed in 2015, how are we sure, it won’t be the case we had in the past where Anarchy wore too faces, “The creator” in the beginning and the “Destroyer” in the end?

For the sake of Nigeria and the next generation I hope and pray that the APC knock out PDP come 2015 and also succeed in making Nigeria a less corrupt nation, but will the ambitions of the APC members allow the party live to see 2015? Can they do better? What will the APC do differently? Only time and opportunity can answer these question.

NIGERIA IN 2015: Our Fate, Our Fight.

By Amir-Abdulrahman JA
President District 11 Outreach Project (DOP)

After our open acceptance of Democracy in 1999, our thirst for change grew insatiable, we pieced up the various fragments left after the military regimes and entrusted our Nation into the hands of PDP.

In this period, the administration and political office holders failed to focus on improving an already rusting situation, instead they focused on sham projects and policies that lock the vast majority of Nigerians in poverty. PDP did not only disempower Nigerians by focusing and protecting their power base and political influence, they eerily created distractions to divert the attentions of Nigerians from seeing these problems and further fragment us based on our ethno-religious differences.

After the salt and preservatives of good governance had washed away in some sudden unforseeable monsoon, our democracy turned sour and tortured us with the misama of melancholy. In another episode came a man who scored a direct hit on the sympathy of Nigerians, majority saw him as the “Noah” that will sail our ark to the promise land, despite the chronicles of his atrocities and the history of his party’s ineptitude, Majority of Nigerians still wanted him in, oh why not? He made a pseudo-promise of a breath of fresh air coupled with other attractive packages and for him to have lived through life at a point with no shoes, then he must really understand what hardship and suffering really means. With time, reality gave us a cold frown, we realized those were fanciful campaign charades, guiles and a veneer of whammy packages to come with the last 2 years being the nadir of our democracy. We were betrayed by the man and his party.

A new merger party has surfaced, the APC, a merger of the three strongest opposition parties in Nigeria to colour the Nigerian political terrain in a new portrait, to challenge the hegemony in our democracy and put an end to the economic purgatory. They have come to bring an end to the power-thirsty, rapacious and brutal party, albeit they never mentioned all these, but these are the dreams and expectations of tired Nigerians, that come 2015, we will vote out PDP in unison and give APC a chance to save our collapsing Nation, but let’s not be quick to transport to 2015 as we still have to set the tracks straight and understand the gravity of our decision and the task ahead.

Firstly, to enunciate the truth, PDP is not just a party of blithe and ungodly politicians, it consists of the master riggers and master strategists, they hold the keys to the nation’s wealth houses, not forgetting the business tycoons and religious leaders who will trade their souls for them because of the immunity they enjoy.
They control the Armed Forces, the paramilitary, Secret Service and almost all government parastatals with a subdivison of cabals who are fautsianed to the party and are excellent in skull-duggeries. With the recent merging, they are perspicacious enough to know the cards are stacked against them, but these extremists will stop at nothing to destabilize Nigeria and create more confusion.
PDP is still the only party that understand Nigerians and has mastered even the underground patterns on how to stall us, they will never succumb to being effete and that their grip is effacing. No one wants to taste power and leave it.

To Oust PDP from office will require a lot more than a strong opposition party and mere banal routines of patriotism, it is going to require on the onset and more importantly a form of re-orientation that should involve the demolition of the fences that fragments us as Nigerians and for us to unite and fight together as one single, impregnable entity.

Let Nigerians not hasten to hip our hopes and trusts on the so-called APC, Let’s not be quick to dabble into their succour, let’s not forget so fast how we were manoveured and betrayed in the past, let’s not forget how we were smiled at in the begining and afterwards left to witness the unleash of leering monstrousness. As we prepare for 2015, let us come together and fight against tribalism, nepotism and regionalism. We have to reshape our Nation with the tools of Nationalism and patriotism, only then have we taken the first pragmatic step in preparation for the task ahead in 2015.

We have PDP-runaways in APC and with time, we will see more of them dumping PDP for the APC that will be inevitable as they will try to convince Nigerians that they are epitome of political flexibility but take a catfish from the river and put it in an aquarium near the forest and you will still have a catfish. We have to be on our guards for them.

As we prepare for 2015, Let every Nigerian know that to liberate Nigeria we must put her first and forget our religious / tribal differences, Let’s not be quick to forget our past, our troubles, our sufferings, our sadness, our pitfalls, because either ways we are a single entity. Let us prepare for the battle to reclaim our Nation, Let us prepare to make Nigeria great again, although success may not be guaranteed but we must advance towards the path that will re-shape Her positively in the future. SO HELP US GOD!

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