We all are guilty in some way. Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others and they will be held accountable one day. But today, truth be told, if we are looking for the guilty, we need not look further than the mirror. I know it sounds wrong to blame whoever is looking at the mirror of his soul but why we did what we did is not a hidden truth. We were afraid and unsure. Who would not be? Years of Boko haram, unemployment, hindering policies, hunger, poverty, injustice, terror, strikes, disease. There are a myriad of problems which constantly conspire to corrupt our reason and rob us of our common sense. Fear got the best of us and in our panic, we turned to the now president Buhari. He promised us change. He promised us order as we’d seen in his past governance, he promised us peace from the mass shootings and constant worry of how to feed and all he demanded in return was our silent, obedient consent.
I do not know if anyone that matters will read this but if you do and have a voting right, then am writing to destroy this mindset, to remind us Nigerians of what we have forgotten. The reason for gaining our independence in 1960 was to remind the world that we are fighters. Fairness, social equality, justice and freedom are more than just words. They are perspectives, our future. So if you have seen nothing, if the manipulations and crimes of the past and present government remains unknown to you, then I would suggest that you look around only but a mile from your window and allow the re-election of this man. But if you see what I, millions of other Nigerians and sadly, outsiders see, if you feel what we feel, and if you would seek as we seek, then I ask you to stand by me and other Nigerians and VOTE with your common sense and human dignity.
In preparation for 2019, in your daily dose of media feeds for all the potential presidential candidates, to know what it is you want and the type of repercussions you are willing to face after the dust settles. Trust me, they will come to you in a million ways to buy your votes. The cost of your vote is a better future for you. The cost of your vote is not some recent campaign photos with the homeless nor does it cost a bag of rice and a gallon of oil. The value of that vote outweighs what anyone can pay for. You have the deciding power as to who will make room for your dreams to thrives and come to fruition.
In the words of Barack Obama;
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare, all else is lost and that is why the struggle against corruption is one of the greatest struggle of our time.”
Hence, on the day of voting, outside your homes and voting centers, make a decision to give Nigeria a better future. A chance to not just survive but to win.
Remember what Ronald Reagan said;
The price at times of this freedom has been high. But we have never been unwilling to pay that price.
Fellow Nigerians, it is time to pay the price. Whether you write articles like me to educate the public or hold rallies under the sun, whether you produce election songs or vocalize your opinion at the bar or beer parlour, let your voice be heard, let your vote count. Patriotism is not silence and Democracy is not a mute button. Demand for the best and elect the best. The best things in life that government can offer are not privileges, they are your rights.
Let us put away tribal sentiments and religious bias that clog the wheel of our progress and let us think progressively. Whether you reside in the hilly city of Enugu or the heat of Sokoto, Whether you are an indigene of the Centre of Excellence or an indigene of the Oil rich state of Rivers, whether you are a staunt Muslim or Christian loyalist, let us come together as one. I have seen how united we can be as a nation during a football competition. In oneness of heart, inspite of our religion or tribe, we held each others hand in unity in a fight for collective glory.