2015: Memo to Nigerians

Posted: February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Danlami Alhaji Wushishi

`We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools` Martin Luther King Jr

Nigeria is on the march again, in search of a new president whose tenure begins on 29th day of May, 2015. Already, about 14 presidential candidates have emerged including a woman. But the tough contest will be between General Muhammadu Buhari and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of APC and PDP respectively. In fact, they are recognized as the gladiators, this might not be unconnected to the fact that despite our multi-party system arrangement, the duo of Jonathan and Buhari in 2015 contest is the much talked about within and outside the nation.

We have less than a month to the polls, Nigerians are looking forward to Feb. 14, the International community now place close watch on turn of events in the country with largest population in Africa. Even our statesmen, Elites, traditional rulers, academics have expressed great concern on the outcome of 2015, in view of our experience after the 1993 Abiola/Tofa contest and 2011 Buhari/Jonathan contest. The US secretary of state just paid an official visit to Nigeria, all geared toward a smooth transition.

Not loosing hope on Nigeria

Not loosing hope on Nigeria

Dear Nigerians, the 2015 election is generating lots of tension attributable to the change in mentality of a typical Nigeria that “ours” must win coupled with threats and counter threats from the two divide. The escalating spate of insurgency is another issue of great concern, at the moment thousands of Nigerians are settled in IDP camps in North East Nigeria whether they would be allowed to exercise their franchise is another big question. Though, INEC has given us its words that they will vote.

It is important that all Nigerians irrespective of our religious belief, tribal inclination, party affiliation and economic interest to place the corporate existence of Nigeria topmost in our words and conducts. Though, the office of the National Security adviser oganised a one day workshop on the need for violence free election, and the subsequent signing of “Abuja Accord” by all presidential candidates on behalf of their parties. There is need to create a meeting point between our words and conduct. Least it turn out to be “do as I say but not as I do”. It`s amazing that despite the pact, some aides to the contestants are still caught in the web of fomenting troubles through the social media or newspaper advertorial. Similarly, some provocative statements have been made at various campaign rallies; this is tantamount to breach of the peace accord that was beamed Live to Nigerians.

In fact, we have no other country than Nigeria, and I don’t believe that the amalgamation of Nigeria was a mistake as proclaimed by some people. God knows why He brought us together, we must appreciate that fact, and any attempt to challenge this union the resultant consequence will be unnecessary crises. So, the more we see ourselves as one, the better for us as the largest democracy in Africa.

Politics in Nigeria has taken an ugly direction in the recent times; a lot of energy is been wasted in condemning a candidate based on his religious belief or tribal/regional background. As Nigerians, we should desist from such politics. We should look at the pedigree of each candidate, what are his antecedents, can he deliver? This politics of ‘our son must win’ is affecting our effort towards industrialization. Our contemporaries are moving forward in boosting their economy. Despite being OPEC member, we suffer amidst plenty.

A group of Nigerians now use social media to insult and threaten those opposed to their views with all sort of negative possibilities like cessation. The uses of facebook and twitter have become a platform where the images of our leaders are being castigated. The social media ought to serve as virtual world where we share ideas, understand our differences and take concrete path towards moving Nigeria forward.

In the last couple of weeks, we are all living witnesses to the rising spate of defections from PDP to APC and vice versa. While all these are part of Democratic practices, hence freedom of association is guaranteed by the constitution. Nigerians must look at the antecedents of defectors; they will go ba

Danlami Alhaji Wushishi can be reached on danwushishi@yahoo.com


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