By Segun Amure
Undoubtedly, Nigerians in the next 107 days will decide on who will govern the nation in the next four years. As event unfolds and the nation prepares for her coming election, it then becomes a problem on whose hands should we bank the future of an ordinary Nigerian and Nigeria as a country.
Consciously, it is a known fact that Nigeria like other nations of the world practice multi party system. Yet, certain political parties are unarguably dominant in the country’s political space. Historically, the Babangida led administration birthed the Social Democratic Party and National Republican Party which participated in the 1993 election between Moshood Kasimawo ABIOLA and Alhaji Bashir Tofa. This initiates the dominance of two parties widely accepted by electorate. This is to say that while PDP and APC enjoy dominance in the Nigeria political space, other parties are struggling to be, exist and operate in the level at which the PDP and APC operates in our country.
Dear readers, what do I mean by “A plurality of Voices” ? By plurality of voices, I refer to the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria as a country with different cultures, ethnics, religion among others. The term “Voices” is used to capture the diversity of political players in the coming election. Voices further explains the notion of different narratives from electorate on issues ravaging the politity of Nigeria as a nation.
As children present her narrative of parental negligence, lack of adequate education, lack of health facilities, high rate of infant mortality among others. The youths also lament the existence of inequality and injustice, unemployment, lack of adequate education and infrastructures among others. The aged also identifies insufficient nature of salaries, corruption, injustice, embezzlement, fraud and other problems bessetting the nation. All these validate the term “A Plurality of Voices” meaning that our melodies as electorate is filled with tones of oppression, suppression, dehumanisation and others which pluralised our voices as explained earlier.
Dear readers, Should we Artikulate or FeBuhari: Nigeria is on a brink of collapse. At 58years of independence, no Nigerian should find it difficult to believe that Nigeria is on the brink of collapse. In fact, Nigerians should anticipate that if not now, in the next decade, Nigeria will as a nation would be concerned to the past. I mean, to the primitive past.
Since it becomes a civic duty for Nigerians to choose between the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the incumbent president who is also the All Progressive Congress presdiential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16th, 2019 presidential election, Nigeria as a nation as simply reach a simple end. Put in Chinua Achebe’s word, things has fallen apart.
To start with, quite a few believes that the Muhammadu Buhari led admininistration is nothing but a failed government who had long ago lost the essence of leading aright and repostioning the nation to her imagined paradise. The selective anti-corruption war, decline in economy, recession, high ranking corrupt cases- Minna’s Gate, Ganduje’s Gate, illegal detentions among others has made citizens hopeless and helpless in the hands of the ruling government. Put in plain terms, citizens no longer believes in the Buhari led government to bring succour to the pains of Nigerians.
Undoubtedly, the recent ARTIKULATE slogan by Nigerians on voting Atiku Abubakar as the next president which has gained support from some so-called political fathers is nothing but a validation of the impending doom which awaits Nigerians if he is voted in. To some, Atiku Abubakar is a political gambit who lacks the vision and sense of leading Nigeria aright. Many see his candidacy as nothing but a call to the ‘Egyptian’ days of heavy yoke and burdens. Simply put, he has nothing to offer Nigerians but to enrich himself all in the name of liberating the masses.
From the foregoing, it is evident that should we “ARTIKULATE or FeBuhari”, Nigeria is on the brink of collapse. The two has nothing to offer Nigerians. Rather than attain progress in all sectors, the story will be filled with sorrow, pain, denial of fundamental rights, recession, unemployment, injustice and corruption. Put in plain terms, either Buhari or Atiku, Nigeria will reach her end(that is, COLLAPSE).
November 9, 2018.