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Before I Cast My Vote, I Bare My Mind By Tersoo Teecube

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BallotBoxVote_0As the Election Day closes in, with two days left, anxiety and conspicuous apprehension about the outcome of the polls seems to pervade the mind of many citizens. The prevalent discussion on the lips of many ardent followers of this keenly contested election remains centred on who will after March 28th eventually emerge victorious?

In the course of engaging some youths randomly in my neighbourhood and sampling opinions about the tensed state of the polity, I listened to various shades of arguments and reasons from youths just like me for supporting “continuity” or “change” as this two slogans have become synonymous with the two major contending gladiators at the polls come Saturday. Our discussions had to be narrowed to reflect the present situation of events and our choices to be made at the polls.

I for certain, have never been the sitting on the fence type” though not a registered party member of any political party in Nigeria, I have been a keen follower of political ideologies and most importantly the key actors in our political landscape. I have been an unapologetic critique of the present administration for certain appalling reasons that are not alien to majority of Nigerians who are so impoverished and mostly unaware of the fact that their dehumanising predicaments is as a result of a dysfunctional system under the watch of an inept and corrupt leader.

As much as I respect the choices and freedom of association of my close associates with any political party or candidate of their liking, I for certain cannot be hypocritical about the distasteful situation of things in my beloved country. As a youth, we are the back bone of the society in almost all spheres we should be the ones spearheading the reawakening of an evidently comatose or dead conscience of an ailing nation. But it is disheartening that some of us have chosen to turn a blind eye to the despicable acts of impunity and flagrant abuse of public trust perpetuated by this corrupt administration. Our cold complicity in supporting such glaring acts by endorsing the continuity of leaders who have taken us for granted is indeed heart wrecking.

In this present generation of ours, many of us are witnesses or victims to some ignoble events that would have by any means never been allowed to happen in any sane society.

As youths in Nigeria, we are faced with the most daunting challenges of survival any youth would ever face across the globe. For many who are in the know about the daily struggles of a Nigerian Youth would admit that “if you can make it in the “jungle” of Nigeria you will certainly surpass your peers in any part of the world! But how many of our youths are indeed making it? How many of our youths can be proud of saying the government has provided an enabling environment that will support them to maximize their potentials to the fullest? So many youths today are roaming the streets of Nigeria unemployed yet we have a government that keeps lying to us about creating over 2 million jobs to me that is an affront to our sensibilities.

I was livid with anger when I asked a youth whom I know very well his pathetic economic situation of always crying for “Change” from his frustrating state of unemployment and abject penury, who he will be voting for at the presidential elections. His indiscreet answer was in the usual manner of a typical Nigerian who chooses to reply questions with a question. After asking me this question “between the devil you know and the angel you don’t know who would you trust? I knew already he was in a delusional state of holding onto empty vows of the transformational charade highly packaged and sold through divisive and malicious advertorials by proponents of Mr. President.

It is quite inexcusable, for a youth who lives under a system that leaves him with no better chance of meeting most set employment criteria’s after obtaining the needed qualifications from our decaying institutions of learning than to falsify his age most especially when he is above 26 years and approaching 30 for a more younger age of 24 or 25years in other to stand a chance in a highly competitive labour market. In the same vein the system that boosts of transforming the educational sector in Nigeria to meet international standards now gives more preference to your counterparts of similar training from a foreign institution more chances to excel than you but we are still in denial of our unfair discrimination and relegation in our fatherland under a supposed affectionate leader.

Sometimes I muse, are we living in a generation that has lost her conscience and humane beliefs? In this our present generation we are all witnesses to how many of our compatriots have been maimed and their homes invaded by terrorists who even went extreme enough to excise some territories from the North east of our country and proclaimed such conquered areas Islamic caliphate under the watch of a sitting president who continued to make insincere vows about engaging the Islamic insurgents ruthlessly to the detriment of many victims but never acted then all of a sudden with a few weeks to the earlier scheduled elections, decided to shift the polls in other to wage a full war to dislodge and rout out the insurgents. The questions we should be asking is why did it take him this long to act? The decisions he has been taking lately like visiting troops on the frontline and victims of the crisis, is it truly borne out of his genuine affection for the people or it is a deliberate political act intended to draw sympathy to his cause and woo the electorates in his favour for re-election?

To me honestly, Nigeria has never had an insensitive, clueless and ruthless leader like Mr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Where is our conscience as a nation? Have we forgotten so soon that it took Mr. President his re-election bid campaign to remember the victims of March 15th 2014, Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment exercise? On that day some fine crop of vibrant Nigerian Youths lost their lives in the most dehumanising manner under the guise of seeking a government job that was readily not available to accommodate the teeming youths that poured out in numbers to be shortlisted. Where’s our human sympathy for the souls lost unjustly that the government and her supervising authorities cannot absolve themselves of crass wickedness and complicity? Who has been held accountable so far?
The government in the course of campaigning remembered the families of the victims and survivors by unashamedly compensating them with jobs and money. Is the life of Nigerians that worthless and can be replaced with such without anybody been charged for culpable manslaughter?

Nigerians today are on the verge of making history as we prepare to cast our votes for our preferred candidates. I for the sake of posterity will never cast my vote for a leader who someday in the annals of our history, will be remembered for bastardizing the rare privilege under providential circumstances leadership was bestowed on him but failed abysmally to uplift the living conditions of the common man and protect the vulnerable members of the society greatly affected by demonic agents of terror.

I have made a vow never to support the aspirations of any politician who brazenly condones corruption and lacks the courage and tenacity to act in the face of daunting challenges confronting the nation. I have made a vow never to allow ethnic, religious or regional sentiments determine who I cast my vote for but qualitative assurance from a well studied people oriented manifesto that will ensure the provision of social justice, equality, security and economic prosperity for all citizens not a select few.

In utmost sincerity, I will never sell my vote or conscience as I am optimistic the truth no matter how long it is suppressed and denied will one day be made known to those who persevere and believe in the divine law of nature that “Darkness and Lies will only dominate for a while but the reign of Light and Truth is eternal”

May God Bless Nigeria, and all true Compatriots!!!

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  1. terseer kaaba

    March 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    you have a very good command of the english language, and a simple but fierce way of presenting the truth; keep it up bro more grease to your elbow.

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Who Will Explain Coronavirus To Buhari?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19), an exorable doom, threatens life on the planet. It is exorable because it is conquerable. This explains why world leaders are taking the charge to combat this ominous apocalypse. It is a time for leadership from the fore-end; a time when citizens must hear their leaders speak to them; see them take action, making assurances and fulfilling those promises. The counsel, consolation and firm statement of a leader is imperative at this moment.

In Canada, Justin Trudeau, prime minister, despite being in self-isolation and his wife battling the virus after contracting it at a conference in the UK, is leading the fight against this dreaded disease from the fore. He is providing regular updates of the efforts of his government to roll back this scourge, listening and speaking to citizens.

In a popular broadcast on March 13, Justin spoke to citizens of Canada announcing measures to relieve the financial stress brought on by the pandemic on Canadians.

“We do not want any Canadian to have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be able to pay their rent, whether or not they’re going to be able to buy groceries, or care for their kids or elderly family members. We need to make sure that Canadians have the options and the ability to follow the best public health advice and keep themselves safe,” he said.

In the UK, Boris Johnson, prime minister, leads the struggle against coronavirus. He provides updates, alongside health experts, on the measures his government is taking to tackle the spread of the disease. And in the US, Donald Trump is not shying away from speaking to Americans on the virus.

As a matter of fact, President Muhammadu Buhari’s lapses are often easily dismissed by his supporters or by Nigerians who do not know better. Some of them say, ‘’ Why must the president speak when the minister of health and the NCDC DG are already doing that?” This is a contemptible rationalisation of incompetence. Are they suggesting the president lacks the capacitance to understand the issues?’’

Really, I surmise the president has been walled off the ‘’candid cameras’’ over the years by his handlers – not just now – because he lacks the intellectual propensity to understand and discuss incisive issues. The last presidential media chat he held was in 2015 and it was a woeful outing. Also, his non-choreographed media interviews have been abysmal to say the least.

The truth is the unfiltered Buhari is a vacuously gaffing one. On October 14, 2016, standing beside Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Buhari said his wife, Aisha, ‘’belonged in the kitchen and the other room’’, when he was asked to comment on the first lady’s criticism of his government.

On April 18, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the president said the young citizens of the country he leads are lazy.

“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he said during a panel appearance with world leaders at the forum.

In a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Buhari dropped another clanger. He said the young citizens of his country have a knack for criminality and should not be granted asylum in the UK.

With the Buhari experience, it is indubitable that Nigerians must place a high premium on education — not just certificate – in choosing their leaders. The cost of electing leaders who do not have the intellectual grit to understand and handle matters is far too high.

The senate has asked the president to speak to citizens on this threat, and Nigerians are also asking the president to speak to them. This is an abnormality. Citizens must not beg to hear from their president. But because it is Buhari involved here, we have to beg and even excuse the crass inefficiency and vacuity.

Perhaps, the president is still trying to get a hang of it. I think he has ‘’capable handlers’’ who can break it down to him in ABC.

Mr President, speak to your citizens. The words of a leader are more resounding and assuring than the blandishment of proxies.

PS: Let’s follow all health protocol as advised by the NCDC.

• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.

• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.

• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

• Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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Sanusi: Once Upon An Emir, By Wole Olaoye

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We are all potential Ex-es: ex-student, ex-director, ex-lecturer, ex-senator, ex-governor, ex-president, ex-oba, ex-emir…. The inimitable Zik famously reminded us when he had a spat with Ukpabi Asika that Ex was an inevitable prefix for any human being as was evidenced by the fact that a certain young man who would someday become an ex-Administrator, was the son of an ex-postmaster!

So, what’s so apocalyptic about Sanusi Lamido Sanusi joining the ranks of ex-potentates? Nothing? Everything! Don’t ever think that bell you are hearing is tolling for the former Emir of Kano. No. It could be signalling the beginning of a comprehensive demystification of traditional rulership by plebeians holding tenured political power. In centuries past, no plebeian messed with the traditional institution. The halo of nobility, the sheer vastness of a prince’s hereditary powers, rights and privileges, made the subject know his place.

Yesterday’s subjects are today’s political sovereign. They make no pretences to sophistication. They load a gun to kill a spider. When you dethrone a monarch and then deprive him of his liberty, forcefully banishing him to a place without electricity and potable water, you are playing god. If it was all a public relations Olympics, the calm dignity with which Sanusi handled the humiliation made people all over the world admire his chutzpa and hand him the gold medal. A

Life and its many puzzles! Why is it that for some men and women, “their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall”? What do you do about an ego that knows no satiation? As the Preacher in the Good Book timelessly says, “All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full… The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing… there is nothing new under the sun”.

The Yoruba have a poem that says just that. “The horse struts and frets and then dies. Being a veteran walker is no immunity to getting lost. Nothing new under the sun. I’ve seen kings reduced to slaves; and servants who mounted the throne. Haven’t my eyes beheld both river and sea? Haven’t I seen a hunchback on spindly legs, and a midget climbing a ladder to add condiment to the soup pot? Tell me, has anyone ever started a building from the roof?

The new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, is a cousin of his predecessor. As royal intrigues go, when the dust is settled the sword will be sheathed and brother will embrace brother. That is the way of princes. Eventually, outsiders will realise that all they can ever be in palace politics is outsiders. Our very own Nobel prize winning Kongi was not amused by the scandalous extra-judicial detention of the former emir.

He put the emir’s travail down to his progressive stance: “Emir Sanusi was a one-man EFCC sanitisation squad in the banking system, taking on the powerful corrupters of that institution…. “Most important of all, and most pertinently for the nation, Sanusi was one of the early warning voices against religious extremism whose bitter fruits the nation is currently reaping….

The doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi. As for his current crowing Nemesis, a different kind of gates remain yawning to receive him when, as must, the days of governorship immunity finally come to an end.” Support for Sanusi is not limited to radical voices.

Veteran technocrat Alhaji Ahmed Joda penned a panegyric in support of the ex-emir: “The purpose of this letter to you is not to commiserate with you, because I know that you must have known the likely consequences  of the principled position you have taken. The reality we must face in Northern Nigeria is that the evil forces of feudalism that have kept us in bondage for so long are still there and fighting. You have been the only voice that has been telling us this truth….”

It is easy to kick a man given a pin-fall by fate, or piss on the grave of a fallen warrior. Dead men don’t bite. Real friends show up when you are in life’s valley. Say what you will, I would rather have a friend like Nasir el Rufai when the chips are down. In the midst of all the turmoil, conspiracy theories have surfaced to the effect that the dethronement is but a political sleight-of-hand to propel Sanusi to Nigeria’s presidency in 2023. Caution! Let’s separate the issues. Political succession is totally different from fundamental human rights. Sanusi is not my next president.

My views on power rotation are well documented. The ex-emir will go down in history as a champion for the rights of the poorest of the poor. He advocated for a new Northern Nigeria where old backward practices such as the almajiri system and irresponsible parenting will be abandoned. His was the voice crying out in the desert, lift my people up from the cesspit of penury. The attempt to demonise him after dethronement through various allegations, including one on religious fundamentalism, is dead on arrival. The same fate will befall the vilification of El Rufai on account of his loyalty to Sanusi. Please quote me: Modern challenges can never be resolved with a resort to medieval solutions.

Christopher Hitchens’ Q&A may someday apply to the ex-Kings College boy who’s now an ex-king.

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Sanusi Dethronement: The North Only Beheads The Bearers Of Truth

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By Fredrick Nwabufo

Northern Nigeria is prostrate. It is the axis of uglies – banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, diseases, ignorance, and drug abuse. Alas! The region’s elite are aware of the problems, but look away because the disequilibrious status quo sustains them. What is petrifying, however, is that they maul and clobber at anyone who spits the truth in their faces.

I think, this is the mortal sin of Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano – beyond his politics with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano.

But wait!

The World Bank says 87 percent of Nigeria’s poor are in the north. And that while poverty is plummeting in the south, it is rocketing in the upper region.

READ: Dethroned Sanusi Will Be Under House Arrest – Ganduje’s Aide

“Poverty in the northern regions of the country has been increasing especially in the north-west zone. Almost half of all poor lived in the north-west and the north accounts for 87 percent of all poor in the country in 2016,’’ the Bretton Woods institution said in its report entitled ‘Advancing social protection in a dynamic Nigeria’ in February 2020.

In August, 2019, the federal government revealed that 1,460 people were killed by bandits in seven months. And that the north-west is the worst-hit by this bloody enterprise. The killings have steadied, expanding in proportion and execution in the region.

In his accustomed manner, Sanusi recently vocalised these depressing figures of retrogression in the north – as regards the World Bank report — earning himself praise from progressive Nigerians and reprimand from the usual suspects — those stuck in the cesspit of bigotry.

Also, the gadfly emir of Kano, whom I regard as the John the Baptist of the north for his vociferous condemnation of this status quo, is alone in his advocacy against irresponsible polygamy, Al-majiri and child marriage – practices the northern elite espouse. He is the face of a progressive north; the northerner of the new age.

As a matter of fact, on different occasions he had complained about the northern elite whom he said wanted to silence him for speaking the truth about the region.

‘’Our colleagues and compatriots among the elite do not like statistics. Numbers are disturbing. I recently gave a speech in which I said the north-east and north-west of Nigeria are the poorest parts of the country. This simple statement of fact has generated so much heat; the noise has yet to die down. The response to this speech has been a barrage of personal attacks and insults aimed at silencing any voices that dare shine the light on the society to which we are saying Bring Back our Girls,’’ he said at a lecture held to commemorate the Chibok girls abduction.

READ: Sanusi Breaks Silence After Dethronement As Emir Of Kano (Video)

And I guess they can only take the throne away from him but cannot take away his royalty in the community of decent humans. Really, I believe the emir would rather give up his throne than be gagged by the shareholders of iniquity.

To say the least, Sanusi’s dethroning was not unexpected. Ganduje had always shown his hand in this plot. Really, the emir of Kano never hid his dislike for him. But what is there to like about a governor who was allegedly caught on camera stuffing wads of dollars into his babariga? In the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in the state, the emir was not shy in expressing his disapproval to Ganduje’s candidature.

So, Ganduje, who considers Sanusi a ‘’loud mouth’’, plotted a bitter revenge after he was re-elected. He had moved to remove the emir in 2018 but for the intervention of some ‘’higher powers’’. However, he whittle-down the power of the emir by creating new emirates from his domain. He was not done though. He rustled-up allegations, set up probe panels – all in the desperation to embarrass Sanusi.

But Sanusi was still talking.

Really, one of the most abrasive places to exist is in the circle of non-progressives. You talk different, think different or act different, they will feel threatened. Even when you try to clown around; the aboriginal clowns will still feel threatened because you do not look the part.

I think, Emir Sanusi is light-years away from the people he is dealing with in Kano government. He is needed more at the top echelon of government where he can contribute more meaningfully to the development of Nigeria.

Northern Nigeria is not ready for an emir like Sanusi. He is ahead of his time.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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