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2015: Creating Political Tensions In The Land

24 September 2012, 13:11

Would it be wise for us to fold our arms and watch the prophecy by American diplomat, Negroponte that Nigeria would break up in 2015 come true? But it seems the political class want to come to pass with what is already happening across the nation. Tension is already building up across the country toward 2015. Politicians seem not to be heeding President Goodluck Jonathan’s advice not to engage in serious politicking for 2015 as yet. In the north for instance, there is a deliberate plan by the region to wrestle power back as they claim that it was unjustly taken away from them.

For this reason, they do not listen to any other thing other than 2015 and how to reclaim power, which they believed was unjustifiably taken away from them by the south. They refer indirectly to the Zoning arrangements in PDP and how some desperate persons manipulated the situation to railroad themselves into power.

Nigeria is bedeviled with a motley of problems of which the least  a Nigerian politician should be thinking about should be 2015. It shouldn’t come into play. What should be on the scene now, is how do we amend the economy of this nation?

The situation is not helped either by the campaigns by some visible southern political hawks championing a Jonathan Presidency in 2015. Even the President himself has not debunked the rumour making the rounds that he is gearing up for another shot at the presidency in 2015.He is yet to clear the air on his stand as far as this matter is concerned.

The President’s silence has already made worse political tension in the land and pitted some interests in the north against those of their southern counterparts. How far this rivalry will go depends on the maturity each of the parties brings to bear on it.

In any case, what is not probably arguable is that there is a wide divide between the north and south as each jostles for the most coveted political office in the land, the presidency.

Those spearheading the struggle are the second-term governors who are more than those in their first term. The political calculation is such that these second-term governors would assemble all the support they can garner to stop whoever they do not want from leading the country.

And who tells you that the president will sit back and watch without putting up a fight? Some prominent Niger Delta militants and top politicians have already endorsed President Jonathan for 2015, without his consent, one may say, while threatening fire and brimstone for whoever would dare stop him.

As if that is not enough, the South East geopolitical zone is laying claim to the presidency too. According to some prominent politicians from the South east zone there is an unwritten agreement for the south east to produce the next President. But let me ask: which unwritten agreement? Between who and who?

Who made the agreement and on whose behalf? This kind of attitude is what I hate. How could responsible men who call themselves leaders behave so myopically as to speak unfazed about an unwritten agreement when even those agreements expressly written had been denied in crucial circumstances?

What do you think will happen if these threats come true? Then definitely we are heading for a serious crisis. Herein my fears lie.  

With God we will over come them!

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