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A nation at a crossroad

03 March 2015, 13:04 Austine Anyahara

Nigeria journey as a nation has being tortuous with the road laced with land mines & intricate spider webs. The nation has being courageous in this journey to discover nationhood & exist as an indivisible entity where equity rules.                  

In our bid to remain as one Nigeria we have fought a civil war which brought us a colossal setback & today we are yet again heading to a cataclysmic direction & many students of history {elder statesmen} have chosen not tell the present generation what they saw yesterday & caution on the dangers of beating the drums of war.       

The persistent challenges of lack of true unity, distrust & non ideological leadership is born out of the foundation on which our independence was birthed.

The founding fathers sort & got our independence from Britain with a regional mindset where sir Tafawa Balewa stood for the interest of the north, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe for the south-East & chief Obafemi Awolowo was the eyes of south-West & that mindset has remained till date. No sooner has these men settled down for governance than latter, the khaki boys accused & labelled them corrupt & with the muzzle of the gun they chased them out of office in 1966, General Aguiyi Ironsi became the first military head of state from january 1966-july1966, Gen. Yakubu Gowon ousted him & ruled from july

1966-1975 & was toppled in a bloodless coup by Gen. Murtala Mohammed {1975-1976}  Gen Murtala got killed in a botched coup by col Dimka & the leadership mantle fell on Gen Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled from 1976-1979 & handed over to a civilian president Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

Also read: Nigeria political parties top world's most corrupt

In a twist of events Gen. Mohammed Buhari  {APC presidential candidate}in 1983 overthrew Shagari government accusing him of incompetence & corruption. Buhari ruled from 1983-1985 & was overthrown by the gap toothed Gen Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida who ruled from 1985-1993 & stepped aside{ after he annulled the 1993 election won by his friend chief Moshood Abiola} & instituted an interim Government headed by chief Ernest Shonekan.

Before chief Shonekan could dust the chair to seat down, Gen sanni Abacha the black spectacle wearing diminutive general came pointing a gun at him & asked him to peacefully go home. Gen Abacha ruled from 1993-1998 when he died & chief Abiola who was in detention for seeking the actualisation of his people given mandate also mysteriously died in prison & Gen Abdulsalam Abubarkar took over leadership from 1998-1999 & handed over power in democratic election to Gen Obasanjo Rtd {now a recycled army & chief},he ruled from

1999-2007 & failed in his third term bid to perpetuate himself in power so he handed over power to Alhaji Usman Yar Adua in a democratic election & Alhaji Yar Adua ruled from may 2007-may 2010 when he died in office & his deputy mr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan took over till date.

In the foregoing, out of the fourteen leaders that has so far guided the nation on this journey of self discovery as a nation, it is only five that are blue bloodied civilians, one recycled army general -{Obasanjo} the rest eight has been army generals & presently another recycled general is seeking for that post of leadership.            

Never in the history of this nation have we being at a crossroad & near precipice than we are today due to the acceptability & non acceptability of the two vintage contestants in next month election. President Jonathan & Buhari has become the deep blue sea & the devil staring Nigerians in the face, a difficult choice to make between the two, who is the lesser evil going by what they stand for & represent.                         

BUHARI~ Hails from the country North with an acclaimed high population {which can swing to his advantage} but viewed as  islamic religionist, high handed dictator, has discipline & non investigated incorrigible status as his best credentials, his loss in this election can replicate another wave of violence & unprovoked killings in a wider dimension than the 2011 post election violence, so how do we reject him at the polls without the risk of another orgy of violence by his emotional but non rational supporters.                       

JONATHAN~Hails from the oil rich minority south-south that sustains the economy of Nigeria, viewed to be too weak to lead a hydra headed most populous back nation in the world, accused of institutionalised corruption.

Now this is the crux of the matter take it or leave it, the insurgency has made Jonathan government unpopular with the North especially the North~East & this has become a strong point of campaign for the opposition who  baits the North with the promise of stamping out the insurgents if elected & inferring that if not elected the insurgency remains & this bait is too irresistible to be rejected by the North & may get them caught in the electoral hook of APC.

To the south-southerners, they feel their son has been maligned & his leadership unjustly castigated & arm twisted by some Northern elements who vowed to make his government ungovernable therefore if Jonathan re-election fails they too will make the government of whosoever that wins the election economically ungovernable by disrupting oil production in their homeland Niger Delta which is the sustainable income earner of Nigeria & such act may attract an attempted suppression by the FG which may be violently resisted & subsequently lead to arm struggle & eventual second civil war.

I honestly wish that these two gladiators that has constituted a dialema to Nigeria peaceful existence were not involved in this race to Aso Rock, because their win or loss may not cause us to celebrate because of the ominous danger in their victory or loss.

Having seen the writing on our political wall I advise that let Nigerians go to the polls & caste their votes but should refuse to be used as cannon fodder because Jonathan & Buhari can never be involved in a fistcuffs nor carry gun to shoot each other no matter how aggrieved. Be wise there will still be many more elections in Nigeria in years to come after this one & only the living can witness them & who knows whether you may be the next president of Nigeria in years to come, so don't kill or get killed because of anybody losing or winning next month election.           



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