The year 2015 will be a very significant year in the history of this nation as many have either prophesied or predicted the break-up of the country into it various entities. As we count down to this historical year, it is very significant that we look meticulously before we leap and not be carried away by the present day democrats or better still politicians parading themselves as the much awaited messiahs that we have been seeking. We should critically find out their antecedents, their track records, their programmes and plans of actions if any. We have to find out how they fared in their previous positions. As we all know that it is pretty easier to destroy than to build and if we can effectively renovate and upgrade the standard of the house, why demolish it to build a new one?
The registration of the new national party, the APC, is a welcome development as far as the democracy is concerned in the country. I hope they will pose a viable opposition to the ruling party and not just a platform to hijack power and promote the excessive ambitions of her founders. They should not make their quest for power a do or die thing. Remove completely the ethnic and religious sentiments that have kept us where we are today. With a stronger and purposeful opposition from a mega political party like the APC, PDP will have no choice but to sit up and as well field credible men and women or else they stand the costly risk of losing the election. The place of opposition in democracy cannot be over-emphasized.
As we count down to 2015, let us do away completely with those money-bag politicians that only believe that an election can only be adjudged free, fair and transparent when they are the ones on the winning side. Hardly do we see a loser congratulate the winner of an election in this part of the world. They come to tell us that the so called election was no election and that it was massively rigged. It should not be so. The political parties come 2015 should remove the religious and ethnic bigotry in them so that when they speak, they would be seen to be speaking for the generality of Nigerians and not for a particular section or religion. They should not see their positions as a vehicle of addressing the grievances of a region of the country who believe that it is their turn to rule our dear country, Nigeria. With a healthy competition, the system will be self evolving as the government of the moment will have no option but to sit up or get kicked out of power. We the citizens of Nigeria deserve something better than the crop of clueless and selfish rulers we are getting. Where did we get it wrong? It surely was in our choice of candidates during elections. Any political party without any good ideology but whose only uniting factor is to wrestle power from the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, doesn’t deserve my vote. Politics is supposed to be a kind of ideology based venture where men and women of great ideas come together to articulate their minds for the socio-economic transformation of the nation.
Our politics sadly, is far from the above but if we must get it right come 2015, we must look beyond sentiments and party affiliation. We should vote individuals of credibility and great ideas. God bless Nigeria!
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