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It is time for Nigeria to reason together

27 March 2014, 10:11

I am a Nigerian, and all Nigerians are of me irrespective of ethnic, religious or irreligious affiliations. I, hereby, appeal to my Nigerian brothers and sisters to come and let us all reason together. Let us reflect deeply on the various ethnic, religious or political crises that we have passed through as a nation from 1960 till date. The main actors have always been behind the scenes. The major foot soldiers and victims of these senseless crises have always been the poor Nigerian youth.

I continue to be amazed that our various reactions on several challenges and issues we face as a country are consistently based on primordial sentiments of ethnicity and religious affiliations. Read the recent responses to 2015 elections, Dr. Bugaje/Niger Delta, Sanusi/Jonathan, Amaechi/Jonathan, Oduahgate amidst many others. When are we going to stop allowing ourselves to be used for selfish purposes of the political elites?

We have had 14 Presidents/Heads of State in Nigeria (9 from the North, 2 from the South-East, 2 from the South-West and 1 from the South-South). Why are we so deeply and foolishly concerned about the particular ethnic origin of who becomes the President in 2015? Why are we so much interested in it is the turn of the North. No, other regions served two terms, the South-South must also serve two terms. Why are we not more reflectively concerned about the candidate with the best visionary ideology on how to move the country forward?

If the interests of the Northern masses would be better served under a Northern President, why the level of poverty in the North today despite the fact that 9 of our Presidents/Heads of State are of Northern origin? We are all agreed that one of the factors that fueled the Boko Haram crises is abject poverty in the North-East. Lest we forget, BH is also a creation of the political class!

If the interests of the Niger-Deltan would be better served under a President from the South-South, why the sustained abject poverty and infrastructural deficiencies observable in the region more than four years of a President from the South-South? Has the life of the average poor Niger Deltan fared better than before 2010 when compared to Nigerians from other regions?

Lest we forget, the longest serving President (11 years) is from the South West. The Nigerian economy is road-driven. Why were the Lagos - Ilorin (the main West-North route), Shagamu – Ore - Benin (the main West - East - South-South route) roads not completed under his presidency? How did the average poor Westerner fare better under his presidency?

How exactly have we the Nigerian masses fared better as Christians or Muslims under a Christian or Muslim President? How exactly had the presence of a Christian or Muslim President in Aso Rock brought more food, increased income or employment opportunities to us as Christians or Muslims?  Why can't we deliver ourselves from self-imposed socio-political delusions?

When the political elites meet together and complain of their region being marginalized. They do not speak for us the masses being marginalized, but for the political elites who have lost out in the political control of our resources!

Come to think of it. Which of the regions in Nigeria is not afflicted with poverty and infrastructural deficiencies? Which of the regions is free of poor states of roads, poorly - equipped schools and institutions, insufficient water supply, irregular or no - power supply? Our problems are the same. Let us all work best to begin solving our problems by voting for the best President come 2015.

2015 is clearly a defining moment for our nation. Let us reflect creatively on how to deliver Nigeria from the clutches of socio-political retrogression, poverty, infrastructural deficiencies and systemic corruption. Let us all agree to vote for a visionary leadership irrespective of whether the candidate is from the North, West, East or South-South; be he/she a Christian or Muslim. Let us all shed the toga of primordial attachments to ethnicity or religion, and embrace the collective destiny of a more prosperous united Nigeria.


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