Oh yes, here I am again deviating from the norm, stating things I shouldn’t and giving people the impression that there is actually a working brain somewhere inside the random nonsense I spew out on a regular basis in this blog. Anyone that knows me in the flesh will testify how much I dislike being serious. Anyways, find below something I wrote on the 19th of April 2011, three days after our highly regarded presidential elections (which I personally believe was a sham of the highest order).
Nigeria our Country?
I remember when the whole world was in a buzz because of Obama, the change we need, first black president, one of the youngest presidents in the country, etc… 3 years down the line, have things really changed in the US? Either for its citizens or for its vistors? A lot of people have found out that he is not the change that they thought they were getting. But that is not the point of this post.
I see everyone now in the GEJ buzz, saying many wonderful things about him. The name Goodluck seems to work for him as it has persuaded many to look at him as a charm like if the name alone will move Nigeria forward. That he is from the South South is something that like Obama, is a first for this country and many people are moved by sympathy and are saying that the South South deserves a chance. There are so many reasons people give and right now I look and I wonder if we voted for a Nigerian Obama or we voted for a Nigerian president.. My reasons? I will give just three and rest my case
- The South South has had South South leaders for some time now and in the past 12 years, almost all of them are being sought out by the Financial crimes commission for Financial crimes committed against their own people, those who are not are seen as either untouchable or like the past governor of Cross River State, seen to have done a wonderful job.
- Going through the South South now and comparing it to what it was 10 years ago, can we honestly say things have gotten better? Or worse? Why do we think that having an educated South South president would make things better? I wonder.
- Before the GEJ supporters cut my neck and before the BB, Ribadu and all the rest think I do support them, I will state that, I do believe that the problem with the country is not just the politicians and our leaders, but mainly lies with the civil service. And I do believe that whatever reason you voted for GEJ or whoever as president, was probably not the best reason for the nation as a whole.
I also believe that if you did any one of the following You are part of the problem in Nigeria.
- Paid above 15k for your international passport
- Have never done a driving test prior to collecting your drivers license
- Paid 6k or more for your driving license or never even got to the FRSC office to do it
- If you have never gotten charged for driving offences even though you have committed quite a few and have been caught severally
- If you are driving with less than the required minimum number of papers covering your car (yeah that includes expired papers)
Will stop here for now, though there are so many more (I left out customs, roger and the many other things that are a part of life in a typical Nigerian man/woman).
I do not believe that Obama was the best candidate for the USA at the point he got elected and I do not believe Nigeria had any suitable candidate in the present elections. However I do believe that until the citizens of this country individually and collectively sit up and fight for change, then the country as a whole does not deserve change.
And no, going on your knees to pray for your country every morning, and then living as a typical Niigerian for the rest of the day, IS NOT the change we need.
Please, this is just a reflection of my thoughts for my country, anyone and everyone is obliged to think differently.
Please where is our GEJ now in your minds?
I truly wonder if we as Nigerians have started asking ourselves questions on why and how things are the way they are in Nigeria,
- Wondered why the country spent over 80billion Naira creating a voters register that was never used?
- Wondered why the country is in a buzz and rage about the times of Babangida and Abacha yet say nothing about the people that worked under them in that era?
- Wondered why a country spent 10billion dollars on electricity but still has less than 4000megawatts? Let me paint a clearer picture; at the time 10billion dollars was spent, it cost about 500million dollars for 200 to 500megawatts of power (not sure of the exact figure) from purchase to installation.
- Wondered why the press does not do any investigative reporting on things even the common Nigerian in the street knows?
You just gotta love Nigeria, a country of the most diverse people collected in one place on earth. You just got to love the nation.
Disclaimer: For all the people that would want to bash me for this, I must say this… I AM a public servant. And I AM from the south south. I have thrown the first stone, feel free to air your views.
Quote of the day (QOD hereafter): If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land…
Ok ok, I will revert to the usual after now.. Jane Doe would have left by then 😀