The craving for change as a people is one that is long overdue. And we are yet to see this come to fruition because we have failed do that which is within our ability “TO TAME THE LITTLE FOXES THAT SPOILS THE VINES”.
I write this piece because I think it’s high time the good people of Nigeria come to the realization of the fact that we will never progress as a people and as a country if we do not put an end to some unsolicited acts that have deter us to grow. We have sold our electoral act and have given absolute power to our politicians that we no longer have the right to seek accountability from them when they assume their positional offices.
The quest for quick riches and easy money has made us do things that are not worthy to be spoken of. We have put ourselves in position to accept anything the political class throws at us. The season of election is at the corner and most people are already strategizing ways to make money from those vying for electoral positions. Some see this period as an opportunity that comes once in every four years, so they are ready to utilize it to the best they can. This is the period where people begin to place demands and mount pressures on political aspirants to extort money from them if they would give in their support. People now see political aspirants as money making machine to source for a new car, new house, travelling abroad, paying school fees and even marrying new wives. Some go to the extent of lying about a non-existing illness of a family member. All these are done in the name of assuring to support the aspirant, whether such person is qualified or not.
Afterwards, we start blaming the political class for doing nothing when they get to their positional office. Why would they, when they paid their way up there with the gifts and money that was shared during the season of campaign? They are there to recover those funds and that would they do till they are done in office. This singular act of extortion has made us elect leaders who aren’t visionary and credible in time past and if we must succeed as a people, we must learn to do away with this. We must learn not to use money as a yardstick to measure the intent of a candidate. The effect which this has caused us cannot be overemphasized and if we really need a NEW NIGERIA as we all seek, then we ourselves must strive to be a people with a NEW MINDSET and approach to our support for political aspirants.
Author: Emmanuel Eneojo Samuel
Eneojo Emmanuel, a computer engineer by training, an educationalist with passion and a writer. I find great advantage in travelling, reading and writing. As humans, at some point in life we can get to a cross road and it’s not uncommon for our lives to be unravelled. Hence, my greatest passion is to use my abilities and writings to bring to the consciousness of people that they have a say over their lives and we do not allow circumstances define who we are. I believe there’s a greatness in everyone.