Whether Nigeria likes it or not, the election comes upon us as a nation. Once again, time is giving Nigerians the opportunity to right the wrong in the Nigerian society as we are all political beings and players/victims of the saddening political arena in the country. The fate of the upcoming generation lies in the decisions we make in this election. It is high time we began to realize that election results go way beyond just four years of a political term, it adds up to the entire life of our nation. I have mixed feelings of sadness, shame, and disappointment that Nigeria will be 60 years old by next year (2020). We are just so far away from even being 20 years old as a nation.
However, I am of them that keep on hoping even contrary to hope, so I believe that as a nation we can get our guts together and make Nigeria work if we want to. There have to be a revolution which contrary to public opinion of physical revolution, what Nigeria needs now is mental revolution. And on this premise, I advocate for re-colonisation, where we are formatted of every negative trait that makes us Nigerian and greed being on the fore front.
Even as regards this 2019 election, in practicality, Nigeria is operating two-party system as if there are only two political parties in Nigeria instead of the constitutionally entrenched multi-party system. 80% of Nigerians only know the APC and PDP candidates making it seem as if Nigeria has no other choice than these two parties’ candidates while we have an array of plausible individuals from ANN, SDP, YPP, AAC, ACPN, NIP and many others. There are over 30 political parties contesting in this election. Though these unpopular political parties fail to produce a formidable coalition party with overtly credible candidates that can make the nation kick-start to progress.
It is depressing that most of our esteemed religious leaders choose to stay on the fence and look. People who are supposed to be watchmen are now spectators. The function of a watchman has stated in Ezekiel 33:6-7 ( if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, he is taken away in and for his perversity and iniquity, but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear the word at My mouth and give them warning from Me).
A watchman man does not look he watches. Every morning and evening, there is a Muslim cleric in my area who boldly talks about the election, candidates and even canvasses, prays for a particular candidate and party to win. Though, I am not a supporter of his political ideologies but to an extent that cleric is still functioning as a watchman in his own capacity. The Nigerian society is a religious one that if the religious leaders faithfully harness their influence on their followers for the over-all progress of Nigeria then we are on to a good start-over.
Right now, I can only hope for an upturn of events where God just suspends every anti-Nigeria permutation and rescues my beloved country Nigeria where social ills are normal. But for the sake of this election, a sincere plead to every electorate is to vote wisely, don’t sell your vote, knowing that the destiny of unborn generation lies in your one vote. As it is, everyone is a watchman. So, take your stand as a watchman for our beloved country Nigeria.
God bless Nigeria.