One of my articles –The Change That Was never To Be – earned me so much bashings. In my usual character, I am not perturbed; I do not care whose ox is gored! One likened me to an Abati – a PDP member who would never see any negativity in the Jonathan led administration (not my opinion); that perhaps I am trying to seek favour from the government. Pertinently, I stated succinctly that although by virtue of my existence – being a human – I am naturally a politician; but partisan? Nay, take it to the dogs! From time immemorial, there have been prophets – they rarely come with good news, rather they bear hot tidings, like burning spears just from the furnace, which are meant to shape destiny of nations by piercing deep into the hearts of stubborn kings and princes alike, to effect the quick desired changes. I am of the light, I reflect majorly on the dark side of the society with the aim of facilitating the requisite switches. Mine is to ensure that irrespective of the plans of the enemies – our detractors – Nigeria will never descend into anarchy! I owe it as a responsibility now that I am young and agile, work and bequeath a lasting legacy to the generation yet unborn, so when I become elderly, I shall sit, smile and say, “It is finished”.
There is a saying in Yoruba: “an elder would not dwell in the market square, yet allow the head of a baby be tilted without doing the needful” (agba ki’wa l’oja, kori omo tuntun wo). I am filled with glee that at last the elders of our land are waking up to the needful: calling our political personae to order, offering admonitions, rebukes and words of wisdom to navigate the ship of our nation through the turbulence aqua it is sailing in. Before I go any further, let me quickly delve a bit into the affairs of the opposition part, the All Progressive Congress (APC). I must confess I was “positively disappointed” as to how its leadership was able to tie the hands of the major gladiators and contenders of their presidential primary contest in signing and upholding a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – binding each aspirant not to context the outcome of the primary election, and give unflinching support to whoever emerges. So far I am impressed, particularly in the way and manner former Vice President Atiku Abubakar comported himself after the election. As a netizen, I was ones of the first few to have read Atiku’s concession speech yet before the final counts of the results were announced. This shows great level of maturity and high level of statesmanship. Even at loss, I saw an Atiku standing tall, shoulders high, calm, relaxed and brimming with smiles. I learnt an important lesson: when you side with the people, even when you lose, you win. A weaker man like me would have given in to emotions, but like an immortal – he acted like the gods. Kudos. I laughed while he commended “Jagaban”. I think I read Atiku’s mind – I understand.
Even more commendable is the fashion they nominated the Vice Presidential candidate, and how major contenders were able to accept fate and continue to concentrate efforts at the tasks ahead. Notable in this is Governor Rotimi Amechi, though if I was saddled with the responsibility of choosing the VP candidate, I wouldn’t have considered him one bit. I have my reason: a man occupying greater office who expects respect from others must command it and give same to higher authorities. But Chibuke Amechi won’t! The way and manner he denigrates the office and the person of the President has nothing to write home about. But even at all these, commendable is his mien after it all. And his acceptance to be the Director General of General Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation melted my heart – this is an exhibition of a rare quality I never anticipated in him. Kudos!
It must not be lost on any that all these were achievable somewhat by the tenacity of the party leaders. Setting the standard and rules of engagement in this clime and ensuring all abide would have been herculean yet achievable – so far, APC has proven it. Guys, more power to you elbows.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is also trying to put its house in order. At the presidential level, the battle had long been won and lost even before many realized it without a single shot being fired (maybe them no use gun sha…na juju) – the dust has since settled. At the governorship level: I do not understand how and why the party hierarchy would have allowed the Lagos contest to degenerate into a situation where an aggrieved candidate would seek redress in court – were the elders of the party asleep while trading at the market square? Well, they are suddenly awake. I don’t know how they did it, but they have eventually been able to resolve the issues on a round table with the aggrieved now pledging support for the winner. This is equally gladdening because more than ever before, our political parties are now exhibiting maturity in their internal affairs.
I read Professor Bolaji Akinyemi’s open letter dated 16th December, 2014 addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari – Presidential Candidates of PDP and APC respectively. Therein, he recalled that the pre and post elections conditions of 2011 appear to be a child’s play when compared to the already over-charged polity of the present time. He accused some Nigerians in high places of readiness to drag the nation down the path of anarchy and disintegration. He therefore called on prominent Nigerians (Northern Emirs, Southern Obas, Obis and past Heads of State among others) to call the two leading presidential candidates to order before the February 14, 2015 polls. He went further at suggesting that an M.O.U be prepared and signed by the two candidates and their party hierarchy, promising to ensure that irrespective of the results of the elections, they will abide by the results as declared by INEC, and ensure that there will not be violence of any kind afterwards. This is timely and commendable. It is gladdening that the Elders are taking their rightful positions afterward, setting the tone for rancor free elections and preparing formidable rules of engagement for the major stakeholders.
Although the details of the proposal is yet unknown, I am of the conviction that since each of the major parties were able to sort out their individual intraparty differences, I do not see it as impossible for them to work together in preparing and signing this working document in the interest of the nation. So far, there has been positive feeler from the APC – as its spokes person has said the party will consider it – I am of the opinion the PDP should neither be averse to this great and noble idea – although there are some negative signals to this effect, as the presidential spokes person tried to downplay the call as non issue, that rather, the president had been committed to non violence electioneering irrespective of incendiaries from the President’s clansmen. Let it be known: even among thieves, there is honor talk less among honorable men. All hands must be on deck to ensure that the evil plans of the enemy do not come to past on our nation. It is worthy for each of the divides to know, a victory over a divided Nigeria will neither be sweet nor worthwhile, rather, one over the entire nation. We – irrespective of our political divide or leaning – must first see ourselves as Nigerian with equal stake in its growth and developmental drive.
In rounding up, I will want to quickly chip in something: the masses should be aware that these gladiators are men and women of notable means; should there be any eventuality, each and every one of them would have crossed the borders or boarded their individual PJs (Private Jets) before you and I realize what has bedeviled the nation. When elephants fight, the grass suffers. But you and I are not grasses even when they are elephants. Each and every one of us have our faculty and conscience (with the exception of gullible few), let these guide our affairs and not allow ourselves or wards be willing divisive tools in their hands. So as the elders are calling, I am only hoping and praying these voices of wisdom are heard and heeded to as soon as possible, hence may we not be engulfed in our folly and dance to the rhythm of war the West is preparing to play for us. A word is enough for the wise.
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