It doesn't matter if you don't take an interest in politics; politics will take an interest in you.
For about 3 months, I've listened to (and made) various comments on all the politics going on in the country (Nigeria) at the moment. Twitter has a way of making people seem learned including the serial retweeters, the band-wagoners, the people who like to always have a differing opinion et all. Every Emeka, Tunde and Ibro has an opinion. This is a good thing. I won't lie, its been fun. Especially with all the debates and monologues. From all the registration drama to the various campaign ads and strategies, to the nodding episode to the various debates and then to the postponement.
The first, are the ones who believe that Nigeria is a hopeless cause, and that nothing can be done about it. The second, believe that even though the situation seems bleak, they should not give up and still perform their civic duty. To fulfill all righteousness. The third, like the first, believe that its a hopeless cause but will still go ahead and vote anyway. These are the ones that make statements like "At the end of the day, Jonathan will still win and we all know it. Vote for him so that your vote won't be wasted." These are the ones that irk me the most.
I listened to all the presidential candidates during the debates. Did i see the perfect candidate? No.
I think Ribadu is a tad too proud.
So no, no perfect candidate. Will I vote one of them? Definitely.
It was when he chose to not attend two of the three debates he was invited for that he lost any chance of winning my vote. Yes, not all the candidates attended all the debates, but he is the incumbent president. When the president of a country looks at an invitation by the youth of that nation to come and tell them his plans and decides not to honour it without any reason or apology? Flagrant disregard, no? And then to explain it away in a self 'debate' as a "communication gap"??? Seriously??? Come on!
We are not as powerless as we'd like to think.
You, privileged to have an education, a better understanding of things, you owe it to those who aren't as fortunate as you are, to enlighten them. Tell them how their lives will get better if they vote wisely. Show them the way. Get up, get out and vote. Don't just sit on your high chair, criticizing.
Is it too late? Will it be enough? Will we get it right this time? Maybe, maybe not. But you don't stop trying. If not now, then maybe in 2015 when we have to elect again. But you just don't stop.
Bomb blast at INEC office in Suleja, Niger State. Youth Corpers killed. My friend's cousin may or may not have been involved. I'm outraged. Does this mean we should cower and let them have their way? Should we sit at home and let them win? Hell No! We channel this anger. We get up and say enough is enough. That's the only way we can honour those who lost their lives.
You think it doesn't affect you? Wait till they put in place policies that make your life hell. Wait till they don't fix power and other infrastructure that can give you a higher standard of living.
We pay the price now or we all pay a higher price later.
And it shouldn't just end there. After they come into power lets monitor them; hold them accountable. Speak out when we see they're not living up to their manifestos. Let them know that they cannot just do as they please.