I will start by my favorite quote “There are some things we can’t choose. We can’t choose our parents, families and likewise our country. Nigeria is ours. I love the Federal Republic of Nigeria”
Everyone would agree with me, either man or nature that the major people who have in time past, shaped the course of history in several countries around the world and even those that shook the world itself, have been noted to begin by Spirited and Vibrant Youths. From Napoleon Bonaparte to Adolf Hitler, from Martin Luther King to President Obama, also our very own trio of Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe and Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa who all bravely engaged the colonial masters and successfully gained us freedom… all at their late 20’s and very early 30’s.
It is however saddening to note that the same soil upon which youths were once treasured as the strength of the nation is now trodden upon by the Men with grey hair who doesn’t want to leave the corridor of power. The grey haired men have failed our generation; they are the architect of bad governance, corruption, and mal administration.
I’m sad to come to a conclusion base on what is happening in Nigeria Politics that it has been held, hijacked by the men of grey hair, I mean men in the ages 55 to 80 who are not ready to leave the corridor of power. They brought in corruption to the system, division, ethnics war, tribalism, nepotism, unemployment, poverty that we are all suffering from today.
I am writing this piece to answer the question that has been posed to me by my elites friends, colleagues at home and here in diaspora that come February 2015 who will I be supporting?. This question has been bordering me because we have just two major candidates contesting for the seat of the presidency (General Buhari and President Jonathan). I continue to weep because these people continue to play with our generation and our future.
Having read a lot of books about the trio Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe and Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, I fore saw that they laid a good foundation base on their ability. They tried to unify us, they tried to provide good roads, free education, basic amenities Etc. But it is unfortunate that the men I referred to as my father’s generation failed us because they never built on that foundation given to them, all the problems we are facing today began during their time, all they could offer is bad governance, war, ethnics division, corruption.
It is painful that the men with grey hair inherited safety, good roads, free education, electricity, portable waters, early employments but my generation never met any of these things that the generation before me enjoyed. The generation before us has only given us pain, corruption, penury and bad education.
It pains me when I see some election posters and all I could see is a people using the picture, clothing style, cap style of that great man Obafemi Awolowo as an appeal for vote. That means the generation before me knew that some people gave them the foundation but they failed to transfer or build on that foundation.
All I have seen since I was born is that Nigeria have had rulers, bosses but no leaders, nothing has been transferred to us. When we have a culture that doesn’t understand the purpose of power, abuse and oppression is inevitable. What have I been saying in essence is that both buhari and Jonathan have failed, we need a new Nigeria with new vision, new idea and purpose.
I will never support that Buhari of the Tinubus , I will never support the Buhari who was an head of state before I was born, I will never support the Buhari who couldn’t use his decree power as a military head of state for us to have a stable economy. I will never be part of people who thinks Buhari is coming to eradicate corruption when I knew the people sponsoring him are crooks that can buy Nigeria if given the chance. I will never support Buhari who at no time tried to unify Nigerians. “An American secretary of state says at one time that the American people will never allow there government to fail no matter the color or party of the person in power, because they don’t think of themselves or party but the people who voted them in.
I pray for a collective Nigeria because no man can do it alone, we all have to be on board to move the sinking ship forward.
God bless my Fatherland