Right from Independence, Nigeria’s democracy (most especially elections) has been fraught with irregularities. The post independent government Nigeria had was a result of Britain’s well planned and executed “exit-strategy”. The election that brought Sir Abubakar Tafewa Balewa to office as Nigeria’s first Prime Minister was rigged by the colonial masters to give power to a region that would dominate the nation and serve British interests after independence; a region that wasn’t at the apex of the struggle for independence.
As independence day approached, a new Governor General was brought in from Sudan. His name was Sir James Robertson and he was saddled with the task of bringing their evil agenda to fruition. An agenda orchestrated in far away London, perhaps in the comfort of the Buckingham Palace or No.10 Downing Street. An agenda nonetheless aided by the political naivety of our people at that time. Even the few enlightened Nigerians couldn’t contend with the harsh reality which was to befall the nation. And so, Nigeria had independence with a British Governor General in command. Unfortunately, our democracy was a time bomb waiting to explode as popular faith in genuine democracy was compromised right from birth.
Since then, the Northerners have been in power with little or nothing to show for it. They believe it is their birth right. This explains the posture of the APC Presidential Candidate and his supporters as they prepare to meet an unavoidable failure at the polls come March. How can they be ruled by an infidel? Yes I know. This is what goes through their minds each time they think about it. This explains the violent disposition of APC supporters. That is why they burn vehicles, raze buildings. If they are confident that the change they so desire will come through their victory at the polls, they wouldn’t be bothered by whose poster is on a car or building. Hours ago, a Chisco long distant terminal in Lagos was burnt by APC supporters. This is the change they portray.
Listen up friends, do not be deceived. To them, the 2015 election is not about the “love for fatherland”. It’s about ethnic superiority. It’s about economic interests. Yes! It’s about re-allocation of Oil blocks in 2016. Oil blocks located in the South which have been owned by Northerners since inception. Oil blocks whose exploration has devastated our environment, while the owners bask in the comfort of their wealth. It is about the next National census and their ability to maintain their exaggerated population figures.
This is why they are so scared of Jonathan. This is why they want him out by all means. This is why they are resorting to endless propaganda and lies. This is why GMB lamented that he didn’t have N27.5M to buy his party’s nomination form but months later, his wife boasted of donating N135M worth of drugs to internally displaced persons in Adamawa State. If GMB was truly broke as he made Nigerians think in order to get sympathy, how could his wife afford N135M so soon? Your guess is as good as mine. This is why Boko Haram goes on leave each time APC visits the North-East. This is even why the APC says FG wants to arrest and parade a “fake” Abubakar Shekau in order to claim victory against the ongoing insurgency. How they are able to distinguish between the fake and real Shekau is an explanation I believe they should make to the Security chiefs. This is why Sanusi Lamido Sanusi cried wolf that a whopping $20Bn was missing from the nation’s coffers but has refused to issue a retraction now that certified international auditors have audited the NNPC and found out that it was a lie.
Hold on for a while and critically reflect on these things. Is Buhari really the change Nigerians need? Is he the icon of the new Nigeria we seek? Does a leopard change its spots? Don’t be deceived. The business of governing a nation is too serious for a man who does not know the full meaning of INEC and that of his party as shamefully displayed on international television. For you to lead Nigeria in this 21st century you must be versatile with global standard budgetary processes. A man who doesn’t know what qualifications he has or doesn’t have obviously cannot handle this. A fiery Professor running mate is not even the solution as there are things only a Commander-In-Chief must do. Think about these things. Does GMB really deserve your vote?
Ubon Marcus is a free thinker, a youth/students’ activist and the immediate past Vice President Special Duties of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)