Sad and unstoppable, liquid tongues of flame are sweeping the bottom of Nigeria’s political pot as the nation counts down to the February 25, 2023 presidential election, when mammon, tribalism and religion, instead of reason and patriotism, will install Nigeria’s next president.

In six months, the hymn of hypocrisy resounding through the nation’s political orchestra will drown out the national anthem, and Nigeria will once again embark on another four-year static journey of grief, tears and blood.

For a country populated by world beaters, Nigeria’s political panelists posing as leaders since 1999 have only been able to produce a system in which the bat, spider and octopus emerge as frontrunners in the world. upcoming presidential conquest called contest by the independent national electoral commission .

In the wild, the battle is for swifts; kill or be killed – ení yára l’ògún n gbe: the bat eats the spider, the spider kills the bat in the trap, while the octopus, a spongy aquatic creature from the eastern terrain, can end up in the bat’s belly or be trapped by the spider as its obedient army does not leave the depth of the field. online sea to battle on land and gobble up the bat along with the spider. Voting on the ground has electoral value, voting online does not.

Leaders walk, dealers talk. A few years ago, Texas Armoring Corporation president Trent Kimball rushed to a stationary black Mercedes-Benz SUV, sat in the driver’s seat, slammed the door, and was confronted by fire from an AK-47. Why did Kimball risk his life? He wanted to prove the integrity of the armored vehicles built by his company. So he started the conversation.

Kimball sat fearlessly in the Mercedes-Benz, his hands on the wheel. The Sales and Export Compliance Manager, Texas Armoring Corporation, Lawrence Kosub, stepped forward and faced the armored Mercedes with the weapon of death. Kosub rained 12 bullets on the windshield of the car.

After the rat-a-tat of the AK-47, Kimball got out of the vehicle and assured their customers, including the Pope, of TAC’s product safety by saying, “Life is precious, protect it.”

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Unlike Kimball, the dealers in Nigeria’s corridors of power – from Aso Rock to the government offices, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Houses of Representatives – are ashamed of the nation and the people they rule, treat foreigners with respect and make destroy their own citizens. . For the wheel dealers in Nigeria, the life of Nigeria is not valuable, it does not need to be protected.

Likewise, they have appropriated funds for schools that their children cannot attend, run hospitals without medicine and beds, awarded false road contracts and kept their dirty hands warm in public until, since 1999, Nigeria’s political elite has once again been on the hunt for power. to wrestle and use for personal gain, contrary to nationalist ideals.

Unlike Kimball, who took the bullets in his armored Mercedes, All Progressives Congress vice presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Kashim Shettima, in a manner typical of Nigerian leaders, rejected the fashion misstep he committed. when he wore a coat of arms on a pair of sneakers to the conference of the Nigerian Bar Association held in Lagos last week.

There’s nothing wrong with wearing a suit on sneakers for a casual occasion like a pageant or competition, but to wear a parachute on sneakers to a formal event and look like Clint Da Drunk on Friday night symbolizes confusion.

Since 2023 is serious business, it was never my intention to dwell on the sportswear worn to the NBA conference. But I comment on the matter because instead of Shettima admitting his mistake, which is human, he decided to play god, as is typical of Nigerian politicians, and he pushed his folly to the doorstep of one of the presidential candidates , ostensibly Labor Party’s Peter Obi, whose team he accused of holding “three consecutive nights to commit mischief” at the NBA conference.

Shettima said: ‘When I was told it was a hostile mob; I’m a banker trained by one of the best bankers in the world, I’m a Jim Ovia boy. I deliberately wore sneakers to repel them.”

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Alhaji Shettima, when your alleged attempt to “blunt them” failed, as a banker with many years under your belt, you should have known that was a failed campaign, and shut up.

If you, an ex-banker, wear a suit and sneakers to a formal event, despite knowing that some people want to harm you, the image remains in the mind of a moth flirting with fire. It indicates an insensitive stubbornness that many have expressed against your government as governor.

The three prominent candidates in the 2023 presidential election, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Obi, have been part of Nigeria’s ruling elite for more than two decades.

The trio know that Nigeria’s decline problem stems primarily from a federation skewed in favor of the north to the detriment of the south. They have seen how the northern majority in the Senate and House of Representatives has worked relentlessly to keep other regions stuck to the static north. They know that Nigeria can never work with the current skewed arrangement.

Tinubu, in particular, has, in the last 22 years of Nigerian democracy, advocated the call for restructuring, in terms of power transfer. The same goes for Obi. And Atik. But all three were silent about the modalities to be used to achieve this goal when speaking at the NBA conference.

All three know that absolute power in the hands of the president is a path to fascism, but they have kept their mouths shut because any of those who win the presidency will surely drink from the chalice of absolute power.

Consciously, the three have continued to divert attention from the burning issues affecting the nation’s progress, such as the transfer of power from the center, resource control, open grazing, and the federal character principle, which favors only the north.

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Pending the green light from INEC to launch campaigns, the three candidates have focused primarily on treating symptoms rather than offering cures for Nigeria’s ailments. Public speeches by the candidates did not raise hopes, but reinforced ethnicity, religiosity, monetization and misinformation as crucial factors that would determine the general election.

The workability and soundness of the US Constitution were the reasons President Donald Trump’s shenanigans didn’t stall, and Nigeria will continue to grope in the backwaters of underdevelopment if she fails to eat her frog by taking the time for the Constitution of 1999 designed to protect northern hegemony.

With restructuring and a workable constitution, Obi would have been entrusted by the next state government with some of the financial transactions he entered into as governor of Anambra state.

With an enforceable constitution, Tinubu wouldn’t dare carry money in precious metal vans on the eve of a general election or the prison gates would have slammed shut behind him.

Oh Halliburton scandal! Arguably the biggest scam of the Olusegun Obasanjo years. But Nigerians know who did it. A solid public institution won’t let that happen.

Dressed in blond wigs and black frocks, emblems of colonial heritage, they call themselves ‘learned fellows’ and defend the good, the bad and the ugly. Not all of them are taught, by the way. Some of them are miserable. They showed their misery to the world at the NBA conference when they openly stole and loot. They are Nigerian lawyers who lost their minds to conference bags and mementos.

Painfully, outgoing NBA president Olumide Akpata admitted the despicable behavior of his members but vowed that the culprits would be fished out and get what they deserved. That’s what a leader does.

The APC would not have done what Kimball or Akpata did. Famed for its lying capacity, the APC is said to have sat in the lap of luxury, blaming the opposition when its members misbehaved as NBA members. Change + Next Level = Fraud.

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