In the build up to Nigerian 2023 Elections,the same people in various positions of power before are the ones planning to come back. No new person can be considered a major candidate. Still the same Peter Obi of Anambra State who was Governor twice, Atiku Abubakar that won Adamawa Governorship election before Obasanjo picked him as his Vice President, and Senator Bola Tinubu of Lagos State who was Governor twice.
Today,the reality is, these old faces are back promising heaven and earth to fix Nigeria’s myriad problems,problems that it seemed they were unable to fix when they were in power.
On Arise Television interview with Peter Obi,he promised to replicate what he did in Anambra to Nigeria on a large scale but there was no clearly defined manifesto. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on the same television station also promised to solve the lingering power problem which he had been indirectly fingered in some quarters to be one of the architects responsible for power instability due to his alleged ownership of one of the largest generator distributorships in Nigeria.
For Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,he recently appointed a team to draft a working manifesto for Nigeria looking at the current economic reality, but many people blame him for being responsible for putting this current regime into power.
Chief Olusegun Osoba,former Governor of Ogun State has a son,Olumide, who has been in Federal House of representatives for two terms and he has been given the APC ticket to run for third term.
In Oyo State,Olamiju Alao Akala ,the son of the late former Governor has also won the house representative ticket to represent Ogbomoso while the late former Governor, Ajimobi’s son also won the ticket to represent APC in the house of Assembly.
They are not the only ones, examples like this abound all over the countrys, same people recycling offsprings. It doesnt stop at that, In Kano, the son of the Governor,Umar Ganduje also won ticket to represent APC at the federal house of representatives.
In Delta,Ibori’s daughter defeats Okowa’s associate to clinch reps ticket. In Jigawa, Sule Lamido’s son also won governorship ticket to run.
For how long are we going to be serving fathers and Children? Is it a birthright?
The poor masses are the ones championing these politicians on Social Media and at different political units,for peanuts.
Religion and ethnicity has been the major bane of development in Nigeria. We keep building religious houses, while all the existing companies in Nigeria had relocated their headquarters to other countries of the world that can guarantee them infrasture like light, road,water and other social amenities.
Nigeria is now a shadow of her former self, her citizens earn low and spend high because of high increase in commodities. The value of the naira keeps depreciating daily, and insecurity is at an all time high. Nothing works, and people are groaning, with strikes, unemployment, inflation and poverty afflicting majority of Nigerians.
Let the poor masses unite themselves against everyday infighting and take a retroactive step to reclaim their mandate. The mandate is people’s mandate. Democracy should be about the express will of the people, of the masses.
The rich politicians will always throw tantrums and abuses upon each other in the media but it is just a strategy to amass followership and divide the people for their own selfish aims, many of them are actually friends behind the scenes. Nigerians should stop falling for it. The rich politicians are far united than the poor masses fighting because of them.
Divided we fall,United we stand.
Written by Tosin Adesile.