2015 Has Finally Kicked Off, But I am Not Excited...
By George Onmonya Daniel
The ruling Party
With the registration of the All Progressive Congress today, the battle
for 2015 has already kicked off. The People's Democratic Party has
already congratulated the APC. Now it is going to be the PDP versus APC.
However, I am not in anyway excited. Nigeria's election are not like
what we watch on CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera about the United States and
other countries. Elections in Nigeria are very primitive. Olusegun
Obasanjo best described it as 'Do or Die Affair.'
The newly registered party
The 'Do or
Die Affairs' phenomenon has already become an accepted norm. Politicians
now will start buying arms and ammunition to battle each other.
Everybody will start planning and scheming to rig the other out, money
for money, thug for thug, and incitement of the public by using whatever
means, be it tribalism, religion, regionalism and ethnicism. Nigeria
has always been divided along religious line with Christians having made
up their minds to vote for a Christian candidate and Muslims for a
If the APC is wise it should present a credible
Christian candidate to tackle Goodluck Jonathan who obviously is coming
out to contest in 2015, but the APC wouldn't feature a Christian
president. Even within the party that matters. In the end we will end up
with useless incompetent men from both sides and we are left with no
choice than to choose the best incompetent leader. What is
worrisome is that many jobless youths would be lured into joining the
gangs of party supporters and killing of each other. It has become part
and parcel of our culture. Why is the Senate and House of Representative
in Abuja not making strict laws to deal with trouble makers during
elections. Look at the 2011 election where rampaging youths all over
Northern Nigeria were incited to kill, burn and destroy. How many
people went to prison for that? Have the people affected been
compensated as they should? Politicians just don't care. In a 'Do or Die
Affairs' country, anything goes.
Gen. Lawrence Onoja was almost assassinated during election in Benue. Benue State is one of the most volatile States during elections with assassins prowling everywhere and
cult gangs being used to unleash mayhem, but Benue is child's play
compare to Kano, Bauchi, Maiduguri, Yobe and Kaduna States. We saw all
the people that died because of Jos-North election in Plateau State that
snowballed into Hausa/Fulani and Berom war mixed with religious crisis. Boko Haram bombing Jos in solidarity with their Muslim brothers and
sisters of Jos, at least that was what they claimed.
has the same desperados as the PDP. I will warn Nigerians living in
these violent-proned areas that by 2015 they should fine safe places for
their families and loved ones because their safety cannot be guaranteed
by their government, because the government is the problem. May God show
us 2015, but I am not excited about it!
Why I am not
excited about 2015 is that the Nigerian people aren't ready for change
yet. Those who hate the PDP now hate it because a Christian is the President
or because they felt cheated out of the zoning arrangement or they are
not benefiting from the government. Those who hate the APC hate the
party because Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is in the party or because they hate Asiwaju Ahmed Bola
Tinubu or they assume it is a party of Muslims. Nigerians are not ready
for change yet. They just scream about change.
But we on the social
media can do something about change if we can come together. Look at
what we did with the under 13 marriage debate. At least politicians know
we are here and we can influence a lot of people.
I really think we can
do something and the time is now!