I like to think of myself as apolitical. I am of the breed of young Nigerians who are currently sitting on the fence, watching the aged titans play Politricks. I’m not pro-Buhari/APC, neither am I pro-GEJ/PDP. Yes, I yay’ed when GEJ lost because I (like many Nigerians of various ethnicities) have had enough of the cluelessness and corruption that permeated that administration.
I am pro-development; pro-accountability; anti-corruption. That is why, I can say what I am about to say, without fear or fervor.
It is time for the Nigerian youth to drop alignments with political parties. Alignments borne of tribal love and ethnic hatred; alignments that feed egos and enlarge pockets. It is time we call it as it is. PDP and APC have failed us, and are failing us. GEJ was a clueless President and Buhari is doing no better. It is time for us to call our leaders out for serving us beans that is half-done. Beans that has sent us, stomach rumbling, nauseous, sick, to the loo to vomit and excrete the poison of their selfishness, deceit and betrayal. Lamenting over PDP’s loss (or gloating over APC’s victory) while forgetting the years of impunity and corruption from the Nigerian leaders is stupid and shortsighted. Shortsighted because we fail to see that our future is gloomy. Nigeria is a heavily indebted poor country (HIPC). A tag we willingly applied for and received with huge relief because our past leaders have stolen us blind. A tag that is not for fancy, but one that makes us puppets to the Westocentric IMF and World Bank. In simple terms, those organizations own our Black asses. The Loans, Grants, Structural Adjustment Policies they give and we receive all fall under the umbrella of neocolonialism. The West is still sucking the Rest dry, decades after the supposed end of colonialism. Who is the master? Who is the fool?
We are the fools, because we are not free; we are not the decolonial beings we think we are; we are not developing; we re not progressing. We are bound up in a never ending circle of poverty; we are regressing. And, it is time to be adult like Late Zik, Macaulay, Belewa. It is time to focus on our freedom and development. We have to focus on what any given administration is doing to better our economy, develop our urban and region areas, enhance our amenities. We have to focus on our very many losses and demand vociferously for better and transparent leadership. We have to do all these because we are human beings, citizens with rights and obligations, not goats or sheep that can be fed dry oats and grass and still be led to the butchers table for profit. We have to demand for better leadership, for a better Nigeria for our children’s sakes, if not for ourselves.