Putting the cart before the horse, by Tola Adeniyi –

Nigeria’s selfish and self-centered political leaders and their short-sighted aides are preparing for the rituals and rigors of elections, regardless of the country’s huge unresolved diseases.

It is needless to recount or enumerate the plagues in the unfortunate country called Nigeria because they are well known to the natives and the international community.

Nigeria has become the joke of the world while its citizens are ridiculed and pitied around the world. Nevertheless, the politicians who have long held the country and ordinary citizens by the jugular are busy plotting who and who would be the chief executives of their impoverished states or of the debt-ridden country itself.

Frankly, we don’t know why serious citizens of a country would allow themselves to be treated like cows driven with a stick. They should ask themselves and their political adventurers what happened to the elections four years ago, to the elections eight years ago, and so on. The more elections, the poorer the citizens while the business-politicians get richer, richer and despise the citizens who ceded power to them.

The election is not our priority now.

Anyway, we are not running a democracy. What we have is an archaic tyrannical dictatorship militarized at all levels where unelected and hand-picked officials run the show. Attorney General Malami does whatever pleases him. The Minister of Defence, the National Security Advisor, the Comptroller General of Customs and his immigration counterpart are laws unto themselves. We run a crude form of “plutogarchy”, a combination of oligarchy and plutocracy where the Moneybags and Musclemen are the lords of the mansion.

State governors have no say in the security of their states. The inspector general of police, handpicked by the president, is far superior to the governor-elect. Nearly 90% of the entire country is under the military boot in defiance of every known law of democratic practice anywhere in the world. Military leaders amuse themselves with goofy labels of “Operation Python”, Operation Cobra”, Operation Big Breast”, “Operation Bottomley”, “Operation Blue Murder” leaving death and destruction in their wake.

The entire National Assembly and State Assemblies have been unable to bring back state and local government police to the way they were before the military threw our democracy in the trash .

The people proposed for election are the product of the whims and whims of the godfathers, godmothers, godchildren and goddaughters! In most, if not all, cases the so-called candidates are unknown to the electorate. Why should a people be mistaken that they are in a democracy?

Rather than solving the suffocating problems of insecurity and its terrorizing allies, the agonizing challenge of the master-servant political structure that has plagued the country, the challenge of two separate countries in one country, the challenge of the economy monoculturalism, the challenge of irreconcilable ethnicity, religious intolerance and the huge gap between haves and have-nots, heartless politicians are busy dressing up an edifice on the verge of collapse.

What politicians and their beneficiaries have done over the years is travel to Abuja, collect donations and share the spoils, even before returning to their various state capitals and bringing the remains to pay part of the wages. and pensions. What is the essence of elections in states that cannot pay salaries? Or states whose education, health and transportation infrastructure has collapsed.

Millions of school-aged children are out of school, millions of college graduates roam the streets, hundreds commit suicide, marriages collapse, churches, mosques and traditional places of worship gleefully exploit the poor masses and our cherished values ​​have fled, and yet what politicians care about is doing their job, their investments, their self-glorification carefree.

What the country should do right now is for non-partisan leaders to muster their courage and begin deliberations on how to collapse failed states, allow indigenous peoples who want their sovereignty to do so without further delay. , recognize the reality that the geopolitical contraption called Nigeria has never worked, it does not work and can NEVER work except in self-denial.

No country that lives in self-deception, in self-sacrifice and that pursues an arrogant and self-serving policy of master-servant relations can survive, let alone progress.

We cannot conduct elections that lead nowhere. We’re just postponing the bad day. It makes sense for the inhabitants of a building on the verge of collapse to hastily pack their bags and luggage and leave in one piece rather than waiting for the cracked building to collapse on their heads.

Nigeria as it stands today on its shaky feet only serves the politicians, their aides and the blind picking up the crumbs. They are the only ones who want the country to remain as it is.

This piece is not [intended as] an indictment against anyone or any government. We are long past the blame game. No troublemaker should take this honest assessment as a call for secession or self-determination. These are outdated nomenclatures. It has long been established that Nigeria is not a country. Several political leaders have said this over and over again. It has also long been established that some sections of the country, through their separatist laws, customs and institutions, seceded without admitting it.

This country should save the little breath it has left in its nostrils by stopping the waste of its dwindling resources in fake elections that bring nothing to the citizens.

It must be added that the youth of Nigeria whose present is seriously threatened, and whose future is seriously mortgaged should find their voice and cry out. Their salvation is not in Yahoo-Yahoo or so-called money-making rituals. They should ask their elders to guide them with the heroic tales of their predecessors…the youth of yesteryear and the feat they accomplished in challenging the status quo.

Young people must not allow themselves to be used as cannon fodder. Tell the politicians who need thugs to employ their own kids, give their own kids hemp and guns.

Chief Adeniyi, former President/MD/Editor of the Daily Times Conglomerate, writes from Bobagunwa Lodge, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.