BY REV. FR. GERALD NWAFOR
I am not wondering what the problem is, because I have known from the start that thieves have a problem whenever it is time to share the booty.
It is time again to share the booty by grabbing the presidential seat of the Nigerian state, and the political marauders are slandering one another in the name of the campaign, but it is good to know who they are in the real life before we cast our votes. One said one is a drug lord, not a drug pusher and we know the difference between the lord and the tenant. You cannot be too naïve not to know that when someone is called lord, then the others are slaves in comparison.
If someone is not classified as a drug pusher, drug peddler, drug seller, drug addict, or drug trafficker but a drug lord (drug baron), my brother, I will use the word of a true Nigeria who says “Fear-am.” A presidential aspirant in our country is labeled a drug lord, and he came to national television to defend himself through his spokespersons and many other proxies.
I know you are now wondering who that may be. Just google or yahoo into the search engine “Nigerian presidential candidate charged with drug trafficking?” The result will blow your mind because it is not from my mouth you will hear that, “Babangida wife born pikin.”
The other presidential candidate has been in office in the federal republic of Nigeria for the last twenty years. His principal said and wrote a lot of things about him after working with him for eight years.
Some I heard directly from him, some I read in the newspaper, and some I saw him on the television, speaking to a group of people. “Knowing what I know about him now, God will not forgive me if I would hand Nigeria over to him.” The above statement was attributed to his principal after working with him for eight years. The issue now is not even what his principal said but what one of his aides said about him, and the new slang of SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) which has milked our economy dry since 1999, when he came to government.
What in the world are we hearing and seeing? The same person is going around campaigning to be our president in 2023, TUFIAKWA, God forbid bad thing. May almighty God never allow the lizard to be hairy. I have nothing against the lizard, but I am 100% certain that hairs would not look good on it, and it will go against the conventional norm of the lizard’s appearance. These two political gladiators knew that going by antecedents that the Nigerian public are just tired of them.
Although it is not enough to get tired, we must get our PVC too. In this cacophony, the sound is soothing to some ears. Especially those who have their PVC (Permanent Voter’s Card) and are ready to go to the polls and say “NO” to those who have manipulated and shared our commonwealth since 1999. One of those candidates has been in PDP, AD, ACN, APC, and PDP. In all circumstances he has contested for the highest post in the land, by which I mean the presidency.
In 1993, and 1999 he was the vice president incumbent, in 2003 he was the vice president incumbent, in 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023. Remember the traditional saying about nwamgbeke and the razor? Is it that the barber is not good or that the blade is not sharp enough, (Obu na nwamgbeke amaro isi akpu ka obu na aguba adiro nko?). and the Wiseman answered simply that Nwamgbeke is one of our best barbers, so she is so good, and the blade is also well sharpened, so the problem is neither from the barber nor the razor. The problem is the shape of the head of the customer, it is oblong in shape which the barber has no power to change.
Someone who has tested all the major political parties in the land and was rejected by the party or the populace to be in charge of the country, by all means, should at least go and find a seat somewhere and sit down. Ona obro ya? Here we are not doing turn-by-turn.
Turn-by-turn is the children’s game we played in the late 70s and 80s, where in the fear of not being dominated by the strongest of the kids, we would say that it is turn-by-turn: you play and you give way for the next kid in line to enjoy the game also. For someone to say that it is his turn to become the president of Nigeria is unheard of.
So it is not in the power of the electorate to pick who will govern them, but in the power of the few elites to pick who they want? And when we wanted to complain he said we should “Shut up and sit down.” Is this not arrogance and stupidity? Anyways, let us farm in the farmland of the person to whom we have come to farm (Ka anyi koo na ubi onye abialu). The battle between APC and PDP should not be our worry.
Our worries now should be how to get all our arsenal together and plan on how to vote for Peter Obi. The first step is to get your PVC so you can save yourself first. The second step is to make sure that your siblings and parents have procured their PVCs, the third step is to make sure that your friends and relatives have their PVCs, and finally to make sure that all of them vote on the voting day, and for Mr. Peter Gregory Obi in the Labour Party where the logo has mama, papa, and pikin. Do this and the blessing of Abraham is yours.