FEATURE ARTICLE

Yahaya BalogunMonday, November 27, 2017
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Arizona, USA

BEYOND ATIKU'S UNENDING POLITICAL AMBITION


n a sane clime, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku's presidential ticket or ambition will be a huge joke, but Atiku operates in the fouled Nigerian politics. It is a society of anything goes! Abubakar Atiku, Musliu Obankoro, Ayodele Fayose, Femi Fani-Kayode and other political prostitutes in Nigerian politics will continue to exercise one of their fundamental and constitutional rights, that is, in a way that depicts them as too aspirational and over ambitious at the expense of their voters. Nigerian voters are pews for the selfishness and convenience of their political leaders.

The ambitious Atiku is very aspirational and expectant. You cannot predict or permutate a success or failure of Nigerian political elites in a society populated by people who wanton daily in abject poverty, penury, squalor and hopelessness. Anything can happen in an Hobbessian society. A society where lives are short, brutish and nasty. In fact, a Machiavellian like Atiku knows the art of Nigerian politics (which is the impoverished Nigerian people). Atiku is always armed with the weapons of politics and machinations to win the pulverized plebeians to himself at the poll. By and large, his target now are the youths who are struggling with their national identity.

Atiku has successfully crisscrossed and crosscarpeted from one known unpopular political bird to another notorious political bird aliased for corruption. Birds of the same feathers sauntering to flock together for the same mission and purpose (power and corruption). It is now the beginning of the end as Atiku foreplays the promiscuous nature of the Nigerian polity. The impending political victims are going to be the Nigerian poor voters; voters who will be raped blue, and sell their future in exchange for pittance. If Atiku is successful in his political (mis)adventure, Nigeria will be sentenced back to ugly yesterday; all Nigerian political philanderers in exile will be pardoned to return home. They will be asked to go and enjoy their loot and commit more egregious sins against the Nigerian people. It is going to be a feast day in the house of corruption the day Atiku wins the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ultimately, the demographic segmentation of Nigeria, that is, the ignorant youths are going to be in trouble of self-abnegation. Self-abnegation of Nigerian youths is a situation of denial of their own interests in favour of the interests of the Nigerian oligarchy. Nigerian youths are ready tools in the hands of the Nigerian politicians. The ignorance of these targeted youths will be weaponized by Atiku's camp to preserve the status quo. In the end, it will be business as usual in a wasteland characterized by repetitions.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is one of the BIG conundrums for the current disadvantaged Nigerian youths in the Nigeria political terrain. Atiku is a spent political force in Nigeria. He's going to be a calamitous figure in the PDP's presidential ticket and contest in 2019. Just like any other old politicians in Africa, Atiku will continue to be an insatiable political animal who will unendingly be toxic to Nigerian political terrains, and for some years to come.

This writer will never predict any outcome of plebiscite anywhere again - including Nigeria. My unsavory experiences in the 2016 US election and Brexit are my political encumberance. Atiku's ambition might be unimaginable in our subconscious minds, or political imagination, but its possibility will not be uncommon considering the unpredictable and unfolding global events. The rise of extreme nationalists and sectionalists in the world stage continues to defy common sense decency and fail robust imagination. In retrospect, Brexit is a good example of the rise of ignorance, isolationism and extreme nationalism; the election of candidate Trump as the President of the most powerful nation in the world is another example that has dodged this writer from predicting the outcome of any election in the world. We are in a period of global political unpredictability and uncertainty.

Meanwhile, the current global politics is a morphing process, and until this global nuance completes its cycle, we will continue to witness the global political abracadabra. The process will continue to stultifying us, and defying our sense of imagination. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Ayedele Fayose of Ekiti are gambling with their luck and the lives of the Nigerian people. The victory of Atiku is not impossible in a country whose average poor citizens are living on less than a dollar a day. Nauseatingly, it is different countries with different political idiosyncrasies. Nigerian polity is dotted with vested interests, intertwined with corruption, ignorance, and an unidentified identity; while that of the advanced countries like UK and US is colored partly with ignorance, extreme nationalism, racism and neo-narcissism, the results that produced our current unbelievable president and regrettable Brexit. Fortunately, American or British history is not repetitious like that of Nigeria; America or Brit has a political buffer that leverages her politics to recouping its wrong decisions at another poll. United States and Britain are well informed society with educated plebeians.

Moreover, Nigeria is currently at crossroads, this is the time for the Nigerian youths to wake up from their political unconsciousness. The Nigerian youths must begin to mobilize themselves to wrest power from their leaders who continue to circumvent their future through circumlocutory politics. The tired but not retired Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, Olusegun Obasanjo, President Muhammadu Buhari and other men of yesterday must be made to disappear from our political space. My sense of imagination tells me that, it is a tall order devoids any immediate possibility considering the current slumbering Nigerian youths. Convincingly, I still strongly believe that the future of Nigeria is in the hands of the Nigerian youths, not in the hands of those who will continue unrepentantly to mortgage their future.

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