FEATURE ARTICLE

Sunday, January 20, 2019
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#NIGERINASLETíSDOIT. THE HUBRIS OF ATIKU

very great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.

I grew up like a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty, having no experience of ití

Harriet Tubman 29 January 1822, 10 March 1913. 29 an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery

Atikuís refusal to participate in the presidential debate shows that he does not have respect for other candidates. Buhariís refusal is a tactics incumbents use, when they believe that it is not in their interest to take part.

This is a sign of his hubris. He is not an incumbent. He thinks, just like his supporters that there are only two candidates in this election, an insult to the other candidates.

I continue to say that Nigerians should teach APC and PDP a lesson. After messing up Nigeria for 20 years, Nigerians for once, should demonstrate that they act rationally.

When PDP and APC discover that the people did not vote for them, Buhariís sister will find it difficult to rig the result of the election.

Nigerians should for once, remove ethnic and religious consideration and vote candidates purely for their qualification and character.

The problems Nigeria face today was caused by those in APC and PDP. They are the people who destroyed Nigerian education and health system. Today, they send their children abroad to study while ASSU is on strike and make almajiris of others. They travel abroad for medical treatment, while others die.

Therefore, it is rich for anybody to claim that Atiku is the solution and those who support Buhari are morally suspect. The kettle cannot call the pot black and be taken seriously. There is very little to choose between Atiku and Buhari.

The level of debate in this election is too low. If it is measured with a thermometer, it will not register at all.

I weep for Nigeria because those who have sight have chosen to close their eyes and the blinds are confident of where they are heading. Some of Wise ones are blinded by their greed.

The choice of Obi as as vice presidential candidacy by Atiku is a ploy to split Igbos and Yorubas and obscure the fact that the election is a struggle for power between Buhari and Atiku, Moslems from the north and does not represent a battle between two ideas. The calculation is that Yorubas will vote APC because of Osibanjo and Igbos PDP because of Obi, while the north split their votes between Atiku and Buhari. Whichever, way, the north wins. Why should Nigerians fall to this permutation? When I look Osibanjo, is see what Obi can be and I am not excited.

I believe that it is dishonest for any person to claim that in an election, where there are candidates like Ezekwesili, Moghalu and Durotoye that Atiku is the future.

Restricting the choices to Buhari and Atiku, is a ploy to freeze out the other better and more qualified candidates.

Why should Nigerians fall for this ploy. This is the trick people use when they want to sale a bad products. They compare a bad product with a worse one.

Nigeria has a serious security problem that are threatening her existence, and neither APC nor PDP is discussing a blue print of how to solve the Fulani herdsmen terrorism that is destroying middle belt and making thousands of Nigerians internally displaced. Non of the political parties are talking about justice to the victims.

This is one of the greatest injustices in Nigeria today and it is not evening featuring in this election.

Neither Buhari nor Atiku has discussed Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen terrorism. The question is why are the two so called front runners not discussing the most serious problems facing the country?

The journalists have also been more or less silent on the issue.

Atiku May win, but it would neither be progress nor the birth of new future. It will be the return of the kleptocrats and Nigerians like the woman who ran away from a physically abusive husband to a philanderer, will find out that the emotional cost of abuse is the same, irrespective of the type.

Nigeria should vote for a new party and candidates. How many times will Nigerians look up to see the sky? I weep for my people who think that a fox is better than a wolf. Nigerians should reject the choice to choose between Calamity and disaster


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