THE IMMINENT DEATH OF THE NEW WAVE
Election period is around the corner and everyone seems to be contesting. Posters and billboards flood the streets. On radio, on TV, everywhere campaign. There is an influx of various political parties promising hope, change and revolution but I do not see them making concrete breakthrough. The truth is that the new wave doesn’t seem to currently have a way of growing and they will inevitably loose momentum.
Since 2017, everyone wants to be the president of Nigeria. That is one of the major problems. No matter how good the intentions of these candidates are, Nigeria is too broken for just the president to fix. We need better lawmakers, better governors, better leaders in the local governments. We need to hold this seemingly insignificant positions to the same level of accountability that we hold the president of the country to. I see everyone laying emphasis on the presidential candidates, I wonder if we have forgotten that the president isn’t the only person in the government. Nigeria has cancer and giving cough syrup won’t solve the problem.
The division in the new wave will definitely be the death of them. The new wave are going to destroy a very corrupt establishment divided. We have six major presidential candidates namely : Atiku, Buhari, Oby, Moghalu, Fela, Sowore. The percentage of the ‘ not so knowledgeable voters’ already outnumber the percentage of ‘knowledgeable voters’. The higher percentage has two options as far as they are concerned – Atiku / Buhari. The lower percentage has to split their votes between four candidates – Oby/Fela/Moghalu/Sowore. They are adding more problems to a war where they already are at a disadvantage. Yes, I know they are creating a coalition. This coalition is however coming too late and won’t be able to influence the results of the elections.
The change that new wave seek can not happen overnight. These political parties need to realize that they can not change Nigeria at once. Over 30 years of destruction ( by military and civilian regimes) brought Nigeria to this state. It’s not four years and one position that will fix things. They need to have concrete and sustainable plans that will allow progress even when the blows of failure strike.
No offence to the candidates but I think their good intentions are rooted in some level of ego. It seems like they intend to be the center of attention. If they had the best intentions for Nigeria, they should not follow the path that leads to glory. Till then, we all know that we have two options – Atiku and Buhari. So our options are between definite regression and stagnation. This country gives me headache mehn!