In Nigeria,there is often so much noise and too little music
The noise is usually like what is produced when different crockery collide under the watch of a chaotic
chef under culinary pressure to produce a cacophony of jarring cookery.
When people speak here,it is often out of a place of self-interest,never national interest.It explains the
riot of colours that often convulses what is mistaken for patriotism here.
This propensity that people have to speak from a point of self-interest and from both sides of their
mouth when they have to is the reason for the many empty words that float around Nigeria wearing the
nerves of a country thin.
It is now clear that those who forced Nigeria out of the northern and southern protectorates acted out
of their callous colonial interests and nothing more.Such little disregard for the different sensibilities of
the different protectorates could not have been an expression of anything other than historic colonial
There was no regards for the future which has proven so troubled,and there was no respect for the
present which promised much more to come from the staggering diversity that was on display even at
For those who colonized Nigeria and those who lead it more than a century later,it has always been a
case of insisting that a conflict-ridden marriage must work.
There has been zero regard for the fact that the different parties forced into an awkward embrace are
not only riotously different from each other,but t loath each other very much.
There is zero tolerance for the fact that a marriage of convenience lost every iota of convenience eons
ago.Very few care that it has been deathly uncomfortable ever since.
The sirens of the 2023 elections continue to call louder as they herald decision day for an exhausted and
exasperated country.It is only a matter of time before February 25 is here.
While terrorists continue to convert rural communities to lethal laboratories where all manner of
chilling experiment on extermination, destruction and annihilation are conducted, the Independent
National Electoral Commission has frequently if fretfully reassured Nigerians that the elections will
Because INEC is yet to forcefully collide with the terrorists who seem to have Nigeria’s security forces
on the run to give Nigerians a bit of dramatics,the fireworks are flowing from elsewhere.
In what is like a market of crockery,the main actors are like two mad market women, engaged in feisty
fisticuffs where they are tearing at each other,breaking and scattering crockery and turning their shards
Perhaps,the chaos which makes for such sickening acoustics and optics would have been amusing if it
was not so nauseating.
It is almost twenty two years since democracy returned to Nigeria.In that time,the leadership of the
country has been split between the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and the All Progressives
The PDP enjoyed sixteen unbroken but uninspiring years before a historic defeat saw the APC first
clinch power in 2015.A year has since become four an is about to become eight.
The APC and President Muhammadu Buhari have spent the last eight years blaming the PDP for
Nigeria’s myriad woes.
While it is difficult for Nigerians to conclusively choose the worst culprit for Nigeria’s mammoth
struggles,both parties have in recent times been struggling to outdo each other in the art of
Apparently driven to distraction by the emergence of Peter Obi and the Labour Party as a force to
contend with in the elections,the APC and the PDP have recently engaged in an exhibition to contend
over who has the dirtier presidential candidate.
A bloated petition bogged down by bogus claims and bile is charged with a 72-hour ultimatum and
addressed to the EFCC,ICPC and Code of Conduct Bureau.Signed by Festus Keyamo,one of the more
aggressive attack dogs on the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council,it seeks to sink
Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.
The PDP did not spend sixteen years in power for nothing.It has since sought to similarly unsettle and
sink Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC over sundry scandalous allegations.It helps the PDP’s case that the
candidate of the APC is a lightening rod for controversy and criticism.
In a combat of broken crockery,pot indeed calls kettle black much to the chagrin of spectators. It reflects
disastrously on a country that two of the three men who may yet emerge as their president for the next
four years are locked in a mudslinging competition over who has more skeletons in their closet.
Such can only happen in a country cursed by the gods of good leadership.Such is the fate of a country
that pours out its pearls before swine.
It indicts Nigeria and especially those who hoist both men on their necks like some champion wrestlers
that days before an election of such magnitude,both camps are feverishly squeezing out every last
muck out of their dirty linens before horrified Nigerians.
But it is not exactly surprising.Politics and elections in Nigeria have come to be defined by dirt in recent
times.The pattern indicates that the dirtier the candidate, the brighter their chances of clinching and
clinging on to power.
What is even more alarming is that many Nigerians do not seem to mind that their country may yet fall
into the hands of those saddled with such grave suspicions.
Why are both camps calling on the relevant prosecutorial agencies to intervene and interrogate each
other’s candidate? Festus Keyamo has even rather ludicrously offered to step aside from his role to
pursue his case against Atiku Abubakar.
Maybe,the relevant agencies would have had a role to play if they were independent.Maybe they would
have had a role to play if they did not have a history of showing a lamentable lack of teeth when it
In spite of the grave allegations levelled against both men by each other,they will stand for the elections
because Nigeria lacks the capacity to strip and search them at this point, and more damningly because
many Nigerians would rather thieves mind their treasury because afterall everybody is a thief here.
The ball will soon firmly be in the court of Nigerians.Whether they choose to aim for the net and
decisively claim victory or kick it high into the stands will be their decision to make.
But in making that decision,it would be important to remember that the repercussions will reverberate
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