Friday, 18 April 2014
See You At The Polls, Mr. Asari Dokubo By Chiechefulam Ikebuiro
There are so many questions begging for answers in our dear country .So many of them.
Since the creation of Nigeria successive governments, both military and democratically elected have promised to tackle corruption, accusing the previous government of being corrupt. The question then is, why is Nigeria still ranked amongst the most corrupt countries in the world till today? Why are there still graduates loitering the streets searching for non- existent jobs? Why is the unemployment rate so high? Why are people still dying as a result of road accidents, accidents caused by negligence of the roads by government? Why can I not be guaranteed that the little back ache I have will be cured when I visit the general hospital? Why do my leaders and their families still jet out abroad to get treatment for illness as little as catarrh, while our hospitals are left below standard?
Why was Alamesigha granted pardon? Will he contest in 2015? Picture Alams in the senate in 2015. Why do we still have corrupt politicians representing us- the people, in government? Why are we suffering in the midst of plenty? What has changed since the removal of fuel subsidy and the subsequent increase of fuel price at the beginning of 2012? Were we not assured of significant change after the subsidy must have been removed? Where is the change? What does Boko Haram want? Is granting them amnesty fair? How about the dead and their families? Is there any compensation whatsoever for them? Will Boko Haram even accept the amnesty in the first place? Where and when will they strike again? Is the JTF intelligent enough? If they are, why are there more casualties on the side of the civilians than on the insurgents?
Why does the Aso rock budget have such a large amount of money for food and miscellaneous? Is the food made in heaven? Money that can put to better use for the good of the ordinary man? What is security vote? What in the world is the money used for? Why should one lawmaker in Nigeria earn more than the president of the USA? Why is there erratic power supply even after promises of improved power supply? Why do we not have a single functioning refinery? Why are we even solely dependent on Oil? What effort is being made to develop the other sectors? Why are the elderly dying on the streets, protesting for their(stolen) pensions? Why should they suffer in their youth and suffer even more in old age?
Do we have a national carrier? Why are our international airports not up to standard compared to even smaller countries? Why do we still claim to be the giant of Africa? Why is the average life span of a Nigerian just 52 years of age? Why does everybody want to run away from Nigeria for greener pastures? Ghana is now becoming a better option. Remember when Shagari chased Ghanaians away? The (In)famous Ghana must go? Now we are running back to their country in search of a better life?
Why are there massive failures of JAMB and WAEC?
Why will the current president want to monitor the internet users in Nigeria? Is that necessary? Will that put food on the poor man’s table? Talk of misplaced priorities? Why should the government pay such amount to a firm in another country, even if it had to monitor the people? Money that will have benefited the ordinary man if put into good use. Why should the government even hand such project to a foreign entity? Is that not like handing over your security to another country?
Finally, I want to ask what Mr. Asari Dokubo’s problem is? Some of us supported your cause when Niger Delta was being sidelined. Why, we asked, should the Niger Delta still be very underdeveloped when it provides Nigeria’s revenue? Recent altercations from Mr. Dokubo are not acceptable. What is giving him the guts to threatening the existence of Nigeria? It is so disgusting that in the face of happenings in Nigeria, one individual is coming to add salt to injury. An individual that has been ‘’settled”. What other relevance does he want?
Why don’t you enjoy what you already got? What is the state of the Niger Delta since the current government took over if I may ask? Are there any improvements in the lives of the people of Niger Delta? He was quoted as saying the militants will return to the creeks if the current president does not win a second term. Have they not been paid off in the name of amnesty? In this light, one is tempted to think Boko Haram will one day threaten Nigeria again after they must have been granted amnesty(if they accept). It was also reported that he boasted about the reduction of oil production to ZERO if he gets arrested.
That Nigeria will become history if he is arrested. Talk of being above the law? Who are his backers? On what grounds exactly should the current president get a second term? Is it solely because he is from the Niger Delta? That’s not good enough Mr. Dokubo. Have you asked the man on the streets what they want come 2015? Have you taken time to find out the impact of the current government on them? Do you know if they are happy. Please stop being selfish! Why incite violence with such statements? Nigerians now know better.
They made the mistake of voting by sentiments in 2011, you think they are willing to make the same mistake. We are in a one man one vote era. If Mr. Dokubo wishes to vote the current president, fine. Will he bring down Nigeria if the people decide they do not want the current president come 2015? Let the will of the people prevail. Let the people freely chose who they want to rule them come 2015. If they chose the current president, fine. It’s a democracy after all-The government of the people, BY THE PEOPLE and for the people. Please quit this I-will-destroy-Nigeria-If-Jonathan –Does-Not-Win-A-Second-Term Nonsense!
See you at the polls.
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