Perils Of Youths’ Preference For Wealth Over Education
Grace Ego Omoni
Learning is a waste of time is a continuous campaign on social media platforms by Nigerian youths. They believe that wealth or riches allow them to be what they want to be. They can build mansions, buy expensive and fast cars; get any woman of their choice; wear expensive clothes and jewellery and travel to any part of the world they wish to.
This school of thought is of the opinion that everything in the modern society is money since wealth makes the world. This notion has increasingly become more popular because the nation’s reward system creates the impression that materialism is the main mark of success.
Take for instance the image of success created by sponsors for winners of Big Brother Naija and Nigerian Idol in the entertainment industry compared to winners of competitions in the academic world. The disparity has further made the youths to believe that making money is better than pursuing education.
Youths who have flair and promising future for education are often scorned while illiterates and semi-illiterates with money parade themselves as successes in the corridor of power. What is more, the issue of unemployment has further complicated the youths’ dilemma in making a choice between education and wealth.
Today many of our young graduates are seen roaming about the streets of the nation seeking jobs, whereas those who never went to school are seen driving big fast cars, building mansions and living in affluence. These youths also feel the pains of their parents living in abject poverty and penury, after struggling to train them in schools with all hopes dashed to the ground. They also see politicians who are not as qualified throwing money here and there, living big without struggling!
Are these scenes not enough for these young ones to have this erroneous belief that the acquisition of education is of no value in this present dispensation? Will you say it is out of place for them to start thinking of various ways of making quick money as long as the society is applauding politicians and people with shady sources of income, awarding them chieftaincy titles and giving their daughters to them in marriage without questioning?
The vogue now is for youths to engage in fraudulent activities such as Yahoo syndrome, ritualism, armed robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, child trafficking, sales of human parts, prostitution and a whole lot of others. This wrong trajectory of the youths has further put the nation under the siege of violence and insecurity. People live in fear of the future and this will invariably jeopardize national development of Nigeria.
Other schools of thought have identified reasons why youths see education as a waste of time. These include lack of access to good and qualitative education, poor curriculum content, social media syndrome and poor governance. Interest in internet fraud rather than working hard and upholding the dignity of labour to earn a living are other causes.
Thus, people now see the youths as having no direction, no sense of purpose towards a greater goal of developing their nation, rather, their focus is just one goal and that goal is to make quick money whether right or wrong. They are no longer bothered whether they are living in ignorance.
It is important at this juncture to differentiate between ignorance and education( Knowledge).
According to Adelaja(2021) the greatest problem of man on earth is ignorance. He further asserted that for every problem we face in this generation, there is particular knowledge that is missing!. This mountain of ignorance will surely prevent us from using our minds as reasoning humans to solve problems. This is to show that the accumulation of money cannot and will not solve the numerous challenges confronting man on earth. Ignorance is a deadly cancer.
The Bible asserts in Hosea 4:6 “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” So rejecting education which is knowledge means that the youth, our future generation is plunging Nigeria into deep darkness. Development will cease to be. There will be no search or research and the quality of life which is directly proportionate to the quality of education of the people will dwindle drastically. The plague of ignorance destroys people and the nation at large. Ignorance has a high price tag which wealth or riches cannot pay.
Hence, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo stated: “if you say education is expensive, try ignorance”. While ignorance leaves you in self-deception like money, education is central to moral fulfilment of the individual and the well-being of the society in which we live so says Plato, the Greek Philosopher. When you have knowledge which is education, you know how and when things should be done.
The major danger Nigeria has today is ignorance not money. Nigeria is rich in natural and agricultural resources. Money has not been able to resolve the political, economic, social and ethnic problems of this country. The failure of the government to combat crimes, insecurity, violence, ethnic conflicts and other major challenges is because the people lack education. Money is transient. It comes and goes but knowledge is eternal. Going back to memory lane, Achebe in Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God gave a picture of the difference between education and money.
During the colonial period, the rich refused to send their children to school. Rather, their slaves( Osu) were sent. Invariably, the slaves became the administrators, teachers, pastors and court clerks. They became very powerful so much so that the rich had no more say in the community. I foresee such in the near future in Nigeria with this current trend of get rich syndrome in place of education.
Wealth is not a sign of intelligence but a misplaced priority which I regard as a passage ignorance. What people do not understand is that wealth creation comes from better education. Ignorance disgraces, kills and takes away opportunities from one. For example, in 2010 I was at the American Embassy for my visa interview.
There was a rich man who also came for the interview. He was denied a visa because of sheer ignorance, I mean lack of education because he could not differentiate between the terms “brother” and ‘nephew”. Another case was that of an Alhaji who ignorantly willed his properties to a friend by thumb printing a document because he had no education. The examples cited show that money could not save them. Although wealth has its advantages, the benefits of education outweigh those of money far beyond measures.
Ignorance or lack of knowledge or education are of different types. It could be ostentatious where one feels important whereas knows nothing. Such a one engages in discussions by giving wrong information in the midst of those who know their onions. It leads to disgrace. Money can make you feel you are important. There is wilful ignorance, a paradoxical condition in which one is aware that there is something he should know but chooses not to know- money can lead you to do so.
Another is accepted ignorance-rejecting knowledge no matter how good the ideas are. Here one feels self- sufficient. It is a terrible form of ignorance and very detrimental to the society. It is often exhibited by those who are rich. However, the worst form of ignorance according to Adelaja (2021) is the ignorance of ignorance. Here, one is not aware that he or she is ignorant. You have no knowledge of your problem and do not stand a chance to get a solution. Such are in the world of their own and think their ideas are best.
These types of ignorance show the different categories of our youths today who see education as a waste of time. This is retrogressive and plunges the country into underdevelopment and the people into perpetual darkness. They need to know what education is and the benefits.
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The concept of education is not new in our contemporary society. This is because all that we do, think or say revolves around education whether formal, informal or non-formal. Ebong (1996) sees education as a powerful instrument for the development of man and society while Ojo and Vincent (2002) in Nwangu (2004) say that education is many things to man; a success passport to the unknown and a catalyst to great heights. Enamiroro (2007) asserts that education is a systematic procedure for the transfer and transformation of culture, through formal and informal training of the people in a society.
Education is the process of teaching and training the individual for his physical, intellectual, social, economic and spiritual development. It is about imparting skills and the acquisition of knowledge for a particular trade or profession in which appropriate methods are applied. (Kellerman, 1980). Thus education empowers, emboldens, refines, civilizes, enlightens, enriches and gives confidence to man. Education is knowledge. Education prepares the individual for a successful life. Better education leads to wealth creation in future.
Education has so many advantages. It promotes good health, closes gender gap, minimizes malnutrition, provides economic growth, decreases poverty, promotes equity and empowerment. It promotes citizenship and civic involvement, higher social trust, career advancement, skills development and employment opportunities.
Education is a powerful agent of change, contributes to social stability. Education according to EFC(2002) is a key index for development and should be accessible to all regardless of their status or social class. Education improves productivity and reduces negative features of life such as child labour, gender-based violence, maternal death and early marriage. One can see that the benefits of education cannot be overemphasized.
It has been said that education exposes individuals to new topics, greater sense of discipline, more employment opportunities, career entry and advancement in skills necessary for success in specific areas of life. I am aware of graduates who have established businesses of their own due to the training and skills they were exposed to during their undergraduate days. With your education, there is the opportunity of your getting a job no matter how long it takes because you have the certificate to show for it.
The reason why many of our youths are trying to despise education is because a significant percentage of them leave primary and secondary schools and universities before graduation. According to statistics (2/3/2019), Nigeria has the world’s highest number of out of school children. Cost of books, stationery, uniform, admission fee, extra tuition fee, illness and lack of funds are some of the problems of these children.
Another problem is the inadequate policy implementation. Nigeria is known for making laudable educational policies but very poor at their implementations. Poor funding, poor educational structures, inadequate curriculum that is content based in theoretical knowledge, paucity of quality of teachers, polluted learning environment and dilapidated buildings are other issues making learning uninteresting to our youths.
Graduates are unfit and incompetent for the job market because old methods are still being used by their lecturers. I have often said that the problem of job seekers is not that there are no employment opportunities but that of employability. Until this issue of competency is addressed in higher institutions, unemployable graduates will still abound.
Education and wealth compared:
Wealth allows you to buy what you want but it is education that allows you to better understand what you need to live a better quality life as evidenced by the many benefits you can get from education that money cannot buy. Wealth can open doors for you and wider range of choices, power to help you change the world around you and give you a louder voice in the public arena. However, it is education that helps to develop your character and talents.
Education helps one to develop more open ideas and new experiences. One with education is ready to embrace new ways of looking at things. With your mental capacity, you can keep on learning and building on what you already know. Knowledge guards one and increases one’s willingness to be a life-long learner, hungry to learn and willing to change. Bill Gates is one of the richest in the world yet he is still seeking knowledge. He reads and writes, yet our youths, many of who society has labelled “money missed road” are of the opinion that all about life is money.
Recently, Bill Gates released his 5 Summer reading list themed around the Conflicts between Humans and Nature, four of which are non- fictions and one a novel. One of these was written by Barack Obama. In the review, he recommends that leaders should write like Obama! Do Nigerian leaders read or write? Do they know what to do when it comes to issues of conflict resolution? They can use bullion vans to carry money for distribution during elections. Is life all about physical wealth? Ignorance and the misconception about wealth by our youths are two cancerous diseases that can only be cured by education.
Change is the only constant thing.
1)Therefore youths are to be made to understand that ignorance is no excuse.
2) Education brings wide-ranging benefits to man and society. Therefore youths should be encouraged to pursue it;
3) There is the need for mentorship. Youths should be exposed to the history of reputable personalities and intellectuals who have been made through education. Such include Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr, Thomas Hardy, Adichie Chimamanda to name a few.
4) Encourage the youths to cultivate the habit or the culture of reading.
5) There should be seminars and workshops/ debates on the culture of acquiring education.
6) Skills acquisition training on different trades and job shadowing should be encouraged.
7) Inspirational speakers should be invited to speak on wealth and education.
8)Curriculum change and reform is a must in our educational system. Encourage vocational, technical and entrepreneurial education.
9) There should be reorientation towards achieving the goals of education. Implementation of educational policies should be the focus now.
10) Funding education, building and repairing of infrastructures should be the focus of the government.
11)Political, religious and traditional leaders as well as adults should stop worshipping those whose sources of wealth are questionable.
12) Reward for hard work or extraordinary performance should not be based on money always.
13) Stricter measures should be taken against those found guilty of fraudulent practices
14) parents should encourage their children to go to school and not to buy Android phones for them to perpetuate cybercrime. A pastor confided in me that some mothers who came to him for prayers so that their children will succeed in cheating “the Oyibo man” for big money were properly lectured against this level of ignorance
15) the cherished value system of our society should be reactivated. For instance our youths should understand the value of hard work and the dignity of labour to earn good money.
Resistance to knowledge is poor attitude to self-education, laziness to research and close-mindedness to new information. Pursuance of money devoid of knowledge or education is intentionally propagating the propaganda of ignorance in this 21st century. It is creating a decaying underdeveloped society of vulnerable retrogressive citizens embellished with intellectual poverty. Education can create wealth, so youths should pursue education.
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The 2023 Elections And The Newness Of Nigeria
By Hope Nwawolo
Despite the hues and cries that greeted the results of the 2023 elections, what if the court’s pendulum stays or swings otherwise in the expected litigations?
What will it teach our inquisitive young children?
What will it do to the hopes and dreams of the youths?
What will it do to the mind set of those in diaspora, waiting and hoping to return?
How will it affect our heroes still alive and yearning for the good old times?
One basic fact is that no matter where the pendulum swings, something new has started in the political sphere of Nigeria. And because it was unexpected, it has become almost impossible to strangulate it.
In every competition, there is an expectation that the best man will win. That may not always be in politics, particularly, in Nigeria…where the winner may not be the best man or even the better man. And when it is said that politics is a game of numbers, sometimes, the actual numbers may not be visible to determine the end result. It becomes a case of the more you look the less you see; until interpreted by respected learned men with high integrity.
Politics, they say is a dirty game, where money speaks and promises made are broken without an iota of guilt. Where the gullible minds of the masses are deceived, with as little as a box of indomie. Where some vibrant but jobless youths are brainwashed to risk their lives to snatch ballot boxes for the politicians who do not know them beyond giving them stipends through some third parties. Where market women are forced to come out for rallies and campaigns because they cannot afford the fine that will be imposed on them if they failed to participate. They also do not want the harassment of the market leaders.
In politics, fear is palpable in the air, before, during and after elections. The 2023 elections recently carried out, depicted these more than expected in both the politicians and electorate. What started like the usual political pattern took a drastic turn about nine months to the first elections and though it was said to be only a social media affair, it got everyone sitting upright and tightening his seat belt, particularly after the first elections.
Now, there is a generational shift, a new awakening, a new dawn and a new political birth, waiting to happen. To wherever the pendulum turns; where the court stands, it will make a turnaround in Nigeria. It may be turbulent at the beginning, it may be emotionally draining and psychologically traumatizing, but it will point to light at the end of the tunnel.
There is a new hope backed by a high spirit of determination. An unexplainable faith in many people for that newness of existence and purpose. An unprecedented emotional and psychological strength in the youths not to give up on their dreams. An unquenchable desire to keep praying. Soon a newness will break forth to calm all nerves and dry all tears.
A newness that will permeate conflicts and hatred,
A newness that will dissipate unnecessary anger,
A newness that will usher in unquestionable and transparent political systems in future elections,
A newness of freedom to choose a candidate without coercion or molestation
A newness of jubilation after the announcement of election results.
This is the new Nigeria that is awaiting delivery…
Nwawolo, PhD, writes from Lagos.
Overcoming Policy Execution Trap As Nigeria’s Development Challenge
By Tunji Olaopa
If I am asked to give a succinct and apt summary of the entire challenge faced by the Nigerian state in terms of her policy architecture and development management, in spite of contestation in the development literature, I will not hesitate in stating clearly and unambiguously that it is the challenge of policy implementation; the whole dynamics of getting things done. By elimination, the implication is that the challenge cannot be located as that of the dearth of development ideas, insights, models and paradigms. Right from her independence, Nigeria has been inundated with several ideas, both local and global, about development policy and frameworks. And yet, policy outcomes keep getting bogged down in the murky waters of political shenanigans. This means that the new administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu has its challenge mapped out, in red, for it.
There is no shying away from this postcolonial predicament that has limited and kept limiting Nigeria’s capacity to honour the terms of her social contract with Nigerians. Hence, the Tinubu government will soon be inundated with the impatient agitations of Nigerians for a quick and tangible fix that will address their sufferings. And they are justified since they have not been given any real deal for the past sixty-three years of sovereign independence. And the new administration is obligated because that is the reason for seeking office in the first place.
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How then can we begin to understand this policy execution challenge? It is simple: how can an administration in Nigeria transition from governance vision and policy intention to policy outcomes that elevate and transform the quality of life of its citizens? Failure to understand and give critical and political attention to this question lies at the heart of the governance failures of successive Nigerian administrations. The new Tinubu administration cannot afford such a glaring mistake. And so, a fundamental case must be made out of the question of how policy intentions get circumscribed in the dynamics of policy execution that occasions policy failures in past administrations.
Modern states all across the world are distinguished by the traditional four functions they discharge as part of their administrative responsibilities—security i.e. securing the sovereign territory against lawlessness, policy formulation and implementation, governance regulation and service delivery.The capacity to perform each and all of these functions very well within an integrated framework in the governance context is what delivers the dividends of democratic governance to the citizens, and it enhances the state’s competitive and human development rating in global reckoning. With these functions, we have the metrics to differentiate between high-performing states like China, India, the United States,Botswana, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirate, Germany, Rwanda and the Asian Tigers (Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea), and low- or even under-performing countries like Nigeria that is still cluelessly stuck within a dysfunctional vicious cycle within her arrested development.
From the perspective of governance, there must be something these states are getting right in the connection between leadership, politics, and policy articulation. For instance, there is a trajectory of relationship that links elite bargains to development bargains. In other words, development is a
function of elite nationalism and the extent to which the political class of a state can commit elite suicide and gamble on development on behalf of the people they are leading. In Nigeria, low
manifestation of elite nationalism has made it really difficult for the political class to set aside their personal and egoistic class interests in ways that enable them to clearly and ideologically discern and navigate the deadly developmental landmines strewn all over our governance landscape by the
neoliberal implication of ideological apparatuses and frameworks to which Nigeria is beholden. And here, the factor of development gamble of the Asian Tigers’ elites comes into bold relief. From within the ideological ambit of the developmental state, the leadership of the Asian Tigers were able to define a policy space that consciously and critically weighed the benefits and shortfalls of external influences, especially the type that came from the World Bank, IMF and the other cohorts of the neoliberal policy dynamics. Their developmental circumspection paid off!
Since we cannot argue that Nigeria has been stumped by the lack of vision documents, development plans and blueprints, or even policy expertise, the locus of the new administration’s focus must be directed at the possibility of mustering the political will to undermine the mystified Nigerian Factor, and face the global neoliberal consensus in order to begin the crafting of an enabling policy architecture to drive development. And to achieve this translates to creating the delicate balance between ‘doing the right things’ (a function of decision making quotient) and ‘doing it right’(project and change management effectiveness), and overcoming the various political, cultural, structural and systemic constraints that trapped past well-meaning policies and intentions of Nigerian leaders in the dynamics of implementation.
There is first the conspiracy of elitist interest that ensures there is a poor resource allocation that focuses on elite bargain than development calculations and taking care of the national interest. Other constraints follow: (a) the disconnect between policy design and implementation due to weak implementation planning, risk assessment and incompetent change management strategies; (b) unstable and poorly managed macroeconomic policies; (c) policy and project discontinuity; (d) public service low capability readiness; (e) political interference; and finally (f) deep-seated political and bureaucratic corruption. In essence, development has failed not because Nigeria lacks the blueprint or paradigms to make it happen, but due to the dynamics of the politics that the political elite plays with Nigeria’s development potential.
Let me outline what we can regard as the “politics of policy implementation” that Nigeria has played for many years, a politics the new administration must take into serious consideration if it
does not want to fall into the category of failed administration right before it commences. This politics throws Nigeria’s development and policy non-performance right into the frame of the 2005 World Bank review findings about policy and development projects in Africa. According to the finding, 29% of development projects ever get completed, 45% of on-going projects are rated as satisfactory, while 26% of such projects invariably get cancelled. Such a review can never backstop a solid development project of a developmental state.
The politics of policy implementation in
Nigeria is founded on the following assumptions and practices. One: there is that dangerous presumption, that the new administration must resist, that once policies and development plan are designed, they are automatically implemented by the public service. And such a presumption is against the background of a scant investment in implementation analysis and planning, as well as the failure to facilitate the capability review, determine public
administration system’s capability readiness, and strengthening of the MDAs as the powerhouse of government administrative functionality. The MDAs, that is, are not working according to any
specific theories or praxis of change that can guide the functional integration of blueprints or paradigms. This kind of policy inattention draws attention to the policy contradiction: launching a
national development plan and strategy that are not implementation- ready in terms of adequate capability review of the MDAs integral to ensuring implementation success. Two: this
presumption is compounded by the uncritical reliance of past governments on policy experts and consulting firms who are tasked with designing high-end policies that are then dumped on MDAs whose capability reviews and implementation readiness have been neglected in the first place. The
extroversion of the policy design is then compromised by poor functional integration. The truth is that most of these consulting firms lack the appropriate deep content and solution frameworks that are in tandem with the context of policy dysfunction they are supposed to work with. Three: governance policy or project are hardly subjected to feasibility test determined in terms of scope and expectation that are captured by their framework of time, cost and risk assessments before
they are pushed into implementation. This makes it very difficult to benchmark funding projections for these policies and projects against revenue estimations, as well as facilitating in-built flexibilities that enable the policies and projects to adjust to volatilities and contingencies.
All the issues raised above constitute binding constraint that will undermine any governance possibilities the new administration requires to make a success of democratic governance. Undermining the binding constraints demands returning to the fundamentals. The first and most significant is that the new administration needs to interrogate the framework of how government business is currently being conducted. Governance successes are necessarily a function of how government business engages the complexities of the policy design and execution processes within a results-oriented frame. And that entails undermining the structural gaps between policy objectives, development strategies and policy outcomes. This demands second, setting the public service on a performance curve with the institution of a performance management system. This means that the public service must, for example, unfailingly now deploy KPI-based metrics to replace the cumbersome annual performance evaluation report (APER). And at the backend, it becomes imperative to have a monitoring and evaluation system supported by databases that enable staff and program continuous assessment, human resource development rooted in iterativep performance gap identification, supervisors-staff dialogue and multisource feedback mechanismsf for overall national development policy tracking and reporting.
The governance mantra must be on getting the balance between doing the right things and doing it right. And this cannot be achieved through the wanton multiplication or even duplication of
governance plans, programs and blueprints. What is needed is sequencing the blueprints into a coherent and feasible implementation programme, with the right amount of political will behind it. This gives the success of democratic governance a 95% chance of succeeding. The new administration needs that fighting chance!
. Olaopa, a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, and Professor of Public Administration .
Rigged Elections And The Moral Burden Of Illegitimacy
By Hope O’Rukevbe Eghagha
Adamu: A man who rigs his way to power carries a moral burden!
Orezime: A moral what?
Adamu: You heard me, didn’t you?
Orezime: I’m not sure I heard you right. Moral what you said?
Adamu: A moral burden, I said!
Orezime: Hahahahahahaha! You make me laugh! Are you from the moon?
Gani: Or Mars?
Emeka: In which country? In Nigeria? That principle does not apply in Nigeria! There is no moral burden on anybody in this country! The election which produced Bubu in 2015 was rigged. Where are the two million voters from Kano State who voted in 2015? Was an INEC official not burnt alive after that election? The one which brought Obj to power was also rigged by the forces which wanted him to ease the tension of the Abiola tragedy on the Yoruba people. Yet those men had the temerity to preach against corruption!
Orezime: The international community winked at the whole exercise.
Gani: Yes! That’s why those two could only preach; they couldn’t really act decisively. A moral burden? They spoke from both sides of their mouths on the issue of corruption. The late President Yar Adua confessed that the election which produced him was compromised. An honest man, he didn’t live long enough to right the wrong of the period!
Orezime: That’s why I laughed when Adamu talked about a moral burden arising from rigged elections.
Bankole: In the ideal world, any power that is stolen and acquired through a dubious means imposes a moral burden on the power holder. No matter what the person does, that power remains stained.
Orezime: What does that amount to in our country? Even the brigands who shot their way to power in the notorious days of military misadventure in Nigeria soon became legitimate.
Emeka: You are going too far in our history. See what happened in Lagos State in the governorship elections of March 18. Ethnic jingoists went about preaching hatred against Igbo people and warned them against coming out to exercise their constitutional rights. Security officials looked the other way when ballot boxes were snatched in broad daylight in places where the opposition was leading.
Gani: A serving state governor personally went about snatching ballot boxes and threatened to shoot whoever got in his way. The same governor declared somebody wanted without recourse to the Inspector General of Police! He worked against the party on which platform he won the seat to spite the party hierarchy!
Adamu: And to think that this is the President-elect’s state. He kept mute through the horrendous attacks on Igbo people in Lagos State just the way the incumbent president has looked the other way when herdsmen went on the loose!
Bankole: Rigged elections are so familiar yet notorious in our land. It was the main trigger to the crisis in the Western Region in the First Republic because the people reacted when they saw a rape of their rights and wishes! It soon snowballed into a conflagration that consumed the nation in the late 1960s. Already, the youths are talking about a protest in the ENDSARSNOW# manner. I hope it doesn’t result in disaster. We have lost too many lives already!
Orezime: What I fear is the rise of ethnic profiling in a supposedly democratic society. To be sure, Governor Sanwo-Olu and the party hierarchy did not single out any ethnic group for verbal attacks. They even courted them. Yet they didn’t caution their followers to stop the degeneration into ethnic hatred. It is a dangerous curve what is happening in Lagos. I don’t subscribe to the Lagos is no man’s land nonsense which some misguided fellows are spewing, but threatening anybody not to vote their candidate is a new low! Can a Sanwo-Olu victory be said to be legitimate if a significant percentage of the electorate is disenfranchised?
Emeka: Good question. They did not stop there. They rolled out the culturally dreaded Oro rituals on election night. Come on! Who is fooling who? The Oro festival was designed to drive fear into non-Yoruba in Lagos. In the 21st Century?
Gani: I am sure the reports from election observers will be damning.
Bankole: I don’t care about those biased observers.
Adamu: Where are we headed in this country?
Orezime: We are on the road to Kigali!
Bankole: May we not travel that route!
Orezime: It’s a good prayer. But what are we doing to avoid the descent into anarchy? Nothing. Those monkeys are simply interested in acquiring power.
Gani: The Obedient Movement seems to have lost steam once it was misbranded as an ethnic agenda to grab power at the national level. Peter Obi needs to tread carefully so he doesn’t become another June 12! Some people are egging him on to challenge INEC through protests.
Orezime: If he decides to lead a protest, it would be within his constitutional right to do so, especially as INEC is stalling on the issue of inspecting elections materials despite an order from the courts. Peaceful protests are guaranteed by the Constitution.
Adamu: No one can be sure whether a peaceful protest will remain peaceful after it starts. That’s the experience the ENDSARS people had.
Gani: It’s not enough to stop people from taking to the streets. Protests are fundamental to democracy.
Adamu: We do not want dead heroes! Mark my words.
Bankole: That’s ominous!
Emeka: It means nothing. Nigeria must change. We cannot go on like this forever! Things are just going down. No cash. No fuel. No power supply. No security. No nothing. Peter Obi gave a glimmer of hope. Now that has been dashed to the ground.
Adamu: Rigging will remain a moral burden each time our President-elect travels outside the country, each time he meets foreign observers, especially those ones who have a dossier on him. History will also judge him and assess how he came to power. This applies to all the states as well where some politicians have turned themselves into demigods and have compromised poor INEC officials with mouthwatering sums. This is not how to build a democracy. The votes must be counted and must count. Seventeen people have their lives during the governorship and House of Assembly elections. We are supposed to count ballot papers, not bodies. Sad!
Bankole: The moral burden of rigged elections is on all of us. Without our connivance there would be no rigging. We can only hope that this will end some day!
Emeka: Tough luck!
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