As 2015 Nigeria general elections approach, can we take our discussions as it relate to same more seriously?
Rather than discuss whether or not President Goodluck Jonathan had shoes while growing up, can we take our discussions further by discussing the manifesto of the party that the President is contesting on, rather than speak about the PresidentÔÇÖs wife not speaking QueenÔÇÖs English, can we talk about the agendas the president have for us?
Rather than discuss why General Muhammadu Buhari wore a cap to church, can we ask what new thing the General is bringing forth?
I read in some places where General Muhammadu Buhari was castigated for wearing a cap in church! Then I asked, what has that got to do with the forthcoming election and the next president? Lagos state government had their annual new yearÔÇÖs thanksgiving and they invited the general overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; for starters, I hear that the venue of the thanksgiving wasnÔÇÖt a church. Secondly, from the thanksgiving picture that is been circulated, one can sight two other men putting on caps, so why is Buhari singled out? I even heard in some quarters that Pastor Adeboye is been chastised for been in the same midst with Buhari! And then I asked, why have we degenerated to this level? When did it become a pastor or imamÔÇÖs duty to decide who he will interact with especially when it comes to worship to God, does it mean that when a convicted criminal goes to church or mosque, a pastor or an imam isnÔÇÖt expected to associate with him/her? Even if Buhari is ÔÇÿevilÔÇÖ as been labeled by some people, why would a pastor or imam not relate or associate with him? ArenÔÇÖt religious leaders expected to associate with all and sundry?
ItÔÇÖs quite unfortunate when some people come up with this holier than thou attitude just to give a dog a bad name, we judge others at the slightest chance. Some of us are better at seeing the log in other peoplesÔÇÖ eyes, than we see the one in our own eyes.
Also, lest we forget, President Goodluck Jonathan is still the president of Nigeria, hence all respect should be accorded to his office, even the holy Books talk about respecting constituted authorities; I do not think that we have to insult the President before we make our points against him, we don’t have to verbally call him ‘Badluck’ either. Also that we do not wish General Muhammadu Buhari to become the next president does not mean that we should insult him and label him all what not, just to score cheap points. Let us apply respect and decorum in our utterances and deeds. After all, what we desire is a better Nigeria. Let us be objective in our criticisms as regards the incumbent and the opposition.
ItÔÇÖs also disheartening that most of these politicians, candidates and political parties hardly talk about their manifestoes or agenda, they mostly insult themselves on TV, radio, newspapers etc; let us charge them to campaign like it is done in other civilized climes. Dear Compatriots, we shouldnÔÇÖt allow some of these politicians and parties to distract us and take us off track.
As the elections draw nearer, we should be discussing the manifestos and agendas of these contesting parties (whether they will eventually play out their manifestoes/agendas or not is a discussion for another day), we should be more concerned about who the candidates are, what they stand for and what they intend to do as it relates to governance. We should have issue-based discussions rather than arguing on trivial issues that have no bearing on the election or on who becomes the next president. There are loads of more pertinent issues to be discussed than descend low to abuses.
February 2015 is just around the corner, let us be better informed about the choice we are about to make so we can take our country a step higher than it is. Let us make our votes our sword!
Meanwhile, who do you think is a better candidate and has a better chance at the presidency?