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2015: What the elections are all about

Let me start with this encounter- -A young boy enters a barber’s shop where I was getting a haircut. Pointing at the boy, the barber whispers to me, “That is the dumbest kid in the whole world. Watch while I prove it to you.” Then the Barber puts N200 note in one hand and a N50 note in the other hand. Then he calls the boy and asks him “which of these two do you want son?”
The boy picks the N50 note and leaves. The Barber says to me…”what did I tell you?”….”That kid will never learn!” Later when I left the shop, I met the boy coming out of the ice cream shop… “Hey, boy”, I called. “May I ask you a question?” Why did you take the N50 note instead of the N200 note?” The boy licked his Ice cream, smiled and replied, “Because the day I take the N200 note, the game will end!
Like the boy, our elites and politicians know the game, they know our weakness, and they are winning again. They constitute less than 3 percent of the population but they are the tin gods we have to obey. They are horse trading, exchanging carrots at our collective expense because they know us. They know most of us only want a measure of salt, rice, few yards of cotton materials with their heads on the fabrics. They know the day the game will end. They have simply engaged us, as part of the game. Both the APC and PDP know us, they know we cannot do without them, some of them feel without their heads, or mischievous smile on newspapers no one would buy or on televisions, we wont watch.
They know we are gullible, we love life and cannot resist their Isi Ewu and bottle of Gulder politics in the East, neither can we go far from the amala and obe ewedu welled laced with assorted beef in Ibadan, and for us up, the more Tuwo Shinkafa the more we nod positively to their lies. It is not raining now but they have offered their umbrellas when the rain comes, would they not come to collect back because they know us. Just like the brooms we would not see again when we need it most. Do we know them, I doubt very much, although sadly when events are weighed vis a vis the past it is obvious that we know them, we just refuse to accept the truth.
They know us, so they are caressing us and in our foolishness we praise them to the high heaven. Buhari and Jonathan know that our poverty has driven us to the religious edge with churches and mosque everywhere so they target our beliefs and become spokespersons for the gods. We are again at the crossroads because we have refused to face reality, we pretend to know when we really do not know, when we know we refuse to talk and all these they know and use against us. We think they are naive while in fact they know we are the hungry ones that are happy rather than angry, they know in the midst of our struggles, problems and hardship when asked how we are, we still say ‘fine’. They know how docile we are, and how we cherish the little luxuries of life pinched to us rather than taking our right in whole.
They simply know way too much, so they manipulate us, make us worship them and make us glorify their stupidity. The Nigerian is peaceful, hospitable and friendly, not easily provoked, in fact never provoked. They know that we do not know, and even when we know we keep silent, so the maze continues, we keep going the vicious circle and still keep searching for what we did not loose. Many of us have in the run up to the March elections, severed relationships, opened sours, planted seeds of bitterness and nurtured discord, all because of a “thieving elite” class.
Many of us have been confused by the elitist slang and byline “CHANGE and TRANSFORMATION” which by the way mean almost the same thing, and we have not till date discussed the real issues. For most of us, that Jonathan is the best thing after slice bread and for the other divide Buhari is the Messiah, I hate to burst the bubble, that the redemption of Nigeria does not lie in the current crop of cosmetic surgeons called APC and PDP.

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