2011 GENERAL ELECTION
The recent debate about zoning has been a major topic since the death of formal president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. More politicians are of the view that zoning is more or less an agreement reached in the PDP caucus while others are of the opinion that zoning has been in place since Nigeria independence from the British. The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, unanimously believe that zoning agreement between the North and the South must be respected.
In a country with a vibrant democracy, and with many opposition parties that are worth the name, and are ready to challenge the current PDP presidency for the nations No 1 seat, the people should not be getting into paroxysms over an alleged agreement in one out of 50 political parties in the country.
But it is believed that whoever must be President of a country, does not require a particular region, a zoning arrangement or a big money political God father. It all has to do with votes one gets.
It is imperative to note here that since the inception of democracy in 1999, there has not been any credible election. It is with this zeal that Mr. President replaced the formal Chairman of the Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC), Prof Maurice Iwu with Prof Jega Attahiru. Prof Jega passed to the National Assembly a project worth 90 billion Naira for credible election of which 88 billion Naira has been approved. If all it will take is the money for a credible election, a free and fair election then let it be. But honestly, Nigerians yearn for a change. They want jobs for the youths, better pension paid to retired civil workers, good health services, security, good schools (which include the basic, secondary and the tertiary institutions), and good infrastructures and so on. It is the dream, aspiration and prayers of every Nigerian to see things go well in the forth coming elections.
Our Nigeria today ought to be a pride among other African countries but our past leaders most especially the military regime have made the name Nigeria a laughing stock and they have successfully destroyed the foundations laid by our earliest leaders( the ones I love to describe as the forefathers of our political history). Indeed the hopes of these forefathers died with them and it does look like these hopes may never resurrect.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan may have had good intentions of asking the senate to approve a whopping 7 billion naira for the country’s 50th anniversary but that does not help solve the problems facing the old, young, and the generation yet unborn of our darling beloved country. So I ask my self again, “Nigeria @ 50: Is it worth celebrating?
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