POLITICAL RALLY IN NIGERIA - photo : Omo Oodua -Naija gist

Countdown to 2019 .... Issue 0004

NIGERIA IN SEARCH OF A MAN

 

The best way to measure the worth of a nation is to find out how much is required to buy the conscience and will of every individual citizen that subscribed to the sovereignty of that nation. Don’t task your brain, I will bail you out and help you to understand where I am going. The pathetic money for vote madness that played itself out like an obscene drama in the gubernatorial election at Ekiti is a clear indication that some citizens take the rest of us as mere commodities to be purchased and used as they deem fit – some kind of ingredients for pepper soup, or maybe they think we are their suya meat. The cabals have given us a clue of how much they think Ekiti is worth. If a learned State is priced that low, it is obvious that in the eyes of our leaders, men and women in many states of the Federation will not worth more than a loaf of bread each.

 

Revolution is not impossible in this country, but greed will never permit those who take us as their conquered territory to understand the obvious. We also do not pray for bloodletting, we already have enough of blood desecrating our streets. All hands are soiled directly or indirectly. The proceeds of blood are gladly welcomed by clergies in many religious centres, regardless of type and denomination. Confusion is increasing almost at the rate that citizens are seeking the face of God in religious houses, because majority does not understand that religiosity without discipline is foolish sacrifice!

 

What have we not done with our wisdom and might? We have gathered in unity to elect a president that the cabals never allowed to rule. People have trekked for weeks across the land celebrating the arrival of a messiah, only to have a great cloud without a drop of rain… As 2019 election approaches, most especially the presidential election, what we need is for God to kindly give us a man who will value our souls above loaves of bread. Leaders who will not equate our destiny and those of our children to five or ten thousand naira a piece! Lord, we know that our destiny is in our hands, but our collective effort will be mere wishes without your help, in a nation where many are gathering a few sticks to prepare their last meal… LORD, PLEASE, GIVE US A MAN!

COUNTDOWN TO 2019

NIGERIA'S POLITICAL CHESS GAME

MOST MEN ATTRIBUTE TO DESTINY FAILURES THEY ARE TOO PROUD TO ADMIT

- Bode Omidiji

By 8.36a.m this morning, exactly 43 days after this website named ‘Destiny of My Nation’ dedicated to the Unity, Prosperity and Righteousness of Nigeria came to life 1000 unique individuals have visited, not counting those who have kept on visiting for updates – I congratulate you for this landmark success, and Nigeria as a nation for THERE SHALL SURELY BE A PERFORMANCE!

 

I solicit your support to hasten the process by SHARING POSTS FROM THIS SITE AND CONTRIBUTING ACTIVELY TO DISCUSSIONS. What is about to happen to Nigeria will stun her most ferocious critics. Despondency will soon give way to jubilation.

I KNOW AS MUCH AS YOU DO THAT ORDINARILY THIS CANNOT HAPPEN. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT FAVOUR HAS RULED OVER LABOUR IN A DIVINE ELECTION AND NIGERIA IS THE WINNER. IT IS HER TURN TO SHINE.

 

 

Join me from next week as I do a regular analysis of the political marathon to 2019. It promises to be explosive... Recall I observed a couple of weeks ago that though Nigerians may not be pleased with Buhari/Osinbajo’s Presidency but there seem to be no credible alternative till date. Today, yahoo came on the same page with me.

 

What happens next? Be my partner in this journey. We are definitely going somewhere! 

 

Bode Omidiji

@ The Paradise Named Nigeria

COUNTDOWN TO 2019

Issue 001 – March 26, 2018

 

THE POWER PLAY IN NIGERIA 

 

You will be afforded an uncommon insight into the true political panorama of Nigeria from this day forward if you faithfully keep a date with me on this platform. This duty I will do with every patriotic instinct and you will be left with no iota of doubt that the overriding goal is the attainment of a Righteous, Prosperous and United Nigeria. I quite understand that this is not easily achievable in Nigeria where mutual distrust can be smelt every inch of the way from the North to the South and from the West to the East… I recall with nostalgia my interview at the Nigerian Defense Academy in 1988 when members of the panel abandoned every other question and insisted that I give reasons why I bear the name “Nigerine”.   

 

Let’s get on course. This may come as hard punches, but issues must be put in the right perspective in order to find a lasting solution to the ignoble political trend in Nigeria. Three ‘principalities’ dominate the political arena in Nigeria, namely,  GREED, RELIGIOUS SENTIMENT and TRIBAL HEGEMONY, strictly in that order, except the corrupt wisdom of political gladiators dictate that one be stepped down and the other exalted for the purpose of fooling the masses. This affirmation is largely true, not only on the part of those that are in control of political power but also the reason for ceaseless agitations by people in the opposition. Where a few individuals with commendable patriotic attributes, reasonable religious and tribal tolerance have come on stage, they were either used or being used to calm nerves until the environment is again favorable for the principalities and their human flag bearers to return to the throne.

 

While I am not in a hurry to speak on how greed will be converted to clean prosperity, religious fanaticism refined to true righteousness and tribal jingoism reclaimed to robust national unity in Nigeria, it is a statement of fact that those three principalities are still sitting so close to the fringes of our national throne that they have an overwhelming effect on the race to 2019 in several ways that are beyond the understanding of an ordinary mind…

 

To be continued next week    

 

 

…Do you want to see a Righteous, United and Prosperous Nigeria? Throw away every parochial binoculars and see the larger picture. SHARE THIS POST and VISIT NEXT WEEK.  

President Muhammadu Buhari - photo credit: Premium Times

COUNTDOWN TO 2019 Issue 002 – April 5, 2018

DON'T COMPLAIN IF YOU DON'T VOTE

… Continued from last week.

 

THE POWER OF GREED

 

The womb of the race to 2019 Presidential Election in Nigeria has little or no potential to deliver unpredictable surprises, except there is a divinely orchestrated hidden agenda. The reasons for this are numerous, and all of them are traceable to the principalities earlier highlighted. I recall with effortless ease as the Presidential Candidate and his Running Mate in the election that has been described as the most credible Presidential Election in Nigeria’s democratic history mounted the podium at Ilorin stadium, and the agitated crowd began to sing, ‘Even if we refuse to vote, you have won’, the industrial magnate quickly cautioned the overzealous crowd against such song. He inferred that the victory must be won convincingly and asked a rhetorical question: ‘How many are they?’ – referring to those that hold sway – the perceived troublers of the nation. Few, yes, but driven by one of the most terrible evil known to man – the power of GREED. That power ‘spoke’ after all Nigerians have spoken in that election. We had our say, GREED had its way!

 

Greed is the number one reason the race to 2019 is barren of surprises, and this is how: As mentioned recently, beyond the statistics known to many citizens of our beloved nation is a formula that is very active in determining the results of our political simultaneous equation. That formula is best described as the ‘Blood for Cake Formula’. It has greed as its foundational stone and potent driving force. It is partly responsible for why a Presidential Candidate in one of the most recent elections said openly that ‘Monkey and baboon will be soaked in blood’ if the Presidential Election was rigged – thank God it was not rigged to the extent of making him lose the election.

 

In practice, anytime some ‘greedy individuals’ from a particular section of the country thirst for a more than proportionate percentage of the National Cake, all they do is to shed innocent blood by whatever means, but usually by beating the drums of tribal or religious violence to arrest the attention of the rest of us, so that the entire nation is forced to concede the percentage they desire or something close to it. It has become a norm! The cake may take the form of a regional power shift or appropriation of higher percentage of the National Budget through various means to that section of the country, or both.

 

 

POVERTY IS NOT A DESTINY

IT IS A MENTALITY. GET OUT OF POVERTY -NOW!

Within the ambits of this ugly formula, no State in the West, East or South-South is in position to produce the President in 2019, no matter how politically intelligent or capable he or she may be. This is majorly because the tenure or cake purchased by the bloodletting in the north that dethroned Jonathan has not expired and it is certain that the current administration has done more to manage the situation to the point that a desperate search cannot force the entire nation to look towards the south in unison for another President in 2019. Obviously, one term presidency of the current President is not sufficient to balance the equation.

 

For those who have true understanding of the situation, especially in political parties with reasonable chances of registering national presence, this same greed will not allow political juggernauts in the West, East and South-South to drum-up massive support for any candidate that is not from the north in 2019. It is even more obvious along this same line that the ruling party will most likely present the incumbent President as her candidate, not for the love of Nigeria, but because if any other person aside from Buhari emerge from the north as President in 2019, he or she will like to take a second shot at the Presidency at the expiration of the first tenure, thereby denying the southern presidential hopefuls a chance of having their share of the cake in 2023 when the incumbent would have completed his second term - all things being equal…

 

 

 

… To be continued next week. Before then, KINDLY SHARE THIS POST and DO EVERYTHING WITHIN YOUR POWER TO KILL THE HATE. WE ARE STRONGER IF WE REMAIN AS ONE NATION.                  

LEAVE POLITICS FOR THE WICKED

... THEN PRAYER BECOMES USELESS

COUNTDOWN TO 2019 ...Issue 003 – April 11, 2018

… Continued from last week.

 

WHAT COMES NEXT?

 

 Between my write-up last week and today one major move has occurred in the political chess game of Nigeria. In line with my analysis, the move, though major, is totally predictable. President Buhari has declared his intention to contest for the office he currently occupies in 2019. No need mentioning that opposition from within his party will be weak. This is not because Buhari is a political grandmaster. Aside of the reasons mentioned in the previous issues, it is because he is first by nature in the class of politicians with combatant mentality. His military training and the abysmally low level of political consciousness and development in the country corroborate his final emergence as his party flag bearer.   Any intending aspirant within the ruling party must think twice because it is going to be battle before reaching the battle line and battle continues after the election has been won and lost! The encounter between former President Obasanjo and the then Vice President is a clue to what will likely happen, only that this time around, it will be more ferocious, leaving a sour taste in the mouth of the challenger, except he or she wins by a miracle. This same reason holds for why political bigwigs in the ruling party who have long been dissatisfied have found it suicidal to rush to form another alliance as was done against Jonathan’s PDP. 

Okonjo Iweala

On the part of the opposition, there are only a few windows of opportunity to pull surprises that can cause monumental upset for the ruling party. The truth is that Nigerians are not currently satisfied with the political and economic fortunes of the land, but like all fatalistic individuals and societies, people are resigning to fate because there seems to be no credible alternatives in the horizon. This is largely because people refuse to look close and long enough. If the current political atmosphere hangs around for a considerable length of time from now, that will be GOODLUCK, not to Jonathan, but to Buhari and Osinbajo, then the next four years will tell if it will be GOODLUCK to Nigeria as well.   

 

Ayo Fayose

There are two major issues that the opposition can build their games around to unsettle the ruling party in the Countdown to 2019. These issues are Security and Economy. These issues on their own cannot torpedo the massive political ship of APC. The political serenity in the camp of APC can only be scuttled if PDP or an alliance between PDP and other relevant political parties is able to prevail on their current Presidential Aspirants to jettison their personal ambitions and strategically shop for candidates for the post of President and Vice President that are able to match the current strengths of APC government and offer alternatives for their glaring weaknesses.

Yemi Osinbajo

It will for instance be an entirely different ball game if a renown and well admired retired General who is a Muslim from the north pairs with a southern Christian who is an economic guru in the caliber of Okonjo Iweala as Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates respectively, against the current incumbents. The security concern would have been addressed and the populace will envisage an economy safely committed to the hands of a tested and trusted technocrat. The opposition can now go ahead to name a political juggernaut in the South-West like Ayo Fayose as the awaiting Secretary to the Federal Government and a few prominent party leaders as well as distinguished non-partisan patriots as Shadow Ministers in areas of their competence that are well known to Nigerians at home and in diasporas…

THE BIG QUESTION IS – WILL GREED PERMIT THE OPPOSITION TO LET THIS HAPPEN?.

YOU MAY BE POOR BY BIRTH

YOU ONLY REMAIN POOR BY CHOICE