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
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