As Election 2019 approaches, i dream of a new Nigeria.
I remember vividly a meeting I was in, early 2018 when these words came to me. I had been dragged out of home by a friend to go to a closed-door meeting with Presidential Aspirant, Mr. Fela Durotoye who at that time had not declared; in this meeting, we sat with a bunch of people from different walks of life and all had one dream, one belief, one hope, really one wish, FOR A NEW NIGERIA. A different country from the one we currently live in, a working country.
That evening I then had a dream, and it was simple, I dreamt and still am dreaming of a New Nigeria.
A Nigeria that no longer operates like it is a monarchy, with power rotation between the same set of individuals within the same circle.
A Nigeria that not only believes in her people but also supports them by providing the basic amenities of life. A Nigeria, that simply WORKS… Is it too much to dream? At this point, it is looking like it. We are so close to the elections and it is clear that the people are not motivated because truth be told we all are of the opinion that our votes do not count.
Because of this ideology that it does not matter what you do the powers that be will remain, it becomes easy for people to sell their votes, their voices and really their power to effect change, real change and not that hogwash we were promised in 2015.
On a side note I was never a believer in that APC Change Mantra of 2015, knew it was an elaborate scam. And boy, was I CORRECT!
A Nigeria that punishes crimes, totally and completely practicing the rule of law. I mean a Nigeria, where government officials who ‘misappropriate funds’ -since steal seems to be a bad word in this country- are properly arraigned and clearly charged and sentenced for their crimes. A country that does not separate the rich from the poor nor the powerful from the weak when it comes to crime and punishment. A Nigeria, where sexual predators are caught, punished and registered as sexual offenders, because shame is a big deterrent for crime. Let’s name and shame, then see watch the drastic decline of some of these crimes; from rape to paedophilia.
A Nigeria that understands that equality of genders is not a disease, is not an endemic that we should shy away from, not just a conversation to be had on social media or at drinks with friends but a practise to be adopted because women are not inferior beings but individuals in their own right who should be given the same opportunities their male counterparts have.
I dream of a Nigeria that works, so that certain phrases like ‘Is there light at home?’ will be stories we tell the next generation and not a reality they have to experience. A Nigeria, where my green passport is as respected and revered as the blue and red passports of this world.
I understand that this is a lot to dream of and hope to see come to fruition in the next four years, but it is a dream that can be accomplished if our leaders understand that they are leading people and not sheep. If they understand that the national resources are really and truly for citizens of the nation and not just members of their nuclear family and a few friends.
What Nigeria do you dream of? This is a question we all need to answer as we pick up our PVCs on Saturday and go to vote for the general Election 2019.
Which of these candidates is able to truly begin to work on our dreams as a nation and hopefully make those dreams a reality? It is important we answer this question and the answer should guide how we vote.
Your Vote Counts.
Remember as we gear towards election 2019; Your Vote Is Important.
Your Vote Can Make…Will Make A Difference.