By Babatunde Jakande
Unfortunately both major parties now see this election as a do or die.“When two elephants fight, it is thegrass that suffers most” Nigerians must wake up to this reality and stay safe during this electioneering era as desperation and self help has overwhelmed reason or logic.
I listen to the key players speak and no reference is made about lives accidentally or intentionally lost on the political road map to the present. Rather than be sober and reflective or avoid further casualties the thirst for blood just got a nob higher. How many people have to die because of an election? Listen my brothers, anyone can answer the spiritual call anytime or day but application of wisdom is key during this period . Life cannot and should not be wasted so trivially. After all, none of the major parties have lost key members only foot soldiers, supporters and spectator’s on the journey.
If you are killed what do you think you will be remembered for? That is if you will be remembered at all?
A victim of circumstances? A super hero deserving of a national award?
He’ll no! You died for nothing because your name will not even be mentioned in the new president’s inaugural address to the nation on May 29th.
Remember, while you rum ?up numbers for your candidates insulting and abusing everyone in the process, the direct beneficiaries including family and associates strategies on a lot of other things. Your welfare and protection is not top on their list.
I recall the tension that engulfed this country when MKO was killed in suspicious circumstances. The fear and possibility of another civil war was real. Many died for the struggle of actualising the June 12 mandate. Today as huge as it was, that event is a distant memory away.
Nigeria is bigger than anyone and we should never forget that!
Politicians have consistently tried everything to kill this country. They have been robbing and feasting on her green side since 1960. They have set her people against each other along ethnic, religious and political lines and plunged the country into civil wars yet miraculously fragments of unity still hold the union.
Another round of illogical pronouncements and actions on multi sides of the divide gradually slips in. Nigerians stay out of the way and let them use their wards and direct beneficiaries as warlords to execute their plans. No Nigerian will tell you life is better today than the sixties. The political ambition of politicians is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. Good luck and stay safe.