help /hɛlp/ or /ɛpp/ in Nigerian accent.
Election year is around the corner, like cave animals politicians pop out from their caves. Most of these people you’ve not really heard from for about 4 years or so, some whom just after we voted them in the last election showed us they are untouchable. They literarily got away with all their crimes and are back again to tap into our mumu. For anyone who is not familiar with Nigerian lingo, mumu is another word for a fool or foolishness.
Survey after survey showed the average Nigerian did not really learn from the last election. Corrupt leaders are generally accepted mostly because the general population believe they are just too powerful. Some think if you get to the polls and don’t vote for certain people, you will get beaten up. Our country is led by thugs and to make matters worse, they are rich ruthless and unrepentant.
What’s strange is the fact that lame efforts such as painting of bridges, road repairs that fall apart after their first rainfall are presented as achievements. Pointless bridges, statues, round-about are all celebrated while millions of people continue to live without electricity, clean water, schools and hospitals. The number of people that turn up for the launching of a bridge in a town of 200K people gets me wondering, are we all just stupid? I mean, we’ll watch from afar while this people spend their people’s money on their weddings, socialite events closing roads and flaunt everything they got while representing their people.
Our country is led by thugs…
I shake my head in disgust as our society have become oblivious to the injustice of these criminals we call leaders. We have all accepted as norm uneducated fools leading us, we fully understand their lack of self-control stealing the resources entrusted to them to solve problems for their people. It is shameful that greed takes precedence over a good name and national pride. Then we celebrate them?
The labour of our heroes past? Can’t even remember who those are! The Government of the people by the people and for the people? We do not have that and this thing we practice is not democracy. Our politicians, they never go away. Past presidents still holding sway with powers of money. These people who ruled 30 years ago, ruled 10 years ago and still have controlling influence on who will be in power next year? Other democracies have their past leaders step aside when they finish the tenure. They’ll usually indicate support or speak on behalf of certain candidates or parties but are not Godfathers. Nigerian politics run like a drug empire and the parties are like cartels. The rich former leaders and influencers are like drug lords or ‘the Mafian god fathers’.
I think we have all missed the point. Rich or poor, powerful or not, Nigerians should realise that it’s still all up to us. No individual is more powerful than 200 Million people, no group of people can supress the voice of a nation. We should all realise by now that none of these people care about the average citizen and anyone outside their house holds is a non-entity. Every single time a politician opens their mouth to highlight their achievements, just remember it’s all a lie. Ask them ‘who you epp?’ in the voice of Olamide. Remember that lady who made away with $6billion dollars? Imagine how many high-quality hospitals that translates to? Or Airport?
Go back in history, Nigerian politicians have not helped us in anyway. They’ve taken a goldmine and turned it to sand. The same resources that build the Arab countries we all clamour to visit has turned our country to a dump. If you’re a politician prior to now, ask yourself, ‘who did you help?’. You are all better off resigning yourself to the dump you came from and live on the proceeds of all you stole from us. Thanks, we’ll take it from here.
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