I watched a graphical analysis of how we voted in last elections on BBC and it’s a picture of few words. A thin strip divided our voting pattern into two almost even halves and this has been my thoughts if Nigeria is a nation or a country. Isn’t there suppose to be a rigorous debate about our unity or we can pass the blame game and simply wait for another fresh graves? Every time the northerners find just and unjust cause to protest, a bigoted sect within, find southerners to maim, churches to burn and now cruelly slay corpers.
Jonathan was doing a disruptive attempt to use power of incumbency to shatter an unwritten agreement of zoning. We are all witnesses to how horde of people in the North thronged Buhari campaign perceiving the cloak of a messiah in him. I joined them taking a relic of the military era as the symbol of change since I find PDP and all it represents an hard sell.
It is in that mindset of a nation that I didn’t mind who gave us an alternative. PDP, an iteration of a mathematical jargon that defines nothing became fresh air to many like bed of roses. Rather we take the underlying issues, everyone consciously singled Goodluck out for humility and an alternating symbol to its diseased party. PDP had always proven artistry at rigging and it was in this light, everyone was urged to protect his or her votes.
Now they have overblown it. Some illiterates with no clear understanding of democratic credentials have turned this to a mob rule. Their actions seeking for change has been poisoned with rigid North must rule syndrome and end result of anger has always been the usual victims. It has been times of mourning for this nation and for people that hug surface rather than depth, our reactions will be diverse. Buhari has his blames for not speaking timely to check their outraged youths but like the jobless man in Tunisia began the Arab revolution, an illiterate, an agent of unrest and brainwashed with religious fallacies is marking time to explode.
It is sad the Northern masses have been given to beggarly attitude and they have little heroes as leaders. The Buhari the Northern masses have found does not have the tally of national majority and for the mob, rationality does not live in them. I watched scores of young people destroy stuffs and I know they were those that either ride okada or sells carrots in wheel barrows. The issues won’t go away with blame approach, it will only, if they get new role models, educate them, empower their minds, engage them for sustainable living and give them the right values. It is under that basis they take off wool from their eyes to see the Southerner as a co-owner of this space and deserves no hatred at any cost. But since PDP hogs the media, we can take a petty cause and hang the millstone on Buhari’s neck. If in no distant future, they burn down a church or kill fellow Nigerians because of a cartoon or a distant joke about the Prophet, maybe we turn our faces to sky?
The crass illiteracy of the North is threat to Nigeria’s unity. It has been so since the Kano riots of 1953. Nothing has changed, especially our leadership of that area haven’t reflected the passage of time. May Jonathan and rest in governance do that which is right regards to the Northern education and not expedient sensation fuelled by the media.
A sad commentary on those killed in Post-Presidential election violence