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By Nasir Hashim
Many Africans define politics asa dirty game and as a matter of fact nearly all African politicians  have committed crimes against their societies and free conscience. It is a common knowledge that whenever somebody mentions the word politics, among other things, these are what come to the mind of any average African man: a system of corruptions, deceptions, lies, treacheries, gimmicks etc.These are the elements of politics that have been in practice in this part of the world over the years. 

I have no doubt the above statement is not just a conjecture but an undeniable statement of fact in that It is a repeated observation and therefore could be regarded as an obvious fact. Across the continent, the situation is the same. It is the same in Ghana, Togo, Gambia, Mali, Liberia, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Cameroun, Chad etc. It’s the same in Nigeria- there is no any exception. Conversely, politics in most European and Asian nations connotes a system by which social justice, national development; freedom and human dignity are attained and sustained. 

 In Nigeria most especially, people retire voluntarily from public office or private enterprise in order to join politics with the sole desire to make billions of naira or dollars within the space of four (4) years, otherwise they cannot achieve that in thirty (30) years of their careers. In fact it might not be possible for them achieve thatfor life. Politics in Nigeria is the most lucrative venture. For that reasontherefore I think it is wrong, and tantamount to deception tosay Alh. Aliko Dangote is the richest man on Africa continent. In reality Dangote is just a business agent; the richest man is among the politicians.

In my humble opinion, APC is not better than PDP likewise PDP is not better than APC. In fact, what you have in APC today is the same as what you have in PDP. More than 80% of APC members came from PDP. And in case PDP wins 2019 election they will make a go back to their former Platform. The interest is nothing else than money and political power. This is what average Nigerian believes in, and that is why Buhari cannot succeed in fighting corruption. In Nigeria people sees respect and human dignity only in material wealth and political power. Buhari’s governments itself was ushered in with the support of among the most corrupt politicians, and are deeply part and parcel of the government.What we need in Nigeria is moral revolution that can change our direction towards a better value system but notarrest, intimidation, imprisonment or killing of people.

 Nigeria has been over run under the system of corruption over the years.There is a lot of evidence that theline of demarcation between the 1960’s and that of 1999’s to that of the present is very tiny. I have seen in history how NPC supported by local and foreign monarchies used public wealth and political power to accumulate multi-faceted advantages and henceforth created dynasty within Nigerian society. Also they used political power to intimidate and punish their political opponents such as NEPU followers. Sometimes in 2005,  a man in Kano told thatthere was a time in the holy month of Ramadan when NPC  leaders ordered him and his NEPU colleagues to be arrested just a few minutes to Iftar ( breakfast) and they had the iftar only after the sun set of the following day. It means they observed two day fast continuously without iftar. I think the only difference between the politics of the 1960’s and that of present is that the politicians of1960’s rarely killed people. And In my perspective it is better to steal peoples’ wealth than to kill the people themselves. If you kill people and leave their property behind, who will benefit from the property? For example, Buhari, they said is not a thief but they cannot defend the allegation that he has no sympathy for human lives. He killed uncountable number people in the past and in the present. He is a murderer. Recently heordered for the massacre of thousands of innocent lives in Zaria and at the same time fighting to recover stolen public wealth. Does it make sense to save wealth at the very expense of human lives? Is it logical? It is important to understand that most of the people killed in Zaria from 12th – 13th December 2015 have never offended God or Nigerian constitution in that they were minors. Likewise, among the adults killed majority of them new nothing but mosque, school and other places of socio-cultural or religious importance. They didn’t know crime. In fact, we prefer Buhari being a thief to being a murderer.

With Buhari as the leader of Nigeria change has not come yet, and it may not come in the nearest future so long as Nigerians fail to understand what really their problem is. The Buhari I know has no history of helping the poor, religion or any social organization. Why then do you think this man loves the poor? Those who love the poor help them even when they have no political power.For example, General Babangida, Alh. Atiku Abubakar among others helped their people while in office and after. This is why you always hear people mention names some individuals as Babangida god sons or Atiku Abubabar god sons. Who are Buhari’s god sons in the entire Nigeria? Nigerians, especially northerners, deceive themselves a lot.

As far as I am concernedunder the current political trend, it is a mere waste of time to join a long queue for voting, especially, under the scorching sun of northern part of this country. Year in year out Nigerians have been going to polling stations to vote for people who attach no meaning to their lives – very arrogant and obdurate but not intelligent people. I suppose if one is stubborn one has to be intelligent enough to enable him face his critiques. This is why I think Mr. Buhari is deceiving himself by behaving arrogantly and stubbornly when he is not intelligent in politics, diplomacy, economy etc. In his parochial political mindset, believes as a president he is too big to have dialogue with any individuals or organizations. He believes in the application of naked and excessive force to kill or torture people including his personal enemies.

I don’t think am wrong if I shun voting under the system of tyranny and corruption. Even those who chose to do have no any good reason. For example, if you ask a Muslims, why do you think voting is important to you? They will tell you, “if we don’t vote the Christians will dominate us, so we have to vote for our man”. TheChristians also will tell you virtually the same thing – maybe with slight difference. The country is already in a mess, but there is hope in the heroes and role models who preach for perfect peace, unity, social justice and national development regardless of any tribal, sectarian or political inclinations. Indeed Nigerians have good lessons to learn from the life of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. A man who lost everything he cherishes in cause of fighting for humanity. He never hesitates to expose the conspiracies of the bad African politics and bad African politicians, and never hesitate to tell them the truth despite threat and intimidation. Unlike other Muslim scholars, El- Zakzaky believes in the possibility of establishing unity and different Muslim denomination on one hand and among Muslims and Christians on the other. His struggle towards that is eminent;only hisenemies can close their eyes and deny it. Sheikh Zakzaky is a symbol of the oppressed and embodiment of moral values. The future of Nigeria is the hands of good people but not in the hands of people who install panic in minds of Nigerian citizens. Nigerians don’t need coercion; they need justice. Nigerians don’t need death; they need life. Nigerians don’t need economic doom; they economic boom. Nigerians don’t need who will frown against them; they need who smile for them to feel happy.

The future of Nigeria is not in thehand of thepresident whose people are being killed but remains silent for two conservative weeks. And when finally spoke, he only tried to justify the act without concrete evidence. For example he said, “I saw a video clip which shows some tanagers hitting the chest of Generals”. Up to this day the military could not produce the clip. In fact they said they didn’t cover the scene in question. I wonder how president Buhari saw the incident. Again, when he was asked whether he regretted the incident, he carelessly said the figure was exaggerated. I wonder if an atrocity is only regrettable if many lives go. I suppose even the life of a single goat lost is worth regretting. The futureof Nigeria is not in the hand the president who remains unrepentant nearly six months since the massacre of over a 1000 of their citizens for a reason not more an alleged road blockage- something that was preplanned.

My greatest regret is that till this day some misinformed Nigerians still believe that Buhari is their savior and redeemer.

Peace, blessing and protection of Allah should be upon the rightly guided.