It’s the time season when our politicians will fill our ears with promises that they know in their hearts of hearts, they cannot fulfil. In saner climes, politicians are judged by how many of their campaign promises they fulfil. In Nigeria, ethnicity and religion play major roles in who becomes the president of Nigeria.
Our politics is gradually getting mature with every election cycle. The voters are becoming more educated and politically savvy. The era of chicanery is gradually ending. We all know Nigerian politicians, who promise to build roads and bridges end up just commissioning boreholes at the end of their term. Mario Cuomo had Nigerian politicians in mind when he contended that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose.”
Because of the peculiarity of our politics, we all know the 2019 election is a straight fight between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar. In saner climes, candidates like Kingsley Moghalu would have had a shot at the presidency, but like we say in local parlance,” na English we go chop”.
The two major candidates have released their policy documents. Atiku Abubakar has promised that Nigeria will generate 20,000 megawatt of electricity in seven years. Like James Hadley Chase said, ‘Believe this, you will believe anything.” In his heart of hearts, Atiku knows it’s mission impossible and some gullible voters would swallow that promise hook, line and sinker. He has also been receiving knocks on his plans to privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Some people have started whispering, hope he is not going to sell it to his friends and cronies. Some have asked President Buhari, the Next Level of what exactly?
But have you noticed that the demonisation of the Fulani tribe has disappeared since Atiku emerged as the presidential candidate of the PDP? All those who tweet daily on how the Fulani tribe is the worst thing to ever happen to Nigeria have stopped and we all know why.