(Must read) THE GIMMICKS OF THE MASTERS AND THE SCHEMES OF THE SLAVES.
The tick on the clock that announced 2018 saw to the beginning of new year resolutions by all and sundry. These are firm decisions to quit some things or abate the activities of some while kick starting some new developments. As we incorporate this to our personal lives, it is of importance for us to imbibe this in our national obligations as well.
Without delving much in to rhetorics, it's not an understatement that Nigeria has suffered so much on the pinnacle of bad leadership and governance. The journey so far as a nation has been filled with regrets of giving the mantle of leadership to the wrong people. We've got a long list of 'trial and error'. It is owing to the failure to fulfil at least 50% of the juicy promises embedded in their manifestos. They come around in a glamorous convoy and with wads of Naira notes, making promises that never saw the light of the day.
This is the year preceeding the one we'll determine the successors of the present incumbents at the three levels. 2018 is when the masters will come back to the art of deception and unnecessary care and kindness towards winning the hearts of the electorates like their usual game. Though elections comes up in 2019, this year is the most important as decision of who to vote for, may be borne out of the camouflage and profligate deeds of these political masters. It's not too early to start planning!
It's heart breaking that so many Nigerians still nurse the belief of the irrelevance of their enfranchisement in bringing whosoever in to office. You can't afford to spend the another four years with tales of woes resulting from making the wrong choice. You have a voice and that is through your voters card. It'll be so devastating to refuse to participate in the democratic process or vote foolishly because of material gains. It's high time Nigerians saw beyond the gifts and the kindness aimed at bamboozling the electorates.
The bad roads get worse daily. Our health care and educational systems are in a comatose state. Unemployment and poverty level rises like a yeast-filled-bread. States are owing workers and strike actions now rock our newspapers' headlines. Remember, if the slaves refuse to utilise the scheme of choosing rightly by failing to outsmart the gimmicks of the masters, plunging in to colossal challenges will be inevitable.
Any mistake made in 2019, will leave the nation worse than what it used to be on international rankings. With that, 2018 is the proverbial 'Saturday' that will reflect how good or bad 'Sunday' will turn.
Once again, Happy new year!
Olufemi Alfred is a campus journalist at Obafemi Awolowo University. He is best reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.