THE SAVIOR WAS A POPULAR CANDIDATE: 2019 IS TOMORROW; THE RIGHT CANDIDATE MAY NOT EMERGE AS THE PRESIDENT

– By: Onike Omotolani

There was a man (Barabbas) who was engaged in sedition in Jerusalem. He was, of course, the leader of a band of robbers with a niche in desperation and murder. The other was Jesus, of whom Pilate had said, ”I find in him no fault at all.” (John 18:38)

In John 18:40, they said, ”not this man, but Barabbas. “He had not named Barabbas, but they (in their anxiety to reject Christ) at once named him. The people were stimulated to this choice by the bitter hatred of the priests. It was evidently verified that this man – Barabbas – was confessedly guilty of the very crime with which the priests and the rulers had falsely charged Jesus; that of sedition and no proof of their hypocrisy could be given to the watchful Pilate than their efforts to release the former and condemn the latter.

Assumably, Pilate was the electoral officer to preside over the election among Jews. Jesus was the right candidate with no stain whatsoever. Barabbas was another candidate with criminal records; yet he was preferred by his people.
On the election day, Pontius Pilate went with the intent of conducting a free and fair election to overwhelm the world with wonder but the corrupt priests and rulers never allowed it to come to fulfilment. People supported Barabbas with many votes just to claim victory for him. In the end, he won the election.

Jesus fed five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes in Matthew 14 verse 21.
But then, where were they? Where was Lazarus whom He (Jesus) healed? And where were others whom He had healed and resurrected from sickness and death?
The biblical story of trials of Jesus Christ bears a striking semblance to the backdrop of Nigeria’s current political mess.

This is a story that ponders one’s thought with the conclusion that nothing can be done to restore fairness to this clime. Sorry to say, (and without attempting to rubbish any beliefs which people may have for this country), 2019 is tomorrow but the right person may not emerge. Nigeria is a country that accommodates lies from the smart ones and sadly, the right person is never allowed to smell the seat of power. Why? Both the politicians and the electorates – most of whom stomach infrastructures have already added fats to their weights – are liars with a defense to prevent any right man from querying their lies.

These days, I scream to disturb the youths because they own the forthcoming election, come next year and my prayer is that ”they speak with one voice”. Whenever I peruse my diary where I penned results of the elections from 1999 to date, what comes to my mind is the verity that these same youths never bother to think outside the box – to, at least, use their brains for two hours at the polling units. In 2003 wherein a presidential election was conducted along with elections into other positions, some eminent persons – who worked tirelessly to safeguard humanity and take this nation to a greater height – showed interest in the presidential race. One of them was Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi of blessed memory under the platform of a party called National Conscience Party (NCP). He contested against retired top military officers whom he described as his enemies. He had just 161,333 votes while the winner and the runner up had 24,456,140 and 12,710,022 respectively.

From 1999 to 2007, the National Assembly showed how politicians wrestled with one another to display their political strength. The first tenure, in which democracy was restored after years of total darkness, stressed out the attitudes of the so-called lawmakers towards the progress of the country. Also, it showed how they ganged up among themselves forming cabals aimed at impeaching their officers. Yet nothing could show further that this country had witnessed a progressive change.

Tomorrow is 2019! The popular candidates will come out but finance will show the difference. Some youths will still show interest in different positions while more of them will be rendered inconsequential by some gerontocrats. Needless to say that they are ready to condemn their activism to the level of pogrom. This is a country where politics has become business for the so-called elders who are busy attending functions while the country is in mess. The US dollar that was once an age mate with the naira is now defeating naira and claiming level like the matches of Real Madrid versus Juventus. What an irony!

Today, Nigerians are wallowing in the claim ”Nothing is free in this country”. Free education programme which was earlier instituted by Late Chief Adekunle Ajasin under the vanguard of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo [the Eldorado of Nigeria’s progress], has turned into a profit-making venture. Meanwhile, it is not affordable to the lowest class of Nigerians because the minimum wage in Nigeria is no better off than eighteen thousand naira. As students of OAU are waxing stronger in their aluta to halt the anti-student policy of the school, AAUA is finally giving up the battle. Anyway forward for students of College of Medicine is unknown yet. In fact, Nigeria is drowning in the pool of confusion.

In conclusion, the policy of not-too-young-to-rule is really gaining ground but what happened during previous elections might surface once again as the youths haven’t joined hands together to knock down the old and sturdy pillars built by old, corrupt and selfish leaders who see politics as nothing but the opportunity to put food on their own tables. The youths haven’t explored villages yet and this will seemingly have a great impact on the much-anticipated 2019 elections.

Fathers and mothers in villages are yet to know whom Uncle Sowore is; neither have they heard of Fela Durotoye. It is neither a matter of ”take-it-back” nor that of ”New Nigeria” but of course, it is all about the readiness to work to bring this to reality. Meanwhile, letting villagers and the people in the remote areas of this country realize this will bring the move to reality. Social media is never enough to keep spewing out ”take-it-back” and whatsoever others call theirs. However, it’s all about mingling with them in a proper way without quenching door-to-door campaigns in cities. But without taking this as well as other unspecified measures, it is as if they are riding horses in a book of arithmetic.

On this as of today, I submit the notion ”2019 is tomorrow and it is fast approaching. If nothing has been changed to write them off, a wrong person may still emerge”.THE SAVIOR WAS A POPULAR CANDIDATE: 2019 IS TOMORROW; THE RIGHT CANDIDATE MAY NOT EMERGE AS THE PRESIDENT

By: Onike Omotolani

There was a man (Barabbas) who was engaged in sedition in Jerusalem. He was, of course, the leader of a band of robbers with a niche in desperation and murder. The other was Jesus, of whom Pilate had said, ”I find in him no fault at all.” (John 18:38)

In John 18:40, they said, ”not this man, but Barabbas. “He had not named Barabbas, but they (in their anxiety to reject Christ) at once named him. The people were stimulated to this choice by the bitter hatred of the priests. It was evidently verified that this man – Barabbas – was confessedly guilty of the very crime with which the priests and the rulers had falsely charged Jesus; that of sedition and no proof of their hypocrisy could be given to the watchful Pilate than their efforts to release the former and condemn the latter.

Assumably, Pilate was the electoral officer to preside over the election among Jews. Jesus was the right candidate with no stain whatsoever. Barabbas was another candidate with criminal records; yet he was preferred by his people.
On the election day, Pontius Pilate went with the intent of conducting a free and fair election to overwhelm the world with wonder but the corrupt priests and rulers never allowed it to come to fulfilment. People supported Barabbas with many votes just to claim victory for him. In the end, he won the election.

Jesus fed five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes in Matthew 14 verse 21.
But then, where were they? Where was Lazarus whom He (Jesus) healed? And where were others whom He had healed and resurrected from sickness and death?
The biblical story of trials of Jesus Christ bears a striking semblance to the backdrop of Nigeria’s current political mess.

This is a story that ponders one’s thought with the conclusion that nothing can be done to restore fairness to this clime. Sorry to say, (and without attempting to rubbish any beliefs which people may have for this country), 2019 is tomorrow but the right person may not emerge. Nigeria is a country that accommodates lies from the smart ones and sadly, the right person is never allowed to smell the seat of power. Why? Both the politicians and the electorates – most of whom stomach infrastructures have already added fats to their weights – are liars with a defense to prevent any right man from querying their lies.

These days, I scream to disturb the youths because they own the forthcoming election, come next year and my prayer is that ”they speak with one voice”. Whenever I peruse my diary where I penned results of the elections from 1999 to date, what comes to my mind is the verity that these same youths never bother to think outside the box – to, at least, use their brains for two hours at the polling units. In 2003 wherein a presidential election was conducted along with elections into other positions, some eminent persons – who worked tirelessly to safeguard humanity and take this nation to a greater height – showed interest in the presidential race. One of them was Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi of blessed memory under the platform of a party called National Conscience Party (NCP). He contested against retired top military officers whom he described as his enemies. He had just 161,333 votes while the winner and the runner up had 24,456,140 and 12,710,022 respectively.

From 1999 to 2007, the National Assembly showed how politicians wrestled with one another to display their political strength. The first tenure, in which democracy was restored after years of total darkness, stressed out the attitudes of the so-called lawmakers towards the progress of the country. Also, it showed how they ganged up among themselves forming cabals aimed at impeaching their officers. Yet nothing could show further that this country had witnessed a progressive change.

Tomorrow is 2019! The popular candidates will come out but finance will show the difference. Some youths will still show interest in different positions while more of them will be rendered inconsequential by some gerontocrats. Needless to say that they are ready to condemn their activism to the level of pogrom. This is a country where politics has become business for the so-called elders who are busy attending functions while the country is in mess. The US dollar that was once an age mate with the naira is now defeating naira and claiming level like the matches of Real Madrid versus Juventus. What an irony!

Today, Nigerians are wallowing in the claim ”Nothing is free in this country”. Free education programme which was earlier instituted by Late Chief Adekunle Ajasin under the vanguard of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo [the Eldorado of Nigeria’s progress], has turned into a profit-making venture. Meanwhile, it is not affordable to the lowest class of Nigerians because the minimum wage in Nigeria is no better off than eighteen thousand naira. As students of OAU are waxing stronger in their aluta to halt the anti-student policy of the school, AAUA is finally giving up the battle. Anyway forward for students of College of Medicine is unknown yet. In fact, Nigeria is drowning in the pool of confusion.

In conclusion, the policy of not-too-young-to-rule is really gaining ground but what happened during previous elections might surface once again as the youths haven’t joined hands together to knock down the old and sturdy pillars built by old, corrupt and selfish leaders who see politics as nothing but the opportunity to put food on their own tables. The youths haven’t explored villages yet and this will seemingly have a great impact on the much-anticipated 2019 elections.

Fathers and mothers in villages are yet to know whom Uncle Sowore is; neither have they heard of Fela Durotoye. It is neither a matter of ”take-it-back” nor that of ”New Nigeria” but of course, it is all about the readiness to work to bring this to reality. Meanwhile, letting villagers and the people in the remote areas of this country realize this will bring the move to reality. Social media is never enough to keep spewing out ”take-it-back” and whatsoever others call theirs. However, it’s all about mingling with them in a proper way without quenching door-to-door campaigns in cities. But without taking this as well as other unspecified measures, it is as if they are riding horses in a book of arithmetic.

On this as of today, I submit the notion ”2019 is tomorrow and it is fast approaching. If nothing has been changed to write them off, a wrong person may still emerge”.

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