It Is Time Nigerians Vote Out APC!!! Enough Is Enough

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The Sad Story Of Four Years Ago 

 As I watched Kaduna State governor threatened, on national television, that “foreigners who ‘interfered’ with” the upcoming general elections “would return in body bags”, I wondered how things have degenerated to this low in less than four years.

It is sad that the veteran broadcaster who anchored the interview did not make attempt to distance the NTA from such reckless statement, but sadder still is the fact that the presidency, and even the man himself, have made attempts to either justify or rephrase a statement that is so clear, to even a child.

There is no body with a conscience, Nigerian or not, observing the way things are going in the last four years, that would not wish for the APC to be voted out of power next week.

Many of us need not struggle with our memories to recall that four years ago in the same country, it was 200 naira to one dollar. A bag of rice sold for 10,000 naira, a litre of petrol sold for 87 naira, a tin of milk sold for 100 naira, and so on, today what is the story?

Yes, the PDP government was accused of corruption, but it was the same government that announced that Nigeria had overtaken South Africa as the largest economy in Africa.

Then 2015 came, and a former military dictator well over 75 years, took the saddle…then many of us had already bought into the narrative that he was ‘a man of integrity’, forgetting the truth that integrity alone, whatever that means, does put food on the table, we voted and encouraged others to vote en-masse for him.

Suddenly everything changed…

First, it took him six months to name his ministers, and when he finally did, it was the same old recycled names, some of whom have corruption cases hanging on their heads till today.

Then prices of commodities went skywards, the naira quickly crashed against the dollar, petrol, as of today sells for 150 naira per litre or more in some places, so much so that the last Christmas was the only Christmas that didn’t become the worst in living memory of Nigerians in the last four years, where many had to sleep at filling stations while many more paid three times the usual transport fare to travel home, and so on…

As of today, The International Organisation for Migration IOM, have reported an increased in violence brought about by terrorism in the North East, they say over 59,000 Nigerians have been displaced in the last three months, and that’s despite claims of victory against terrorism.

Our troops are not motivated, they are left on their own, to war against an enemy that the government has been accused to be systematically empowering by paying ransoms running into billions of naira to… As a write, Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe and in fact the entire North-East is experiencing the worst form of humanitarian crisis Nigeria has ever seen…

If all these negatives are all that there is to this government maybe it would have been bearable… But no, they are not.

The security of lives and properties of Nigerians, in the last four years, has become a mirage. We saw how Islamists Fulani herdsmen joined forces with Jihadist Boko Haram…

Even though there has been a loll in reportage, we know that the result of this partnership has been blood, blood and more blood…As we speak; the young Christian girl kidnapped with others in Dapchi, who refused to renounce her faith and accept Islam, Leah Sharibu, is still in captivity…

Yet,  we have a government whose body language suggests it would not accept voices of dissent, would, according to the chairman of its party, ‘forgive’ thieves who joined their party, does not take the matter of the killing of innocent people seriously, and most importantly, may not even be willing to give us free and fair elections. Or how else do we explain the recent redeployments of Commissioners of Police and the attempts to ‘cage’ the judiciary?

Although many may not care to notice, hardly a day goes by today that we don’t wake up to news of carnage or some acts of illegality in the country, to the extent that Nigerians don’t care anymore…

There are reports that the number of deaths and internal displacements in Nigeria in the last four years may be more than what is obtained in Syria where there is currently an ongoing civil war!

Bishop Oyedepo of Living Faith Church noted that although we are not at war, since this government came to power, we have organised mass burials than some places where there is ongoing war…

As if that is not enough, there are also reports that this president gave the order to recruit “repentant” ex-Boko Haram members into our security forces!

It is a well known fact that Mr Femi Fani-Kayode is in the forefront of those drumming into our ears that ‘there is a dangerous Islamic agenda,  which is the reason Mr Buhari sought power four times,  got it eventually,  and is now the arrow head for furthering that agenda…’

In the last four years, in Plateau State alone, many have been killed, so much so that over 120 people were massacred in cold blood in a manner that left bulging eyes and dropping jaws in one Saturday alone…

It is in this same country, within the last four years, that we heard reports of some fellow who claim to represent a group that calls itself “Miyetti Allah” (Warriors of Allah) coming forward to announce that the Plateau State carnage was revenge for over 300 cows killed by the youths of the State…till this moment, many of those killings, many also in Benue State, have not been properly handled.

The government’s response was to blame the massacres on desperate politicians…so called politicians that they do not have neither the will nor the nerve to name and prosecute…

After the usual paparazzi that attended all those killings, deployment of troops, announcements of curfews and hypocritical political statements, all the noise would disappeared to be replaced with the routine of dangerous politicking, endless talking and tribalism…until another massacre…

Are we a people without conscience? Isn’t it already obvious that we are under a government that is clearly without the answers? Are we so unserious as a people, suffering from a case of chronic collective dementia, that over 120 people dead in one day and we still go on as if all is well, while some youth retards amongst us still canvass for this government?  Just few weeks ago, a sitting CJN was illegally removed, and ASUU just called off a 3 months old strike yesterday, and it is pretty obvious that if it were not for the coming elections next Saturday, this government wouldn’t care…

In more serious climes, by now the whole country would have been shut down, all activities would have grounded to a halt… Civil Liberty Organisations, Labour Unions,  religious bodies, university  students,  market women,  etc would have mobilized and poured into the streets in protest to demand a solution to these endless killings, madness, and illegality or better yet insist that the “desperate politicians” that Mr Buhari spoke about be named and brought to justice…

But no, not Nigeria…not Nigeria where people can go on the streets of Kano in protest because one atheist in Denmark  drew cartoons of one “prophet” even though citizens were being killed in their hundreds, daily, by Boko Haram…not Nigeria where we will carry on as if all is well leaving those affected and the victims of massacre to leak their wounds…not Nigeria where a president who prides himself as a man of integrity would lift the hand of a confirmed thief in campaign rally and yet some youths who do not know their left from right would still sing his praise… not Nigeria where a group such as MURIC, under a supposed professor, would spend quality time and energy writing about why Friday should be declared a public holiday for Muslims ‘since Saturday was declared for The Seventh Day Adventists and Sunday for Catholics and other Christians’ but refuse to speak out against the untold acts of violence, persecution and killings of Christians and minorities in some place in the north…

INEC has just extended the date for the collection of PVCs till Monday 11th, elections comes up next weekend, in the name of God, Nigerians, do the needful, vote out APC!!!!

God bless Nigeria… 

Albert Afeso Akanbi is a writer and humanitarian. He has three novels, a number of short stories and articles to his credit. He lives in Abuja FCT, Nigeria.

Email: afeso82@gmail.com Twitter: @afeso82 Instagram: afeso82 Web: akanbiafeso.com

12 thoughts on “It Is Time Nigerians Vote Out APC!!! Enough Is Enough

  1. Its all about operation FREEBUHARI come Feb 16th 2019, enough of the damages the present administration has caused us.

  2. Tell Nigerians to vote out the gangster “ royal cabal” that have been sitting on us since our foolishly worked out Independence. Lord, please help us ke ! This is just too much.

  3. ***********
    16years of corruptions, you want make dem clean and repair it in 4 years?
    If those people still dey there till now making 20years, I bet it with you the whole country will be sold to highest bidder of neighboring countries.
    When we can wait for 16 years to see people looting and giving us penny’s, so why cant we wait for repairing part?
    See mumu hear this
    That country wey you see so, na continuity go fit repair am oo
    8 years no reach at all
    Na 4 year dem take repair US after civil war b4 dem become strong nation?
    Abeg join hand make dem clear all those looters for jail u dey hear dey talk rubbish
    Gej wife na who she be b4? Now she be billionaire
    Diazini nko?
    Obanikoro
    Fayose
    Oritsajfor
    Etc

  4. Afeso Akanbi, you need not analyze in a lengthy write up in order to make your points known to honest-hearted ones. Those with forknowledge already knew that Buhari’s consistent failure in the past presidential election contest and his refusal to back down until he finally win means a lot is not going to be well in Nigeria. No perfect explanation could describe the pitiful state Nigeria found itself in the last four years of APC misrule. Top APC party members are now openly jiltering and in fear of foreign observers because they know those ones are capable of unraveling and exposing any electoral malpractice or interference by any party. If APC politicians could be making such inflammatory comments threatening the international observers whom same APC invited in 2015 to observe the then general election that brought Buhari to power, it then mean something must be fishy. Their words, body language and actions have consequentially expose their intent towards the upcoming general election that it’s not going to be free and fair. Obviously, it was the greatest mistake of all time for Nigerians to have voted this clueless, inefficient and incompetent government to power to lead a resourcefull nation. Fortunately, many suffering masses eyes are wide open to do the rightful and support the swift removal of cancerous APC government that has dragged us down from the top ladder of leadership in Africa.

  5. This is nonsense and i will advise your business to stare clear of partisan politics. Which other party in government unravel such brazen stealing and looting of our common funds! Those funds would have been used to develop public infrastructures!

  6. It’s just like yesterday many people wanted to stone Jonathan,with all sorts of name while praising Buhari and hailing him as a messiah, today, here we are again with the same ranting, and unfortunately, by this time next four years if ever Nigeria will continue to exit, the same noise making….are we actually normal?

    Why is it hard for people to boycott this election to enable us change the structure and to determine if we can continue with this false marriage, there is no how any elected individual will change anything in Nigeria within 4yrs under the same structure, the only miracle is when the masses engage in civil disobedience, starting from boycotting this presidential election.
    How many politician children are in Nigeria campaigning for their parents? when will Nigerians mumu will do?

  7. I pray this clamour for change that brought us to this slow, heartless, no respect for the rule of law, hardship, corrupt and what have you administration of the APC, should not lead us to Atikulated regrets that might destroy this Nation by the PDP

  8. You cannot boycott any election and you think it’s right! No, go out there and vote whom your heart tells you.
    So far, we have had PDP, APC in govt before, we need to have a feel of a new candidate. Be wise folks!!!!

  9. this writer has been bribed by Saraki or Atiku only an idiot will say PDP government is better than APC , even Obasanjo himself described Atiku as a corrupt bastard we all know they are all the same but anybody with his right senses would not pray for PDP to continue to destroy Nigeria its a shame reading this type of rubbish

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