As the next Nigerian elections loom before us, every lying toad and reptile is tossing their hats into the political arena – salivating at the prospect of becoming a (dis)honourable governor, senator or minister and fleecing the already broke and battered country for every kobo or should I say billion they can get their fat, filthy, grubby fingers on.
When medically fit but racist, xenophobic, sexist, spasmodic American president Trump called African countries “shitholes” many of us reacted badly. We called and are still calling him all kind of names under the planet – and none of them nice or complimentary. But mad as a mad hatter that Trump might be, he can hardly be blamed for saying what many of us already know but are refusing to say, out of blind loyalty and allegiance to our party, friends in power and new aspirants or in some cases, out of a misplaced sense of patriotic outrage!
Our country, love her or loathe her, has been repeatedly raped, pillaged, looted, robbed, cheated by our so called “servants of the people”. Many of them have been raping and pillaging and looting and robbing and cheating Nigeria for decades and showing no signs or desire of stopping, while new “servants” and even so called youths (many of them in their 40s) join to follow in their seniors’ footsteps – at every election.
Ordinary Nigerians, New Aspirants and The Old Brigade
Prior to the elections, they will beg, grovel, look and speak nice, attend all community events, offer all kinds of favours, aids and helps to their supporters, promise heaven, earth and everything in-between – if they win at the elections. But as soon as they actually win, their doors are shut firmly behind them never to be seen again until the time for the next elections.
And within months of stepping into office – the sheer gigantic scale of the drastic reversal of fortunes of these “newbies” is enough to leave any head spinning. And the fortunes of their seniors get more and more gigantic by the day.
And this is while the fortunes of many ordinary Nigerians dwindle smaller and smaller by the day. Citizens suffer from every imaginable injustice at the hands of their own governments while their former neighbour turned senator suddenly becomes “Fatman Larry”, upgrades to Bentleys and private Jets, new mansions under construction, kids relocating abroad, wife becoming “WAG” due to the sudden makeover and change of wardrobe and starts wearing Brazilian hair, fake nails and false eyelashes; and pick side chicks in every city including London, New York, and Maryland.
Nigeria a shithole….or not?
Many Nigerians – God knows just how – simply manage to survive with:
- Unpaid salaries and allowances
- Pensioners dying while waiting for pension – many years after retirement
- No electricity even with enforced payment of electricity bills
- Wells, streams and boreholes (for the rich) instead of tap water
- Death trap roads
- High food prices
- High inflation
- High fuel costs
- Unaffordable housing
- Unaffordable or unavailable childcare
- Unaffordable or unavailable healthcare
- Herdsmen killing
- Armed robber killing
- Terrorists killing
- Kidnapping and abductions
- Spousal killings
- Daughters turning “runs chicks”
- Sons turning fraudsters and kidnappers
- Wives turning side chicks
- Husbands turning ritualists
(last 4 all due to poverty)
- Sprawling shopping malls that have become tourist centres and amusement parks – with little or no shopping being done except of course by the rich
- Many schools resemble war zone buildings, in pathetic states of disrepair
- Hospitals have become places to die rather than places to be treated
- Doctors would rather go into politics than treat the sick
- Lecturers will rather blackmail, bully and manipulate female students into having sex with them instead of actually teaching them
- Policemen will rather fight with and shoot citizens than protect them
- Religious leaders who will manipulate and bully their congregation into parting with their cash
(You are free to add your own point to this sorry list but I’m sure it is an endless one and you can make up your mind if indeed Nigerians are living in a shithole….or not)
Now there are new elections round the corner.
Nigerians are wondering what will be different – while a new breed of dishonourables will join the old brigade of dishonourables to become greedy partakers of the national fortune.
Shithed leaders of a desperate shithole nation.
But many will disagree with me and accuse me of generalising.
However, as far as I am concerned, every Nigerian political aspirant remains a SHITHOLE LEADER AND SHITHEAD (pardon my language) until proven otherwise.
And that will mean that you can vow, and stand by your vow not to:
**Offer, give, promise any monetary or gift incentive to ANYONE to support or vote for you.
**Intimidate or use anyone to intimidate others into supporting you or punish them for not supporting you
**Offer to take only half of your entitlements, salary and allowances for the duration of your tenure.
**Be prepared to fearlessly speak against your party policies and manifesto if you believe they are unfair and dishonest – yet still remain a faithful member of the party.
**Stand up for, protect and uphold the welfare and rights of your constituents
**Not send your kids, wife, yourself or any family member abroad for medical treatment or send your kids to school abroad – unless they are already residents in those countries
IF YOU CANNOT SEE YOURSELF DOING ANY OF THE ABOVE, THEN YOU ARE A THIEF AND A SHITHEAD LEADER. INTERESTED ONLY IN ADVANCING YOUR OWN AGENDA AND NOT THERE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY
I dare you to prove me wrong.