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ANALYSIS: Politics As War In Nigeria

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Nigeria News takes a look at the chaos that has saturated election process in the last few days.

The Independent National Electoral Commission may have done its best but the crop of politicians in Nigeria today are terrible.

These are selfish human beings who kill to get power. The ways of politicians are mysterious. Their zeal, optimism and desperation are past finding.

They claim that they want to serve but some of them have to kill to give service. They want to lead yet they have to force their way to leadership.

Pray what manner of people are in the political class… they claim to love the people but feast on their ignorance, manipulate them and dump them.

If they really want to serve they won’t be desperate to serve. Service comes with sacrifice. It comes with being selfless.

Whenever a man fights his way to power such a man will fight to remain in power. A man who fights to get power is evil. Such a man has no interest of the people.

Sadly, many of our leaders and would-be leaders are in the class of desperate people.

They have no iota of humanity in them. May God send these leaders out of the corridors of power in our nation. I read a few days ago that the former US presidential candidate of the Democrats, Hillary Clinton had given up on contesting again.

She lost the last election to the Republican, President Donald Trump and never again, the former senator and First Lady of United States would contest. That is leadership. Clinton is not growing younger and she knows that the energy is no more there to serve as she would like to do.

Here in Nigeria, the 76-year-old president Muhammadu Buhari will be sworn-in for the second term on May 29. He would be 80 in four years as one of the oldest leaders in the world.

Buhari just defeated another Septuagenarian, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar in an election the party is contesting in court over many irregularities.

The presidential and National Assembly election conducted two weeks ago was peaceful compared to the Saturday governorship and state house of assembly elections.

In Rivers, INEC had to suspend the polls due to violence. Some of the INEC staff were abducted by hoodlums while election materials were seized by thugs.

Lagos was peaceful with APC winning comfortably but Oyo State where the PDP candidate, Seyi Makinde had won was thrown into a battlefield by the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Areas such as Olodo, Moniya, Iwo Road became impassable as thugs barricaded the place to attack innocent people.

Earlier on the Election Day, a member of the House of Representatives, Temitope Olatoye aka Sugar was shot dead in the state. As of Sunday evening, part of Ibadan, Oyo State capital was in chaos. Residents who wanted to travel back to Lagos could not do so again for the fear of being lynched by angry mobs.

In Ogun State, it was gathered that the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun summoned all the local government chairmen when he learnt that his anointed gubernatorial candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) was losing to his APC counterpart, Dapo Abiodun.

Scores of innocent lives were lost in this election in a selfish bid by politicians to win election.

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