Not In Nigeria, Killings Won’t Stop Political Rally
Nigeria News takes a look at the response of government and politicians to disaster and mayhem during a political rally.
Stories of killings hardly move Nigerians anymore. Say it loud that thousands were killed by Boko Haram and wait for peoples’ reactions. They will tell you that the figure was lesser than the previous years.
The ruling All Progressive Congress government sometimes compared the number of deaths during the immediate past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan and the present government.
“Killings did not begin now. Herdsmen have been killing since the regime of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo. Boko Haram killed more under Jonathan than we have now,” these are common languages from government circle.
It is disgusting. It is irritating that in Nigeria of today, what we count is the number of dead bodies but not the number of educational institutions, specialist hospitals, science breakthroughs, geniuses and incorruptible leaders.
Things have gone so worse that the security system cannot even curtail it. Who knows where blood will flow tomorrow?
Life has become so cheap that politicians hardly blink when innocent people are wasted. As the campaign was going on in Ekiti State a few weeks ago with President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance, killings were happening in some parts of the country.
And as usual, the government came out the second day to commiserate with the families of the victims and prepare for another political rally. The politicians have been marching on the blood of the innocents for years.
Just as he was leading the campaign to oust the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun received a call about flood disaster in Abeokuta.
The recent flood in Abeokuta will certainly have political fallouts. Unfortunately, the PDP leadership was among the first at the scene commiserating with the victims. Without the flood, the APC victory in Ekiti State should have been more than celebration galore in Ogun State, especially Abeokuta.
Why? Unlike in the past when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would have been the leader of the campaign team, it was Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who appeared to have rallied the APC forces in Ekiti State. It should have been a quality celebration all over Egbaland towards the 2019 general elections.
A well-planned political management game could fall victim to a natural disaster, rendering all strategies to present yourself as the champion useless. Those who were not affected by the flood are already asking questions, which they never bothered to ask a few months back. Thus, there is a need for Ogun State APC to go back to the drawing board.
Of course, PDP has its internal problem in the Gateway State. Its former leading light, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has just been laid to rest, politically, by the national leadership with the Big Man’s expulsion from the party.
If the acrimony continues, it should greatly help the APC. The PDP in Ogun State has done very well in terms of Stomach Infrastructure since 2015. Sometimes, you wonder if it is the party in power because no matter how hard you try to convince our people, the argument is always there MUST be something for the stomach!