LETTER TO THE ACTING PRESIDENT AND THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE
My Fellow Nigerians, My name is Martins Ogundare. Due to previous events, We live in times we suffer and smile, We live in times of uncertainty, leaving us more questions than answers . Directing these questions and Answers to the Acting President . Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo and every Nigerian who comes in contact with this write up.
Mr President, There are times when we make history and there are times when history makes us . This is a crucial moment for this nation and Nigeria’s colour burns dimmest. We may meet challenges head on and for far too long, The Wealthiest few have only seen their fortunes grow in multiples, while the rest of the nation lies in worry. It may not interest you because you’ve always known that no single sector of basic need, runs successfully completely in this Country and they are ranging from Bad power supply, No affordable housing, High rate of unemployment , Bad Judiciary system, Ineffective health care, not to mention Poor Military Standards to the beautiful souls we send out to our shores to die without Honour, Police brutality has always been the order of the day and this is handled differently in our country! These issues can’t be swept under the rug and we all hope it goes away; these issues have been hunting us for a very long time now . so they aren’t news to the Nigerian people and regrettably the Nigerian Government . But the question is, How do we pay for it?
I have a difficult time accepting that the only way to bring a country together is by taking military actions against some particular set of harmless citizens clamouring for secession and also adhering to some planned government scheme by some ministerial cabals with links to the Senate president of pancakes in conjunction with Legislooters and criminals creating laws to fight crime. Sounds Very Ironical but that’s the truth.
These cabals believe in only one course of action and that’s action. Mr President when a snake is in your kitchen you don’t invite it over for dinner, you cut of it’s head and just as we are on our knees as a crumbling economy , these cabals are unrepentantly ready to step on our throats. Mr president it’s not their Job to stop looting and destroying our nation’s treasure, it’s our Job, Your Job to stop them. You might be scared, we’ve all been scared too! We are sick and tired of being sick and tired of you all political manifestoes of lies and until the Nigerian people wake up to that fact with the mental consciousness that these political parties are the same drivers of a faulty Vehicle which is the system in play since we gained independence…we can keep changing the drivers, it doesn’t affect the Vehicle to work properly ….Definitely we need to address the System before getting the good drivers. We’ve been seeing same drivers since 1966….Audu Ogbeh who is currently the minister for Agriculture, Jerry Gana, T.Y Danjuma, Obasanjo,IBB and so many more and the second question is when will the future come for my Generation,Our Generation..The Youth.
Mr President, You may not know about me because I’m an average Nigerian with no influential status at the moment but what you should know is that I’m about as straight a shooter as you’re going to find in Washington D.C, With all due respect Sir, I would oblige your undivided attention.
Your words have been very thoughtful these days and it has somehow helped relieve tension in the Country. Sir,You might not be ready for this but most Nigerians wish you’re now truly our Commander in Chief . Pardon me ,this is the Nigerian system, you cease opportunity when it present it self…whether you like the motives behind it or not. And if you’re going to make me say it; 80% of the Nigerian people believes for once our presidency temporarily is in safe and sane hands. Perhaps you’re likeable, you’re smart and you are quick to your feet. Some admirable virtues and course Nigerians have seen lately in your actions and words. I believe you as President can help retain that perception. Also regarding the tension between you and some northern Cabals concerning the Presidency if our London president eventually goes, is nothing but an empty threat Nigerians would die for. Some weeks after President Buhari’s inauguration I barely even remembered your name and so do most Nigerians , I didn’t know much about you and frankly what I did know didn’t impress me . But Sir, I don’t feel the same way anymore . All these major changes happening around you has been laudable ….The Naira/Dollar clash, the Niger delta issues, Northern youth threatening the Igbo’s to leave, Your special involvement with the Nigerian Army and most Importantly your view from the international community has been so interesting, I realize everyone is trying to find the right person but nobody is trying to be the right person. I truly believe you are the only chance this country has …Leaders are not born, they are made.
We can all see you’re doing your best but what we need right now is your better best , not for you and your circle alone but most importantly Generations unborn, So definitely ,You need to send messages of action to anyone who thinks he’s a cabal in your administration and thinks he can sometimes question the legitimacy of this presidency by altering due processes, thinking they are above the law, needs to be reminded they are not above the consequences of their actions.
Mr President, You have to realize and face the the facts more than you ever wanted, that doing the right thing doesn’t always make you feel good. I know some Nigerians might think this is politically motivated or supported but if you read in between the lines carefully ,you would know it’s just my simple observations since Our government officials most especially presidential powers often fall into the hands of people with power without Ideas of what and how to run a government. I have always waited for the right person for that Job and for now undeniably I think it’s You because Today’s crises in the country is just tribally motivated, where we see the Igbo’s clamoring for Biafra, Bad governance and corrupt government officials but tomorrow it could be Gun Violence and control, it could be Terrorism at it’s peak or probably a climatic change resulting to environmental hazards such as flood; which is imminently on it’s speed. We need someone on that sit, someone we can respect and be hopeful for a turn around soon rather than a recumbent Gongooler with perfidy disguised as Manifestoes ….I know most people don’t want to hear the truth because they probably don’t want their illusions about someone or something destroyed but we all need to realize which lie has been holding us hostage even before the truth comes to set us all free.
We all know commander in chief is not just a title ,it’s an awful Responsibility , You were in no way prepared for it but you’ve taken it on so bravely I might add. Now you have to decide where your name stands in the history of good leadership when the dust settles. Mr President, I don’t wish you to be tagged a puppet and a face to a drowning administration…Reminds me when I was still in the debate…..I learnt that discrediting the source of an advice or information is the oldest trick in a book called ‘bush league’ but it’s effective if done properly under 2 circumstances:
1.As the best Resort and
2.When you are confronted with a truth you can’t refuse
You might not want that Job,but we live in a time when we’re called upon to serve in ways we didn’t anticipate,No one is perfect….we do our best because this country is worthy of our best, we trust our instincts as we fight our daily fights ,Some we win, Some we won’t and some we will know in time.
President Lincoln prophetically cautioned.”A house divided against itself can not stand” neither do we expect ours to fall to their schemes of division ……A clear cut Example we see in Nnamdi Kanu; The Biafran Agitator who seems clueless on how to liberate himself from consentious Ignorance more so liberating the Igbo’s. For me, it’s way out of line to go around releasing hate statements towards Those Igbo’s who go to a church pastored by a Yoruba cleric, Calling the Nigerian people and government a Zoo….That statement is an act of War, it’s pure madness……His schemes has all the markings of a potential fraud. He and everything he says should be disregarded. In times like this we should be united in pursuit of truth and reason or break apart because of our religious and tribal perspectives …I trust this nation to make the right choice.
Not to bore you, I Think the current President is an independent that has a unique opportunity to effect positive political and socio-economical change that can help bridge the divide and together has a nation, we can find a common ground that has been missing in the Nigerian Political Landscape for years . This is the only way we can honour our heroes past and all those nameless soldiers who lost their lives that we may not live in fear but in peace and in freedom.
We, The united citizens of this great nation are going to lighten the load for you and for the record, Nigerians consider your speeches to be very thoughtful but if actually you want to represent the change we clamour for,don’t just tell us what you’re going to do ,show us…..So then, Lets begin with the situation of Stable electricity i.e Maximum power supply and those in the Eastern part of the Country amidst many pressing issues such as Quality Education System, Job-Creation, Affordable Housing, High cost of living, Health Care, Balancing the Budget and debt reduction……Clearly we are lacking in so many aspect and we’ve got a lot of wrongs to right.
The Biafra Issue is something we have to address as soon as possible, It might not really be threatening for now, definitely not with that kind of leader but soon enough, someone who’s much more diplomatic with enough intellectual sagacity would rise and lead them aright. Mr President, are the Igbo’s ever going to be president? While getting Justice done to that, You should be aware that our Unity is worth the Sacrifice. Peace is not the absence of tension but the presence of Justice. Just so we are clear, If we give the Igbo’s presidency…the Biafra tension settles and at that point no one would want to be left out in the cold. Mr. President, The whole world, including the Trump’s know that you’re a square dealer and now is the time to play that card. Sometimes you have to decide between a bad choice and no choice at all.
You should get back to governing, Your predecessors were only reacting to issues they met, Issues like fuel subsidy, terrorism and fighting corruption and clearly till date no lasting solution has been approved so far, so what have we been reacting toa? Please get back into leading with the responsibility to meet the needs of all Nigerians. You government should be a furnace rising from the ashes. I’m not trying to over simplify the incredible challenges you might face but if you begin, we would love you to move towards a true spirit of governance and liberty. I believe we owe it to our heroes who fought effortlessly to gain our Independence, to our Soldiers, uncompromised Journalists, Government officials and to so many nameless citizens who gave their lives to protect and to restore our democracy back to life. To my fellow Nigerians, we would have to make an important decision that have had to be made in generations past, that we will be united in pursuit of truth and reason or break apart because of conjecture and suspicion.
Mr Acting President, We need you to use every resources available,Do whatever you have to,but please bring peace, Justice, good governance and standard living back to the Nigerian people living below standards. Lets leave each night hopeful that today’s sacrifice has been worth it ,that our instincts have not led us astray and that our best has been good enough. I trust this nation …..my Nation to make the right choice. Thank you. Goodnight and God bless Nigeria.
Martins Ogundare is a 400 level student of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti. He is a political activist and enthusiast.
He takes sole responsibility for the content of this article.