Stella Dimoko Hope Is The Most Expensive Item In Nigeria Today.....


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hope Is The Most Expensive Item In Nigeria Today.....

'' Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential election was a battle of the septuagenarians. And you still wonder where were the youths? They were busy collecting N10, 000 per vote, brandishing machetes, killing people in Rivers, Plateau. Bauchi and Kano''.

Nigerians seem to have forgotten some of the valiant men and women who sought to take over the governance of Nigeria at the highest level and who campaigned vigorously for change and progress. 

The 2019 general election is probably the most intense in Nigerian history, with the largest number of voters – 84 million registered voters we are told, the largest number of political parties – 91, and the largest number of Presidential candidates – 71. It was a general election that broke the statistics on all scores including the number of recorded killings, number of persons injured, the number of inconclusive elections, vote buying, militarization, inconsistency, manipulations and violations.

The change agents expressed their intention to help save Nigeria but they were denied and ignored because they didn’t have the instruments of state and the forces of coercion under their control,

I am worried that many of these gladiators, those change agents who thought they could get involved in the game – that is what it is, to be honest- and make a difference have all been forgotten and abandoned. To tell the truth, they have all been consigned to a lonely place in the corridors of power and history. The Presidential race was reduced to a two-man, two-party race.

 A 76 –year old Muhammadu Buhari vs. a 72-year old Atiku Abubakar, PDP vs, APC, in a country that is predominantly dominated by youths, with as many as 91 registered political parties. Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential election was a battle of the septuagenarians. And you still wonder where were the youths? They were busy collecting N10, 000 per vote, brandishing machetes, killing people in Rivers, Plateau. Bauchi and Kano. They supported the old men. They sold their souls for cash. Some of them got killed. Many of them have survived and they hope to be compensated for their criminality.

Nigeria must spare a thought for those now forgotten and lonely young men and women who lost out because they did not have the instruments of state under their control. They failed because they could not match the masters of impunity money for money. These change agents, many of them went round Nigeria, but they had no money to give the electorate on election day. Only people who have access to good money and licensed bullion vans win elections jn Nigeria. Now we know that. Many of them were articulate and charismatic. But nobody wins a Presidential election in Nigeria by being articulate. They had big ideas about the future of Nigeria. Nigeria 2019 was not about ideas. It was about brawn, cash and impunity.

As we take stock of the tragedy and the disappointment that has befallen us, it is important that the triumphant crowd, staging hollow victory parties, remembers the true change agents who tried but failed. It is important we pay tribute to those gladiators whose messages of hope and redemption remain nevertheless all-time relevant. Please step forward Emmanuel Etim (38) of the Change Nigeria Party (CNP), Omoyele Sowore (47) of the African Action Alliance (AAC), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim (49) of the People’s Trust (PT), Kingsley Moghalu (55) of the Young Progressives Party (YPP, Ali Soyode (55) of the Yes Electorates Solidarity (YES), Olufunmilayo Adesanya-Davies (56) of the Mass Joint Action Alliance (MAJA), Adeshina Fagbenro-Byron (59) of the Kowa Party, Obadiah Mailafia (61) of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Fela Durotoye (47) of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Tope Fasua (47) of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Eunice Atuejide (40) of the National Interest Party (NIP)…. Obiageli Ezekwesili (55) of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), former World Bank staff and former Minister of the Federal Republic was also part of that crowd until she saw the handwriting on the wall, and announced her withdrawal from the race but of course, she was nicely remained by INEC that expression of interest in Nigerian politics is at some point, a trap from which no one can escape.

But all of these key Presidential aspirants/candidates and similar persons at the state and local levels, like Banky W in Lagos, didn’t get any chance to make the significant impact they wanted to make. They were shut out by moneybags, Godfathers, thugs, the threat of violence, and the triumph of impunity. Many of their parties may soon be de-registered in accordance with with the law.

These were men and women who probably suspected that they would not win because of the transactional and pre-bendal nature of Nigerian politics, still they went to the field and spoke their mind. Their message, collectively is clear: they want a different Nigeria, a new Nigeria, a better Nigeria, a Nigeria that serves the interest of the people, not the interest of a cabal. I salute their courage. The future of Nigeria belongs to those persons who take the risk to challenge the status quo. This is our only source of future strength. 

As we can see - too many activists and radicals in civil society have voted for sheer pragmatism and hope has become the most expensive item in Nigeria today.


  1. P. Scheherazade26 March 2019 at 10:29

    The youth population who were found fighting, killing and promoting rigging are largely uneducated and/or unelightened. They are also the ones without jobs or earning minimum wage and who would suffer the most from poor governance.
    The Nigerians who know better and voted their conscience (despite knowing that it would not count for various reasons) are largely those who still have some measure of comfort, better jobs or businesses and some of who can still afford to send their children to schools outside of the country despite the alarming exchange rates.
    Those of these latter group who are being increasingly affected are already looking at relocating to saner climes as an option.
    The clear winner in all of this is The British Council. IELTS fees were increased by 50%, yet the number of applicants for the test have also increased so much that the number of test centres in Lagos alone have had to be increased in order to accommodate all.
    All this for a result that becomes useless after 2years.

    Truly, hope has become a scarce commodity in the country, this is why people increasingly turn towards religion as a crutch. For many, that is the only hope.

    1. and I thought Ruben Abati was being brutal in his realistic caption of situation up there. P.Scheherazade you are worse. You have broken my heart and made me weep with this brazen write up.

  2. Sorry to say but he did hit home. It’s just so sad how Nigeria politics has degenerated.

  3. people like the chief wailer on this blog and the opposition made it dont win elections with hate especially when you coming from the opposition an opposition,if you tend to go the hard way with hate,lies,propanganda,you just making it easy for the ruling party and they

  4. To be born in nigeria is a calamity curse!!!
    To be attached & relate with nigeria is a disasterous life burden!
    To live in Nigeria or get stuck & left behind without any hope is like death on earth & nightmares from hell!!!

  5. i feel so hopeless being here .it's the truth

  6. KUDOS to all the new comers into the Political cycle. They have registered their names in the books of History and better luck subsequently.

  7. A major strategy used by the septuagenarians to ensure they continue to perpetuate themselves in power is to destroy the future of the youths, render them politically powerless, financially powerless and morally valueless. With this strategy the youths whether educated or not will have no political vision, no strategic future and will be at their mercy in every way. Every four years they will just give them peanuts, use them and dump them till the next election. By the time the youths realise what has been done to them it will be too late for them.

  8. Nigeria is like quicksand...the more you try to wriggle out free, the more it sucks you in!

    Just ask small scale business owners like me and they'll tell you the hell they pass through to stay above water!


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