Hi everyone. Its a new month, aand a new dawn for Nigeria….Buhari/APC was declared as the president elect and GEJ has conceded defeat. In terms of peace, this is good for all. In terms of our daily lives, not much is going to change off the top and even if it does, change does take time.
A few things i learnt from the elections
1. Never take people for granted. He who you ignored might be the one to determine you fate further down. PDP took Nigerians for granted on the whole and they are licking their wounds.
2. Some promises will be just that, promises. Many people have shouted change, but i am waiting to see the change. Half of APC is former PDP. change also doesnt happen overnight. Also given the clime in Nigeria, change is a bit far..just the operating environment is a mess.
3. Nigerians are not sleeping dogs. Any other elections contested after this is simply by the people. We have tasted to a certain amount the power of the collective and going forward will insist on it.
4. Failure is part of the journey to success. Madness is often repeating the same stunt over and over again, however when it yields success the madness now becomes success. Buhari did it on the fourth try. I am sure his wife and family were tired of his stunts. Have you bee trying to do the same thing for the last few years and no result or minimal result? I am laughing because i am currently in this position with my school. So you see some days i am confused, some days i am convinced, some days i feel defeated. Some days when people say “oh i thougt you were starting a school” and almost 2 years since my initial declaration i have nothing but a room full of childrens furniture to show for it, i am embarrassed to say i am working on 2016. As crazy as it sounds, i have simply stopped thinking about what to tell people. And i just keep facing my front, my thought process is, it will happen. When exactly? Only God knows.
5. I learnt Nigerians are still very much attached to religion and ethnicity. When PDP complained about the Northern states results and the South East and South South produced similar results i simply laughed. Does it mean the Yorubas are the least partisan ethnic group? In no one Yoruba state was the difference in APC vs PDP votes enough to create a new country – all less than a 300 thousand difference.
6. As an applied mathematician i would like to see the actual results based on demographics. Male/ female, income levels etc. It will eliminate a lot of bad planning and misappropriation of funding.
7. Electronic voting is the way forward for 2019. We dont want any paper ballots. Electronic voting can help us gather good information on everything about the adult population of this country…we dont need PVCs, all we need are state level ID cards with our version of social security numbers etc.
I congratulate all my fellow Nigerians on the victory – not of APC, but of our voices as a collective. No longer will politicians deprive us of our basic rights and assume that giving us indomie, gala and rice will make us vote a certain way after they have violated our fundamental rights.