It is no news that 2015 is a year most Nigerians have mixed feelings about. While some are hesitant to complete the remaining days of 2014 just so that 2015 never happens, others look forward to a year of a much needed change. Some others are planning and scheming in line with political ambitions whether honest or dishonest. Every man for himself, God for us all.
While I do not intend to cause panic or set rolling an explosion of various views,(kindly direct that traffic elsewhere for now biko) I do have a message for the Nigerian folk. My fellow Nigerians, please feel free to take notes.
It is a wise man who locks his door when he hears the whipping of a masquerade coming from a distance. What are your plans ahead of the coming elections? Let me suggest the following:
Is there a better time to tell you to stock your homes with food? Begin to build barns and silos like people who have been warned about a great famine(Abeg don’t over do it o) But seriously, the fuel subsidy uprising caught a lot of us unawares. I had only beans in my kitchen. I became very creative making all sorts of delicacies from beans. From Akara to moimoi, gbegiri, jollof beans, you name it! It was terrible and of course the natural consequence of having too much beans followed. Another reason stocking your homes with enough food is important is that it would hopefully help you resist the temptation to sell your votes in exchange for expired rice.
To Your Tents O Israel
My grandmother always says that it is a farmer who wants to steal yams that remains on the farm when others have retired for the day.(I don’t know where she gets her proverbs). During the election period, it is wise to have a curfew if you don’t have one already. While I understand that a whole lot of us have crazy work schedules or spend hours in traffic trying to get home after a long day, there are some children, siblings, spouses, neighbours and loved ones who behave like evil spirits galavanting around the town or neighbourhood during ungodly hours. You see, Rape and other sexual violence, kidnap and a host of other evils lurk around dark corners, and some large political gatherings. Please protect yourselves and your rights.
Bridle Your Tongue
We all know that the Nigerian constitution makes provision for the right to freedom of speech but we must be realistic. Nigerian politics is not very tolerant when it comes to rivalry. Whatever side you choose be on, mind how you air your opinions and where you discuss your views. We’ve heard stories of how insensitivity while discussing political issues have led to ugly brawls. If you can’t air your views without causing wahala, please we don’t want to hear “Pim”
Weddings & Souvenirs
Congrats to all lovebirds walking down the aisle in 2015. My very candid advice to you is to check out the elections schedule and choose a date prayerfully and wisely. While we do not want any interruptions in our owambe schedules, we want you to enjoy your day without any pre or post election tensions in the air. May God help us o. On the other hand for those planning to give out umbrellas or brooms as souvenirs at parties next year, GRAB YOUR COPY NOW before they finish using them up for campaigns.
Register, Collect Your Voters Card; Come Out & Vote
Beyond all the wishing for change and blasting of our leaders, you and I as Nigerians have our civic duties to perform. Register, collect your voters card and please come out and cast your votes even if you think it doesn’t count.
A free and fair election begins with you and I. Let us prepare properly ahead of the 2015 elections. I wish you all safety, peace of mind and good change.
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