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Cisi Eze: PREFRON, Let Our People Glow!

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Dear PREFRON (President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria),

If every kiss were a promise, all of your kisses have been lies.

One thousand Naira means nothing the minute it gets broken down into “change”. Change. You puckered your lips and on our faces, you slathered “change”.

Behind the smiling faces you see, stands sadness –dark, dreary. PREFRON, let our people glow!

Humans, like other living organisms, adapt to situations. You have taken advantage of this fact and flung hardship in our faces. You have taken advantage of the fact Nigerians never bounce back. We carve out uncomfortable spaces in walls – we never bounce back. We adapt, we don’t fight.

I was rooting for you. My friends were rooting for you. I convinced the ones that weren’t rooting for you to root for you. All that rooting. Two years down the line, here we are.

“Unemployed people would get five thousand Naira.”

“School children would get free lunch.”

If you had your way, you would have said, “I will walk to the end of a rainbow and get you a pot of gold.”

“I will fight corruption,” you said. We cheered so loud we did not hear the concluding part of that sentence, the part that said, “Only among the opposition.”

But one question I have for you: “What has happened to the “recovered money?” I meant to write blood money.

Yes, all that stolen money is blood money.

Money that would have been used to fix roads has been diverted into an individual’s pocket. Those roads are accident snares.

Greedy people stack and stash money that would have been used to provide better health care for Nigerians. Were health care so good, you would not travel out for mere headache.

You know, the reason we put you there – yes, WE PUT YOU THERE – was because we thought you had our interest at heart. We felt you gave a fudge about us. There was a Messiah-like aura around you; it lured us, enthralled us – we gravitated towards it. Your words were reassuring, promising, soothing.

You seduced us with something we so desired – change. You promised something different, a breath of fresh air that would fill our lungs, give us hope.

We should have known this would happen when there was a debate about your educational qualifications. I did not care, truly. Education and literacy are different concepts we have confused to mean the same thing. I felt it did not matter if you wrote that external exam or not. All I was after was you were educated enough to rule a country.

But here we are.

You had one job – fix Nigeria. You blew it. Did you have a plan? I wager not. All you had was a six-letter word. “Change”. If I think clearly, you were honest. You promised change. Yes, there has been change. Only that it was not the change we expected.

Your praise-singers would take to the streets and chant your name. They would say you squashed the insurgent group that drank the life juice of Nigerians. You crushed them, agreed. But what about the next group that would come up soon? Something tells me we would get fed up to the point we decide to act.

We won’t continue hewing out spaces in walls, PREFRON. Our elastic hearts, hearts you stretch with hurt and pain, would stretch beyond elastic limit and “deform” into porcelain. Hard porcelain. You would load us with more pain and then, our hearts would break. When it breaks, blood would seep out our chests and become the fuel of a revolution. Soon, gullibility would leave the room as darkness leaves the room and it would be a new dawn for our people.

PREFRON, LET OUR PEOPLE GLOW!

Cisi Eze is a Lagos-based freelance journalist, writer, comic artist, and graphics designer. She feels strongly about LGBT+ rights, feminism, gender issues, and mental health, and this is expressed through her works on Bella Naija and her blog – Shades of Cisi. Aside these, she has works on Western Post NG, Kalahari Review, Holaafrica, Mounting the Moon, Gender IT, Outcast Magazine, Rustin Times, 14: An Anthology of Queer Art Volume 1 and 2, and Sweet Deluge (Issue 2). Her first book, published by Tamarind Hill Press, UK, is titled “Of Women, Edges, and Parks”. Cisi’s art challenges existing societal norms.

20 Comments

  1. Maurice Abiagom

    January 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Bloody true…we trusted,hoped and loved buhari we nigerians foolishly believed in his words..change now I understand the change he was talking about from bad to worst…buhari is the worst president

    • Annie

      January 31, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      C’mon Maurice….you hvnt seen anything yet!
      Better get ready cos you must enjoy and endure that change you and your entire generation voted for.!

    • Huh

      February 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Are you not experiencing the change too, its called democracy, we are in this together.

  2. Ify

    January 31, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    This right here is a beautiful piece of writing. I am a Nigerian living abroad and I feel the pain of my people. #letNigeriagrow #letmypeoplegrow

  3. Ify

    January 31, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Nigeria is a country with so much potential.
    Nigerians very resilient
    They have never say die attitude.
    All we need is a leader who have the interest of Nigeria and it people at heart.

  4. chijioke

    January 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Dz man don kil us!!buhari don kill us..spagheti-old price–100,new price–250..chivita juice–old price–250;new price–450.menstrual pad–150 to 400..ha!!&d list goes on&on&on!!!chai.!!!

  5. Annie

    January 31, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    God will continue to judge those that put Nigeria into this kind of suffering..I mean the bastards that voted for “change” while failing to really see the emptiness in all their promises..how did y’all think a disgusting man with worm-filled smelly mouth would take you to the promised land?
    Did no one tell you that the devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know? Una pursue Jonathan say him be Igbo man wey no sabi anything.. All these Yoruba and hausa fools..I hope y’all are enjoying the change!!

    • Huh

      February 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

      This doesn’t make sense, you want God to judge people that voted? (Scratch my head) I don’t understand how that works.

    • let's be honest

      February 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      The people who voted this guy did it because of their hatred for the Igbos, you can hide behind some philosophies but haba, the moment an ex-general says he doesn’t have money for a presidential form then you know his financial management skills are sub-par but hate for a tribe that ‘wants to control Nigeria’ blinded my Yoruba brothers.

      God will truly judge them biko, lets be honest here.

  6. Alicia

    January 31, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Dear Writer, your profile reads ‘to kill boredom, you read anything and everything in sight’. So my question is, did you not come across any of our history books? What about social studies and Government textbooks? You were rooting for him, the one time y’all would have been able to apply what you were taught in primary and secondary school. Did you not have classes on military rule in Nigeria? What about dictatorship? Now you’re writing ‘upandan’ msteeeeeew.
    To be candid, we’re are in this mess together but some of you should never speak about it and just do a little research so you don’t get us into another mess after this. If you have to say a thing, an apology might do.
    Thank you.

    • nene+

      February 1, 2017 at 9:13 am

      @CISI EZE so you can read and write yet you were preaching and rooting for a man who couldn’t prove his WAEC certificate? were you all not saying you’ll still vote even if he presents a NEPA bill? You and the people you convinced took that decision and as such you must bear the consequences of your actions. Pathetic but deplorable lots! On what basis where you rooting upandan for Buhari? Have you seen him before Buhari in a civilised gathering/ public making sense if not addressing almajiri to bote (vote) and dagger any one who will stop them be they NYSC members? Infact madam Eze a national apology may no even be considered from all you who took us 35 years back. The only apology that may be accepted is when you join TUFACE on Feb 5th and you go back to your community and confess to them.

    • Relax

      February 1, 2017 at 10:42 am

      This is democracy in action, you had a choice and she did as well, we all live with the consequence of our votes, sadly including those who didn’t vote for the president. You can’t go on a rant against someone for exercising their right to vote, kindly direct your questions to the president.

      Between, Cisi this is brilliant write up. Many that voted for Buhari felt the same way and realize now that things are not as they were promised. He definitely needs to step up and deliver the goods. 2019 is closeby.

  7. Chikito

    January 31, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I love you already, Cisi!

  8. tunmi

    January 31, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I think many governors, senators, and representatives need to be included here. In fact, address the letter to them and cc the president.

    Great points and all but have we ever out pressure on the 36 governors. I now Ambode gets some heat once in a while, but how about the others. The senators nko?

  9. Everything's rosie

    February 1, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Nope! I didn’t vote for him. I saw this coming. Those you do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it!

  10. tomatoes...

    February 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

    hehehehehe…i laugh in the face of…”buhari is the worst president””. same thing u said for GEJ. Am sure GEJ wld be somehwere LHHO at the change we voted for….

  11. esteem

    February 1, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I said it but they didntlisten, i told them this man is empty to handle the affairs of this nation.. can’t you see? He is older than the country itself. We all owe goodluck an apology period!

    • Huh

      February 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Why do we owe Goodluck an apology? Seriously we are still playing party politics with our nation and lives. This is not about people nor about political parties, we need Nigeria to be great regardless of who is in charge of the ship.

  12. amy

    February 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Am glad dis is happening.. am in dis country buh am not suffering it wit u pple dat voted for this buffon…. u guys still have anoda 2yrs stuck wit him… enjoy una change…

  13. king Bey

    February 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Amy how come this hardship isn’t affecting you ?lol babe show me the way…..All the foolish people who were shouting sai baba how market? See where your votes landed Nigeria…Buhari you are nothing but Sai Baraw and nothing but a failure too

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