Nobody should vote in the coming elections

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Some people have accused me of not liking politicians, so let me set the record straight. I don’t! They have done more harm to our nation than the military (their first cousins). At no period in our nationhood has the opportunity for reversing the dehumanising nature of a politically corrupt like ours been greater. Every Nigerian who seeks freedom should rethink all temptations to rush to the polling station on February 14 in an attempt to further entrench corruption with a transfusion of his or her energies. Let us instead participate in a peaceful revolution to rescue this country from disintegration and death. It is better for any society that has been shredded by corruption to undergo a few headaches, fevers, and stomach upsets in the interim. It is better to rid of her sickness once and for all than continue our habit of suppressing the symptoms which is exactly what we’ll be doing voting for the same crop of corrupt politicians in the forthcoming elections. Over the week, I got tons of emails and phone calls in response to last weekend’s article asking if I’ll be voting in the coming elections. No. I won’t be voting. The truth is, I have more constructive things to do than vote on February 14. For example, I am moving into a new apartment and the floors need a good scrub. And there’s this couch I have to take the legs off so I can easily pass it through the door into the living room. To me, that’s time much better spent. Yes guys, I can come up with so many reasons why I won’t vote, but at the core of everything is, when my vote has a direct impact on how much money is stolen from this country, I want nothing to do with it. The ruling party in Nigeria and the opposition have nothing but alphabetical differences. They have the same ideology and mentality. The same people have been jumping from one ship to another. So what “Change” are they preaching about? Show me a Nigerian politician who hasn’t sworn allegiance to “The Broom” of APC and “The Umbrella” of PDP, at different times in their political careers and I will show you a woman that sells paraga that doesn’t bleach. Any Nigerian hoping for a redistribution of wealth after February 14 is wasting his or her time. If I had kids, they won’t see me identifying with this group of sociopaths, and to vote in the next election would be setting a bad example for them. Our votes only give these politicians the needed encouragement to steal more. So on February 14, I’ll be voting for the only one I can trust: nobody. I am of the view that has destroyed this country. Let’s not also forget that the same politics has killed thousands of Nigerians in the north alone. So am I supposed to direct my energies into such a destructive system? If I say ‘yes,’ which I would do if I voted, then do my principles have any real meaning to them, or are they simply going to be just amusing ideas to be talked about, debated, or dispersed? I have been very vocal about Nigerian pastors encouraging corruption in the country by associating with politicians and I have received all kinds of insults from their followers. But just this week, Pastor Adeboye called Nigerian politicians liars and never to be trusted again. Only God knows what transpired behind the scene to warrant such sudden outburst from the same man of God who has been blessing corrupt politicians for many years. The truth is, my participating in this circus called election doesn’t make it any better for me or even you. It only makes me another clown in their charade. To simply drop scraps of paper in a box or pull a lever doesn’t mean I have helped in stirring the country back on track. It simply means I have acted like a consumer, picking between prepackaged political items. I haven’t seen a sincere Nigerian politician yet. All we do in every election is picking from the same rotten bunch. If we are not actively participating in deciding what should be, then why can’t we unite and throw rocks through their spider web by sitting at home and refusing to vote? Let us disrupt the existing pattern of corrupt politicking entrenched in the system. Don’t get me wrong. Like everyone else, I want the best for this country. After all, we are all in the same boat and if one end goes down, we all go down. So not voting in February doesn’t mean I won’t vote in the future. When the government makes the system more transparent and my vote counts, I am likely to vote. Those of you who are crazy enough to vote the same set of people into power because you have been paid to do so or you have been stupid enough to listen to a rambling billionaire who tells you it is your civic duty to vote for him or his candidates, you deserve to be screwed by the system. Since democracy in Nigeria has been turned into a game like any other, it will be foolish to go out and play, when I know I can’t win. Culled from Punch


  1. Akinlabi olawumi

    January 24, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Have made up my mind for change already. I like you but am going to disappoint you this time around.

  2. Grace Aigbokhae

    January 24, 2015 at 6:58 am

    if we are to look what politicians are doing, guess no one will come out to vote but all the same everyone HV right to his/her opinion. All is well with our country.

  3. Louis Offor

    January 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Etcetera! Etcetera!! Etcetera!!! How many times did i herald your moniker? Well…dude, next time you have the intention of coming on to the press with such a message. Before that, just kindly pass me the bottle of “paraga” and dry weed which you usually take. I would so much like to see things from your own perspective and dimension on a whole lot of things, but sorry not on this very particular issue of electioneering and voting. The truth is; due to the “Power of rigging” over the years, these politicians have made our votes powerless in deciding who rules over us. Rather what they do is seize the power from us and still use same to oppress us. But i hold a very fervent believe that things will not stay like this forever for as long as we continue to remain steadfast in our committment in demanding for justice, equity and fairness through the implement of our constitutional rights to vote. And that is why this time around, we must all be encouraged to come out once again to demand for CHANGE! I believe if we sincerely seek for genuine CHANGE this time around, then we will begin to witness it truly. Please and please, i’m of the thoughts that an uncanny revolutionary process should be the last resort for our people as the only true revolution we can embark upon right now is to exercise our franchise by voting come February 14th. Happy Valections!

  4. Adewumi Taofiq

    January 24, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Not coming out to vote is not the solution, what will need is CHANGE

  5. Oloye Adeniran

    January 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Whew! Lovely Article There Ectera But
    Not Coming Out To Vote Obviously Leave Things To Be Turned Out In A Whole New Different Direction And As It Will Cause More Harm To Leave Chance For Rigging
    Think Of This
    Revolution Is Just A No-no
    Not In Nigeria Were Our Infrastructure Are In Decay And Amenties Are Nothing To Right Home About!
    If Have Got A Pvc Which I Dont
    It All About Change

  6. Chinaza Victor

    January 24, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Your vote doesn’t even count. Ok? Yu can relax at home

  7. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    January 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I will vote but I pray to vote wisely

  8. Lucky

    January 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Etcetera! Etcetera!! Etcetera!!!I strongly disagree with you.The only thing we can simply do at this very important moment of our lives is to come out en mass so that we can vote out those vultures and elements that are feeding on this our great country.They have crippled the whole aspect of our country and our lives,the bext thing we can simply do is to shock them with our votes this time around so that they will know that it is no longer business as usual.Me and you can make that difference today only when we come out to cast our votes in this coming general elections and also ensuring that we protect our votes and wait at the polling units to make sure our votes count before we leave.

  9. Nnenna Ugwuonah

    January 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Some of your points are good while some are just a no go area. Please how can you sugest revolution in this critical period in Nigeria when you know that revolution is not the solution at all. Anyway i have already made up my mind to vote because i know that my vote can change a whole lot of things in Nigeria

  10. Ability ifeanyi

    January 24, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    brother,we have to vote,that we vote or did not vote can never stop them only what we ask God is for him to show us mercy.that #APC are moving about talking of change is just to get political inspiration inwhich they will match upon if they will be elected,God see us through.