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The Nigeria Of My Dream ! Can It Be Achieved By Just Sitting In Your House And Making Comments ?

Everybody is complaining that the country is in shambles. . . . . We want a change of event, . . .No difference between our Military era and Democratic terrain. People are suffering and smiling. We need a revolution . . . .but we are all saying it behind closed doors. Someone thinks somebody would spearhead it. Somebody is looking at Someone to start it. Unfortunately Everybody knows the Nigeria of his dream and how to achieve it, but Nobody is doing anything tangible. Do we still have vibrant youths that can withstand the storm? God bless the likes of Late Tai Solarin, Late Bola Ige, Wole Soyinka, Gani Fawehinmi, Tunji Braithwate, Late Fela Anikulapo et al. They made us proud when they were full of life. What is happening to this generation? Making comments only without action? Let's have a rethink as I leave you in the hands of Fela " Sorrow, Tears and Blood".

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Though we are not happy with the way things are going,. . . . .it is still obvious Nigerians are contented in living a low life. Like Jamace said. . .we are all here e-talking without any action.

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I agree with Biina. Through out my 4 years in school, there was no session the SUG president and co. were not accused of mismanagement and embezzlement. Even the executives of National Association of Nigerian Students are busy fighting for their selfish interest. Our students are more desperate than these so called politicians.

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@ Chidi, the list is endless. . . . .but that doesn't mean naija is already a failed state. Why do you want to join the fight in the middle ? Be part of those that would liberate da nation.

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Akpangbon,

failed state with the following;

1. no credible elections

2. no stable power supply

3. no security

4. no good roads

5. no good water

6. unemployement

7. corrupt leaders

8. corrupt masses

9. lack of institutions

10. lack of direction

sir,

i hope with the few points above, i have been able to convience you and not confuss u that nigeria is a failed, failing and , state.

@topic,

like someone rightly said, all of us will not die the same time or day. why can't the majority of supporters of this idea of revolution start something.

what nigerians and nigeria is still missing is those leaders who lead by example. kobo and co, when, how and where are u starting? can't you stop talking and start acting? don't u get bored discussing this particular issue on daily bases? are u waiting for that day when every nigerians will say yes let us go? that day will never come. ppl like us may join that fight along the line. the most important thing here is to start so let those wo believe this idea start something and we will see from there. is it possible that you guys are waiting for oposition to start this fight?

please get real. action they say, speaks louder than words. enough of all these and that. let someone start this war. i m begining to feel you guys are out to decieve others into doing what you guys will not do.

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The "we need a messiah" was just a metaphorical statement. It doesn't mean we are waiting for someone like Rawlings to save us. The major headache i have about this country is that our politicians are not the only one to put in check. Corruption and other vices have eaten deep into our system that everybody is looking for a sharp sharp avenue to break even. I believe the best way to start is to have a 1 voice, one Nigeria orientation. So that our leaders wont be able to use divide and rule for us. United we Stand !

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If you believe that things will not change until this messiah you are waiting for comes along, and you are sure you are not this messiah, why body even concern yourself with the problem when you have convinced self that it will never be solved until this one who you expect to do heal all, shows up?

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Yup, same applies to a host of other advance countires around the world, hopefully soon, i hope,

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Ghana was worse than Nigeria years ago. We all thought nothing good would come out of the land again. J. Rawlings took the heroic step to save the whole Ghanians . . . . . . .presently, everything works fine there. 100% electricity. We need a Messiah !

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Not really referring to socio-economic status here, just looking for someone, to grab the proverbial bull by the horn, that's all,

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Exactly!! These leaders were once in discussions throwing blame at the then-leaders. They later decided to join up so they can eat their piece.

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Funnily enough i started feeling nigeria is a failed state right from my senior secondary days in the mid nineties

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A substantial amount of Nigerian politicians at the top weren't born into high-class homes (income and influence wise). The leaders are a manifestation of the people.

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I told folks on the Ekiti thread that Pdp would win the rerun and nothing would happen. Oni was sworn in on the 2nd day. . . . .and Ekiti is back to business as usual. Our leaders dare not pray for a better country because their wealth is multiplied in the chaos of the nation. I was surprised when a friend told me that Clinton left White House without a personal house. Ordinary Councillor in Naija is a proud owner of hectares of land, series of 2008 model cars, chains of business, houses all over the world. . . . .and you keep wondering if leading the people is a lucrative business.

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Nigeria is a conundrum that cannot be solved. Watching the Ekiti elections live on tv, some days back, I was truly sorry, that I am a Nigerian.

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Cold - is dat why Nigeria is a failed state?

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Can anybody tell me when the wealth of this country (9ja of course) will be equitably distributed, when tribalism & religous discrimination will be eliminated or reduced to the barest minimum,when merit will be considered over mediocrity, when politics will be fair game and not a "do or die" affair (apologies to Obasanjo)?We cant even refine our oil because a power bloc benefits from importation,cement remains prohibitively high because one man has the ears of the presidency and is crushing all new entrants.Ajakaota steel has remained moribund for God knows how long.Nigeria remains one of the few countries without a functional rail system. I can go on but u could get bored.

Let me reiterate that trying to salvage this country is an exercise in futility if the man whom the buck stops at his table does not begin the process.There's always an exception though,i tip my hat to the Fashola's administration.

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@Cold

Please use empirical facts to back up your statement that Nigeria is a failed state - anyone can make that statement, but if it is not backed up with proof and evidence, then it is a meaningless statement.

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If the head if then the problem, do you suggest we wait for the magical moment when the head decides of it's own to wake up?

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It's a very painful truth to admit, but Nigeria is a failed state, tithering on the edge of a precipice & just hangin by a thread.The problem remains leadership,we can all contribute our little quota but if the head is rotten-there's really not much the body can do-literally.

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Precisely! I believe we are not really ready for change and that is the huge reason why we continue to linger. You suggest people sign petitions, the same will raise their voices to claim it will never work. You ask why? The excuses range from “THE GOVERNMENT will not act” or “The petition signers might get targeted by the government”.

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@ kobo, tpiah mentioned something about pen on the first page.

@ chidi, your above statement is the major reason why people are afraid of change in this country. Why think treason or felony ? Let's rebuke cowardice spirit and move the country forward. Everybody can't be jailed/killed. . . . . . . .we just need to be on a right course.

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@kobo,

does ac rigging and pdp rigging make rigging a legal and acceptable way of having elections in nigeria? we are talking about the people's mandate. we are talking about credible elections.

@poster,

you ended up without a massage. among the names you so far mentioned as your examples, who among them engaged the govt in a physical battle?

fela we all know was always talking against the evils of govt. soyinka we know always criticise govt actions when he is not ok. so who among them fought?

again, we have been writing because we are not comfortable. what is the guarrantee that you and ur group will not relate us to the used thugs in ekiti if we stand up against the govt tomorrow?

again, where is the saro wiwa, bola ige and dele giwa you mentioned here? or do u consider what they get as a worthy reward for their efforts? will you be happy to be in their list?

again, those of us who believe in writing, talking and praying have been doing that, where are those of you who believe in fighting? how far have you gone? who do u consider worth been the sacrificial lamb? don't you think leadership by example is what we need in this new idea of standing up against the govt?

it is obvious here that those who are calling for revelution are not even their real self. they are exactly the oposite of what they preach. why on earth will you preach what you cannot do? you are a perfect deciet. people shld learn to take their sides and preach what they do. most of us are staying out of nigeria and preaching wars and revelution so who will be the participants?

yicob,

make a move. this kind of movement starts with a man. you can be the man. start with your ward councelor. before you get to your local govt chairman and you will be sure to get some support along the line.

in your next response, please tell us the re;ationship between what you are preaching for and treason and felony that will be labelled against your name before your transfer to the other side of the earth where saro wiwa, bola ige and dele giwa are.

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Two things I have always felt stood in the path of change are: our educational system (which goes beyond the schools) and our religions.

Nigerians are often blinded by their religious biases and made into tools of the unscrupulous imams and pastors. The average Nigerian will do almost whatever the pastor/imam says even at the detriment of himself and his family, while the religious leader is busy smiling to the bank with your generous contributions and gifts from the looting political elites. I have never heard a religious leader criticize any of the corrupt politicians (or anyone of influence for that matter)  that are in their fold.  It makes one wonder if the imam/pastor is serving God or the elites. It might be prudent to set religion aside if it would help us tackle our problems fairly and squarely.

The level of reasoning of the average Nigerian is often so appalling. Rarely do you see a Nigerian objectively analyzing a situation or giving constructive criticism. Instead, they are quick to base their stance on tribal sentiments, political affiliations, and/or selfish interests. What is the point of giving a man a choice, if he does not have the capacity to make the right choice

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We are tired of same stories. The pen has no stand in Nigeria. Its been blotted. We need physical action. Enough of national blogging on our dailies.

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Free and fair demands that BOTH parties (AC and PDP) conduct this is a fair way. So far, it seems a majority still blames PDP for what happened and somehow believe that AC has a right to fight this. If the AC (the assumed opposition in this case) chooses to fight the results, what stops the PDP from producing evidence of the AC doing exactly the same things as it did. What happens to the people in that case? Are we better off with an AC governor /leader who also rigged his way to victory?

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indeed.

It is not about saint or devil. It is about free and fair election.

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Wasn't trying to exonerate the thuggery that went on, I just disagree that it was a majority of the people in Ekiti who were used for electorlal thuggery and I am saying that the fact some people allowed themselves to be used for electoral thuggery is not the issue at all with regards to development and progress. The issue is what the majority who claim to want better are doing about the situation. How are we sure that there was no attempt at electoral fraud in Edo state? If there was and such plans were squashed would the issue then be that there was attempt at electoral fraud by some questionable elements or that such plans were defeated by those who didn't want such vices in their state? I just believe that talking has become way too overvalued, and it is such an easy thing to do when to be honest we have heard most of the rhetoric before. Someone is complaining everyday that his/her shoe hurts and the person countlessly formulates and comments on the best way to remedy the situation but they keep on wearing the shoe? The people I respect from the whole Ekiti electoral fiasco were those who were involved in the many reported incidences or rebellion against the vices, not those who just came to debate on the issue.

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If it cant happen in Edo, how come pdp won hands down in 2007? Were you guys sleeping when they rigged ?

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This is an assumption.

PDP took advantage of the fact that AC and most ekiti people were as deadly, corrupt and fraudulent as they (PDP) were. Owing to this, PDP knew that nigerians were not going to sympathize with any opposition in ekiti, not even when the likes of fayose is involved.

I mean, who wouldnt employ any means to win a poisonous opponent?

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What happened in Ekiti could have happened in any state. Pdp was afraid to lose more states because that could jeopadize their stand in other states of the federation.

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Did you put up this long story to exonerate the bulk of the Ekiti people who participated in the latest fraud in Ekiti?

Would I have said the same thing for Edo people? Why didnt osumbor and igbenedion hire those deadly thugs who are willing to do anything for money? If they did, how come the edo people stood up and said no in totality?

What am I missing here?

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the pen is mightier than the sword though in Nigeria's case the pen is as crooked as the sword.

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Well maybe not exactly 30%, but even 1% if they shout loud enough can cause change.

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Where will you even get the 30%?

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The people at the end of the day come out the losers. If they want to change things, then they need to unite to demand something be done about what happened. You will agree that those who acted as thugs are not in the majority. Definitely, we should not be focused on making it an AC or PDP issue as that remains the very reason why we continue to have these problems. In My opinion, 99.9% of the politicians, regardless of party affiliations, are responsible for the problems in that country. Definitely, we have acted so far as enablers by providing them with crooks and even votes to help them continue their looting.

However, if we are really ready to have all this end, we can do it. In fact, we do not need to be 100% united to get this done, even 30% coming together and COMMITTING to the fight can do it.

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Kobo, yu've spoken.

My pp, in the words of BIG n puffy, ' Be the Change'. Now!

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Sorry but I really don't see how the fact that some Nigerians were hired or allowed themselves to be hired as PDP or AC thugs becomes a valid arguement with regards to progress and development in the state. The election which gave Bush his second term was reported to be less than stellar, who were the people used for such? Were they french? I just don't get how it would surprise people that Nigerian politicians would hire Nigerians as electoral thugs, I mean did we expect the thugs to come from the moon? Does the fact that some Nigerians allowed themselves to be used in such a way mean such is the reason the country is failing? Is it logical to draw a conclusion from such an extrapolation? Are we expecting Nigerians to be saints and all refuse money they don't have in order to uphold the benefit of the greater good? If so are we not holding Nigeria to a higher degree of morality that I doubt is yet to be achieved from any other country in the world? Finally, is wether a few men did or did not allow themselves to be used as electoral thugs or as vices used by the politicians against the masses the issue or is the issue the action or lack of it of the masses (no one excluded) who claim to want different?

It is interesting and personally, a tad encouraging that some threads have popped up whereby people have begun to question this whole culture of shouting down a computer and leaving it there. Most of the analysis, speeches, commentary, etc, to be honest they have been uttered and typed before. Won't it be ironic if we turn out to be no different than the leaders we castigate who deal in rhetoric but not action of any sort to remedy the situation?

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The problem we have in this country are the masses. Our leaders are evil thinkers while we execute for them.

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Why ask ekiti people to stand up and attack when they are the same people who starting these nonsense themselves?

The same people who are thugs to both PDP and AC.

They are the same people who threatened to assassinate the big fraud called adeboye.

Same people who are paid to assassinate each other.

The same people who raise down their own towns.

The same people support a rogues like fayose, tinubu, oni, arise and co.

The same people who use fake registration id to vote.

Even though AC may have been rigged out again; they are as much fraudulent as PDP.

So, the only way to get back on her feet is to play on the fact that PDP already has a bad name.

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@ kobo, funny enough, the swearing in was done in ekiti today. Imam and Priests were present to pray for oni.

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I believe the problem is we still have the same mentality of old --- we expect things to “magically” work out even especially when we do nothing. We have become so accustomed to this evil condition and fight tooth and nail when the status quo is attacked by outsiders. We literally excuse some of these ills by vomiting some of the most ridiculous excuses possible and when confronted, we attack our critics, blaming them for the poor situation we have come to accept as our lot.

The way to deal is to actively speak out against what we see today. Unfortunately, people do not yet understand the power of speaking up and out when the opportunity to do so presents itself. Even when you have a government willing to listen to the people, there is not much move from the side of the populace to take advantage of that opportunity.  Consider the situation in Lagos today; the state has a  governor willing to listen to the people but instead of using that to their advantage, people would rather sit and praise from afar, rather than get involved to help speed up development and at the same time push power balance more to the side of the people.

I believe we as individuals need to realize that God gave each one of us hands, mouth and a head for a reason.  You read people claiming to be Obamanians and also typing out the “YES WE CAN” slogan everywhere they can but I am forced to wonder if these people understand what that means. Not until people decide to individually stand up against the wrong in society, will things change.

As for what happened in Ekiti, all hope is not lost. I mean if all well meaning Ekitians out there really want to make sure they do not get a repeat of what happened last week, now is the time, in my opinion, to attack. When I say attack, I am in no way advocating violence. I simply mean that the people have every right to sue this woman, and then INEC, and ultimately the government for pledging to enforce rule of law only to go back on that promised in less than a week. The people can demand a recount or even a re-do of the election. 

Note when I say people, I mean all of Ekiti. If We can only put aside out differences here and come forward to declare war against injustice, we are likely to see things start to change . This should not be a PDP or AC issue as it seems some have this false idea that the PDP is evil and AC members are saints. That is not the case. Both parties consist of politicians who currently hold office in that country. If AC really wanted justice for the people, it would have come out by now to sue INEC or even Adebayo on behalf of the people. 

I did ramble a bit. Was going back and forth while typing this up so If you have questions, feel free to ask

If you are just another numskull, skip this post completely!!

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Ken started robbing his brothers as a youth.

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it is looking very likely. at moment it is a free for all . when the resources run out then madness kicks in.

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Hope our country wont be like the aforementioned countries if we hire their mercenaries. It seems they are worse than us.

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somali, iraq , iran , sudan - the list is endless.

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@ Vicob,i will be in the position to answer your question when i am back home and hopefully before this year runs out,then i will know whether i can really make a difference.Some times complaining from a distance can be different from being involve.

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Lol @ Blacksta. What country will the mercenaries come from?

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if people are not ready to die - Can we all jointly fund the cost of hiring mercenaries.

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