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Why There Is No Presidential Debate In Nigeria?

I have being thinking about this issue for a while. Why there is no debate between Yaradua and other opposition during the last presidential election? is there no such things in Nigeria constitution? if there is a debate btw the opposition, Nigerians can decides what is best for them.

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Do you want to know the other thing about never having debates? It means the populace never sees the inefficiencies of their "leaders" except for their scripted political talk, which means that nationwide grass-root movements rarely develop.

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We are not that organised. By the way who is going to be debating with who? No structure, no framework. Just a fuked up country, with no direction

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Naija Politics - Fight for the Throne.

As Such --- No Debating Necessary.

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in 1999 there was a presidential debate. olu falae v obj. but obj was conspicuously absent on the day. watched it live on nta. only for obj to organise his personal debate later on (obj v 'ghost')

i believe in 2003 there was a presidential debate, with chris okotie vibrating on the same wavelength as patrick obiahagbon.

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I am certain there are other organizations out there that could make it happen. I would really love to see Babangida provide detailed answers as to how he expects to change Nigeria this time around, after his first debacle. Some of these people need to be asked deep questions to expose their real intentions for this nation and I think a good debate will help open the eyes of the masses to the reality of what lies ahead should they allow these same old monsters in again.

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This is in FACT a VERY GOOD IDEA that should be in "Here's How To Move Nigeria Forward" on Nairaland! I heard sometime that NL is a private venture so I don't think NL as an organization will NOT be interested in something that does not necessarily add to their bottom line!

However, if NL was even able to put together a decent formal letter, we could all sign it and use that to make a case with major TV stations (not NTA), presenters that matter and are not corrupt, the Save Nigeria Group and all the NGOs who are all championing democracy in Nigeria! Imagine making this such a big issue NOW before the election period hots-up and it will be that fewer dim bulbs will be elected as president or any other major office in Nigeria!

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Any idea if any group out there is organizing one?

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There was a really enlightening debate during the 2007 governorship elections in Lagos state organised by Channels television,it made us see those canditates who actually had a vision,i think those debates actually shaped how people voted in those elections.I remember i was really impressed by Babatunde Fashola and Jimi Agbaje.No matter how Baba Obj 'do or died' lagos everyone knew Lagos would never vote PDP.

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Debate wentin? Why debate and embarrass myself when I can hire area boys and assassins to win the election. Maybe when people like Soyinka, Achebe etc start becoming relevant in politics, we will see some debates.

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The day Nigerians start voting with their heads and heart, that is the day we both know that Nigeria has been healed of all messed up brains.

Infact, i am so much in support of national debate or even state debate among governors, cos most of these fools competing have nothing up there.

Most Nigerian that watches soccer, they all go to the local champ on the street that has a generator, and when it comes to politics most of the local champs are not intrerested to allow pple come watch, cos they blv politics is just another form of giving right to a man to steal their future

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But majority of these same watch/listen when the Nigerian soccer team are playing, right?

It could always be scheduled around midnight. By then people go don reach home. RofLMAO!!

many of those who actually watch/listen, may be moved to at least vote with their heart for once and not their a*** as before.

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I have thought about it as well, but i later quench for development by coming back to reality:

1. 85% of people they are debating to, wont have light

2. out of the remaining 15% that has light, another 10% are in traffic and wont get home till the moderator is giving a "thank you" speech"

3. the remaining dont care, cos they will make money from whoever wins.

So what is the use?

But i am sure that Nigeria will be better, but we all needs to do out part

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Even a non-educated farmer can offer you good debate if he knows his trade. I don’t believe we can make our debates about English or PhDs. We need to hear from these people and ensure they understand what the office means and why we, as the people, are in control and so in charge. We need to here them outline how exactly they intend to change things and know when we can expect these changes.

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If NTA or any local media organises it,d followership will be negligible.

How many peeps dey watch that station sef?

u fit stand d pictures?

Talk of AIT, same thing.

Who wan debate sef?

with what qualification? toronto certificate abi with

PH.D wen some hungry university dash dem?

abi u want make ur politicians come murder english

in d name of debate?

Leave debate for d oyibos and d Harvard bred Obama's pls.

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Problem be say people plenty wey go come out come say dem do well well for the debate though. Na dem fault abi na we dey do ourselves?

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let nta conduct the organized fraud. knowing our politicians. even if dem give them pre school level questions and all the right answers their talent would still shine thru.

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Presidential debates have been started - I remember there were a few done a couple of years ago, 2003 I think, during OBJ's reelection campaign.

I remember Jim Nwobodo giving some ridiculous answers - I think it was organised in conjunction with the NTA and shown live, but somehow, OBJ and some others stayed away from the event due to 'campaign constraints'.  I don't know if there were any attempted for the 2007 elections.

The fact is, (rigging excluded) the majority of the electorate do not even have electricity or TVs/radios to watch/listen to the debates. The politicians would rather go on rallies in each and every state to make themselves seen and to  connect with the electorate who would bring them into power.

Anyways, back to the issue of debates, It can be re-initiated and would be a good exercise to some extent.

I question how much of relevance it has in the Nigerian context, since all the politicians say the same thing: I will give you 'water, roads, light, security, jobs, etc'. There are very few ideological differences (if any) that can be used to distinguish candidates in Nigeria. Personalities dominate more than anything else.

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i'm feeling sleepy house

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The way I see it, NTA is it yet another government controlled institution. Why would I trust a resource controlled by those in government to put together a respectable presidential debate?

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Let's just say my love for Nigeria does not blind my eyes to the problem(s) the country is suffering from.

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I think the media houses should be tasked on this one.

AIT, NTA or woteva network should take the bold step and announce that they'll be conducting Presidential debates and we'll take it from there.

OBJ escaped it the last time against falae because no one was really keen about it. We just wanted to get rid of the military. With the level of i.t and www in Nigeria now, an announcement like this for 2011 will definitely get people agitated. The contestants would find it difficult to "dodge"

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HUH?? I didn't take you to be a member of the "I LOVE NIGERIA BUT YOU DON't CAUSE I SAY SO"/" I LOVE NIGERIA PASS YOU" clan!!!

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eyah, sometimes Kobojunkie seems to love her country. . . .wow!

That is well. . . .awesome sha

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Ok. Considering the way I feel about these Nigerian people, especially those who are willing to say and do anything to get into office, I believe a debate at this time should not be used to measure qualification YET. I say yet because I believe these men who are seasoned liars and manipulators will find a way to play that game as well.

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Not clueless in that sense!

We are talking about presidential debates here where corruption wont be talked about but if permitted they will make so much sense!

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You believe those we have in leadership are all clueless? I beg to differ. I actually think and believe they know what they are doing. We subscribed to democratic rule but so far, they have engineered it in such a way that it is not that different from what we used to have in the country. The people still believe they are powerless and some go as far as to believe that is a good thing, Why? Because these men know how to play the NIGERIAN mind game.

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There are no presidential debates in Nigeria because the people involved are clueless!

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One thing I know for sure about Nigeria is that nothing happens magically. To see it happen tommorow, you have to start working to see that reality from today.

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Maybe when the military are draftin a new constitu,they will inculde debate inside,

cos thats they only way there can be debate.

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Not expecting it to occur. Just hoping it might start from then on.

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with the situation in nigerian politics, debate will do more harm than good.

take for instance, an obj who made it public that the elections was going to be a do or die affairs, sitting down to watch his candidate fail because of a question from a press man.

any media house that asked dua yara a suspicious question during a debate will be closed as soon as dua yara wins.

obj conducts debates in his ota farms and then brings the best candidate to us.

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There will be no debate. There never is in Nigerian society. He who is the "big man" in the society will have backing of the people regardless of what he has to say or do. It's African tradition, blind faith to the big chief (even if he's selling your Bottom to the whites for a few shiny trinkets), and all is well.

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You really want to wait till 2011 to see if there will be a debate?

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Don't need one, nothing to debate.

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how can people who can't even campaign DEBATE?

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Where were you when Olu Falae and Obasanjo were scheduled for a debate.

OBJ skillful and tactfully dodged/"maradona'd" the debate.

Our democracy has not reached that level yet. Maybe from 2011 things will start looking up.

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its simple. the president was already designated. debate or no debate, we all knew who was gonna win. why debate.

if we do debates in Nigeria, atleast better candidates will be winning elections.

All those things will come to an end soon though. we are working on it

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