The governance of Nigeria is not the birth right of the Obasanjos, the Buharis and the likes. As a Nigerian, you have the same right to govern as any other citizen of this nation.
Democracy is defined as the government of, by, and for the people. It is your government. Not until you, the everyday Nigerian, take your destiny in your hands, you will continue to be damned by a cabal of rulers who have redefined democracy as the government of, by, and for the ruling cabal and their acolytes. Government by a set of criminals who are worse than the colonial masters that handed over the baton of exploitation to them.
Dear Nigerian, never again must you be deceived by the ruse called experience. Experience may be a veritable criterion in selecting leaders in other parts of the world, but in Nigerian, Leaders are only experienced in stealing and sharing our national wealth amongst themselves. Added to this are the experience of election rigging and coup plotting — since independence. Their experience has destroyed all sectors of the Nigerian society. We do not need that type of experience in finding credible Nigerians to lead.
Experience is said to be the best teacher. There is nobody better experienced than ordinary Nigerians that are taunted by the misrule of our so-called leaders. They are the ones that are best experienced to fix our problems, and they are the ones we must be looking forward to serving us.
For example, an every day Nigerian whose children attend public schools and go to government hospitals for medical assistance will know more about the problems of education and healthcare respectively than those who send their children abroad or private schools and hospitals, for education and treatment.
He is more likely to be told by his children that they are on strike yet again, that they did not study because their teacher did not come to school, that there was no chalk to teach them, or that the classroom roof fell on them. Same applies to the dysfunctional healthcare system in Nigeria where He/she is a regular. He will know more about the problems of our hospitals than those who go or send their children abroad to treat common malaria.
On this note, we call on the professionals in our midst – teachers, doctors, engineers, economists, scientists, information technologists, etcetera: it is time to come out of reclusion to lead the revolution.
Leadership is not the exclusive preserve of the educated elites or professionals. We also call on the less educated people in our communities that are endowed with leadership qualities. It is time to sign up for a better Nigeria.
No matter the side of the divide you are – educated or not –, it is time to join hands to bring peace and prosperity back to Nigerians. We must not lay back while we are slowly destroyed by our so-called leaders.
The RNM is calling on aspiring political leaders to each set up a website or a blog so that they can reach out to Nigerians with your ideas. They must also endeavour to join the RNM. Together we can move the nation forward, and not backwards, as we always experience with our so-called leaders of since Independence.