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The outcome of Osun has brought one thing — national pessimism. We’ve lost faith in our democracy. We’ve realised that it is a fraudulent charade. That it does not, in actuality, exist.
Those with whom I spoke about the election did not allow me to say Jack Robinson before screaming the utter worthlessness of the PVC. Buhari would win anyway. If one defeats him in a free and fair exercise, could one also outplay the police and INEC in another muddy and foul exercise? That question crowned the universal pessimism.
But this is hardly the way to go. If we despondently fold our arms and legs and abandon this dictatorship to its conscience, the dictator shall have a long reign. I don’t share in this unhelpful pessimism. No political thinker of note has ever undermined the power of the people. It is our collective responsibility to keep fighting till the land we love is redeemed and sanctified— is freed from the meanest-hearted dictatorship to preside over her destiny since she was founded.
Buhari himself ran and lost for three heartbreaking times. He remained mulishly undaunted. He finally got his hands on the levers of power. It is too early to surrender to despair. We must remain unwearied until Nigeria is rescued from the clutches of this soulless and remorseless despotism.
I don’t agree that my PVC is now useless. Somebody must be wheel-barrowed to Daura. This is as certain as there is a God in heaven and a Devil in hell.