Cry my beloved fatherland (Ebiraland) , the return of thugs and criminal elements



By Otori Ozigi


Gradually, full time and open politicking has come to stay in Kogi State just like every other State in the country. This is in line with the lifting of ban on campaigns and Rallies by the umpire, INEC. Everywhere you go today, politicking is in the air. Politicians and their supporters have taken the center stage in our national life. From Lagos to Maiduguri, Sokoto to port Harcourt governance have been relegated to the back burner in the scheme of things.

Indeed, politicking is now the in thing.

Viewed against this background therefore, the people of Ebiraland are not left out in this scenario. As it were, politicians and other political office seekers into the state House of Assembly, House of Representatives and the Senate have began open campaign and Rallies across the five local government areas of Kogi central.

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Expectedly, our ears are now bombarded with all manners of promises.

The other day I laughed when one of the aspirants lied that she could single handedly initiate effort if elected as a Senator to resuscitate Ajaokuta steel complex. Some other fellow told us that he would consolidate his glaring failures as a Senator.

As we are already aware, acts of thuggery and violence have started to rear their ugly head in the land again.

In view of the above, Barrister Natasha Akpoti has already sent a petition to the Inspector General of police alleging, among others, that her life is now in danger, pointing out that some notable politicians and their thugs burnt her campaign materials during her ward campaigns in Ihima and Inorere Ogaminana. If these were true, I think we need to be careful in the months ahead to avoid another saga of war as we witnessed in previous dispensation.

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In conclusion therefore, the time has come to warn our teeming youths to stay clear from thuggery and orgy of violence that may likely consume some of them as we witnessed in the past.

Nobody can convince me that Ebiraland is not ripe for spiritual deliverance. Our parents and guardians should be more vigilant and responsible to guide our youths and discourage them from getting involved in acts of violence and brigandage at a time like this.

Our political actors should be cautioned not to show  desperation as they canvassed for supports from the rest of us to enable them actualize their inordinate ambition.

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Ladies and gentlemen, cry not for my fatherland, no Nation has ever survived second experience of war or political violence. Shine your eyes and shame the enemies of the land as we enter 2019, the year of full time politicking in Nigeria.

Otori Ozigi is a former Public Relations officer of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Journalist and Public Relations Expert

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