Monday, 23 March 2015

As a Nigerian, you should read this before you Decide to Vote

Hello darlings, happy new week! It's sweet to have an opportunity to click START again. *lick lips* Hmmmm. . .that smell. . . the smell of a new day. I love it. So how was your weekend? Mine was all about Nigeria o. We had a vigil in church with the sole aim to #PrayForNigeria. Mehn, It was so refreshing. I believe God hears our prayers. And so I decided to write this piece to backup my faith in Nigeria. Lol. 

2 Reasons why you shouldn't Vote


You will agree with me that this is the most crucial moment in the country. It is our moment of decision. The time we decide to move forward, move to the side, or move backward. We're in for a battle. It is a battle for our lives, our children, and our future. So it is very important that we are spiritually, physically, as well as mentally ready.

This should be a guide through the path of decision. . .

  • Do not Vote on the Basis of Religion


No politician is a religious being. Yes, I'll say that again. No politician is a true Christian/Muslim. They are simply humans. Well, they could claim to be Christians/Muslims before election to cajole you to vote for them. Believe me, after the election, they put religion aside. And then showcase the REAL PERSON behind those posters you see everywhere.

Nigeria is regarded as one of the most religious countries in the world. (In other words, na we dey carry church/mosque for head pass). But see now, where has religion taken us to? Right here. This is how far we have come.
It is ridiculous because no filling station gives preference to any particular religion. Petrol does not respect religion. The Christians, Muslims, Traditionalists, Atheists, and everybody queue up at the same filling station to buy petrol at the same price to drive on the same road. NEPA bills all of us regardless of our religion. Children with different religious parents who go to the same school pay the same amount of school fees. So why are we now deceiving ourselves?

Let us put religion aside when we make the decision to vote. It shouldn't matter if s/he attends your church or not. It also doesn't matter if s/he has been to Mecca or not.

  • Do not Vote on the Basis of Tribe


Back in school, I remember how we were forced to read the book; 'The Trouble with Nigeria' by Chinua Achebe as part of the course requirements on GSP102 (Use of English II). Choi, I read that book from cover to cover so tey I got a 'B' in GSP102. *wipes face* One of the problems the author highlighted is tribalism. As much as I hate to say this, tribalism is a bane of our national development. And we know this. Yes, you do jhorr!

I hear some people say:
"Me ke. I cannot vote for a Hausa man!" "Because I am Igbo. Therefore I will vote for an Igbo" "Over my dead body will a Yoruba rule us again" blah blah blah and blah!

The last time I checked, we have not divided into three countries. We are not Igbo, Yoruba, and Hausa. We are not south, west, north, and east. We are one - one country called NIGERIA.
Also, our motto still hasn't changed - 
Unity and faith, peace and progress. Unity comes before faith, faith before peace, and peace before progress. Unity is the bedrock for progress. We cannot move forward without being united in purpose, integrity, and service. 

Pulea......se! Let's forget the tribe when we decide to vote. Make tribalism no go kill us finish abeg o!


Why am I telling you this? I need you to understand that religion and tribalism will take us nowhere. Don't be sentimental about this issue. Look beyond the perspectives of their religion and tribes. Consider the state of the country - economy, education, electricity, and employment.

That's all. You may probably forget all my yannings but at least, keep this in mind till March 28:
Do not fight for any party, fight for your very own country. Do not sell your vote, vote purely on merit.
It is well with you.
It is well with yours.
It is well with Nigeria. Amen.

Thanks for reading. :)


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Written by: Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
Follow on Twitter: @Amakamedia 
Email: amakamedia@gmail.com


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25 comments:

Deborah Anyeasi said...

First to comment. lol. great post........well said!

Obiri Yaw said...

This is so impressive! Your reviews are always on point! We do not need an Igbo or Hausa man. What we need are intellectuals who can indeed solve practical problems and those who have a heart for the people which should be measured by their actions. Nigeria go better!

Anonymous said...

So who are you going to vote for now? The candidates are Hausa/muslims and Igbo/Christian. There is no other way to look at it.

#TeamGEJ said...

FOR THOSE WHO WANT NIGERIA 2 MOVE FORWARD PLS SUPPORT AND VOTE FOR GEJ.HE HAS PERFORMED CREDIBLY WELL AND HE IS TRANSFORMING OUR DEAR NATION

#GEJ4PRESIDENT

Chioma Dike said...

Nice article. Until the Politicians begin to see themselves as servants of the ordinary people, Nigeria won't move forward. The problem we have is not the people, it is leadership.

It is well with Nigeria.

#TeamGEJ said...

Support GEJ and transform Nigeria. Vote wisely..

#GEJ4PRESIDENT

Liflblog.wordpress.com said...

You've got the right idea, I keep saying that one man can't strong arm a whole country into converting to any one religion, extremist leanings or not. But the people are afraid, May the best man win.I will definitely be voting like I wrote on my blog, not even the hounds of hell can keep me from the polls come Saturday & April 11. The Change we seek starts with us & even if we have reason to complain later we can do it knowing that we did our bit, that our voice was heard through our vote.

lindaspears said...

My prayer is for us to have a free and fair election. Let God's will be done. Amen.

Dave said...

I had wanted to come here to trash you down when I saw the title of the post on Twitter. But I changed my mind after reading. That title didn't tell good about this beautiful piece. What came to my mind when I read "Reasons why you shouldn't vote" was "WTF is she up to?". God save you! Lmfao! You write really well. Kudos!

Life's a show said...

Another beautiful post dear! I have nothing else to add to this. It is completely complete. #grins#

Amole John said...

I DO NOT vote for anybody because one is not better than the other. Let’s not desire change just because we’ve had enough of the current. You’ll find that you’ll feel exactly the same come 4years time even if your preferred party should win this. What we need to pray for is for free and fair elections. That’s important for Nigeria’s future right now and prosperity will slowly happen. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

Amole John said...

Amen. How are you Linda?

Amole John said...

Exactly! We are the change we need.

lindaspears said...

Jhonny-just-come. Lol. I'm fine. Thank you.

Amakamedia said...

I appreciate your comments dearies. *e-hugs*

Amakamedia said...

Lol. Follow your heart but use your brain.

Amakamedia said...

I wee buy "chingum" for you. You hear?

Life's a show said...

What is GEJ?

Bukola A said...

You're so inspiring ore mi. I'm loving you more everyday. Wonderful one. It's time for NIGERIA to try something new. 4 more years of hardship will be intolerable. Nigerians are now wiser.

KayCee Blunt said...

Gbam!

KayCee Blunt said...

GEJ means God Execute Judgement. Let God judge the theives among them all.

Hadassah said...

oh wow! nice write-up girl

Nonsor said...

Indeed, this should guide one to make a better choice. Thanks for sharing.

Brendygirl said...

Nigeria won't change until we Nigerians start holding ourselves accountable across the board.

Theresa said...

Great post! May God choose His own leaders.

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