IDES OF MARCH

Posted: March 28, 2015 in DELPHIC



In themselves, days are days, until events happen and give them the mark of remembrances. Like yesterday, today would seem like tomorrow and the boring series of normalcy would continue. The subject of the news has been constantly depressing; one would think that a pharmaceutical company selling mostly Prozac has decided to sponsor what we now call the news of the day.

Nigeria is on the march again. Only this time, the government has decided to make the punch line make more sense. The reasons for the shift are ludicrous but the history of the Nigerian state supports it. As such, the outrage was minimal as expected. In a few hours, Nigerians will be given the opportunity to select between an incumbent who is said to be good but incompetent and an ex dictator who everybody wants to trust. There is no better example of an illusion of choice. As a state whose history is a trail of bad blood, suppressed discontent and noise, one honestly hopes that we would get it right. But, can we?

A five minute conversation with a voter will depress you. If democracy rests on the belief that those involved in the decision making process are intelligent enough, should there not be a caveat or a slightly adjusted version for countries where the educational system produces graduates that are unemployable? And youths who look forward to the legal drinking age than the voting age? Or worse, youths who prefer to discuss football and music than the Nigerian economy? If a democracy cannot get a people to concentrate and carry out reasonable discuss on the important things, is it still one? How do you reconcile that enormous gap in ignorance? Be that as it may, we still carry on. A good number of some of us are undecided. It is fair to understand why. Let us explain it this way: “On undecided Voters,; to put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken”? She asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it”?  To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken was cooked.

Beware the ides of March, a new fool might emerge in April and if you May, acknowledge him. Understand the gaps and allow yourself the excuse to exclude. If you can, enjoy that terrible tyranny of the majority but, by all means, I beg you, choose wisely.

Beware the ides of March, freedom is not that easy to come by, but once in a while, it is caught stranded. Futures are secured by leaders who have the audacity to make laws that make them less powerful. The next president has in his hands, the opportunity to make or mar this nation for good. Are the choices choosy enough? Would the benevolence of fate make room for the placement of good fortune? Do we need leaders who would prefer to incite violence than provoke peace? Are we not tired of the madness?

Beware the ides of March, ask questions, puncture holes and fill them with reasonable discontent. Basic amenities should not be a bench mark for good governance. Any democracy that triumphs in the spreading of distractions is a fickle one. Would you not shawkee for one second and inquire about what happens? What sort of society are you building for your kids?

Democracy does not Guarantee the selection of good Leaders. It however, gives room for the Peaceful elimination of bad ones. “If you are a part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for…but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule, you will rarely be wrong”.  

Igenebga.           

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Comments
  1. Quincy Antak says:

    “Futures are secured by leaders who
    have the audacity to make laws that make them
    less powerful”.
    ‘Beautiful beloved sir.
    God bless your thinking and your inditing.

    Like

  2. Quincy Antak says:

    “Futures are secured by leaders who
    have the audacity to make laws that make them
    less powerful”.
    ‘Beautiful beloved sir.
    God bless your thinking and your inditing…

    Like

  3. Mfon says:

    Really good read.
    Love you Austin

    Like

  4. Erado says:

    Subtle words, yet hitting hard on minds of those who understand… #beautiful

    Like

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