So the papers carried it. Election violence in the north. This got me asking a simple question. What is the role of our numerous security outfit? Does any Nigerian remember the good old days when people were scared to hear the phrase C.I.D (Crime Investigation Department). Its been a long time I heard that phrase been used. In the good old days once you threaten to report a person to the C.I.D,you get instant apology from whoever that person is. But these days,not the same anymore. We even have people beating their chest on how much trouble they gave the police, how they beat up a police officer like that is some trophy. Before I derail from the above topic, I think its best I stick to my initial intention for writing this post.
I woke up this morning and decided to do a sweep of my Gmail messages for the morning. Checking my mail is suddenly a routine to my waking up ever since I got my android phone. As one of the new services Google added to it’s superb email service is the Google Buzz service. Talking about Buzz later. I happen to have a follower who posted the following question :
As a private citizen, how would you end the post-election violence in the north and prevent reprisals in the south? Any ideas?
I noticed a few views as regards pleading with the south not to retaliate. Good intentions but its easy to think this way when you are not directly involved with a loss. I mean will you not be thinking of reprisal when your dear loved one was cut down because some illiterate northerner who probably isn’t aware of election rules thinks his candidate was suppose to win.I mean youth corpers where been slaughtered like bush meat. How can a person round up 50 corpers put them in a house and set the house on fire? Tell me there is more to this than just pure anger with the election result. I would love to express my full anger on the mentality of the people in the north but in reality its not really their fault. I also blame our government and duplicate security outfits and agencies for the post election violence.So what are the suggestive prevention tactics :
- The North needs to be aware that they too have loved ones living in the south. And that as they attack other southerners who are there in the north for the sake of business, that they have their relatives living in the south as well. I mean would you attack a neighbor if you knew that he could return the same gesture possibly in a greater magnitude. Maybe ones or twice the south should go mad just like the north does at times. I feel that way the north would be aware that there are also mad people in the south as well. Am I a supporter of violence? No am not. Don’t get me wrong but I belief and have experience that people take you for granted if you remain quiet. People will continue to poke you in painful places as long as you don’t respond. A response or two should be enough to create the expected awareness.
- 90% of my blame goes to the security outfit. Every Nigerian knows how inefficient our police force is. Statistics I heard over the radio, suggest that we have 1 policeman to 400 persons and in total we have about 100 thousand policemen. The police system to begin with doesn’t not provide a good educational environment for police officer recruited from the lower ranks. This ranks are those who have no university degree or just OND or something like that. There was a time when people were scared of joining the police force because of the fear of getting shot by armed robbers.But today the case is different. People join the police force with the hope of escaping unemployment. Our police force is ill equipped and so I really don’t blame the officers for the inefficiency in providing that protection for the tax payers. I as a private citizen expected this post election violence and am sure the security outfit were aware of potential trouble spots. So the question is why wasn’t this prevented. Why weren’t the security bodies mobilized to ensure this doesn’t happen. But yeah they were deployed right after the violence erupted and the destruction had escalated. Now they are on the street to prevent reprisal. How grand. My solution equip security unit,provide a good and continuous education program for them. I guess they will begin to see themselves with a lot more self esteem than they do now. Am sure a policeman who entered with nothing and finally attains the equivalent of a university degree will have pride in been a police officer. There should be a minimum means to defend themselves. We are constantly in a situation where you have 6 officers and on 2 have the means to protect themselves. The rest have road side sticks..like they are policing scape goats.
- Education for the north. Most northerners are not aware of the other parts of the country. They are not aware of how the rest of the country thinks.So in my opinion they are myopic about the Nigeria they belong to. How will education improve this.First the few Northerners who happen to go to school end up going to some religious based school. I for one thought that religion from the start condemns violence. So my take is to help them mix better with the south may be, I repeat may be that will ease things a little.
I warn again that this is my own view of things which could be affected by my mood as I was writing this article. Ask me questions on this later, I may not even remember what I wrote. So don’t take this words of mine as a means to judge my personality.
Its another evening with the Generator all loud and all. I just feel too tired to get into the kitchen. Put on some episodes of some movie I have been watching for 3 days now. Am bored. Not to mention am surrounded with a lot of socially dysfunctional dudes around me. This blokes see eating as fun. Long story cut short..am flipping bored right now. Staring at the dump terminal and wondering what command to type.. and all i can come up with is “ls -l”
Not like a regular day. We all had hope to see how the election process will proceed. I for one have never voted before but hoped to make this my first vote. Its a Saturday morning and my neighbors are all eager to hit the road. First point of call is the clearance process which is referred to as Accreditation. Well for some reason I decided to lazy a little. Downloaded a few videos to watch.Had nice chat with a few folks on twitter. Then it was 11am. At this time I was hoping to go meet a crowd.
So am out there on the street and to my surprise not like I was really surprised though, there was no sign of the INEC officials assigned to conduct the voting process in my area. Lucky me huh. I brought with me a good umbrella to keep me from the heat of the sun. Bottom line fellas ”Election postponed”. Everyone goes cursing. JEGA this JEGA that. Reason for the postponement; Inadequate election materials. I could go on and talk on that subject but am way too tired to discuss it right now. Just want to say am so happy it was postponed till monday which implies monday is a public holiday. I am so proud to be of voting age..hurraaayyy!!!
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
- Benjamin Franklin
May I start by saying am not much of a politician or a politics inclined person .I am just a Techie who is in love with his country and believes things can get better. I try to stand as neutral as much as I can when it comes to matters concerning political parties. In essence am saying I don’t belong to any party. I am more interested in the personality seeking the seat of Mr. President. Right now with a few moments to spare I have sat to watch the numerous debates been held withing the country. Am I impressed? I think not. Everyone one seems to be giving a textbook answer to the various questions asked. Some even go as far as quoting our dear countries constitution which to tell you the truth barely 10% of the population have an idea of what makes up the content.
Letting the politicians do their battling I will take time out to share my own thoughts on how this countries issues could be tackled. The thoughts I lay down here isn’t flawless. It may work or it may not. I am only stating them based on my own perspective of how I perceive this country. The major areas that should be tackled are as follows:
- Patriotism and sense of belonging : At the moment most Nigerians first think of themselves from the region they come from e.g North , south west south south etc before they think of themselves as Nigerians. In my opinion been is as important as knowing which region one is from. I think this is the first issue of disunity within the country. I mean if all the regions to begin with thought it to come together and form the country Nigeria. If we were put together as Nigeria by our colonial masters and we still stuck together after independence day, then I belief we found something in ourselves that says we can benefit from each others strength and weaknesses. When I fill an application form we have the question “State of origin and LGA”. We shouldn’t be talking about regions but rather about country. Lets first see ourselves as Nigerians after which in our local chapters we can narrow down our roots. I mean I will like to go up north and be treated and seen as a fellow Nigerian rather than a non-northerner. I feel right now we still have tribalism embedded in our unionism as a country. We still discriminate amongst ourselves. One tribe claiming to be more superior to others or better assuming other tribes are here to be servants. Deal with this and patriotism may just get a little boost.
- Politicians in their campaign are not saying anything new or innovative. They still reiterating the same story and promises politicians of old have promised. Looking at it , I only see people who are seeking office rather than seeking an opportunity to solve this countries problems. So to me , I only see them as people who haven’t started thinking or have a strategy in mind on how they will tackle this countries problems but rather are waiting to get into office from then they will start coming up with the grand plan while setting up numerous commissions and panels at the cost of this countries numerous resources.
- Solve a few problems first: Politicians come forth promising the citizens to elect them because they are the said messiah expected to wipe away this countries problems. I will appreciate a politician who comes with just one solution in mind which is achievable in his four year term. I mean the root problem of this country is Unemployment , Education , Poverty , Power. It is still a shame that with our natural gas and numerous water resources we still aren’t able to generate enough power to sustain the business environment. Lets set achievable goals by solving a subset of the problems at at time.
I still have some other areas to talk about in part 2 of this writeup. For now I need to take a step back and evaluate whats really going on.