By William Ikhianosimhe Orbih.
I hereby endorse Tinubu for president, and I Intent to explain why in three brief points. Endeavor to read before you eat me raw! First, nothing can be worse than Buhari. Buhari is the worst possible, as far as the presidency of a modern nation is concerned. He is a rare combination of ineptitude, arrogance, and a laughable lack of self-awareness. For whatever unfathomable reason, he sees himself as the best thing to have happened to Nigeria since 1914.
He sees himself as Allah’s special gift to Nigeria. Except that we only let him be president when he was already quite old, he would have successfully transformed Nigeria into Singapore. Who will help me tell him that he has been nothing but a scourge and a disappointment to the many people who voted for him? He has even managed to dampen the political enthusiasm of the Northwest. Something no one thought was ever possible.
Buhari may not be a bigot—at least he has proven his long-standing friendship with a certain Archbishop from the land of our colonial usurpers, but he sure speaks and acts like one. He acts like a tyrant, banning and arresting dissent and whatever tools or personages of dissent. He does not realize that as our president, communicating with us is a daily duty and not an occasional gift.
He is sectarian, nepotic, and very unapologetically tribalistic. Earlier on, he insisted on the justness of his presidency having nothing much to do with the Southeast. For giving him only 5 percent of their votes, the Igbos are good only for perishing and for brutal military operations. Thus far, he has proven that he meant it.
Second, Tinubu is too rich to steal our money. He does not need our money. I hear he is richer than Osun State. The whole of Lagos is in his pocket. The October 2020 Lekki Tollgate shooting was traced to him by many in the understanding that he has his hands deep into Lagos revenue, legally and otherwise.
The implication of this is that Tinubu is so rich already; he has no space in his pocket for extra loot. So, we can be assured that our resources will be safe. As a sign of gratitude to us for voting for him, who knows, he might even organize the biggest giveaway ever in the history of Nigeria. He has more than enough money to go around. He has bullion vans at his disposal. He would not even stress us with annoying questions such as: “what can 2k do for you.”
Thirdly, Tinubu is an old man. Like wine, the older, the better. Recent Nigerian history has proven that only old men are good enough to be president. Nigeria’s youngest head of state ever, Yakubu Gowon, only successfully led us to a civil war. As simple as the word “confederation” is, he could not understand it. He was too young to.
Tinubu, on the other hand, is old, wise, and experienced. While Buhari’s regime has been an expert in arresting and banning dissent, Tinubu will crush dissent. Which do we prefer, banning or crushing? Twitter is back. Tweet all you want to tweet now. After May 2023, there may be neither Twitter nor your voice.
In summary, Tinubu may be bad; it is impossible to get anything worse than Buhari. On the contrary, he will be a significant improvement—so let us give him a freaking chance!!! But then, if we want, we can borrow small sense and vote from the many other alternatives.
Whatever our preference, I suggest that in 2023, we go for youth, learning, and the future. Enough of old haggard men. Enough of founding fathers! Enough of backward-looking, perpetual blame-tossing, people. To move forward, we must vote in forward-looking people. It is as simple as that. It is not rocket science.
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