This joke called democracy is more bitchy than our perpetual bewilderment. It takes it or leave it scenario, but leaving it compounds our predicament. Strategy is the key in politics, not threats, not war. But some people who don't know how to play the game wait for the next puerile threat. They plunge into independent songs that spoil the broth.
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Politics involves the number of people who will vote for a candidate. That is why the Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Tunde Bakare, has said that anyone who wants to lead Nigeria must negotiate with the northern part of the country. According to a report by Punch, Bakare is advising the South to negotiate for zoning of the 2023 presidential ticket to the South. Bakare has revealed an important strategy for anybody that wants to become president in Nigeria. But with the look of things in the political space in Nigeria, zoning has been discarded.
However, discarding zoning means power remains in the North. That's the angle the northern oligarchs are speaking from, very unhealthy for our democracy and survival as a nation. Already, we are at the brink of liquidation fuelled by centrifugal forces. The political atmosphere was never tense as it is these days.
What we need in Nigeria is a uniting strategy that appeases other Nigerians, not ethno-regional evangelism. North should be considerate and admit the fact that it is not the cash cow of the Nigerian economy. At present, an attempt for the northern presidency is selfish and ill-conceived. No well-meaning Nigerian would support such adventure that will imperil our survival. We can't be speaking of one Nigeria when our actions are antithetical to unity and political inclusion.
No region in Nigeria has a strong and vibrant economic base that guarantees its self-sustenance. We have had enough of 'unpeaceful' Nigeria, so both the Southern and northern elders with power brokers spare us their gluttony and come to understanding as advice by the revered cleric.
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