It is Valentine’s Day. A day for lovers around the world. It was also the day in which Nigerians were expecting to vote for who will lead the country for the next four years – until it was postponed to 28 March.
We were meant to elect people who loved the country so much they were putting themselves up to serve the country. But seriously, does anyone truly believe that Goodluck Jonathan or Muhammadu Buhari actually loves Nigeria? I don’t.
The money both parties are spending to win and the violence they are deploying are clear indications they are not doing it for love.
The Nigerian Human Rights Commission has stated that 58 Nigerians have already died in 60 days in pre-election violence. Think about it. 58 dead already and the voting and the violent disagreements over the results have not even started. This is despite all major party flagbearers signing a non-violence pact.
These people fighting for politricksters should know better. Bob Marley sang in “Ambush in the night:
Through political strategy
They keep us hungry
And when you wanna get some food
Your brother got to be your enemy
In any other serious country one death would be too much for any election. In Nigeria 58 have died almost unreported. It is almost guaranteed that the numbers dead from electoral violence will exceed the over 500 that died in the violence that followed the (s)elections in 2011.
This video from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) exposes the reality of those sponsoring the violence and the folly of doing their bidding.
None of these politicians, who love their pockets more than they love the people, is worth shedding any blood for.
On this day of love, let us remember the words of Dr Martin Luther King: ” Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend”.