Not to go all armageddon on everybody, but there’s a reason that verse about the violent taking the kingdom of God by force is one of the most popular Nigerian Bible verses of all time!
For many of us who have spent more than ten minutes in Nigeria, you already know this country is not living up to its potential (much like how you could have finished with a 2:1 if you weren’t on Twitter all day, but story for another day)
Anyway, this country could be so much more. It’s 2020 and our legs haven’t even reached the estate gate, let alone the building that houses the top 20 economies in the world in the year 2020. Nigerian political leaders, isn’t this a shame?
Because we are done with Nigeria being stuck in 1948, here’s our advice on what Nigerians can adopt and normalise to get good governance by force:
Literally sit in your house if you feel the candidates are repetitive and unqualified during an election.
Imagine if every single Nigerian, or at least the majority of Nigerians did this when they say familiar names they knew weren’t up to the task on the ballot boxes. The power we have is actually unreal.
Can you imagine half of a state, say Port Harcourt, blocking the governor’s office daily, until the soot problem is resolved?
Imagine it, Lagosians block the governor’s office daily until viable alternatives are found for the traffic problem. Citizens of Zamfara protesting directly to the governor until sustainable poverty alleviation mechanisms are inputed. They would be forced to work.
Barricading the airports every time we got wind of an international health pilgrimage.
If the hospitals are good enough for the citizens, they better be good enough for you.
Or if we could even make it mandatory that politicians send their children to schools in Nigeria.
Again, if the standard is good enough for the everyday Nigerian child, it better be good enough for their children.
No more official cars, no police escorts. None of it.
Take public transportation like the majority of Nigerians. Let’s see if transportation won’t improve in record time.
Mandating bi-weekly meetings with citizens and the heads of local governments. Monthly meetings with representatives at the State Assemblies.
Monthly meetings with the state governors. At least one update a month from the president. Why isn’t this a thing?
Imagine an embargo on repeat political aspirants!
No other office for you if you failed to fulfil at least half of your campaign promises. Imagine that!
Now would it be so bad if we banned political leaders from owning generators or alternative power sources?
Suffer in the heat and darkness until real solutions are provided. Let’s see how fast they can work.
What do you think Nigerians should normalise?