… My Political Discourse with 2009 Course mate in Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
– Fashina Shakiru
In the history of electioneering in this country, this year takes a different dimension but before proceeding, let me start by saying this, Nigerians will not import their leaders from China, North Korea, USA, UK or Germany, but Nigerians must ensure to put the right person in the right hole for better and rewarding nation.
It is a known fact that, our political consciousness is growing gradually to start picking or choosing the class of political ideologist like Awolowo of the pass to the present Tinubu, Azikiwe of yesteryears to present Peter Obi and Aminu of Kano to Adamawa Waziri, Atiku Abubakar. These are/were men of contemporary political philosopher kings of our time and men of great ideas and ideologies.
In the foregoing political discourse across the nation and within this political platform of scholars, I know that many will quite agree with me that moneybag politics takes a centre stage in Nigerian politics. In a multiple enthnic society like ours that’s at the blink of collapse, is Muslim-muslim a way forward?
In the evolution of Nigerian politics, money bag politics is a thing of concern which can’t be over emphasized. In the First, Second Republic secretly were cash and gifts were exchanged for political influence. But in the Fourth Republic cash and gifts are exchanged in the open for political influence. Meanwhile, as Nigeria’s political system is developing from time to time, institutions continue are strengthen to lay down rules and regulations for political conduct– how the parties and the candidates should be behave. Sure this will reduce the political jaboore.
In my second analysis is the Muslim-Muslim ticket as who get what, when and how to elective position. I am certain, this will be determined by the electorates. But I what I want to prove and put forward is that, the argument of Muslim-Muslim ticket was experienced in 1993 during the election of late Chief MKO Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe both were Muslims at a point where our political dynamic are highly sophisticated and religious.
I want to put forward in rounding that, the Muslim-Muslim ticket should not be the basis our discourse because we have men of great intellectual thinkers vying for the presidency seat come 2023. The duo married Christians (Tinubu and Atiku). This alone shows that they are men without religious sentiment.
What we should be looking at as graduate of politics is, CV, political experience, strength of reengineering unity of Nigeria, Nigerian prosperity, economic recovery, industrial revolution, job, tackle insecurity and many more.
In my review of their agendas for the Nation, I’ll advise everyone to check their parties’ manifestos. A graduate of politics turned multiple media journalist, here continue to educate and expose my former colleagues and redefine your interest that in Muslim-Muslim ticket there is mirage of hope for our dear Nation, Nigeria.
Among these aforementioned, we have one of them that can make this country great again. I may understand, the notion that with current state of security and agitation, the three flag bearers from different political parties; APC, PDP and LP will surely strike the balance search for a Christian running mate.
Fashina Shakiru writes from Lagos, Nigeria.