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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN,2015 AND THE YORUBA NATION

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Though Nigeria lay claim to independence in 1960, that day, in the real sense, marked the handing over of the sovereignty of the people to another set of lordship under the supervision and management of the Northern caliphate. Since 1960, there has been a conscious effort to undermine the most progressive layer of Nigeria, which is the South West region. For instance, it is amazing that within seven years of Chief ObafemiAwolowo’s leadership of the South West region, the tallest building in this hemisphere was built.  The region had the first radio station in sub-Sahara Africa and the first TV station, all completed in less than one decade. The development index of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) at the time, indicated that the South West was at par with many countries in Eastern Europe and far more developed than many countries in Asia. The quality of education was superb. Foreign governments and institutions usually invade the South West region looking for about-to-finish university students who were offered jobs while they were still in school. Awolowo demonstrated that he was not in the class of his peers with the intellectual analysis of the Nigerian problem and the practical solutions necessary to move the country forward. His book, Path to Nigerian Freedom was a classic and had no equal of its time.

Though Nigeria lay claim to independence in 1960, that day, in the real sense, marked the handing over of the sovereignty of the people to another set of lordship under the supervision and management of the Northern caliphate. Since 1960, there has been a conscious effort to undermine the most progressive layer of Nigeria, which is the South West region. For instance, it is amazing that within seven years of Chief ObafemiAwolowo’s leadership of the South West region, the tallest building in this hemisphere was built.  The region had the first radio station in sub-Sahara Africa and the first TV station, all completed in less than one decade. The development index of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) at the time, indicated that the South West was at par with many countries in Eastern Europe and far more developed than many countries in Asia. The quality of education was superb. Foreign governments and institutions usually invade the South West region looking for about-to-finish university students who were offered jobs while they were still in school. Awolowo demonstrated that he was not in the class of his peers with the intellectual analysis of the Nigerian problem and the practical solutions necessary to move the country forward. His book, Path to Nigerian Freedom was a classic and had no equal of its time.

The University of Ife which he conceived and which foundation he laid, as at 1976, was one of the best in the World. The Yoruba also established by far the most organized political party in Africa, the Action Group, (AG) to the consternation of many adversaries. The quality of the Yoruba person was high, his reasoning faculty excellent and his sense of right and wrong was inspiring. The South West became the reference point for all that were good about Africa. For the other political parties that lacked the skill and the ideological formation to offer a superior alternative, blackmail and outright attacks, with the support of rookies within, became their tactics with the hope of weakening the South West and also psychologically to crush the emerging dissent against them right in their own territories. For the reactionary groups in Nigeria, there was the need to scuttle the whirlwind of progressive tradition so that they would not be disgraced from power and would consolidate the oppression of their own people. This led to the crisis that trailed the 1964 general elections and the subsequent civil war. The same episode was repeated in 1983, in 1993 and also in the year 2003. What an irony!  Season after season, the Yoruba have risen to save the nation from her self-imposed peril, but have been cut down through inspired military coups or tyrannical political formations that oppress Nigerians sometimes  with deceitful civilian colorations.

The concept of free education was initiated by Awolowo so also the idea of free health. This was at a time that even Europe and the Americas were yet to adopt the developmental concept. Awo professed “Democratic Socialism” which many European countries seem to now envy. He was the first to proffer Federalism as the best option for Nigeria. His idea of federalism was rejected by the ruling elite in Nigeria, but has now become the most pronounced solution to Nigeria’s lingering pitfalls. The Caliphate and its agents work hard at all times to pull down the South West and reverse the trend of development either through military coups which they instigate or through sponsoring of arch reactionary elements in the South West nurtured to spur violence and destabilize the peace and stability of the South West region. In 1982, the government of AlhajiLateefJakande wanted to build a Metroline in Lagos, the military coup of Mohammed Buhari and TundeIdiagbon, a Fulani from Ilorin, scuttled the project. In 1993, when Chief M.K.O Abiola won the Presidential election, the election was annulled and the South West literarily became a war zone for more than half a decade. If not for the consistent campaigns, led mainly by the people of the South West, military dictatorship would have continued in Nigeria. For how long are we going to continue to build one mighty, clean mansion and for some anti-culture to rise and pull it down?

In recent years, since the progressive political formations took over power in the South West, there have been renewed efforts to thwart the remarkable strides. The problem is not mainly from the enemy within, but from a reactionary, anti-people federal might that relies on brute force and brigandage in breathing down the throat of our people.

In this year, the preparations for the 2015 Presidential election have started. It appears the decision of President Goodluck Jonathan is to win at all costs. His regime has performed woefully, he should know, even though he may not admit it. Nigerians have become poorer, less protected and more vulnerable. The President has shown less of inspiration and has demonstrated his rabid contempt for the Yoruba people. The worst thing today’s Federal Government is doing is to plant known perpetrators of violence and impose them as the leaders of the South West region. From Ogun, through Lagos to Ekiti State, what the President is doing is to plant the real enemies of the people as his gubernatorial candidates. Lessons: the Nigerian state is designed to undermine progressive forces across the country. The Caliphate put in place an institutionalized framework that targets the South West preventing the region from showing glowing examples of development from whence the real liberation of the peoples’ mind and the eventual liberation of Nigeria would come. This legacy has been inherited by subsequent regimes. Again, irrespective of who becomes the President, Nigeria cannot make any real progress unless the country is restructured to ensure self-determination. In all, if President Goodluck Jonathan succeeds in imposing his cronies and these well known agents of darkness, there will be no need for progressive forces to seek election again in this country, such will be futile. Elections will now become the exclusive right of all reactionary people while the country will exist for them only. An intelligent and critical ruling class, that wants to save itself from self-destruction will think twice before taking away from a people with a radical and progressive tradition of struggle, the right to chose their leaders. That test case begins with Ekiti and Osun elections. We are watching.