Getting Involved Politically.
“ All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” Edmund Burke.
“Politics is too serious a business to be left for politicians alone” Charles de Gaulle.
Nigerians are electing new leaders this year (2011). Therefore, it makes sense that all eligible adults should participate and get involved with the electoral processes. Make sure you vote and guide your votes. Before you vote, consider the following;
Please vote personalities and not political parties. Most of our politicians simply migrate from one party to the other. Therefore, it makes sense to vote personalities. Vote persons/personalities that will be firm, principled and visionary. Part of the way(s) to know the quality of a person is to look at his friends, groups, colleagues, and party members. Tell me your friends/party members, and I will tell you who you are.
Vote Against god fathers/god mothers:
“god fathers/god mothers” are the real enemies of the state. Never again should Nigerians permit any candidate(s) with god fathers/god mothers to win election.
Vote Candidates That Can Fight Corruption:
“The World Bank estimates the country’s generals and gangster politicians stole $300 billion in the three decades to 2006”(Time Magazine, May 3rd 2010 Edition, Page 42). There are no figures for 2006 to 2010. Vote candidates that can fight corruption.
Vote For Change:
Changes are overdue in Nigeria. Vote whomever that can challenge/change the status quo.
Last year (2010) witnessed five bomb blasts (Abuja, Jos, Yenegoa, and Warri). In the last 10 years, Nigeria has witnessed over 160 high profile politically motivated killings/assassinations. Kidnappings, robberies, religious crises, communal crises, etc are at alarming rates. Vote whomever that can provide security.
How To Get Involved:
Pass this message to friends and family members. As Christians, the Holy Bible in Hosea Chapter 4 verse 6, reminds us that, “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. Network with people. Send to all your contacts on facebook or (join us on facebook. Search Support Option A4 Group and join or click on http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=49782910218), twitter, yahoogroups, email lists, etc. Download/print out this message and distribute to people who do not have access to Internet. Send thru sms. Pick up phones and make calls. Translate this message or related messages to vernacular/local languages. Hold town hall meetings etc. Mobilize one another etc.
Please remember that, “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” Haile Selassie. Make the right choices or wait and watch another four wasteful years.
Getting Involved Economically.
I believe so much in citizens led initiatives/peoples power in the political arena. There is also need for manifestation of people’s power in the economic sector (economic emancipation). Economics determines politics, so also do politics determine economics. I learnt this at the early stages of my training/education as an economist. (The writer has four degrees, amongst which are; B:sc economics and M:sc economics). A hungry man is vulnerable to political manipulations.
I call upon citizens of Nigeria, to devote more energy towards opening up our economy, so that jobs can be created, wealth created and value added to the economy. Government alone cannot open up the economy. More so, government cannot provide all the jobs. Lets not forget that government has failed us in providing basic infrastructures. This is the time to open up our economy thru our various individual efforts. Lets contribute in any little way we can to open up our economy. China is a massive trading nation. Much is done by their citizens. We can borrow a leaf or leaves from China.
There are so many religious, cultural, and political groups in Nigeria. I see less of economic groups. Even on yahoogroups, facebook, Internet forums etc, there are still less of economic groups. We need to create more of economic groups, business groups, trading groups etc. We should network each other and share information. Information is power. On this, permit me to invite all to join our group on facebook. Simply search Vac Concepts E-Business Promotions on facebook and join or click on http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_148200165238731&view=members. Alternatively, provide us with your economic group(s) etc details to patner with. May God bless Nigeria.
Chinedu Vincent Akuta.
An activist and leader of “Support Option A4 Group” Leicester-UK
Facebook / C.v.Akuta.