Etcetera Writes Again; 'The Elections Will Not Be Of Any Good'
Known for his stinging criticism of personalities and the bare threading of the issues in his opinion page, Etcetera is at it again as he writes about the coming elections and the need for compatriots not to believe in the promise-and-fail manifestos of the aspirants.
He wrote on his page about his decision not to vote for the same recycling corrupt politicians, the ship-jumping politicians and never-happening redistributing of wealth by the parties.
Here are some excepts:
"Every Nigerian who seeks freedom should rethink all temptations to rush to the polling station on February 14 in an attempt to further entrench corruption with a transfusion of his or her energies.
"I won't be voting. The truth is, I have more constructive things to do than vote on February 14. For example, I am moving into a new apartment and the floors need a good scrub. And there's this couch I have to take the legs off so I can easily pass it through the door into the living room. To me, that's time much better spent.
"The ruling party in Nigeria and the opposition have nothing but alphabetical differences. They have the same ideology and mentality. The same people have been jumping from one ship to another. So what “Change” are they preaching about? Show me a Nigerian politician who hasn't sworn allegiance to “The Broom” of APC and “The Umbrella” of PDP, at different times in their political careers and I will show you a woman that sells paraga that doesn't bleach.
"Any Nigerian hoping for a redistribution of wealth after February 14 is wasting his or her time. If I had kids, they won't see me identifying with this group of sociopaths, and to vote in the next election would be setting a bad example for them. Our votes only give these politicians the needed encouragement to steal more. So on February 14, I'll be voting for the only one I can trust: nobody."
He also expressed his opinion about the so-called men of God who have now started denouncing the politicians that have knelt down in front of them (men of God) for blessings when they came into office.
"I have been very vocal about Nigerian pastors encouraging corruption in the country by associating with politicians and I have received all kinds of insults from their followers. But just this week, Pastor Adeboye called Nigerian politicians liars and never to be trusted again. Only God knows what transpired behind the scene to warrant such sudden outburst from the same man of God who has been blessing corrupt politicians for many years."
He further talked about a change in governance for the present administration have failed the masses.
"Don't get me wrong. Like everyone else, I want the best for this country. After all, we are all in the same boat and if one end goes down, we all go down. So not voting in February doesn't mean I won't vote in the future. When the government makes the system more transparent and my vote counts, I am likely to vote. Those of you who are crazy enough to vote the same set of people into power because you have been paid to do so or you have been stupid enough to listen to a rambling billionaire who tells you it is your civic duty to vote for him or his candidates, you deserve to be screwed by the system. Since democracy in Nigeria has been turned into a game like any other, it will be foolish to go out and play, when I know I can't win."