TO MY DEAR YOUNG CITIZENS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Power is not given, Power is TAKEN.
Nobody will voluntarily give you power and this is obvious from the overwhelming rejection of the clause for Electronic transmission of election results by the National Assembly, it should also dawn on you now that nobody willingly create an enabling environment for you to witness credible elections where people will decide the outcome but are more comfortable with a process driven by fraudulent means in order to perpetuate themselves in power without your consent. Democracy without clear legitimacy is partially forceful leadership by design.
*The decision is yours to make and the future is yours to take today, yes today.*
It is practically impossible to trace back to exactly when the promise to build a Nigeria that can compete developmentally and globally was made but we all can find a middle ground to agree that the promise has failed repeatedly to become reality in the lifetime of so many young people before yours, this time is yours and for it to turn a positive outlook from theirs then things must be done differently by taking drastic measures against those we have held this Nation down since independence.
The most sacred right we have as Nigerians is the right to vote and be voted for so to be active and effective citizens in a democratic government, we must take this responsibility very seriously.
In 2019 with an active voters register of about 84 million voters, just roughly estimate of 25 Million voters decided the outcome of the Presidential election, what happened to the remaining 59 Million voters? Your answer could be as good as mine….they stayed back in the comfort of their homes enjoying the public Holiday. Let’s put aside the Presidential elections, there have been many elections where very few votes made the difference, yes! most elections are not closely decided, but that does not mean that one’s vote does not matter because often times those who refused to participate are those who elect bad leaders. None Participation has it’s underlining consequences.
The act of voting in it self is a major form of civil responsibility and the exercise of one’s fundamental right for which many pro-democracy activist have fought and died for. This should be an important aspect of civil engagement and duty to Nigeria 🇳🇬.
It is a Part of your duty to make sure that the government legitimacy is based on the consent of the governed. *(WE THE PEOPLE)*.
Voting in an election is an opportunity for you as a Nigerian to weigh in and express your preference on the direction of government, thereby giving legitimacy to the government through Participation in the process.
*High Chief Peter Ojonugwa-Ameh*
*Former Presidential Candidate PPA 2019 Presidential election*
Developmental Ecnomist, Elections and Political-Party management Strategist, Governance Policy & Development analyst. Gender enthusiast
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