When asked why I vote, one of the answers I give is that I vote because it is a cherished right which should not be squandered and also because it is an affirmation of our democracy.
I vote out of respect for and in memory to the many heroes past who have died to save our democracy.
I vote because I am obligated to provide a better Nigeria and a better life for my people, where the youths are empowered with various avenues of wealth creation and real development.
I vote to secure the future of my two little children whom I hope will live in a #NewNigeria where poverty and hardship is a thing of the past.
When your “Why” is bigger than your “Why Not” then you have the power to change things.
It’s time we stop complaining and start doing, take charge and make the change we want to see in Nigeria.
In a country where uneducated, underaged children are recruited en mass to vote and you with all your exposure, education and wisdom does not have a Voters Card , you have just sold your birthright!
Often times ,I come across people that will say “ I don’t have a voters card because I can’t stand in the queue because I have a business to run” or “I have plenty work to do, need to feed my family” I just laugh at their ignorance. This people according to Bertolt Brecht the worst illiterate.
He said – “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
Agreed, Nigerian democracy is in a parlous state. Aside from our broken electoral system, cabals and farcical Lords, the weakness of Labour means we effectively have one-party government. The only cure is for reasonable people like you to participate by exercising
Your right to vote, and ensure that the voter turnout is congruent with the scale of the question being asked.
Within living memory, thousands died so that you may vote. I won’t betray them. Will you?
I urge you today to go get your Permanent Voters Card and Vote. It’s all part of a bigger picture, To PLAN and to ACT.
I am Abayomi Bello and I am an aspiring Senator for Kogi West Senatorial District