Benue Must Change The Current Change In 2019


Written By Orkuma Abraham                             

Change seems to be elusive to Benue people who yearned for change in 2015 and voted for APC. For real change to happen, Benue people must  brace up and fight for it in 2019.

Godfatherism politics introduced by the present administration has crippled Benue economic and destroyed social life in the state. Benue needs a true leader that will lead us out of the woods.
Dialectical materialism dictates that life is in constant motion and more particularly, that the old gives way and collapses into the new. Thus, it will be utter folly to fanatically hold onto the past, to refuse to engage the future and to, somehow, hope that the hands of time can be stopped.

Apparently, you cannot freeze time. That’s the way it works and indeed, that’s the way it is.

The battle is not about personalities but ideas. When some of us protest against bad governance, corruption and greed, we are not specifically targeting any particular individual(s). We will continue to blame corruption and intolerance across the political divide.

I am driven by a passion for the holistic advancement of humanity. Thus, whether you are white, black or yellow, I’m  not particularly bothered. I don’t care one iota whether you are Tiv, Idoma, Igede, or Etulu whatever. I perceive issues in a scientific mode and certainly not in tribalistic and/or racist fashion.

I may be proudly Tiv to the bare bones but that does not necessarily make me a tribalist. When we choose leaders, we don’t firstly ask where they come from or what their totem is. I may be a Tiv to the bone marrow, but it doesn’t follow that I will lend you my support simply because you belong to the Akumes, Suswams and Ortoms dynasty.

It is the quality of your beliefs, the style of your management and of course, your leadership capabilities that will essentially determine whether i will support you. Whether you are handsome or ugly is pretty irrelevant.I am not bogged down on petty issues. It is my mission to focus on good governance rather than physical beauty or lack of it. Going forward,i have rejected the politics of personality cults and hero-worshipping.

Naturally, therefore, i shall not hesitate to criticize in a robust and constructive manner. Where credit is due, i will give.

In similar fashion, i will not because of propaganda create credit where it’s not due. I refuse to play to gallery. I will, thus, completely refuse to create “heroes’’ from political charlatans, thieves, robbers and some other such malcontents. I will call a spade a spade. If you are a lion, i will call you a lion and not a chicken and the converse is true.

But as I have stated hereinbefore, nothing lasts forever. Life is like fashion; and we all know that fashion is always changing. History has invariably always punished those people who refuse to engage and accept change.

When Adolf Hitler was cornered by Allied Forces in 1944, he somehow thought it was a joke and a passing phase. He refused to accept reality and suicidally, he thought he was still on the verge of winning the Second World War. As his empire was crumbling around him, Hitler’s spin doctor and propaganda maestro, Josef Goebbels, was telling him a different story.

According to Goebbels, the armed forces of the Third Reich were on the ascendancy and the Allied Forces were retreating. But we all know that what Goebbels was telling Hitler was a lie. A blue lie! Hitler didn’t survive for long. He chose to believe that he was super-human and unbeatable. He got intoxicated by his own psychosis and rabid propaganda. Put simply, he was in denial and he completely refused to accept reality. He was dreaming.

When he woke up from dreamland, both himself and the Third Reich had been totally annihilated. A similar fate befell dictators in the mould of Idi Amin Dada, the man who notoriously referred to himself as the Last King of Scotland, Nicolae Ceausescu, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. History has never been too kind with dictators who stubbornly refuse to accept reality and also to accept that their time is up.

As we engage the future, we should also learn from the past. We never want to throw away the baby with the bath water. We will embrace the good from the past as we seek to triumphantly engage the future. In the same breath, the future beckons only for those who are not morbidly afraid of change. We are not afraid of the past nor are we frightened of the ghost of yesteryears.

We will cast away the demons of retrogression, fear and intimidation. We are baking a brand new cake and believe you me; this particular cake is of a superior quality compared to the current cake. Sixteen (16) years of democracy since  1999 have taught us a very good lesson. For over a decade, we have been ruled by one man and of course, we have been left behind as the rest of the states in Nigeria galloped to prosperity.

Whilst we still languish in a world of make believe and personality cults, the rest of Nigeria states  has engaged the future and moved forward.

There is no use being in denial. People don’t eat history. Indeed, people don’t eat hollow promises such as the so-called better life. Giving amnesty to murderer and criminals who ought to be in jail, arbitrary tax regime, inhumane policies and deciet of good life for the people.

Some of us are sick and tired of this utterly dysfunctional government. We have learnt our lesson in a most bitter fashion. A leopard never changes its skin. The offspring of a snake is a snake. We should never be fooled again. Once bitten twice shy. In the interim, We should forcefully insist on the government carrying out its obligations and responsibilities to Benue people while working out modalities for real change in 2019.

We have to be more serious and move forward with focus and determination. It is completely unacceptable to have a government with a toga of change yet doing something else.

Orkuma Abraham, a political analyst, writes from Makurdi

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