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MAKING SOME SENSE OF OUR PRESENT PREDICAMENT.

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Today, we are faced with the burden of electing new leaders as is the usual practice every four years. Yes, it is a great burden considering the fact that we are suffering amidst plenty due to widespread corruption and mismanagement of our resources.

Moreso a burden because billions of naira will be expended by the electoral body in executing the elections and equally billions of naira will be spent by members of different political parties for campaigns, vote-buying and all kinds of strategies, plots and machinations in order to win elections. The sad part is that all these resources will be spent and wasted just for the suffering masses to come out and choose new leaders. What kind of reasoning is that? We can’t think of helping the poor masses by paying them living wages, creating employment opportunities, giving out non-interest loans and grants to the youths, men and women who desire to set up a business, pay some welfare benefits monthly to the unemployed, provide basic amenities including standard and free qualitative education and health services, etc, etc.

Instead, we choose to waste such enormous resources in choosing the same recycled set of leaders who will perpetuate our miseries and hardships in this country. If we lack those resources we will definitely find an alternative way of producing new set of leaders for the country.

Our priorities do not lie with caring for the citizens but in choosing and recycling leaders who only care for themselves. 

You may want to ask, why can’t we ignore the set of leaders who have disappointed us many times and seek new leaders based on competence, diligence and integrity? But the problem with making an independent choice here is that the system doesn’t give us the opportunity to choose from all available options because the powers that be do not want a real change from the status quo. Despite allowing as many parties as we choose to be registered for participating in the elections there isn’t an enabling environment or level playing field for them to actively participate in the elections. The process requires people to spend a lot of money to be able to participate in the elections. So the poor masses have been deprived the chance to make their choice of who they wish to govern them and are now left with choosing from the money bags who have corruptly enriched themselves or those who have the required wealth in funding such expensive elections.

Now we are left with no other choice than to make a choice between the ruling party and the main opposition party which was the erstwhile ruling party which means nothing but inevitable recycling of the same old set of leaders who have been responsible for our predicament till date. 

Well, since the masses don’t seem to have much choice they are forced to consider one of the two evils before them that is the one they think is the lesser evil.

The primary and urgent need of the masses is to end the pervading hunger and suffering due to widespread abject poverty in the land. One group is fighting corruption with billions of naira while the masses are dying of hunger and lack of health care and inability to pay the workers a reasonable minimum wage.

Now, tell me, how does the poor man on the street who has no means of getting the next meal on his family’s table benefit from the billions spent monthly on fighting corruption. If fighting corruption is so expensive and will leave the masses in hunger and allow them to die of hunger and diseases, wouldn’t it be simple common sense to give priority to the well being and welfare of the people than expending the available limited resources on fighting corruption? 

Secondly, it is an established fact that people engage in corruption and corrupt practices when they are left to suffer without help from the government or any other organisations interested in their welfare. If hunger is removed from the problems of the people they will see more reasons why the fight against corruption should be supported and allowed to succeed. But now, when they are left to suffer untold hardships the only available option for their survival is through the corruption that the government claims to be waging a war against. Indirectly, supporting the fight against corruption or stopping corrupt practices by those who are opportuned to be in a position to engage in such, is tantamount to committing suicide simply because these helpless people and their families have no alternative means of survival. Now we are talking of means of survival in order to remain alive and not even the luxuries of basic social amenities like good roads, sxhools, hospitals, jobs, youth empowerment programmes, etc. 

Even our Creator relaxes the laws at dire times of necessity. Allah says in the Qur’an that if you are pushed out of extreme hunger to the point of imminent death you are allowed to eat from what is prohibited without taking in excess or rejoicing in the sinful act but doing so out of dire necessity. The Prophet s.a.w. also said that when there is drought or famine in the land such that food becomes scarce no thief caught stealing food should be punished for the crime of stealing till the end of the famine period.

Once a woman came to the holy Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. to complain about the miserliness of her husband. She said he doesn’t give them enough for their feeding expenses despite him having more than enough at home. The wife asked if they were allowed to take from the husband’s wealth for their necessities and the Prophet s.a.w. gave her permission to take only what is needed to feed the family from her husband’s wealth without his knowledge or consent since he refused to give them enough by himself. What they take out of his wealth is part of their inalienable rights from his wealth and properties. 

So, the best way to fight corruption is by discouraging and closing the doors to it. The people are not likely to yield to such campaigns against corruption while they are dying of hunger especially when they know very well that those who claim to be fighting the corruption on their behalf are not suffering like them but wallowing in opulence, luxury and plenty, living expensive, wasteful, extravagant and ostentatious lives. Can you imagine those who were voted into power by the poor masses so that they can come to salvage them from the unending suffering, they came in and forgot the masses that brought them and whenever the masses try to call the attention of these people to their plight they tell them to be patient, to keep praying and to continue to make sacrifices because the changes don’t come easily but the initial stage must be painfully endured yet these people asking the masses to sacrifice are living big paying themselves millions and billions of naira as salaries, allowances, benefits and votes. Yet they claim that they are not corrupt but are fighting corruption. 

The second group of leaders seeking the votes of the suffering masses were in power before. They were known to be corrupt and were more interested in taking care of themselves at the expense of the masses yet they were known to remember dropping some crumbs on the table for the masses to scramble for amongst themselves. They pocket most of the wealth yet remember to drop something for the masses. They are not known to ever abandon the masses totally or outrightly. They also pay lip service to fighting corruption but they do so half-heartedly since they do not wish to end corruption but to institutionalise it. Their system and style of governance thrive through corruption and corrupt practices. 

If the poor masses have a third viable alternative they will ignore these two options. But in the absence of a third alternative which group do you advise the masses should support in their own interest? Is it the one that fights corruption with billions leaving the masses to die of hunger and diseases and expending what is left from the resources on road construction and completion of abandoned projects or is it the group that is self-serving, corrupt and masters in mismanagement of resources yet remember that they have to do something, no matter how little, for the masses? Mind you both groups are also corrupt and incompetent. 

The choice is yours.

May Allah deliver us. Amin.

Written by Dr. Fuad-deen Olabisi Kekere-ekun.

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