Can We Just Bring Some Sanity Here?

By Desmond Ekwueme

Posted  34 Views updated 13 days ago

If these guys were here, we would have reminded them that a HALIMOT HUSSEIN cannot represent Ohafia Federal constituency in the House of Representatives....That an OBINNA AMADI cannot represent Bauchi Federal constituency in the same chamber....and that a TOLULOPE ADENIYI cannot represent Eket Federal constituency. We will remind them of STATE OF ORIGIN.

We would have said, it is a TABOO for a Fulani to contest a governorship election in Bayelsa State. We would have screamed ABORMINATION for an Urhobo man to be elected a Senator in Taraba State. We would have shouted GOD FORBID...for an Itsekiri woman to attempt contesting a Senatorial election in Kano State. Someone would have screamed OVER MY DEAD BODY for a Nupe man to contest a House of Assembly election in Enugu State.

Nine Nigerians (YOUTH)....YES YOUTH who are citizens of the United States of America contested the ongoing elections in the land of the Yankees. They are Oye Owolewa, Yomi Faparusi, Yinka Faleti, Paul Akinjo, Adewunmi Kuforiji, Esther Agbaje, April Ademiluyi, Ngozi Akubuike and Benjamin Osemenam.

They are professionals from various fields of human endeavors who felt they have something to contribute to the political circle. They are not persons without professional background but choose to be addressed as POLITICIANS...Is politics a profession?

Owolewa, a Ph.D holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston, won his election to represent the District of Columbia (DC) under the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives.

We must stop those using ethnicity and religion to divide us. An Ijaw, Efik, Ishan, Nupe, Igala, Igbira, Tiv, Idoma, Jukun, Ibibio, Fulani, Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba man or woman should be free to contest election anywhere in Nigeria....

He or she should be seen as a Nigerian and not from the viewpoint of his or her ethnic group or religious background.

Desmond Ekwueme is a renowned Nigerian Journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria.


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