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Anyim as president in 2023 will be soothing relief to bruised Nigeria

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CHIGBO OKOLI

According to Prof. Chinua Achebe in his book titled “There was a Country”: “a man who does not know where the rain began to beat him, cannot say where he dried his body”. We have not always been lucky to have the best leadership in the world, but the “cruel rain” that is beating Nigerians today began with “Change” in 2015 and graduated to the “next level” by 2019.

Some of the campaign rhetorics from 2023 Presidential Aspirants sound like discussing lucrative job opportunities with a jobless man on life-support-machine in a hospital Intensive Care Unit. The offer may be good, but the timing and priority?? For God’s sake, this man is fighting for his life. The only conversation and action that matters at the moment is how to return him to his good health condition before he fell sick and became hospitalized.

This is our unfortunate situation today in which some of them even have the temerity to promise to continue from where they will stop in 2023. And the rest are promising the “usual air-conditioned roads”, and how to make us the “Dubai and China of Africa”, even while we are in kidnapers’ captivity.   

As at early 2015, we were poor but hardworking and doing well in our businesses with visible progress. We were growing and by projection, headed to the ‘middle class’ by 2019 with a clear vision to arrive at the threshold of prosperity by 2023. These lofty dreams and national journey were truncated by a desperate group of selfish politicians, in a grand gang-up, against our collective destiny, exploiting our most vulnerable illiterates, and even literate exuberant population who misused the freedom and liberty that came with true democracy at the time. Today, those valuable commodities of freedom & liberty have departed our land; we now get beaten and forbidden to cry.

The above background puts in context the wild jubilation that greeted the recent declaration by His Excellency, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim – the leading Presidential Aspirant of PDP in the coming 2023 General Election – that he will swiftly return Nigeria to our pre-May 2015 position before tragedy struck.

It is easy to wave this declaration away as ‘usual campaign talk’, because it is near impossible to see how fuel can go back to N87 per litre, a bag of rice N8,500, US $1 back to N150, safety back to our roads & railways, Farmers back to Farms from IDP camps, ASUU back to classrooms, our freedom & liberty back, etc, etc (yes, that is 2015 we are talking about). But Sen. Anyim hardly speaks, and the few times he did, his words were always his bond. We can understand those who doubt him because it is the usual campaign season when “to lie, is politics”. After all, those who promised us that $1 will equal N1, took USD from N150 to N600 and still counting. Suffice to remind us that this is not a promise, nor is it ‘politics’, but a ‘statement of binding contract’ from the same man who did it then; the man whose middle name (Pius) stands for “dutiful” & “godly”. As SGF, we saw him do it between 2011 and 2015 (as the “engine room of the Federal Executive Council”) before “Change” happened to us.

Mr. Callistus Anyanwu, National Coordinator of Anyim presidential campaign and the author

When they promised us change in 2015, we did not know what type of change. Though they told us, it is now evident they lied shamelessly. We were promised that $1 will be equal to N1; fuel will go back to N40 per litre; that they will create additional 3million jobs every year; etc, etc. Today, we know better; not only are they unable to keep any of their promises, returning us to where they met us in 2015 on any parameter does not look possible anymore, even by a miracle. So before politician(s) begin to promise us anything, please can someone first lead us out of this wilderness, back to the Nigeria we can recognize; back to 2015.   

Mr. Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State was on point when he declared recently to PDP BOT members that: “the country you used to know is no longer there”. Nothing can be truer. We need to return to 2015 when we had a country, otherwise, anything we attempt to build is on zero foundation; and therefore bound to collapse. Retracing our steps back to 2015 cannot be led by those who want to continue from where they stop in their “Next Level”; neither can it be led by “learners-on-the-job”, when we can follow who knows the road; the man who did it before and has accepted to do it again.

Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim’s 2023 presidential bid is divine intervention in the affairs of Nigeria. Looking unto any man and the mountain of problems surrounding us in Nigeria today, the best conclusion would be hopelessness; but this ‘Pius’ intervention is founded on “Hope for Nigeria” with the ultimate aim to achieve a “Greater Nigeria” once again through the power of God.

God did not send Moses to build mansions for Israelites in Egypt, because He knew the priority at that time was Freedom and Liberty. Taking them out of captivity and default reset was a second to none foundation for any rebuilding. So also is releasing Nigeria from the present bondage, re-setting us to our pre-accident situation in 2015, as a necessary foundation to resume our match to Prosperity and Greater Nigeria.

Mr. Callistus Anyanwu, Campaign Director and the author

 Interestingly, when God finally sent Moses to go and deliver Israelites from bondage in Egypt, the people never believed Moses, they even doubted the ‘god’ that sent him. But Moses in Exodus 14:13 said to the people: “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever”. After this declaration, Moses set out on the divine journey with the Israelites and the rest is history today.

The parallel to be drawn from the above admonition is that the famous Anyim declaration to take us out of bondage in 2023 back to our pre-calamity year 2015 era is of the Lord, and the Pharaohs who oppress us today, we shall see no more forever by the power of Almighty God. For “unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards a city, the watchman keeps awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1-2).

Fellow Nigerians, a Greater Nigeria is still possible, as we keep a date with destiny come 2023, but be reminded that even though God is ready to deliver us, there is a duty for us as humans, just as there is a duty for God. God will certainly do His part, what is left is for us humans to accept His grace and do ours. May God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Okoli, PhD is a political analyst and wrote from Abuja

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