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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Abaribe's Albatross Of Absurdity, By Vitus Ozoke



“Nigerians voted APC because they promised to tackle insecurity but they have failed…,” (Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, a member of the opposition PDP in Nigeria)

This would have been a very strong opposition message except for one thing: PDP was the party in power before the APC. So when Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe claims that the reason Nigerians voted APC was because it promised to tackle insecurity (but has failed to do that), he is basically admitting that there was insecurity in the land during the regime of the party that preceded the APC. Guess what that party was? It was the senator's party, the PDP.

Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe is admitting that APC inherited insecurity from the PDP. He may be correct in his assessment that APC has failed in tackling insecurity, a situation it inherited from the PDP. What I didn't get from Sen. Abaribe is what needs to happen. Having admitted that APC inherited insecurity from the PDP, Sen. Abaribe cannot possibly be arguing that APC should resign and hand power back to the same PDP from which it inherited insecurity, or is he? That'll be as an illogical as it will be an absurd argument to make. It's like a bad pilot asking the keys back from another bad pilot. No passenger wants that arrangement. 

PDP are not just bad operators, they are terrible messagers. You send Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe as the spokesperson of the party and he shoots himself and the party in the foot without knowing it. What a shame! It's not Abaribe’s personal shame. No, Abaribe is a decent man. It is the shame of his albatross in trying to carry and rehabilitate a morally crippled party.

The good news, however, is that, for the first time, PDP has officially admitted responsibility for APC. It has admitted that it was its failure to tackle insecurity that gave rise to the APC. Shamelessly, however, it wants Nigerians to hand the country back to PDP, APC having failed in 4 years to clean the mess PDP created in 16 years. 

But where have we seen this movie before? In America! George W. Bush and the Republican party spent 8 long years in destroying the American and the world economy; were voted out in 2008; only for them to turn around after one year of Obama administration to complain that Obama was taking too long to fix the economic mess that George Bush and the Republican party created. Funny, isn't it? Except nobody is laughing.
 
Vitus Ozoke is a global citizen, analyst and has strong appetite for knowledge, a raging passion for justice and Department Chair at Salisbury University, Maryland, USA.

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