Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
Did the ballots cast by Ndi Igbo count towards Muhammadu Buhari’s road to Aso Rock?
In one word – YES! That is an emphatic yes!
The All Progressives Congress ~APC received a surprisingly reasonable number of ballots cast by Ndi Igbo in the South-East at the just concluded presidential election of Saturday March 28, 2015.
198,284 persons of Igbo extraction who voted in the five states of the South-East went for the APC.
Of course, that figure comprises a small number of non-Igbo tribes resident in the region.
Still, given the acrimony towards Muhammadu Buhari, it is a feat that an average of 190,000 Igbos support his candidature.
That average increases in Imo State, where the Governor is a chieftain of the APC, to 19.24% roughly 1 in 5 Igbos.
Think of it as walking along a street – every fifth person one meets placed a thumb beside the APC emblem.
Let us add the South-South, Goodluck Jonathan’s region, to this analysis and the aggregate reaches 616,874 votes.
Another APC-run state, Edo did exceptionally well with 42.09% support for Muhammadu.
4 out of 9 persons in Edo stand with the General.
With nine passengers on a commercial transport, four of them is on the side of the APC.
Pertinent it is to recognise the numerous Ndi Igbo across the nation who campaigned and voted for Muhammadu Buhari.
Whether for Goodluck Jonathan or Muhammadu Buhari, Ndi Igbo, the Ijaw, Bini, Efik, Ibibio, Itsekiri and the remaining diverse ethnicities of the South-South voted for whom they wished – their choice, their rights.
Mundane it is to allege that a certain region did not vote overwhelmingly for Muhammadu as if the President governs only those who voted for him.
If that were the case, there would need to be a second President, to look after the South-East and South-South.
No section of the Nation is governed or penalised for exercising their right to vote for own choice of presidential candidate.
Notwithstanding, Ndi Igbo have long running issues with Muhammadu Buhari, concerning his:
a. Record as a military Head Of State.
b. Inflammatory remarks.
Commencing with the latter, Muhammadu Buhari is accused of denigrating and inciting the murder of Nigerians.
Naturally, he denies the allegations.
His denials have no bearing on the political killings of citizens of other ethnicities and including Hausa-Fulani receptive of other Nigerians.
There is a deep concern Muhammadu Buhari will resume his dictatorial posture with impunity to rule of law.
The reverse of the Igbo vote is the Yoruba vote of the South-West, accused of conspiring with the Hausa-Fulani of the North against Goodluck Jonathan an Ijaw minority.
As Nigerians, we do need to manifest our identity without self-pity or self-victimisation.
Everyone has a say and a role in Nigeria.
In the South, whoever considers self and own ethnicity a minority needs to ask what that makes the multitude of ethnicities in the North.
Any Southerner whose ethnicity governs the state and who feels there is national ethnic discrimination need to reflect on the fate of persons in the North whose ethnicity has never been at the helm of affairs of the state of origin.
The solutions towards national inclusiveness must never include national divisiveness.
Here is a significance insight into the liberty this nation offers:
I have credible reports of the votes of:
1~ a Christian family split between Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari.
2~ a Muslim male voting for Goodluck Jonathan.
At the end of a hot but cordial debate, persons who do not support a Muhammadu Buhari presidency wished Nigeria well.
Unanimously, no one desired Muhammadu Buhari to disgrace self after taking the oath of office, for that will gravely affect Nigeria.
That is patriotism.
Yes, some of these patriots are Igbo and minorities who voted for Goodluck Jonathan.
One need not like the President to add value to the Nation.
Long live the Federal Republic Of Nigeria.