- BY SEGUN DIPE•
The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Watch out! The above quotes will come handy in the battle of Saturday 23 February 2019. It is an el-Classico between the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the ruing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The battle is already lost and won.
Yes, the election is already lost and won in our determined hearts. If you think there is anyone who has yet to decide where his or her vote would go, then you’re the one suffering from selective amnesia. Not him or her.
The battle, I can say for sure, is lost already by those quick-fixers, who believe money can buy everything, including the people’s conscience.
Those smart alec’s who think they can scam the whole country of their blood by lying to them, claiming to be what they never were, or cannot be. The sweet-coated, desperado, mouthy fellas, whose souls are already sold to the devil, cannot win our votes. Their campaign strategy is to tell all lies against the incumbent President, who they are deriding for no other reason than their selfish motives.
Did they not tell us Buhari was a dead man? Did they not say he was already lifeless and only got cloned in the body of a Jubril of Sudan? They said he was a non-performer, yet they are scared stiff to have a taste of his performance.
They jitter each time Buhari makes a sound, despite their saying that he doesn’t say anything intelligent. They rely on those ex-leaders with soiled hands, because their hands are also soiled. Tell me how they can liberate you when they thrive in slave driving.
Imagine them promising to sell our collective patrimony, our major sources of wealth, to their backers and cronies. They forced us down to our knees, yet they are now promising that they can get us up again. They are snooting at us even right in our presence, yet they are saying that they are the messiahs that we should look up to.
Trust, they have lost both the battle and the war. They are in severe pain, because their past is haunting them.
But lo, they are in denial. They have refused or not willing to accept the reality. The reality on ground today is that they can no longer be trusted with the power and authority to rule our affairs in Nigeria.
Painfully, like the fish out of water, they are already gasping for breath just four years out of power. It is however certain that they cannot afford to stay out of power for another four years. Yet they will, as it stands.
The winner of the battle, in the hearts of majority of us, is the integrity-driven incumbent.
Nothing of value comes without sacrifice. Nigerians know and appreciate the sacrifices the President Mohammadu has made in the past. The Buhari we know is a man of transparent character. We trust that he will surely take us to the next level, where the gains of the sacrifice will become realisable.
Buhari has planted a lot of developments and they will surely germinate. Is there any field of human endeavour that his government has not touched? Like the Chinese bamboo, the right time for them to grow and manifest is now. God forbid it that those slave drivers, exploiters of human foibles, will come and reap where they have refused to sow.
Character, according to Hellen Keller, cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
This saying is applicable to President Mohammadu Buhari, the incumbent and the Man of the Moment. For while others were busy building their bank accounts, both locally and internationally, he was busy building his character, not attractable by the lure of lucre and denying himself of the assumed perks of office.
This same character that Buhari built consciously has now become his strength, fulcrum and weapon of victory, while for those potential losers of tomorrow’s election, their weakness of attitude has become weakness of character. Their past is catching up with them now.
President Mohammadu Buhari, the incumbent and presidential candidate of the APC represents maturity, integrity, contentment and sincerity of intention and purpose. Notwithstanding the situation he finds himself, he just cannot lie or steal.
My father, my mother, my brother, my sister, my friends, male and female, my folks of both sexes, my colleagues and comrades and my junior ones. Let us come out on Saturday and vote for character. Let us vote for what we know and stand to gain in the contestants.
You and I can only be better for it, if we cast our votes for President Mohammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress. Believe me, we need Mai Gaskiya more than he needs us. The gains in the Next Level are more attractive for us than for Buhari. And the glory of the latter rain shall be greater than the former.
- Dipe is the SSA to Fayemi on Public Communication