As a long retinue of corrupt sycophants, bootlickers, backstabbers, and everyone ‘whose hands are tied’ converged today at Eagles Square, Abuja, to witness a convicted drug dealer become president, the scene around most parts of the nation is of gloom and apathy.
Nigeria’s electoral body, the ruling party, and the judiciary conspired to murder her infant democracy with weapons of corruption, violence, and intimidation.
Too afraid to uphold the truth, CJN Olukayode Ariwoola and seven other judges absconded the courts on Friday, dimming the hopes of millions of Nigerians eager to forestall the swearing-in ceremony. Presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP)—Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi— had approached the courts to overturn the victory of the All Progressive Congress after multiple pieces of evidence pointed to rigging, violence, and grave collation inconsistencies by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Thanks to a system of corruption and indiscipline towards the rule of law, Nigerians are continually foisted upon the worst kind of leaders, the more they yearn for the better. The emergence of a frail, old, corrupt drug lord marks the ultimate worst for a nation replete with the brightest minds across the globe.
Nigeria’s Democratic mess is, unsurprisingly, a gain to the West. History has shown that the White House foreign policy tends to approve of foreign leaders with dirt for ease of manipulation. It is unclear what the outcome of the court process will bring. Still, Nigerians are hopeful—even in the face of disappointment.