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FIVE REASONS SOME NIGERIANS WOULDN'T BE CASTING THEIR VOTES TODAY

Very much aware of the elections taking place today, we all
      know that some Nigerians wouldn't be exercising their
      franchise. I have sourced and come up with top five reasons
      some Nigerians wouldn't be casting their votes today despite
      the yapping, especially this week on the presidential
      candidates; GEJ and GMB..
   
      1. FEAR OF AN UNFAIR ELECTION
   
       This is the top on the list of the majority of the
      non-voting Nigerians. Yes, the internet has been carrying
      varial images of the "#don'tvotedon'tcomplain" theory but we
      all know that irrespective of all talk and promises, the
      votes would most definitely be tampered with (oops, sorry to
      burst your optimistic bubble)................. keep reading after the cut............

   

      2. UNFIT CANDIDATES
   
        Yes, some Nigerians feel both GEJ and GMB are
      unqualified for the post of presidency. While some still hold
      Buhari for his past "crimes", others feel er Jonathan didn't
      live up to their presidential expectations these past four
      years (tut tut). So...hell no, they won't be voting.
   
      3. FEAR OF QUEUES
   
        Haha, this is by far the category I find amusing. We
      all know how "convinient" it is NOT to get a PVC and even
      cast votes because of the loooooong queues. Even when some
      people try to be logical about queuing up, it just doesn't
      make sense to some_ and no, they wouldn't bother voting.
   
      4. FEAR OF ELECTORAL VIOLENCE
   
        Mmh hmn, I finally mentioned this one. Few days ago,
      photos of Nigerians fleeing the country at Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos, went
      viral. I have to admit, I had one hell of a laugh when I saw
      the photo, but hey, I'm only Nigerian, we laugh at a problem
      before we fix it. It's sad though previous electoral
      violences have put such Fear in Nigerians.
   
      5. THE POLITICAL "I DON'T CARES"
   
         If you're familiar with the Nigerian creole
      (that's the posh fashion of calling "pidgin"_ for those
      confused), you'll know that an "I don't care" is someone who
      (as the name implies) doesn't care about a particular
      activity, in this case the election. Some Nigerians wouldn't
      be voting because they are totally unconcerned about the
      electoral fuss. They have other issues bothering them, like
      how ugly their new hairdo looks or how they are yet to start that
      report due on monday.
   
      I am not against anyone's decision though, I wouldn't care
      less or more if we were ruled by an actual goat (yes, really,
      I mean a goat_ the animal that bleats...), what is of
      importance to me is that anyone elected should at least play
      their political games right.
   
      Yes, embezzle as much of our national funds as you want but
      give us something in return_ give us a reason to smile
      everyday because for Christs' sake, this is our Land and we
      have our rights.
   
      And to those who "carry election matter for head", remember
      that dying for someone that probably doesn't know your name
      is not worth it.
   
      As we wait on the announcement of the Nations'
      soon-to-be-elected president, Err one more thing, brace
      yourselves for a new era of political melodrama and
      survival.
   


      Grace Okogwu
   



























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there's some beauty in darkness:
something interesting about
the way the air would heavily light
an irony of perfect juxtaposition. there's some beauty in ugly:
something intriguing about the
huge grotesque scars that
seem to never want to go away. there's some beauty in evil:
un peu de la purité in
the heart of a condemned man,
an innocence buried beneath a blanket of
bottled up emotions. these little beauties we
choose to neglect
aren't they the very things that
make living bearable? who would be good without the existence
of evil?
who would be beautiful without ugliness?
or what story could ever be told without scars? need beauty and ugliness,
need scars and healing oils,
need good and evil,
need all the balance to remain
steady and sane in this
crazy crazy world. need balance:
then imbalance to
balance the human equation
now and again.