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By Asiayei Enaibo

Yes, they are great politicians in Ijawland; many have formed followers with the gospel of hate, those who have managed our poverties with a salary divided by seven. Those who only want to see you serve their children and take over while their servants serve their grandchildren and their in-laws.

Do you know any Ijaw politicians?

Yes, we have great and eloquent Ijaw politicians who make or support a bill once every four years and give us cups of rice at the end of the year and we call them Messiahs. Are they messiahs or cups of rice and anti-development politicians?

The last time I saw the children in my village sent as delegates from their families to collect cups of rice tied in cellophane, and the children too were happy and angry, but they could not say a word. because they don’t know what good governance is. on.

We only have politicians at election time as our youth including myself praise them for their survival to manage our collective poverty as we cheer for their upcoming third or sixth term!

The Ijaw are blessed with great minds as politicians who never tell us about constituency development for four or twenty years. Once you make such comments, they will hire community boys in your area to disarm your paddock and break your legs in a horrible Keke accident when their convoy arrives.

From the Senate, to the House of Representatives, to the House of Assembly, to legislators, their watchdog function is to round up haters, a list of stubborn boys they could starve for objective criticism, a blacklist, even if you have community political ideas to show for them to excel in their political affairs, they will refuse you to approach their houses, locked up with iron gates and dogs to attack the Talking Drum.

Empowerment, zero percent. Once you say something about empowerment, they will go and take photos at the outlets in Keke and Okada to show us photos they did of empowerment in Abuja, as people in the villages qu ‘they represent have no idea of ​​such empowerment.

Do you know any Ijaw politicians?

Yes, those who said nothing of urgent public interest even if the flood kills all the children in Bobougbene, yes those who do not listen to the young people but listen to the elders on the formula for sharing the money in Burutu.

Do you know any Ijaw politicians?

Yes, the good few are good but the corrupt familitocracy is more than the public good. Once they give a scholarship to our children, they say it’s their personal money. When they were not elected, none had personal money to share, they turn our heads against us.

They never called a public meeting to address us. Once we make such comments, those who call themselves Ijaw watchdogs that they gave cups of rice, are blindfolded to distract the meeting for their own interests so as not to allow the meeting to exposing their selfish and apolitical thinking. They said they influenced the project for us, last time I checked, the legislators are the same entrepreneurs, the names of their grandfathers’ fathers are the entrepreneurs, they associate as a brother corrupt eldest whose eldest sister has to embezzle the money and give up the job while they give her a negotiated amount to run away. For these are the messiahs we have as Nigerian politicians.

I blame the good guys who are afraid of the bad guys for not challenging to govern us with big ideas, innovative laws that can project our rural waterfront areas into tourist hubs. We have great minds in Ijawland, the old good are poor, the young good are poor, they cannot buy a vote, because our society sells the vote to buy poverty. Some have already traded their franchise for 20 cups of rice by 2023.

Look at them, we have urban development commissions everywhere, but no river rural development councils and no one is saying anything. They gather and laugh only with their colleagues, no politics, Where is big comrade Joseph Evah, who did this to us?

How can we reform them now?

First, we should hold them accountable with a plan every time they come to our communities for campaigns, detail what they can do for us in black and white, and use Egbesu to swear, once they fail us, let what happened to Abacha happen to them. Amen!

Let’s ask them to inform us at a public meeting on what they could bring to our communities in an annual budget. If they fail, we go to their national office with signs as a vote of no confidence to withdraw our mandate in protest. Yes we can.

Yes, that’s a good point, we don’t have light, no politician cares about it in our area, we don’t have clean water in Ijaw area, no elected politician cares. worry, we don’t have good schools, the appointees are afraid to tell the governor.

We have no roads, they said our places were rough terrain.

Our mothers give birth in the canoes paddling to the cities to give birth in the hospitals, and then we call those children names like “Arukazi”.

The year 2023 is just around the corner, they are renting all the 200hp motorboats to go to the rough terrain to buy votes, the good, the ugly and the bad, many have listed the stubborn boys to beat the writers, many predicted boys hired for rigging and then vote buying, four years equaling N2,000, N10,000 for a whole family’s future. I blame our mothers and wives with Asoebi political applause for N500 on a daily basis to end without empowerment. Eyorotuooo.

Do you have big politicians in Ijawland?

Yes, a half-bridge inherited for twenty years, it is the best who return. Let’s get ready to buy ‘Ongu’, that ancient water tank and cry in it to fill it with tears so we can have water to drink.

Rise up young people of conscience, let us watch over our future as we approach 2023.

Someone has already listed his father’s enemy once he becomes governor, they will suffer, a premeditated plan to suffer the masses as if they were God.

Good leadership is a manifestation of public development.

Look around you and where you represent, do not let your praise singers deceive you for Darkness and Light are known to humanity on all levels.

Asiayei Enaibo, the talking drum of the Niger Delta, writes from the GbaramatuVoice Media Center.

Stewart C. Hartline