Writing Politics But Was I Compromised?

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Was I Compromised?

That was the question I asked myself as I wrote what seemed to be my last political statement on my personal facebook page. My past few weeks before that had been a whirlwind of insults and accusations of bias … so sharp that I had been left asking myself over and over again “was I compromised?”

About 5 months ago, just a few days before the the Presidential elections I attended a literary event at TerraKulture. At the end of the event, I ran into a couple of APC youth supporters, not the supporters that write articles and do nothing, but supporters that are part of the strategizing and planning committee’s for APC.

And when I met them they said this to me regarding my political coverage …

“We don’t know what side you are on, whether you are with APC or against APC, one minute you are criticizing APC the next you are criticizing PDP, so tell us what side are you on”

The conversation did not go exactly like that, but the above is a general summary of what they said to me. And my general response was this …

“I am neither for or against APC, I am just anti-bull shit and pro-democracy.”

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I further told them that I believed that no matter what GEJ did, that Buhari was going to be the next President of Nigeria and that the only way that would not happen was if there was massive rigging of the 2003 scale.

I could see the confusion in their faces when I made that statement … I don’t think they were expecting me to say that I believed Buhari would win. But that is what I sincerely believed. However, they still had one more question … “If you believe Buhari will win, then why are you criticizing him?”

And my answer is really the crux of this article I am writing today … it s simply that I believed in the democratic process.

In the elections I saw a Buhari that was being camouflaged and protected by a strong/brilliant APC media force, a Buhari that did not want to debate because people had advised against it, a Buhari that had not faced any tough questions or scrutiny by journalists in Nigeria or overseas, a Buhari that was being erroneously peddled as Obama change, a Buhari that was simply over protected from democracy!

That’s why I spoke up then … but even now after the elections are over, Buhari is still being protected, not by APC but by we … the Nigerian people.

Nigerians sadly are still in Election mode, not questioning our leadership, making excuses for his faults and exalting him to an almost mythical level. Even loud critics of our previous democracy have mysteriously gone quiet … the Oga’s at the Top known for their over the top puppet satire are no longer releasing videos as though their mission has been fulfilled, our intellectuals and occupy Nigeria activists have gone on Vacation, our Boko Haram wailers non-existent, its as if the country is on democratic mute. Mute, because somehow we believe that change has come…so even when shit looks wrong, facts look distorted … most people are still quiet. But not me, I am too stupid to know when to keep quiet, so I write and speak out when I sense bullshit and hypocrisy.

And because of this, I have been insulted, accused to be a pro-biafra tribalist, a bitter GEJ supporter, a hater of Northerners, and the list goes on.

If this was coming from strangers … I could bear it, but this was coming from close friends or at least people I considered close friends. It got so bad, that I even had to Facebook block a person that I served on the same wedding train with because he kept using the “your brother” ethnic slur to respond to my criticism … no logic, just emotional insults.

And then I realized that for whatever reason, people are more emotionally connected (which is sad) to this administration than any other.

And like a relationship where emotions are high the probability for abuse is also high, because emotion displaces logic. And boy have I seen that happen.

I mean I have friends that laughed and praised me as an intellectual when I attacked GEJ’s on issues, caricatured him on Religion, called him stupid on his Boko Haram clueless war … but the moment I turned the pen on their candidate, the very same people that thought I was an intellectual started sending messages about how I am going over the top or going too far. All of a sudden what was comedy 4 months ago had now become #$@$##.

So back to the question “Was I Compromised” the answer is no. I have not been.

I believe that Buhari has the ability to be the best President in the history of Nigeria. I believe that he can stamp out corruption and raise the image of Nigeria, but I believe also that he has flaws and that he will not get to his full potential with Doyin Okupe style sycophancy … he will get there with honest criticisms.

So yes I will not be posting on my personal Facebook page, because I don’t want to end up blocking friends and classmates that are emotionally connected to this administration. But I will keep speaking up about politics, keep offering the sharp criticisms on my other pages. Because my duty is to make sure we don’t stifle the potential of Buhari by drowning him in excessive praise!

NOTE: This article is dedicated to those great people out there who put logic before emotion, regardless of whether or not we are on the same political side. Because we all agree on one thing and that is that Nigerian can and will be better.

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18 comments on “Writing Politics But Was I Compromised?

  1. Ofili, you have not been compromised! What has happened is that the wind has blown and the rump of the chicken has been revealed.

    You have seen the true face of the average Nigerian who –
    1) has selective amnesia,
    2) hates to engage with the truth,
    3) is comfortable with mediocrity and maintaining the status quo.

    But then what do you except in a country where history is not being taught? Aren’t we doomed to repeat ourselves???
    You are like the prophet who is calling out the people’s sins and is being stoned for his efforts. Unfortunately, that goes with the territory of truth-telling. So my ‘brother’, carry on speaking the truth (eziokwu bu ndu- truth is life) and if people want to call you Ojukwu’s brother, Okoko Ndem’s nephew or Phillip Effiong’s grandson, so be it.
    Jisi’ike!!!
    Okan’ube latest post is What I was notMy Profile

  2. I must admit that I used to belong to that category of ‘Buharists’. I even tagged you (in my mind) a confused rambler but now, I know better. Just keep up with the truth addiction. I dey your back (not to run away when the die is cast o).

  3. Ofili, I must admit that I used to belong to that category of ‘Buharists’. I even tagged you (in my mind) a confused rambler but now, I know better. Just keep up with the truth addiction. I dey your back (not to run away when the die is cast o).

  4. Nice write up. I have come to realize that when people are emotionally invested in something, logical thought can be a huge challenge. The best you can do is remain true to yourself and continue to share your opinions. It is up to people to decide what they want to do with it.

    Cheers!
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  5. Tosin on said:

    okechukwu! okechukwu!! okechukwu o! I’m quite sympathetic to you. ideology. Yes we’ve gotta put out leaders on their toes and never allow for sycophancy. but you know It’s hard to draw d lines sometimes. we’re just thru with elections with all d cross firing I blv we can allow for some cease fire especially in our crucial criticism. for all It’s flaws and possible foibles let’s give this government a chance to find It’s feet first. I think them ppl won’t be so intolerant of our criticism. thru and thru I love what you do

  6. Mr Chibz on said:

    Thank God, someone is speaking the truth. Nigerians have proven to be largely Yes men. We cannot be candid with our views without being pigeon holed into being pro or anti Government. Positive criticism brings about improvements. A docile populace brings about hero worship and dictatorships( see the first generation of African leaders post independence on how they were derailed).

  7. I have felt the same way lately. But generally we should tread with caution. Sarcastic pieces should do the magic so dat only d deep minded can get it.

    Write on.

  8. Louis on said:

    Nicely said. During the last campaign period I told my friends that the problem with Nigeria is more that a change of leadership and heads of govt agencies but that its hidden in our administrative processes. I also noted that a change in govt could as well kick start change but I was going to vote for GEJ because of the personal insults on him amongst other reasons instead of them analysing sensibly and saying they don’t think GEJ was the man to do it.

    Well time has elapsed and one funny example is how PDP is now accusing the govt of using the DSS to intimidate them. LOL. Nothing really changes but timely progress

  9. kelechi on said:

    I mean, why are we so invested in protecting this government? We need to get over the ‘protect my candidate stage’. Elections are over!

  10. I have said it repeatedly, We shouldn’t have issues withe the party of location public officials come from, rather we should be concerned with them delivering on their election promises. I totally agree with you @Ofili i fear that this govt. might slide into propaganda with the way the electorate are keeping silent on crucial national issues. Just know that WE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BACK! The Business of saving Nigeria is not about religion or emotions, but about logic and clear understanding.

  11. Nice write up again Ofili. The point you put through…’emotion displaces logic’ is so true. In the past weeks, alot had happen…road blocks were removed, appointments have not been made, our naira kept falling, and of cause, Boko haram!! nobody seemed to care though…rightly, blinded by their emotions. But honestly, i thought you gave so much criticism to the Buhari administratn..almost appearing like you expected it to fail. However, i now you somewhat meant to keep pushing the Nigerian government with persistent chastisement regardless the ruling party. This is nice…do not give up! we need more truth ‘my brother’.

  12. Nice write up again Ofili. The point you put through…’emotion displaces logic’ is so true. In the past weeks, alot had happen…road blocks were removed, appointments have not been made, our naira kept falling, and of cause, Boko haram!! nobody seemed to care though…rightly, blinded by their emotions. But honestly, i thought you gave so much criticism to the Buhari administratn..almost appearing like you expected it to fail. However, i now know you somewhat meant to keep pushing the Nigerian government with persistent chastisement regardless the ruling party. This is nice…do not give up! we need more truth ‘my brother’.

  13. toyin on said:

    Ofili I’m d type one man can d world so what do I mean?

    My facebook page is yours to pour out ur latest findings and sometime ur current mood so getting out of ur page is like giving d devil a chance he want

    Even sometimes I get angry at u for some comment on buhari but then I quickly it is ur opinon and I try to confuse with mine but I won’t even forget u if u decide to leave ur blogging (since ur facebook is nw closed) because I learn from u without even meeting u because I know a dozen people I meet everyday and they do not offered anything brilliant like u do

    And for those of ur friend who make u think about quitting ur blogging (I believe dat will happen soon) pls tell we argue to learn and ofili seriously don’t quit nw

  14. Opeyemi on said:

    A lot of people like to believe they are objective, until you criticize something they strongly believe in. They’d rather insult you than put forth strong points on why they think your criticism was wrong. . . Keep writing, some would agree with you and others wouldn’t. . Sh*t happens

  15. yesboss on said:

    “Dear broda” you know the saying that a prophet is not welcome in his home, please bear your mind out as you see it. We all have choices and it should be respected irrespective of our background. It is not a must I have to agree with you, but I should also be able to look at it from your point of view and be able to comprehend what brought about it.

    Please Sir, keeping writing ooo, at least you bare your mind out and let your overprotective critics write theirs too.
    #Ofilimustwriteooooo #WhetherOfiliLikesItorNot
    #NaDemGetDiaMouth

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