Once upon a country

*ONCE UPON A COUNTRY*

They have made all efforts to stop History as a subject so that critical information will be lost for ever. But before that happens, please consider the following:

*ONCE UPON A TIME, ONCE UPON A COUNTRY:*

*(1) In 1950 in a place called Lagos Olorunimbe was the first Mayor of Lagos with Mazi Mbonu Ojike as his deputy.*

*(2) In 1952 a man from Ogwashi Ukwu, by the name of Chief Ekwuiyasi represented Benin West in the Western House of Assembly.*

*(3) In 1956 there was a country… whose first Mayor in a place called Enugu was a Fulani man by the name of Mallam Umaru Altine. He was not appointed but elected TWICE as Mayor.*

*(4) In 1957 there was a country which has a city called Kano, one Felix Okonkwo, as a special member of the Northern House of Chiefs.*

*(5) In 1959 there was a country, a country where when its Eastern House of Chiefs was constituted and a man named Mallam Umaru Yushau, the Sarkin Hausawa or Chief of the Hausas in Onitsha, was elected a member of the Eastern House of Chiefs.*

*(6) In 1961, the people of Aba voted Margret Ekpo to represent them and Abakaliki voted Chief Eyo Bassey (father of AK APC Pub. Sec) both non-Igbos into parliament.*

*(7) Alh.. Ibrahim Abubakar Imam from Maiduguri represented Tiv land Gboko in the house of representatives.*

*(8) There was a country which has a place called Port Harcourt. The people of Port Harcourt elected a man called Chief John Umolu (from Etsako in today’s Edo State) to represent its municipality in the Eastern Region House of Assembly.*

*(9) Before all these, Obafemi Awolowo led the campaign for Ernest Ikoli, an Ijaw man who defeated Chief Akinsanya in an election in Lagos. Nnamdi Azikiwe led the NCNC to a clean sweep of legislative seats in Lagos.*

*(10) A Ghanaian Barrister practicing on Calabar called Atta Munu represented his town of residence in the first legislature in this country elected by universal adult suffrage.*

To the young people who have always imagined that Nigeria has always been a jungle where lawlessness and tribalism reign, *…this was the way it really was and the way we were.*

*Merit, character and patriotism held sway and the country kept pace with the world.*

That was our Great Country Nigeria before the vultures took over…

Working together, we can have that country, that Nigeria back again.

*Yes we can *
*Mai shayi has a PVC.
*Mai barrow has a PVC.
*Mai Debino has a PVC.
*Shoe shiner has a PVC.
*Sugar cane seller has a PVC.
*Bus Drivers/Conductors have PVC
*Motor park Agberos have PVC.

You (a student or a graduate with BSc or MSC holder and or political analyst/professional) with all your education and exposure still don’t have PVC.
The worst thing is that you even try to justify why you don’t have one “my vote won’t count”.

For the sake of those who paid your school fees & fed you through school, please don’t make all your education/exposure useless with statements like that.

If votes don’t count, politicians won’t bribe/pay people to vote them.

Go and get your PVC!!!

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