NIGERIA 2019 ELECTIONS: THE DANGER OF AN UNBRIDLED TONGUE

By Akin Ojumu

Wars have been caused by words carelessly uttered, and many have been incinerated by the flames of an unbridled tongue. When you look back at the carnage, the maiming and the butchering of innocent lives that have been left in its wake, nobody remembers, or cares, about the factual basis of the words uttered, for by that time it no longer matters.


Nigeria is currently a powder keg waiting to be lit. When you are in such an incendiary state, all it takes is just a little spark for the whole place to blow up. 


Therefore, the onus is on every Nigerian, who loves their country, to understand the dangers inherent in spewing out inflammatory information about alleged nefarious activities regarding the outcome of the elections. 


Whether or not those claims are accurate should not matter. When you receive such information, you must handle it with care. It is imperative that you remember that there are countless rabble-rousers out there, and they are counting on you to help  spread their mischief by exploiting your raw emotions. These people, for some inexplicable reasons, thrive in chaos and would not mind if the country blows up. 


There’s no way you can judge with 100 percent certainty that the information you thought came from a “reliable source” is not actually an attempt at unleashing mayhem on the country. So, unless you are personally involved in the electoral process, my advise to you is to take any information with a pinch of salt and heavy dose of skepticism especially when such information is not coming directly from those that have been tasked with overseeing the elections.


There is appropriate avenue for recourse for the aggrieved. Those not satisfied with the outcome of the elections, and who believe they have legitimate claims of fraud, should go through the legal process.


And by the way, I don’t get the huffing and puffing over a group of political actors who, at the end of the day, don’t give a hoot about you or your wellbeing. These folks are cut from the same cloth of corruption, and they are two sides of the same coin of cynicism. If one should fight at all, let’s fight for a noble cause and a higher purpose. Whether PDP or APC, neither of these leprechauns are worth killing ourselves over.


So, please stop poisoning our well of well-being with uncorroborated allegations. If you don’t, we’ll all drink from the water some day soon.

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