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  • Updated: February 24, 2023

The Overrated 2023 Political Enlightenment

Phrases such as “we don wise”, “not business as usual”, and “story for the gods” have become frequent among Nigeria’s voting population in the 2023 election cycle. In actuality, the words could be only lip service and not the actual national atmosphere.

The Labour Party candidate for Enugu East Senatorial district, Oyibo Chukwu, is the latest victim of Nigeria’s failed and overrated political enlightenment project. 

The cerebral lawyer was killed when he was attacked while returning from a campaign trip in the Agbani area of the state.

AllNews Nigeria further gathered that he was reportedly burned inside his vehicle alongside three other persons on board.

In a hyped election cycle, social media, particularly, has marauded the reality that the country’s political fortune has evolved.

The media atmosphere shows that the country's political life has undergone an unprecedented transformation and progressively evolved.

Then, if so, such distasteful inhumanity should not suffice.

The alarming aspect of the matter is that the APC gubernatorial candidate in the state, Uche Nnaji, was also attacked at the spot where the Labour candidate was killed.

Then we need to rethink and face the fact that Nigeria’s political enlightenment level is overrated.

Why should we 

This piece does not downplay the upsurge in Nigeria’s political awareness but reveals that Nigeria is not where social media, some political observers and misleading statistics said we are. 

The country still has a long way to go. Every concerned stakeholder in our democracy project has rested thinking that the 2023 general election is different. 

Whereas a lot of underreported violence and skirmishes are staring at the country.

The country’s focus on youth involvement and political debates, among others, is making us abandon the dark spots such as incessant political violence.

The multiplier effect is that even our security architecture is ever relaxed, giving the miscreants independent avenues to inflict pain, death and torture. 

As a nation, we must cut our coats according to our slim size. Nigeria’s democracy is still an infant.

Every Nigerian should work alongside relevant authorities to stabilise our electoral system instead of allowing the system to take care of itself.

Nigerians living in the diaspora who pioneer most of the social media movements need to understand that there is a misrepresentation of where Nigeria is for where Nigeria ought to be.

A lot goes wrong in the country’s political environment. but it has been shrouded by unproven success, some sections of the media proclaimed.

Realistically, our political enlightenment level in Nigeria is still depressingly unimpressive. 

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