Adewumi Adedeji writes: Beyond Election

Adewumi Adedeji writes: Beyond Election

As we prepare for life after election, and as the Nation get settled into life under our new political reality, I began taking stocks of the factors that propel some electoral candidates to victory and others to failure, I also sought to see if the election was a reflection of the Nation’s mood and if

As we prepare for life after election, and as the Nation get settled into life under our new political reality, I began taking stocks of the factors that propel some electoral candidates to victory and others to failure, I also sought to see if the election was a reflection of the Nation’s mood and if political analyst correctly predicted the outcome of the election.

One of the item on my shelf that I gave close attention to was the social media, prior to the polls and as election was building up the social space was getting heated up daily, WhatsApp groups invite were streaming in by the second, trends and hastag were birthed at the speed of light, that one is forced to pay close attention to this new political gladiators whose arena was the social media, however as the election drew to a close, I saw these gladiators withdrawing into their shells, few weeks down the line the arena is empty as though these never existed.

This lead me into questioning the social media’s political effectiveness in propelling change and birthing the political desire of the populace, x-raying the 2019 elections it is safe to say that the social media played no major role in determining the outcome of the elections or reflecting the people’s aspirations.

The social media for me is an over-hyped ranting tool for docile political gladiators that cannot usher in lasting political change, at best the social media is a short term mobilization tool aimed at immediate or short-term changes like the Not too young to rule or EndSARS movements, if as a people we strongly desire change then we must look beyond the politics of trends and hastags we must deliberately learn from our founding fathers and who achieved independence by building movements such as Nigerian Youth Movement, the Ibo Federal Union, Egbe Omo Oduduwa, Northern People’s Congress whose voices still echoes and structures surpass its founding member and erects structures generations to come will lean upon.

Thank you.

May God bless you and May He continually bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Adewumi Adedeji, writes from Lagos, Nigeria.

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