Hello, welcome to today’s edition of 1-Tweet Interview; where we asked individuals a question in a tweet/dm format and expect an answer that is concise like a tweet. After which, we develop their response to shed more light on what they wanted to pass across.
Our guest today is one we would like to describe as a deep intellectual, businessman and political leader. Mr Reginald Bassey who tweets from his handle @TheCalabarboy.
Our question to him was this;
What can you say is the relationship between economic prosperity of Nigeria to cohesion among our different ethnic groupings?
This was his response…
Have you ever seen happy people fighting? No matter the difference or disagreement people have, when they are happy, they overlook such issues. A consequence of economic prosperity is an increase in happiness, and this can lead to a major downplay of ethnic differences in any collection of persons. Happiness is a treasure many will protect at whatever cost, including that of making peace with your enemies.
Now, I was coming back yesterday and was going to drop someone at home and such journeys don’t go on silently without discussing the politics of Nigeria. One of the things the person said was that the bike men that were swinging from left to right in search of passengers have decided not to vote President Buhari in 2019. If you know these guys you will understand that they are fanatic about Sai Baba; as at 2015, it was like a movement that even their bike riding could not dissuade them from supporting him.
So, what has changed? Has President stopped chanting corruption or showing that he is the man of the people and masses?
I believe strongly that President Muhammadu Buhari has achieved one major thing and that is in plunging us into a recession that was across board. Of course, when the nation enters into a recession no one is exempted or a sacred cow. The reduction in the supply of money which was caused by the policies that he initiated like the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which was done in haste cost many their jobs and did a lot of shaking up. The aftermath of those policies in 2016 and 2017 affected everyone irrespective of party, tribe, ethnic groupings, state, young or old, religion and what have you.
And just like Mr. Reginald Bassey responded when you remove people’s source of happiness everything becomes irrelevant even if it means making friends or being at peace with their enemies. President Buhari and his team are still struggling to pick the time or decide when to declare for his second term run and the many avenues of trying to appease Nigerians (like Dapchi) have not played out well enough to make Nigerians lose their sense of judgment.
A government can succeed to favour some section of the country and get away with it especially when they decide the vote and outcomes but when you make the people enter a common suffering and frustration; you will suffer for the collective rejection they will give to you. That is the situation right now for President Buhari and Mr. Reginald Bassey has captured it well enough in his response.
You removed happiness, wealth, enjoyment, pleasure, health, education and these things are procured with money and the people can only react accordingly. In the bid to fight corruption, economy and prosperity of the people suffered for it and that has rallied everyone around to reject whatever you might offer.
This goes same with any other government or country. If in the US women, children, blacks and the many groupings that are frustrated with President Donald Trump are the deciders of the votes then President Trump might have the same challenge in seeking reelection.
A consequence of economic prosperity is an increase in happiness, and this can lead to a major downplay of ethnic differences in any collection of persons. Happiness is a treasure many will protect at whatever cost, including that of making peace with your enemies. (Reginald Bassey)
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