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A Donald Trump Nigeria needs now!

By Martins Oloja   |   15 October 2016   |   4:26 am

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  / AFP PHOTO / Jason Connolly

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump / AFP PHOTO / Jason Connolly

I would like to join the good people that have started praying and organizing for the success of Nigeria’s next election. The only prayer point should be that the God of all grace should give us a Donald Trump at such a time like this that would tell us the way we are and what and where we ought to be in the world that forces of globalization have disrupted.

We need a Donald Trump as a candidate who will wake us from our stupor called political correctness (PC), a term that is used to describe language and policies that are intended not to offend any particular group of people in society.

I have been following the U.S presidential election campaigns, reviews, unprecedented media endorsements, debates, demonization and all that stuff in America, their America. But whatever the outcome of the unique election next month, America and their Grand Old Party, (GOP) won’t remain the same again. They are now saying, a generation of GOP stars stands diminished. Even the mainstream media has been harping on “the sleaziness of Donald Trump”. The most influential newspaper in New York City recently uncovered a record, which showed that the maverick, Trump “could have avoided taxes for nearly two decades”. And the other powerful one in the nation’s capital has concluded that ‘The GOP tumbles towards anarchy: it is every person for himself” over its presidential nominee as even the Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) cut Trump loose in an emergency manoeuvre to preserve the party’s endangered congressional majorities. The paper reported that, “Donald Trump is blowing up the Republican Party”. And in one of its editorial before press time, the powerful paper in the seat of power (Washington D.C) wrote, ‘Trump chases skirts, then hides behind them”.

What is more, even The San Diego Union-Tribune that has not endorsed a Democrat for president in its 148-year history has endorsed Hillary Clinton. The newspaper said, “We endorsed Clinton. She is the safest choice for the U.S. and for the world for Democrats and Republicans alike”.

The New York Times & The Washington Post have endorsed the wife of a former president for president. The very influential NYT has published a report that “Hillary Clinton has an 81% chance of winning the presidency while Trump has 19%”. In the same vein, The Washington Post added to the trouble of Trump that same day when it reported “How Trump ‘absolutely’ corrupts GOP” and concluded in another editorial at the same time that, “A President Trump could destroy the world economy”. The big newspapers have even thrown risk analysis to the dogs in their frenetic publish-and-be-damned stance when it was reported that, “For some newspapers, endorsing Clinton means losing subscribers”.

One report in NYT noted that the subscription cancellations were coming every 10 minutes as angry readers have been calling in droves. The cancellation report added a bizarre one that, “one caller issued a death threat”. And as a result of this loss of revenue just because of the campaigns to sink Trump, one editorial page editor with The Arizona Republic, Phil Boas said, “We are feeling the weight of our history”.

Until the Arizona paper founded in 1890 too endorsed Hillary Clinton, it had never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for President. The Atlantic news magazine has made only two presidential endorsements in its 159-year history: one for Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and one for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The third just came in last week when the magazine posted on editorial endorsing Mrs. Clinton for president and dismissing Donald. J. Trump as “the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year old history of the American presidency”. There are other newspapers that have just broken their long tradition of endorsing Republicans for President. These include The Dallas Morning News, which had not supported a Democrat for president since before World War II, and The Cincinnati Enquirer, which has endorsed Republicans for nearly 100 years and have backed Mrs. Clinton.

That is why the auDonald Trump thoritative The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg has asked a rhetorical question: “The editorialists have spoken; will voters listen?” The answer to that question will be blowing in the wind until after Tuesday November 8, 2016.

But then, the maverick, Trump who is changing the face of American politics will not be forgotten in a hurry. Despite the dipping polls prospects and most GOP stalwarts’ revolt, the audacity and clarity of Trump’s hope and vision have been remarkable. The Democrats and the media won’t forget the man who has had some covenant with die-hard supporters in his core constituency: Republican whites, particularly men, and especially those who didn’t go to college, who feel their American whiteness like a second skin. Trump has been able to make many of these first beneficiaries of the franchise to feel disenfranchised. Besides, he has sensitized the original middle class to feel cut out of the American Dream while the majority is collapsing on itself, according to a political report in The Atlantic.

Despite the media hostility, a vast majority of the evangelical Christians feel they will be more protected under a president Trump. And to the poor whites, the garrulous Trump is their tribune. According to “The American Conservative”, Trump is a single political candidate who has spoken so loudly to their struggles as none had done in a long while. It is said that there are multiple states where a significant chunk of the white working class struggles to get by. Heroine addiction is said to be rampant in these enclaves where deaths from drug addiction have outnumbered deaths from natural causes. Trump has cashed in on the fact that the two major political parties have offered essentially nothing to these people for decades. According to “The American Conservative”, from the Left, they get some smug condescension, an exasperation that the white working class votes against their economic interests because of social issues.

May be they get a few handouts, but many don’t want handouts to begin with. And from the Right, they have got the basic Republican policy platform of tax cuts, free trade, deregulation and, paeans to the noble businessmen and economic growth. Whatever the merits of better tax policy and growth, the simple fact is that these policies have done little to address a very real social crisis. And more important is that these policies are culturally tone-deaf: nobody from southern Ohio wants to hear about the nobility of the factory owner who just fired their brother. Behold, Trump is music to their ears. Reasons are not far to seek. He criticizes the factories shipping jobs overseas. His apocalyptic tone matches their experiences on the ground. Besides, he loves to annoy the elite, which is something a lot of people wish they could do but can’t because they lack a platform that Trump has now.

We can see that despite all the powerful endorsements of Mrs. Clinton, the support base of Mr Trump is still rock-solid even if that can’t take him to the White House. But here is the thing, Nigeria needs a focused, bold, even if mercurial politician who can address all the issues that conventional politicians would not like to touch. Now, Nigeria is deeply divided along ethnic and religious lines. The current leadership has compounded the matter through parochial appointments that are inexplicable. And there is not a Gani Fawehinmi to go to court and ask why federal character in the constitution is being violated.

Only a Donald Trump can knock his head against this brick wall. We live in a country where there are politicians and civil servants that are perhaps richer than Aliko Dangote without working. Yet despite availability of advanced technologies and software to control financial services, no one is asking questions why governments are not talking of passing a law that will set up the Financial Intelligence Unit in the country as required by Financial Action Task Force in Paris, a world body that assists in tracking money laundering at all levels. We need a Donald Trump that can commit class suicide and tell current leadership from a campaign podium that they are only fighting corrupt people, without fighting corruption.

We need a Donald Trump that can ask some past leaders why they failed to develop infrastructure for quality education and instead set up their private secondary schools and universities while in office. We need a resourceful Donald Trump who can be assisted by a Wiki-anything to tell the greedy elite what they have done with the power sector that has gulped billions of dollars with so little to show for it. Before, 2019 politics begins to gather momentum, we need a Donald Trump here who can tell the powers that be that the current unitary system we call federalism that brings all the federating units to the nation’s capital every month for revenue sharing cannot lead to development. We require a Donald Trump who can tell the leaders of the South West Nigeria, specifically the Yoruba, now that education that used to be the forte of the once sophisticated region has sunk to an ignoble nadir and there is danger ahead in the Oduduwa nation where corruption and inertia have become fundamental objective and directive principle of state policy. May the good Lord give us a Donald Trump who will have the guts to tell the leadership that every country needs a well equipped police force instead of using the army and secret service for internal security matters.

This nation needs a Donald Trump who can tell political leaders and the elite in northern Nigeria to give testimony of what they have done for the region. Yes, we need a Donald Trump who can tell us why we keep foreign missions that we cannot fund. Certainly, we should pray for our Donald Trump who will tell Abuja that no modern nation funds sports competitions from the federation account anymore. Conventional politicians (and ‘militicians’ have failed us for 56 years after independence, so we need a Donald Trump from any part of the country who will point out to constitution makers and nation builders that a modern nation should not put in its constitution that what is required to be a president is just a high school certificate.

This is the time we need a Donald Trump who will invade this sleepy and corrupted arena and pick up all the hot potatoes that even we in the news media have been avoiding.

Don’t get it twisted, the Trump we need may not win the majority votes, but in the end, he will win the people’s confidence and then will be long remembered as a people person who actually uncovered our phoney identity and had the audacity to say so.
Inside Stuff Grammar School:

Disvirgin Vs Deflower.
For those who would like to talk or gossip about how they would like to deprive (especially a woman) of virginity, they want to deflower, not disvirgin (a woman) as I often read from some postings. Disvirgin is not in any authentic English dictionary.

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  • Tosin

    Don’t be ridiculous. “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.” – HuffPo

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