From the 1992 proclamation in Epedeto to the joy of civilian freedom in 1999, Dad has always been an ardent supporter of the government. Once I asked him which party he belonged. He replied ‘I support every government in power for it is only God that can guide a man right.’
When I asked him about stories of violence in Kaduna state where we reside, he recounted the ordeals of Zango-Kataf in 1992 and that of Miss world in 2001. He said words couldn’t qualify the pain felt. In 2011 when I was a secondary school student in the Science and Technical college at Kafanchan, Kaduna state, the last election the general lost led to loss of lives. I witnessed cutlasses falling on necks and local bombs burning properties.
Another election is here after a 4 year tenure and lots of 3 years holiday. I asked dad who he will be supporting and he replied ‘It takes an umbrella to protect one from rain and it takes a broom to keep compounds clean.’ My father was known for proverbs. I tried to dissect his words to the best of my knowledge.
I have my choice. My dad has his. Others have theirs too. Will respecting of each other’s choices without need for convincing or opposing by violence ever stop in our dear country Nigeria? Four years ago, there was little or no bloodshed after results was declared. I hope for same again.