THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF THE AKURMI NATION
The question that begs for answer is, over the years, how united has our political class been in pursuing the collective aspiration of the Akurmi (Kurama) people and in defending the right of the people? This question is instructive because up till date, there exist no political platform that congregates the Akurmi political class in unity to formulate a common front in protecting the right of the Akurmi people, and also to fight for the share of the national cake on behalf of the common front, of which they represent.
Furthermore, there is no Akurmi political manifesto yet in existence that articulates the hopes and aspiration of the Akurmi people. Most of the political privileges enjoyed by the Akurmi people are as a result of individual efforts of our political class rather than adopting a collective and purposeful approach.
The relative extend to which the impact of Akurmi office-holders in terms of development, to a limited stretch, can be said to be commendable, but only a pinch of the ice-berg as regards to the height of the collective hopes and aspiration of the Akurmi nation.
Depending on the side of the coin one is looking at, the pattern of development, as seen by many has been in the form of hand-outs and propaganda development. In following up with this fashion, dispensing of political patronage and privileges are regrettably based on an individual’s blind loyalty and sycophancy rather that based on the identified common welfare need of the people. This has negatively alienated a large proportion of the Akurmi population, and has left them with a feeling of despondency and apathy.
Another area of concern is the narrowing political space as a result of the closed door approach of the political class especially as regards the youth. The youth population rather than being subjected to political assimilation and developmental activities are only recruited for electoral malpractices and are usually abandoned afterwards or patronized with stipends.
This has perpetuated a feeling of neglect and apathy among the youth, who nowadays use every fora to express their utter dismay and frustration at the almost nonchalant attitude of the political class towards their plight. They accuse the political class of usurping their mandate for personal gains and primitive accumulation of the common wealth to the benefit of their immediate family and political cronies at the detriment of the common-interest.
In buttressing their arguments, the youth opined that within the political class, none individually or collectively, have a well-articulated and sustainable human capacity development and empowerment programme targeted at the youth. That is not to say that the political class has not made any recognized effort towards that effect, but it is usually strategically uncoordinated and propagandist in nature to produce the desired impact on the youth, thereby given foundation to the assumption that they are only initiated for propaganda to score cheap political points at the expense of the future of our youth.
It is worthy of emphasis to note, that without the political and economic empowerment of our vibrant and energetic youth population; our future as a people is threatened with oblivion and irrelevance, to the benefit of our political competitors within Lere Local Government Area and Nigeria as a whole.
More than ever, the opportunity that must not be lost has presented itself, today, the Akurmi political class is without any elective position, it is time to rethink and re-strategize. This opportunity if not maximally utilized, would throw us back to the years of political irrelevance that is characterized by marginalization, discrimination and ridicule.
We cannot in anyway afford to be complacent, because our political competitors are comfortable with the present arrangement that has so far not favored our political class, and would not rest on their oars in sustaining the present status-quo.
Lest we forget, the constitution of both wards and polling unit has been and is still skewed against our political competitiveness, so our political class still stands on the brink and is at risk of remaining at the status of playing second fiddle in Lere Local Government and Kaduna State.
Even with the recognition of the fact that the Akurmi political class is tied down to their individual responsibilities at their various offices and constituency; it is pertinent to emphasize the need for collaborative approaches to confronting the mammoth challenges menacing and stagnating the Akurmi nation as a whole.
They must close ranks to collectively address issues of youth empowerment (through education, employment, skills acquisition and increased youth participation in politics), the unfavorable delimitation of wards and polling units to the disadvantage of the Kurama people, development of critical infrastructure, siting of industries and institutions, among many.
We have no any other time to close ranks than now to assiduously work towards the political emancipation aside, by overlooking our differences and embracing our common destiny.
Written by Yusu.I.Goje
Published by Ayuba Ladan D.