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Jude C Ndukwe
Foreword In the run up to Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, political campaigns reached fever pitch as contenders for different positions worked so hard like never before to court votes from voters. The two main contending parties, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), employed different strategies to achieve their aims of either retaining power or gaining it depending on the status of the parties before the elections. It was believed that the PDP’s general antecedents and the performance of the immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, were so good to earn the party another term in office, but the APC, had other ideas: discredit the PDP’s performances and the person of the then president, Goodluck Jonathan, by massively deploying the media, both traditional and social, and then create the impression of Utopia in the minds of the people as to what they should expect from APC if voted into power. To achieve this, the APC coined the slogan ‘Change’ which they presented to the electorate as an unblemished bridge to Eldorado.
However, just like the cover page of the book depicts, it happened that that is a bridge leading to nowhere but hunger, impoverishment, recession, rights abuse, executive recklessness etc; the bridge of ‘Change’ leading to penury and despondency. I was privileged to be the Director, Media and Publicity of the PDP/Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation during the 2015 general elections, and the responsibility to confront the gargantuan machinery of fabrications, deceits, half-truths and outright lies of the APC with enormous international connections almost singlehandedly fell on my shoulders. Having been in the camp of the APC myself for nine months, I knew what they were made of and I took them on based on this in a most unrelenting way predicting their failure as a government if allowed to ascend to power, faulting all their tales and claims of sainthood as empty and their promised ‘Change’ as vain in about the most assertive and exerting campaigns ever in the political history of our nation. Almost two years after the election and the so-called “victory” of the APC, my worst fears about their inability to steer the affairs of our country in a transparent, responsible and equitable manner were confirmed. Virtually everything I said about the prospects of a Buhari and APC government has come to pass. “The Vanity of ‘Change’ and the Audacity of Truth” is a book for our time, written to document some of the issues which have caused the downward slide of the country as piloted by the APC-led federal government, and put the blame where it rightly belongs: the one on whose table the buck stops – the incumbent – President Muhammadu Buhari.
The book is also timely in the sense that it helps to capture the mood of the nation per time and subject, and serves as a reference point for those who might want to research into the political developments of Nigeria especially during the latter times of Goodluck Jonathan and early years of Muhammadu Buhari’s second coming. A product of well researched essays, the author embarks on a corrective, yet, flowery journey of puncturing faulty arguments while setting the records straight everywhere necessary. The fearlessness of the author must also be commended. To come up with a book such as this at a time when dissenting voices are being stifled, and opposition figures including politicians, political commentators, analysts, journalists, social media influencers, even governors and judges even of the Supreme Court etc are being hounded, is not a mean feat. It is this fearlessness that makes the book a reliable material of reference on issues of this time. The author has shown without any doubt where his biases lie in the events shaping our country. By defending victims of state oppression and upbraiding perpetrators of such recklessness, the author pitches tent with the downtrodden no matter their status, political affiliation, tribal origin or even religious belief. He spares no one deserving criticism and exempts no one deserving praise in his essays. He praises a political actor for doing the right thing on one subject but is not restrained in criticizing the same actor if, in his own opinion, he finds the political actor wanting on another matter. That is the level of forthrightness one finds in the book which makes a largely successful attempt at tackling the burning issues in our society frontally and proffers suggestions on way out of the woods and forward. From former president Jonathan to Bukola Saraki, Sambo Dasuki, Femi Fani-Kayode, Nnamdi Kanu, Sheikh El-Zakzaky to Enitan Ransome-Kuti and others, the book is an attempt at rescuing lambs that are being led to the slaughter slab. From groups like the IPOB, the Shia Muslim Movement etc. the author suggests that their approach in handling matters and the situation that they are faced with could be handled in a more pro-active way which, in his view, would lead to better results. Electoral matters and other poltical issues involving some governors like those of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Enugu, Kogi, Ondo etc were also subjects of the author’s concerns. In all, the author has succeeded in capturing a majority of the burning issues of the political period which the book covers and serves, though partly, nevertheless copiously, as a reliable record and opinions on the matters covered. I strongly recommend it for those who want to know how our country got to where she is today, what we need to do to redeem her from the haemorrhage and how to avoid such in the future.
Femi Fani-Kayode Former Minister of Aviation