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Chicken legs for the Applaud

Femi Ajose sitting on the bleachers of a football stadium in Lagos, and holds a small broom in Hand, which he waves through the air. He wears a yellow T-Shirt with the printed photo of Muhammadu Buhari and holds a small cardboard box with the chicken pieces in the Hand that bears the Logo of the President's party: a broom, sweeping out in Nigeria properly. Between the mouthfuls Ajose says: "The President has achieved a lot, the economy is getting better, the security situation, and the fight against corruption is progressing." Ajose takes the last chicken bite in the mouth, rinsing it with a mouthful of Cola down, and then stands up to leave the stadium. Although President Buhari has not spoken at all.

For days, had prepared the 20-million metropolis on the big election of the President, the first and only before the elections on may 16. February. Parts of the city were closed to truck traffic, the Chaos is not quite so large as usual – although the President einschwebt with the helicopter. In the Morning, there were perhaps 10,000 people who were waiting in the stadium on him. "Most of us have to get a scholarship," says the woman next to Ajose, who don't want to call your name. Two-thirds of the visitors got to their estimate of money to cheer for Buhari and to swing the broom, a couple of euros and a Lunchbox. After the boxes are empty eaten, a lot of Nigerians back home. As the President speaks, are perhaps 3000 people – rather few, in a city that has 20 or 30 million inhabitants.

Friendly despite the poverty and Size

As a "mega rally" had Buhari been announced for this highlight of the election campaign, which lasts exactly three minutes, so long speaks, or he does. "I thank you for coming, we will stick to the promises we have given," said Buhari. Tired of applause, a tired-acting Buhari of been dragging on the red carpet. Four years ago it had looked very different, since Buhari had been triggered after a certain amount of euphoria, the hope that he could change after the continuous rule of the former government party of the country in a sustainable manner. A country with incredible resources, everything seems to be a bit bigger and louder than in the Rest of Africa. Nigeria actually has everything: Oil, an incredible wealth of culture, literature Nobel prize winners, and the best musicians on the continent. Lagos is described in the West as a Juggernaut, as ultimately ungovernable. It is a fascinating metropolis, with a lot of poverty, but also with fantastic beaches, bold Highways, running on concrete stilts over the sea. It is a city that comes not in spite of their Size at all unfriendly.

rumours of the President

But, just as the whole country, not really on the spot. In Northern Nigeria, the Islamist terrorists of Boko Haram's rage. In the Megacity of Lagos, you can visit the new settlements on the water, where the Oil wealth hinfliesst, in large yachts and swanky high-rises. All of this did not want to fight Buhari, what succeeded. Maybe he was, maybe he wanted to. For months, he had to treat himself because of a mysterious illness in London, after which he shuffled so slowly across the country, that he had to fight back, finally, to the public against rumors that he had been replaced by a lookalike. However, the 76-Year-old again.

politics is just a business

"this Would not be the whole policy, would wish, but every person in the world to be Nigerians," says Browne Onuoha. He is politics Professor at the University of Lagos and actually, for months, on strike for better salaries, as all of his colleagues who do not earn enough to live on. That the election will change that, because Onuoha doesn't really believe. "The two big parties are the same, there are no differences. There are no issues, it only goes to personal Profit. Politics is a business in which you invest, to get a monetary profit." Incumbent, Buhari is not valid as an integer, as a man with a modest life style, his environment and party. There are 27 government agencies to combat corruption, but rather part of the problem. Two former governors were convicted of bribery and theft, otherwise, the policy has remained but a self-service shop. The crucial question of the election campaign is not whether it is better in the future could be, in the case of completely ruining the ärgstem competitors Atiku Abubakar, the fear that the enrichment could be immoderate. Atiku, as he is called in the country, is not million where the money comes from, is necessarily clear; the United States had occupied for many years because of money laundering allegations with an entry ban. "He should be in prison and not on the candidate list," said Olanrewaju Suraju, a leading corruption expert. The Central theme of the election campaign of Atiku, the promise to bring the economy back in gear. Under Buhari, Nigeria was slipped into recession, unemployment rose from 8 to 23 percent. How, exactly, an economy might look like policy, both candidates make vague statements. In the case of completely ruining the re-election brochures will be distributed from thick paper that do not contain a single sentence on the political program, only the photos of the candidates. On the last pages there is still plenty of room for "notes".

30 years in the military

ruled legal specifically, the fight has been debated in the election, at least, on the future of the steel company Ajaokuta Steel Company. More than eight billion dollars, the state has put in the past four decades in the company, which should be a leading steel producer. Your pension Fund, already provides for 1000 pensioners, steel has not been produced. The whole economy is focused on Oil, which has turned out to be, as in other countries in a similar Situation as the black poison.

In 1960, Nigeria has been independent for almost thirty years it was ruled mostly by the military, since 1999, there is a reasonably stable democratic System. "Colonialism has done much harm," says Professor Browne Onuoha. The British conquerors have pressed people in the country's borders, which have little in common, the more Muslim North and the Christian South. "We are too big, we do not have common values. Even more damage than colonialism, however, is the military. Each trust has been destroyed." Although the time of the military regime for over twenty years, the political personnel, however, have remained largely the same. Buhari himself had given as a General in a coup and went on to do just as a kind of Democrat. During one of his campaign appearances in Port Harcourt, at least 14 people died on Tuesday. The people wanted to be Free, but the exit was locked.

at The stadium in Lagos, however, remained peaceful. When Buhari gets into the car and the few waves that are still there, is that for many, it is a Signal to rip everything under the nail, which is movable. Old men gathering the broom, the boys climb on to the rostrum, where the plastic banner to bring down. What you can do with the stuff, what it's worth, it doesn't matter. It comes to have for the Moment anything at all.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 14.02.2019, 21:29 PM

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