THIS POST IS NOW OUT OF DATE as more intrigues are appearing as I write.
Nigeria’s election campaign is off to a great start. Political intrigue, a plethora of candidates – old faces which need to disappear have revived themselves and new ones provide plenty of opportunities for gossip – campaign and pro-democracy groups vying for constituencies and publicity, and the battle sites of Twitter and Facebook, all add to the excitement looming over the next 6 months. Discussions around postponing the elections may possibly put a temporary damper on election fever but I doubt it. Seriously I cannot understand why this particular discussion did not take place before the election announcement.
Yesterday morning I woke up to an email from the Save Nigeria Facebook group informing me that it had now become “Dele Momodu for Nigeria”. What I thought was the ‘pro-democracy group ‘Save Nigeria’ had now morphed into a campaign site for a marginal candidate who judging from his campaign videos needs to sign off as from now. About an hour later I received a call from Nigerian Curiosity gisting me about a potential Twitter altercation between GoodLuck Jonathan [GLJ] supporter and Team Ribadu [TR]. Fortunately or maybe not as it would have added to the looming farce – TR was absent from Twitter. I mentioned the Save Nigeria Momodu morphing to NC and to cut a long story short, we discovered that Save Nigeria was not THE SAVE NIGERIA which was actually Save Nigeria Group. That is, the original SAVE SAVE Nigeria. This was nicely explained to us by the blog/website My Ondo State in a post very aptly titled “‘Politics as Save Nigeria ‘abracadabra’ into Dele Momodu for Nigeria.”
For months several Nigerians joined the group Save Nigeria on facebook in the hope that they were part of a broadbase attempt being spearheaded by Prof. Wole Soyinka and Pastor Tunde Bakare to reposition the country and save it from the marauding bands of looters led by the People’s Democratic Party and ably supported by other lesser political parties.
Suddenly as politics draws closer, the group changed its name without warning to Dele Momodu for Nigeria. Following complaints, the handlers of the group now revealed to Nigerians that the group they have grown very fond of is not the genuine article afterall. Point blank, it was revealed that Save Nigeria (as it was then known) is different from Save Nigeria group.
The terse statement from group is reproduced below.
“This group, earlier known as Save Nigeria was never the official Facebook page of the Save Nigeria Group. The similarity in name was PURE COINCIDENCE though the ideals of this Facebook group are supportive of that of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG). The Facebook group – Save Nigeria was created long before the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) came into existence. Apologies for any misunderstanding.
Please note that we are one big family fighting for the same cause though sometimes, from different ideological standpoints and perspectives.
By this time I had removed myself from the fake Save Nigeria and passed on the message to Twitter. Checking Facebook again I find that there are now three Momodu campaign groups and three groups with the words Save Nigeria – Group [the original Save Save Nigeria] Save Nigeria Campaign and Save Nigeria [whether this is the fake one or second fake on remains to be seen].
To add to the confusion of Nigeria’s rapidly expanding political party’s’, democracy groups, and political candidates are the number of Facebook pages and Twitter handles such as this one called “President GEJ” which has 22,000+ followers and is supposedly following 23,000+ but only has 113 Tweets after a year of Tweeting. There is also TeamGoodluck and GJCampaign2011 and I cannot count the number of Facebook pages as these multiply exponentially every 24 hours. Oh yes then there is LAGBOOK Nigeria’s own Facebook – is this legal?
Candidates [and EGOS] are also multiplying just as fast as with Momodu and yesterday’s announcement by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is Chair of the newly formed Democratic Front for a Peoples Federation (DFPF]. Meanwhile Team Ribadu is presently taking up the flank as they now hold 4th or is it 5th place in the race to get online.
Today’s Nigeria story ends with the farcical IBB [Ibrahim Babangida] interview. I have no imagination to imagine this man as President of Nigeria – this video surely seals his fate to be cast out into the political wilderness forever .