It stumps me when I see the same set of politicians who ruined Taraba state just a few decades ago are creeping back like a flood intending to take over our dear land once again! These were the same opportunists, who had a baby state in their hands and exploited it beyond reparation. Instead of becoming founding fathers as Sardauna and his likes when they had the baby Nigeria, they ended up becoming demi-gods. They bred thuggery; promoted immorality; instituted impunity and, above all, nurtured insensitivity to the delicate responsibility of building a new society that was trusted upon them.
Well, it isn't difficult to understand how a handicapped system that vested power in the hands of opportunists can produce better results. We did not expect the best from them, neither did we assume the worst if they were indeed sons and daughters of Taraba state!
Today, these God-forbidden individuals, after the van had thrown them off the coast for many years, are creeping back without shame, still with the guts to ask Tarabans for a mandate. They parade social media with false slogans and their agents singing their songs.
Let it be clear! Taraba state has come up age! Opportunism, arrogance and I-can-do-it or let-me-try will not work! Setting people against one another in the name of religion or ethnicity is gone. Keeping people on a long thirst and on campaign rallies taunting them with money as if they were goats is now a joke. Carrying guns on election day and bragging with machetes on village and town streets are all, for Tarabans, outdated methods.
Taraba has travelled so far; we have cropped up to succumb to any form of trick or any kind of politician. We now expect to see new Taraba. We hope to rely on our young and promising brains whom we look forward to taking us on the next journey. We cannot afford to waste another decade of Awilo Longomba musicals and open jamboree. Opportunity comes but once.
Long live Taraba state!
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