Premium Times Columnists, Adesanmi, Ndibe, Ariyomo others convene grassroots movement

Aimed at reversing mass disinterest in government and the political process, a group of social critics and activists have initiated a project called “Kickout Siddon Look 2015” meant to sensitise Nigerians to actively participate in electing a credible president in the next election.

In a statement Monday, the group stated that Nigerian could no longer afford to be mere spectators while the country is bled to death by corrupt politicians.

“Nigeria’s seemingly never ending vicious cycle of political crises, corruption, and abject poverty has rendered her citizens “shuffering” and “shmiling” spectators, while a plundering cadre of oligarchs appropriate the people’s national resources for themselves,” the statement said. “With silent acquiescence, we have traded the jackboot of military despotism for the mal-governance of a faux democracy. We have sat with folded arms and allowed a cabal of looters, united in chicanery, to divide us along ethnic and religious lines. While we kill each other over tribal and religious differences, those who induce division are laughing all the way to the bank.”

“It is high time that we, the people, became drivers of our national progress and masters of our destiny. It is time we stopped being spectators whilst hoping for pittances from the table of our politicians.”

The project, which is being championed by prominent social commentators and activists such as popular columnists, Tunde Fagbenle, Okey Ndibie and Pius Adesanmi, hope to “mobilise grassroots support for a capable leader to emerge as president and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces in 2015.”

The group said the kind of person it sought must have “the right level of education, experience, exposure and integrity, as well as a proven history of standing on the side of the people.”

The group believes the way to correct the anomalies in the country’s polity is “by addressing the issue of leadership at the highest level.”

In order to achieve its goals, the group will use “Kickout Siddon Look 2015” to “sensitize the masses ahead of the 2015 presidential election to the critical need to coalesce behind a new type of leader capable of improving the standard of living and the quality of life of the Nigerian people and laying a solid foundation for the future of the nation.”

It also plans to point out the flaws in the constitution that are making good governance impossible in the country. It further plans to mobilise Nigerians to support a candidate that best represents the profile of the kind of leader it seeks.

Through the “Kickout Siddon Look 2015” project, the group will educate Nigerians to elect a leader that has the masses at hear and one with a “proven track record of achievement and, also importantly, scores high on the 3 Es and I (namely Education, Exposure, Experience and Integrity).”

Its promoters employ Nigerians to join its facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kickout-Siddon-Look/385728024858747 and to send enquiries to its email address  kickoutsiddonlook@gmail.com.

Other promoters of the group are Tunji Ariyomo, Modupe Debbie Ariyo,  Soni Akoji, Ndubuisi Victor Ogwuda, Safiyah Musa, Kingsley Ewetuya, Anozie Ebirim and Yommi Oni.

Read full statement below:

Date: 25th February 2013

PRESS STATEMENT FROM ‘KICKOUT SIDDON LOOK 2015’

If one takes the liberty to paraphrase the great Wole Soyinka, it is safe to conclude that ‘the man dies in anyone who keeps silent when his people are being plundered’ while Thomas Paine, at a time when America’s prospect for freedom was grim, said: “these are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Nigeria’s seemingly never ending vicious cycle of political crises, corruption, and abject poverty has rendered her citizens “shuffering” and “shmiling” spectators, while a plundering cadre of oligarchs appropriate the people’s national resources for themselves. With silent acquiescence, we have traded the jackboot of military despotism for the mal-governance of a faux democracy. We have sat with folded arms and allowed a cabal of looters, united in chicanery, to divide us along ethnic and religious lines. While we kill each other over tribal and religious differences, those who induce division are laughing all the way to the bank. This, fellow Nigerians, is what our “Spectocracy” has wrought and it is time we put a stop to it. It is high time that we, the people, became drivers of our national progress and masters of our destiny. It is time we stopped being spectators whilst hoping for pittances from the table of our politicians.

Therefore, we convened the “KickOut Siddon Look 2015” group as a political movement devoted to mobilizing grassroots support for a capable leader to emerge as President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces in 2015. This will be a leader with the right level of Education, Experience, Exposure and Integrity, as well as a proven history of standing on the side of the people. The primary goal of repositioning the nation, by frontally addressing the core issue of leadership deficit at the topmost level of decision making in Nigeria, is the main driver for birthing this political movement.

Beyond the 2015 project, KickOut Siddon Look will continue to function as a  mass movement of action for the entrenchment of meritocracy in the society, as well as serve as a platform dedicated to educating, coordinating and galvanizing the people towards civic actions targeted at strengthening democracy and institutionalizing a merit-based democratic process.

Our primary objectives are as follows:

  1. Sensitize the masses ahead of the 2015 presidential election to the critical need to coalesce behind a new type of leader capable of improving the standard of living and the quality of life of the Nigerian people and laying a solid foundation for the future of the nation;
  2. Sensitize Nigerians to the deliberate landmines planted in the nation’s constitutional framework and ancillary laws that have made the attainment of good governance and true democracy near impossible tasks;
  3. Sensitize Nigerians to the need (and their right) to be more engaged in the political processes, not as an audience, but as the most important stakeholders whose decisions must count at the time when flag-bearers are being selected to the time when they would be subjected to public votes on election day;
  4. Mobilize our brothers and sisters, our parents and friends across ethnic, social and political lines to accept, and support, a candidate that fits the earlier stated profile as the new leader of the government of Nigeria; and
  5. Educate, and empower, our people – ahead of the 2015 general elections – to make a choice between having the choice(s) of selfish individuals imposed on them and ratified by a few of us in sham elections AND support for a candidate who has a history of standing on the side of the masses, has a proven track record of achievement and, also importantly, scores high on the 3 Es and I (namely Education, Exposure, Experience and Integrity).

Fellow Nigerians, we seek compatriots who share these goals – who believe in the right of our people to take charge of their political destiny. We seek such men and women, young or old, educated or not educated, to join us and team up with us as we embark on this task. Please visit us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kickout-Siddon-Look/385728024858747, follow us on twitter @siddonlook2015 and email us via kickoutsiddonlook@gmail.com. The time for “siddon look” is over. Stand up for your love of country and let us work to make Nigeria great again.

 

Signed:

Tunde Fagbenle

Pius Adesanmi

Okey Ndibe

Tunji Ariyomo

Modupe Debbie Ariyo, OBE

Soni Akoji

Ndubuisi Victor Ogwuda

Safiyah Musa

Kingsley Ewetuya

Anozie Ebirim

Yommi Oni

 


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  • Trentuno8

    If we thought ‘light up Nigeria’ was bad, this one takes the cake. I agree that you can’t run a diaspora group challenging government whilst not truly feeling the brunt of it here.
    The name and logo suggests that the group have carefully thought about how to sell tshirts and get publicity rather than be part of a true solution. It’s such a ‘diasporan’ idea of capitalism.
    I suggest you take a more selfless approach to the problems we face in Nigeria, this ain’t hip hop.

    • Nasir

      Haba @Trentuno8, let them land sir. No negativity. Diasporans are Nigerians. But check the names again, there are Diasporans but not all of them. Their goal is also different than what we are used to. I am in sir.

  • Well, ”kickout siddon look” is a laudable movement, i think. But @ the same time i’m a lil’bit skeptical that it’s actually gonna yield the desired and stipulated aim. Come to think of it…don’t we already have people with the acclaimed ”3E’s and I” in our political corridor? Infact, wen it comes to experience, we have more than enough ”professional politicians” who have been on our political terrain ever since the inception of ”we-we” politics (government by our own people). Ofcourse i wil not start mentioning names but i know everybody surely knows some of these folks. One thing about we Nigerians is that no matter the level of our education, exposure, experience and integrity, as long as nigerian governmental structure is a ”get-rich-quick” avenue, we will never have an accountable, conscientous, and a transparent leader. Let a universty professor who has read all the ‘book’ in the whole world and has been to the nooks and crannies of the whole world and really understands what exactly is the problem confronting us, compared to what is obtainable in developed world, rule us just for 2yrs and you will be amazed with the rate at which corruption would thrive in our society.
    My point is dat the remuneration accruable to our political leaders should be drastically reduced as the first step towards fighting corruption. Let d constitution place political leaders and rulers on the basic federal minimum wage and we will see d people who actually is ready to serve their fatherland. Let political leaders be treated the same way like ordinary serving citizens without any preferential entitlements-such as 1billion naira feeding alowances and all expense paid unneccessary trips abroad and the likes- Unless dis is ensured, people will always get there and misbehave. Thanks.

  • Lanre Ake

    I’m in!

  • I’m in! Long overdue. Kudos 2 all.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Another facebook group. I dey laff. wake me when you reach 500 friends. SMH. The same Okey Ndibe et al, that gallivanted around United States, a few years ago, pretending to a speaker of an imaginary parliament. It turns out to be a forum of I-TOO-KNOW’S where they blew big big grammar and achieved nothing.
    THIS IS MID-LIFE CRISES ON DISPLAY.

    • akinyanju

      mptikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa, I understand that this is part of the job President Jonathan gave you. But Nigerian youths are saying NO TO A PRESIDENT THAT LIED ABOUT HIS WIFE’S HEALTH. President Jonathan LIED about his wife’s health to Nigerian youths and Nigerian taxpayers, and that LYING president needs to go. His wife , Mrs Jonathan also LIED. We understand your job at the presidency, but we Nigerian Youths are raising ethical issues. Your principal-President Jonathan and his LYING wife must leave in 2015. We are tired of being LIED to.-period

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        I believe you are paid by the drug addict and certificate forger, Tinubu to lie against Jonathan.

        • Abiodun

          These are the facts, mptikwelu_na_UgwU , you seem to miss what akinyanju said. He is calling the attntion of Nigerian youths to ethical issues in governance So please listen just in case you forgot since some Nigerians have the infinite capacity for amnesia . (i) Mrs Jonathan was ill. (ii) She was taken abroad. (iii) Nigerian tax payers and youths asked about her whereabouts. ((iv) President Jonathan LIED. he said his wife was hale and hearty and only traveled for vacation. (v) Mrs Jonathan herself LIED. In the name of truth, and our country, Nigeria can you please speak to these issues? Where in the world will a President LIE so shamelessly to his people? You have a right for purely ethnic reasons to continue to vote and campaign for President Jonathan. Sometimes you mpitikwelu evoke South South, sometimes you evoke South East. You have a right to your tribal evocations. However, we Nigerian youths want to go beyond those tribal thing you throw up all the time. We want to join the rest of the world in modern governance, and Not some village tribal thing. So Nigerian youths and Nigerian taxpayers are taken an ethical and moral stand and saying that President Jonathan LIED about his wife’s health to Nigerians, hence he needs to apologise to us for LYING. And he has a right not to apologise. If he does not apologise (which he has a right not to do) them we will use our VOTE to take an ETHICAL and MORAL stand against him come 2015. mpitikwelu, that ethical stand is that we will campaign against him and ask a LYING president to leave democratically.

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            I need only ask you the question, the average fair minded Nigerian voter will ask you: Which of other opposition politician is a saint? I think you are sincerely deluded.
            Tackle Jonathan’s performance on road, aviation, power etc. This tittle-tattle about ‘dem talk say she say’ nonsense is immaterial.
            Tell us the alternative to Jonathan and lets have a proper conversation.

          • Abiodun

            mptikwelu,
            Dem so say, Oga Jonathan LiE. Di thing be say Oga Jonathan LIED. And wetin we no be say we get 4,500MW of power for 150 million people-abi no be so, and South Africa get 50,000MW for less than 150 million people. So I give yu the fatcs since yu talk say make we no do dem say. At least I did not make Mrs Jonathan to be sick. She was ill, and Oga Jonathan DENIED she was ill. That is not dem say. As to alternative to Jonathan-that implies that you already agree that Jonathan is NOT good for us but that we do not have alternative. That is fine , because at least you have acknowledged that Jonathan is unfit. But concretely, as to the alternative, please wait for when the whistle is blown. Your Oga is gone and your salary don finis!!!

  • armrod

    Let them enjoy their intellectual masturbation while it last. They thought the blogosphere and tweeting community is the size of Nigeria. These are people who can’t leave their comfort zone to visit Nigeria for a week. They only specialized in tormenting us with their intellectual prowess , the same group that formed People’s parliament in diaspora in which Okey was the speaker could not provide a leadership to get all the diaspora together towards salvaging our country. That association failed because it was an exercise in absurdity where they all practically failed to apply all that they have been churning out as columnist. Now they are coming to teach Nigerians how to vote credible election as if they themselves are voting in diaspora, as if any of them is effectively participating actively in the political process of the countries that is offering them greener pasture. They think that Nigerians at home are foolish and they are more intelligent than us, they are coming to give us t-shirt and cap and match us through the street of lagos after getting funds from Lagos govt and that is what it means to fight PDP. They all should be prepared to relocate to Nigeria now not in 2015 and start teaching us how to voting in credible president not when political parties have win the masses with campaign of promises and manipulation. ZIK and Awo left abroad and came back home to fight Nigeria independence.

  • Favour Afolabi

    Is Goodluck Jonathan eligible for consideration on this list?