The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) on Monday began a last minute drive to ensure that millions of disenfranchised Nigerians get registered to vote during the 2019 general elections ahead of the Friday, 17 August 2018 set by the the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to end registration of voters.
The many units of the organisation throughout Nigeria, especially its state chapters, have been directed to start a vigorous voters’ education campaign, which is expected to percolate to the country’s 774 Local Government Areas as part of the Pyrates’ contribution to nurturing Nigeria’s young democracy.
A campaign material, directed at members of the association to solicit their cooperation, noted that, “Despite the fact that this campaign project is coming at the end of the PVC
registration exercise, it is never too late to commit to the Nigerian project because the Nigerian society is in dire need of direction. Many Nigerians have shown political apathy over the years.
“The consequences of that political apathy have bequeathed on us poor leadership, failed government and a failing society. More than ever before, the onus is now on the Pyrates’ Confraternity to lead the way in
educating Nigerians on the electorate power they have in choosing their political leaders.”
The material, with a title, ‘Setting forth at “dusk”!’, noted that, “today’s Nigeria discuss is filled with regretful tales of non-performance of our
elected politicians and government neglect on its responsibility to the citizens.
Across all avenues of discussion – be it social media platforms, beer parlour, motor park, market and in all public places, there is an outright blame culture poured on politicians with little or no further action. Our elected and appointed government officials continue to trade blames along party lines with Nigerians at the receiving
end of the continuous failing of government over the years.
“Evidence from many discuss suggests that many Nigerians and common citizens are oblivious of the citizen’s power they hold. Thus, the very elected few continue to hold Nigeria in perpetual bondage.
“Ahoy Seadogs! It is time for Nigerians to take back the control of their destiny. It is time for Nigerians to be in the driving sit of their future. The time is here for the voices of every citizen to be heard. It is time yet again, to decide our future, the
future of our children and generations yet unborn.
“Instructively, it is time for the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates’ Confraternity) to lead the charge in empowering Nigerians by providing the needed education in the drive for the citizens to regain the control of the governance decision making and fulfilment of electoral promises (our votes count).
To this end, please be informed that NAS Cap’n has approved the NAS PVC Campaign Project to run on the platform of the NAS Citizens’
Summit (Our Votes Count) starting from Monday, 13 August 2018. This
campaign coincides with the last week of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) registration which ends on Friday, 17 August 2018.
“Our duty and role now is to raise awareness and educate Nigerians on the need not to only register, but also collect their PVC cards.”