There is a saying, silence is consent. Are we as a nation consenting to the negligence of our governance? Our silence as a nation is deafening! Are we okay with no water, billions unaccounted for, skyrocketing food prices, housing projects abandoned and poor healthcare?

As vibrant and feisty as our culture is, why are we “fraid” to speak up and stand up for the good governance we deserve as citizens! Why do we continue to play blind with the pertinent issues facing our everyday life?

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