BEFORE THE RACE BEGINS
The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has passed the half mark of the time allocated it by the Nigeria electorates courtesy the revised 1979 constitution, wether or not it has fulfilled its promises to the Nigerian people in the 28 month, it has been power, would be saved for discussion another time.
A lot had been said and written on our move towards the egalitarian society we all yearn for and wish to bequest to the next generations of Nigerians.
Our successes and failures down lane in the 57 tortuous years that we passed through as an independent Nation State speaks volumes about us as a people.
Nigeria like any of the nation states that were calibrated by colonialism had its own fair share of the polemics. and contradictions in its journey towards nationhood. The path has been turbulent, and full of uncertainty.
The polemics and the booby traps along the way, which has arrested our collective desire to move forward, integrate and develop as one indivisible people seems to be with us, in spite of the great strides in western education and relative development we have achieved.
57 years ago since we wrangled our selves from the shackeles of colonialism, several years since the military went back to the barracks to allow our nascent democracy to grow, nurture and mature, we are still pointing accusing fingers at colonialism and the military for our woes and failures in moving the country on the path of development.
In spite of the evils of colonialism, we must agree it nurtured our economy through the development of trade and cormmerce, banking, civil service, transport, rule of law and good governance.
It has served as catalyts and linchpin of our drive towards building a great nation.
However it may be argued that the colonial government built institutions which main goals were to develop their own economies at expense of the settler countries. The relationship was un arguably exploitative, but it served as the bedrock for our journey towards self governance.
The Military in depending their incursions in to the national body politics, claimed the political class failed to steer the affairs of the country towards the path of growth and development.
They often sighted, leadership deficiet, corruption. nepotism maladministration. bickering and civil strife as the reasons why they had to intervene in order to save the country from abyss and self distruction.
The antogonist of the military dictatorship also argued their intervention in the polity has trancated our march towards achieving a stable demcracy.
To them everything about the military is bad and they have no business with governance . For them the military ethos introduced to the political space are antithesis to all democratic tenant’s .
According to them the military only succeeded in militerising the pysche of the Nigerian people and trancated our journey towards building an enduring democratic structures and government.
The political class that emerged during the colonial period gained support because their nationalistic and patriotic desire to wrestle power from the colonial government.
But soon afterwards they realised the importance of power and its benefits. They clinged to power in order to achieve their selfish, personal, group and subtreanian interests. They continued with legacies of the colonial government of divine and rule.
The country which is now above half a century, has grown and can longer be considered as young, even though it is still grappling with teething problems of growth.
Some still believe Nigeria is an artificial construct put in place by colonialism with out taken into cognisance our differences as a people, a marriage which is imperfect and must therefore be desolved.
They hold the view that the arrangement did not respect our cultural and geographical boundaries. And they want us to believe this has been the root cause of our problems and underdevelopment .
Be it as it may, 57 years since our journeys towards nationhood and after undergoing a civil war that consumed about one million lives if we are still thinking of succession or redefining how we can live together, then something must be fundamentally wrong with us a people .
America hinges it successes as a nation on its immigrants population. China and India the world’s most populous countries are striving because of their populations.
China is not monolithic but today nobody is calling for successions. In fact till today they lay claims on renegade regions of Taiwan and Hong Kong who are agitating for self rule and wanted to break away. The same thing between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir Province . The Kurdis movement and Iraq. The latest in western Europe, Spain and the Cataland Province.
In today’s world where population has become a factor in economic growth and power. Here we are still calling for the valcanization of our society. Our diversity could be used as a source of strength in the interdependent world system which is governed by globalisation and world trade.
The Nigerian problems are not our linguistic pluralism or diffrences in religion, but rather greed, nepotism, corruption, selfishness and the docility of the population. The people have over the years mortgaged their conscience to the tiny ruling elites who have understood their psyche. They have come to the conclusion that we can only bark but cannot bite.
Our docility has given the ruling elites the false assumption that they can leads by the shackles. They have come to believe with the stipends they give during election and the use of the cohesive agencies of the state at their disposal they can determine the course of events in their favour.
For how long shall we continue to allow our “leaders” to box us in to submission and blind following.
In a democratic society, the people have the right to decide and hold their leaders to be accountable. They hold the key can change their leaders every four years.
We must never again allow the bad and ugly in our society to continue thieving our common wealth with impunity and treating us like the slave and slave matters, while we hold the franchise to determine who will rule us.
All the heus and and cries about seccessionism, restructuring and whatever acronym the elite would choose to define our existence . They are doing so no out of love for the masses. But rather their main goal is to see how they can continue enslaving us in order protect the massive wealth they have stolen from our common wealth.
They thieved our Treasuries dry in the states and frustrated the entry in to the political process through anointing their cronies and purchased their tickets to the National Assembly where they can continue to legislate mega salaries and allowances for themselves and cool down to protect and eat their ill gotten wealth while our collective fortunes continue to nose dive to a level of pity .
The falacy did stop there they continued to use the instrumentality provided the assembly to keep chocking the system to favours their lust for the good things of life at our expense.
- The PMB government which many Nigerians believed would be the messiah in solving to our collective national problems, has so far demonstrated that it too, had been overwhelmed by the cabals that are all over the space watching like the proverbial vultures searching for wherever they can spot our common wealth so that they can swoop and feast on it.
So before the whistle is blown and RACE BEGINS for another circle of rituals of selecting our “leaders,” we must ensure that only good people of proven integrity and honesty are returned or elected to the three tiers of government.
We must not return the kleptomaniacs, the rapists, the amoral , the rogues, the charlatans, the vote stealers back to the States and National Assemblies to make laws for themselves.
We must not also allow the government houses in the States and Aso Villa to be occupied by indecent people.We have been short changed for too long.
Let us take interest in those that are going to represent and lead us.
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