NIGERIA @ 51: The Preservation of a Democracy

nigeria at 51

Using a very popular golf term, Nigeria is now TEEING-OFF on the BACK 9! And for those unfamiliar with this term, just think of it as your opportunity to go against Usain Bolt coming down the home stretch in a 4X100 meter relay final or our beloved Super Eagles of Nigeria needing to pull-off an improbable result by beating Guinea with a TWO goal margin in October’s qualifying match if they have any hopes of advancing to the 2012 African Cup of Nations. Here is the thing; before one can go forward and take on such an enormous challenge head-on, it is absolutely obligatory to take a deep breath, reflect and learn from the mistakes that helped to manifest itself in ones current state of affairs. As we say back home in NAIJA “How did I get myself in this kind of WAHALA O”?

 

You might ask what is the correlation between the examples aforementioned and the current state of affairs in Nigeria TODAY? Well, this week Nigeria turns 51 and the sole burden and responsibility to better our nation’s dire political and social-economic affairs lies within us not outside. Far too often we as a nation have been so quick to point the finger, place blame onto others but yet still offer no solutions. The question I choose to address is how do we keep a democratic society from slipping back into a non-democratic one?

 

In the past 10 months alone we have witnessed countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Cote d’Ivoire topple amidst pressure from its citizens who demand a change in governance and human rights policies. Nigeria itself has been subjected to daily acts of unrest due to frustration or failure to counter corruption, boko haram, terrorism and diminished manufacturing output, lack of electricity, insecurity and unemployment.

 

To my knowledge there have only been two multi-century democracies; the United Kingdom and United States. It is my hope that we as a nation avoid the site of what the rest of the world have come to witness in the aforesaid countries and a sensible corrective action plan be implemented with taught and diligence. The irony of it all is that for all their faults be it ones personal ambition to amend the constitution and run for unprecedented 3rd term in office, the unwise choice of the anointing the sickly Umar Yar’adua as his successor or the annulment of JUNE 12 elections the military officers who include Generals Obansajo, and Babangida gave Nigeria relative peace after gaining our independence from the British and should not be used as pawns in a political game to score cheap points. Rather politicians should firstly be consistent and address issues and tell the electorate what they have to offer instead of MUDSLINGING.

 

Going forward the populace needs to be better educated and careful in its decision making as it relates to the betterment of our country. We as the voting public and citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria must improve and value the importance of thinking for ourselves, evaluating information and decision making. A good democracy calls for an educated CITIZENRY. Currently the darker parts of Nigeria’s history are glossed over since they reflect badly on our mythology as an under-achieving nation. This slant also minimizes the effort of the common people to overcome the power of the elite, most notably in labor relations.

 

Finally, democracy is not based on the practice of exclusion or an “Us vs. Them” attitude. It is actually based on inclusion and participation and most importantly on the will of the majority having their way while the minority has their say. At our core Nigerians are deeply optimistic and gloomy about the future of our country and they want leaders to lead. It is my hope that in these NEXT 50 years, the people of Nigeria will be energized and care so much that they take the time to show up and contribute in meaningful discussions. We will tackle tough issues and want solutions to problems that ail us. We shall make tough choices and want straight answers to straight questions.

 

Happy Birthday Nigeria!!!

 

Contributions to this blogpost were made by Awori Youth & Robert D. Feinman.

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  • We love our country and pray for it always. But the biggest problem is our leaders.These people have cleverly turned some important institutions and organisations such as Judiciary,Civil Service, Army, Police, Universities, etc, into crime training or crime actualization institutes. Nigerians have been forced to become just designed criminals: they’re forced circumstancially, to committing crimes during elections merely for ensuring easy victory of unwanted elements; elections are rigged in the eyes of every one without fear or shame; when such case of blatant misconduct is taken to court then the Judge would be tricked,forced or provoked financially or kindly to actualized what in the eyes of everyone is dirty; if the Judge insisted on being fair, he may be removed or murdered; university professor would be appointed INEC chairman and asked him to employ his collegues as collation officers; such may instill confidence in Nigerians anticipating that ideological elements of academic records could not be manipulated easily; alas, the professor would appear on television screen sweating and shivering mistakingly reading an elections results,misculculating figures and being corrected by parties agents seated; such activities by the professors gradually transpired to universities whereby the students would engage in different misconducts; the president would be surprised as to why and how his countrymen feel unsatisfied with his rule while foreigners feel satisfied; Even if our leaders would commit crimes and pretended they’re right, then what justification anyone has to prevent Nigerians from committing crimes?

  • bonjour , suite a un soit disant procès pour recevoir mon colis bloquer depuis des mois FATIMA MZAMBER WAZIRI en deja 5 demandes ma détourner + de 1500e et la me réclamait 600e ou si je peux 250e , apres toutes les promesses et mensonges pour quelqu’un de la police jais toutes les preuves et ses mails + de 200 avec les papiers officiels tout cela pour prendre mon argent , le dernier quelle ma fait payer est john markus 144 adebayo road cp 23401 mais la elle me réclame 600e ou 250 par western union au même markus mais pas a la même adresse ,celui d avant etait SALAMI jais marre de me faire voler par la police et je peux founir tous les papiers d elle même officiels merci et faites attention aux détournements de la police ,, bravo ;;;

  • la chef de la police ma refait d autres mails ou elle me dit que si je me prend trop a elle je ne verrais pas mon colis , je ne sais pas comment poser sur le cite quelques papiers officiels , ne parlant pas anglais jais du mal avec les cites du pays , mais si la police est aussi pourri que les gents quelle dit arrêter et que la corruption est normale ?? j aimerais que cela soit possible de faire suivre mes messages a d autres personnes pour l empêcher de nuire et de voler d autres merci ;;; par email je peux envoyer ses messages et papiers officiels

  • mzamber la voleuse de la police maintenant perd son calme elle avait l habitude de pouvoir voler les gents sans que personne ne puisse rien elle et sa clique maintenant m insulte et perd son sang froid ; je viens de lui répondre et dit que avec une parole d honneur comme la sienne il ni a que celle qui font le trottoir qui ont la même et sans doute mieux ;;; apres m avoir voler + de 1500e elle me demandait 600e ou 250e et comme les autres fois j aurais mon colis parole d honneur :::::dominique

  • fatima mzamber waziri me demande combien je peux payer pour avoir mon colis ,,, je lui est dit 250e le mois prochain mais sans paiement d avance de western union ,, jais déjà payer + de 1500e pour un port qui na jamais ete fait a elle de ^prouver sa bonne fois ou son honnêteté cela a l air d etre dur pas de reponse

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