May 29th: Celebrating The Demonstration Of Craze And Crazy Demonstration By Odusote Oluwakayode
Fellow Nigerians, if there is a need to differentiate Nigeria’s democracy from what is being practiced in the developed world, then the activities of our recent demonstration is a perfect sample of our deviance to democratic principles.The tenets of democracy as our founding fathers fought for was accepted based on the need to give total freedomand the will for self-governance to better the life of different unifying ethnic groups.
The document agreed upon for our freedom was unfortunately flawed by strong ethnic differentiation which culminated into several political misfortunes, losses, deaths and of course regrets. Since our return to democratic governance in 1999, Nigeria has been subjected to numerous “Animal in Human skin” attitudes from insensitive leaders and political gladiators.
What is most amazing is the continued celebration of a democracy that is marred by bad leadership, corruption and selfish political will instead of a collective political will.
Just as the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti maintained in his song, we are made to witness the demonstration of craze every year. Celebration as far as I know is based on recognizing successes achieved. We need to ask what we actually celebrate every year as far as Democracy is concerned in this country.
Touching briefly on the state of the nation, we are all aware of the recent developments in our dear country and the power play by different political bigwigs with vested selfish interests that have not eluded the Political class, the Media organizations, the Legal system and the corporate class.
If the deliberate and unconstitutional refusal of the President to reinstate Justice Isa Ayo Salami as the President of the Court of Appeal even when the NJC’s unanimous resolution passed him for reinstatement is what we call the celebration of Democracy, then I think it’s the demonstration of craze.
This democratic indiscipline and irresponsibility is what we are made to celebrate every year in the guise of democracy. Over the years, we have had different political experiences from the current administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. These political experiences are most time greased with sour taste.
If the fuel subsidy scandals surrounding the bribery allegation leveled against a onetime respected member of the House of Reps, Hon. Farouk Lawan and his continued stay in the house of Representative to legislate without recourse to moral integrity are what we call Democracy, then, I think it’s the demonstration of craze.
If the giving of billions of naira to pardoned insurgents to guide the oil pipelines all in the name of security is regarded as the celebration of Democracy, then I think it’s the demonstration of craze.
If the incessant bomb explosions by the Boko Haram, threats of insurgency by the Niger Delta militants, Robberies, Assassinations, kidnapping and unrests across the country are what we celebrate as Democracy, then I think it’s the demonstration of craze.
If the Nigerian Governor’s forum’s election is so important to the president than his expected speech to a congress at the 50th celebration of the African Union is what we celebrate as democracy, then I think it’s the demonstration of craze. Till now, the presidency has not offered a genuine and convincing excuse why the President could not deliver his address at such an august gathering.
The President is so concerned about the NGF election that he possibly lost his sense of reasoning that in a democracy, election is a game of numbers. It’s however not a surprise that the President’s arch enemy, Governor RotimiAmaechi of River state was eventually suspended from the People’s Democratic Party. In a sane society, are democratic rights, the will to govern and the freedom of expression hounded in a gulag in order to prove supremacy?
We must be able to ask most of our insensitive leaders if political power is about dominant order of authority or the willing power of the electorates that guarantees electoral victory.
How does a nation celebrate a democracy when its image is being battered abroad by citizen’s involvement in terrorist activities?These amongst many numerous challenges are what we experience daily as a nation and our leaders pretend as if all is right to celebrate the return to democracy.
According to Debbie Ford, you are haunted by your shadow if you spend more time worrying about other people’s opinion of you. You are haunted by your shadow if you are deeply resigned about the conditions of your life. You are haunted by your shadow if you interpret your mistakes as evidence that you are incompetent…”
Frankly, most Nigerians have made mistakes by keeping quiet. We have willingly silenced our voices to chase after self-satisfaction and glorification forgetting that the events of our Nation either good or bad have a multiplier effect on our generation.
If the media has always been used by some powerful Elites to their personal advantages and sometimes humor, why have we being dormant towards using the same medium with our little resources to putting things right through the social media available to us, by organizing conferences and by sincere participation in Politics.
Each time we refuse however to take the bull by the horn, we are running away from our shadows. Each time we find the reasons not to be actively involved in our Nations’ political, and economic development, we are running away from our shadows and such shadows gives birth to complains, poverty and a wasted generation!
May 29 as we are made to believe is the day the nation returned to a democratic rule, alas, we have experienced most time, a democratic system without the important democratic principles.
With the growing tensions as we witness daily amongst our political leaders, it is certain that the journey ahead will be challenging. Yes, Challenging because, the battle lines have been drawn and the politicians’ selfish interest will stop at nothing to realize their selfish ambitions.
Sadly most Nigerians and her large youth populace do not possibly discern the extent of these fierce political battles. So many have been rendered unemployed due to acute corruption and instead of a nation to think out of the box, some followers and on-lookers have even adduced reasons to politician’s deliberate acts of corruption in governance, refusal to provide lacking basic amenities and the incessant infrastructural decay.
We have always had reason to meet at an urgent time for our country; it has always been like this. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our youth jobless, and being led by a government that has no solution.
On May 29th, we would be subjected to the celebration of another day of democracy in a country, filled with people in the throes of decadence, a nation in the turmoil of corruption. A nation where sanity is silenced, where bravado is courage, where eloquence is honesty, where integrity is tranquil, where brutality is victory, where reason is killed, where virtue is a taboo, and where hypocrisy is loyalty.
No arm of our government is free from corruption. Corruption roams freely in the corridors of our Ministries and parastatals. It is flaunted with honor and pride by our leaders, it is adored by heads of corporate firms and yet we have no solution.
Frankly speaking, I don’t think we can have an immediate solution because most Nigerians gullibly part of the corrupt practices of our leaders. We shout and cry that the youth needs to take over, but do we sincerely believe we are up to the task? Some of our colleagues are members of the Senate and House of Reps with large financial scandal attributed to them, some of us have come up with various youth organizations as a means to satisfying a need and not as a means to satisfying a country’s needs.
We criticize our elders’ continuously for bad Leadership but have we been good leaders in our little capacities? Can the virile youth of a nation rise up to the true meaning of leadership with the challenges ahead?
Shall we be part of the attitude of some of our leaders that have become “Omoakotiile ta” by flaunting our wealth without recourse to human dignity and respect? They have created a hopeless situation for a Nation with rich endowments. They have no vision to develop but they have interest to steal.
Every celebration of our democracy should remind us that there are great tasks ahead for our nation. It is important to adopt the trust of democratic tenets in order to grow properly as a nation. Nigeria cannot continue this way.
The moment of sober reflection is expected to be our yearly design and not wasting huge public funds to celebrate the Demonstration of craze.
Nigeria can never grow by words of mouth but by the practice of true democratic ideals. May 29th is not a day to celebrate but a day to be sober, reflect and think for a better future.
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