NASS: The Place Of Ambition And The Nigerian Youths By Whyte Habeeb Ibidapo
I had decided to keep mute for a long while on the crisis emanating from the recently concluded elections of principal officers in the National Assembly for two reasons. One, I do not want to get on the wagon of those the youths that are joining issues with one another over the emergence of a candidate as against another and two; I subscribed that we must learn to look at the implications of such politicking on our country and the immediate effect on the Nigeria Youth Constituency. I have always looked at issues affecting Nigeria’s governance with a different lens because I have kept my views informed not by parochial considerations or personal gains. On any issue that I might address here, I want you to think about it and see reason why necessary actions must be taken. Don’t see it as my pocket speaking, see it as my own act of patriotism.
There is nothing too little to contribute to the development of one’s country. The oft repeated cliché that the only ingredient necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing appears apt in this case. The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.
Let me quickly say that our country’s population is made up of over 62% youths. It means that when BH (Boko Haram) kills ten people, an average of six youths would be among the dead. When ten people die in road mishaps, six youths are involved. When ten people cast their votes, six youths have voted. When ten people join a campaign train, six youths have joined. When the leadership of the NASS pass ten bills into law, six would definitely affects the Nigerian youths. It suffices to say that the youths constitute more than half of the Nigerian population. Any action or inaction of our political leaders has a considerable effect on the youths. We either suffer or rejoice at any of their actions. I doubt if we have ever benefitted from any policy championed by the political elite. The euphoria that greeted the assumption into office of the APC is beginning to wane by the recent attitudes of our so called ‘change agent’ politicians. We never bargained for the display of madness on the floor of the assembly neither did we tell them that we wanted to see how skilful they are when it comes to wrestling, boxing and touting. Their recent acts of dirty politicking shows they never represented change but their narrow, selfish interests.
One serious reality of the National Assembly situation today is that most elected members have in the shortest time built up an enormous amount of expertise in crookedness. The show of shame as to non-coherence of the change in the leadership position of both chambers of the Assembly is a enough prove of their crookedness. The party on it part claimed to have leaders who are product of internal democracy system while some party members claimed to have a leader of popular reflection. Even when the leader of the latter emerged, the question of whether or not he represents popular reflection is still in question. When you reflect popular choice, you don’t go seeking for acceptance. Well, it is of interest to even know why some set of members never went for the meeting that was supposedly meant for members of the ruling party. I guess the reason was well played out during the refusal to read the letter sent to the Assembly by the party’s chairman. As if all this scripted scene is not enough, the party came sending list to NASS to effect appointment for the whole house. The party leadership forgot so soon that the interest of Nigeria matters. I don’t understand if any rule of the House empowers a political party to choose Principal members for the House. One would also wonder if the attempt of the party to correct defaulting members should be the headache of the whole country or can we just conclude that the party no longer have a grip of their internal democracy. Why has the party failed to invoke the provision of Article 12 (A) i, ii, iii, vii, (B) i & ii, (D) (I, F, G, H).It’s all starting on a disheartening note. This is nothing but ambition and power play among party members. The party we voted for stands for real change and development not service to some individual’s personal. The party must not fall.
The environment of change that the Nigerian youths canvassed heavily for was not premise on personal ambition over our country’s development. The Nigeria youths crave for a serious minded legislative house where indolence and lawlessness has no place of standing. The legislature are already truncating the change we called for. We voted out the last government because it was a government of condemnation. It would be off note that the Assembly members should take note. The youths are more bothered by the fact our age mates in sister developing countries will be handed a working nation with well-defined national goals, national development plans and constructive national integration policies and guidelines, that are already in operation with timelines of progress reports, we will be handed over a failed state even without national goals nor role models. Hopefully the new administration might sets an agenda for us. And we are not oblivion of the fact that our President is doing well. He needs to be supported on a good note by the Assembly members. The country matter to us as youths. We want a sense of direction from the NASS members. We do not want to be taught politics of immorality and illegality. Enough of the crop of power mongers who keep using our country to play the game of ludo. They throw the dice, and they play what it comes up with, meanwhile they are buying time privately and pursuing their own their self-interest. The country is supreme not anyone’s pocket. Present yourselves for real service not pocket servicing. We want you to establish laws that would improve our basic aspects of life. We want to start competing with our brothers in the developed world. Enough of ambition politics over our development.
WHYTE HABEEB IBIDAPO is a Lawyer, United Nations Award winner, Africa International Arbitration Award winner and Coca cola/ The Nation Campuslife Award Winner.