Seek Ye First Political Reform (2) By Jude Feranmi
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Nigeria is a failed state! Our leaders are corrupt ! Nigeria is a failing nation! Our democracy has been truncated! Impunity is the order of the day! Our ex-convicts are vying for election posts! Our national conference is filled with old men who brought us to where we are now! Nigeria politics is a do or die affair! Good people are not allowed to go into politics, they will be killed! This country can never be good again! There is no HOPE anywhere jhor, let’s stop deceiving ourselves! The opposition party is the same old wine in new skin! All the people in the opposition are thieves too! In fact, ALL of us are thieves! Our religious leaders don’t care, as long as they are riding private jets and getting tax, sorry, tithe! The church has been turned to a political asylum! Nigeria should just disintegrate! We are different sets of people that hate themselves! Nigeria expired Dec 31st 2013! Nigeria is a zoo governed by a chief zoologist! Everybody just wants to hammer! The future is bleak! I want to travel out, there’s no hope for this country! I can go on and on and there will be more words that can contain a magazine about the differing opinions of Nigerians about Nigeria and what the future holds, but it is only pertinent at this point out the fact that it is exactly at such a time as this that we need the Martin Luther Kings of our generation, It is at this point in the history of our nation that we require the Lee Quan Yews of our time.
A wise man once said everybody can point out the problem, it takes a change agent to point out the solutions. I think if our bloggers and writers start to proffer solutions to the enormous problems of this country and start to actively engage citizens and the government to adopt such solutions, we will end up quoting less and less problems until we see all these problems vanish away. I hope to see a Nigeria whose problems will no longer be that of poverty and war but will be that of the super economy and bringing peace to wars in nations far abroad. One of my articles have been titled Seek Ye First Political Reform where I discussed historically the transitions of countries like Japan, Singapore, South Korea and how they transformed from poor countries into rich countries and how their attempts was first characterized by a political reform before all else. It is according to this foregoing that I posited that reforming our polity is necessary and sufficient for the fulfilling of every other Nigerian dream that we have. POLITICAL REFORM might seem like a theoretical course but it means something.
Reforming our polity is not what our leaders are going to wake up to do one day, irrespective of party affiliations and that is why you’ve still not heard about any politician raising a bill in the National Assembly that attempts to reduce drastically the quarterly allocation to legislators that run to about N150bn a year irrespective of party affiliation. It should be clear now that REFORM will not be carried out by these folks only because it does not benefit them. Another example is that a bill seeking to ease the impeachment process of the president of the federal republic and make it realistic enough to put the holder of the office at check which was sponsored by one Hon Yakubu Dogara in late 2013 did not even pass first reading. That should also be enough clue to say that one good egg of close to 500 bad eggs will not even sniff REFORM talk less see it come to pass. The question is then, How do we reform our polity? How do we replace the systems that ensure accountability and transparency with these present ones that have been perfected to favor corruption, impunity and power abuse? How do we bring about a government that ensures the person who is to be audited is not the one that decides who the auditor is? How do we bring about a legislation that removes immunity from the clause of the constitution so that our governors don’t run to the senate after they’ve siphoned the state’s treasuries ? How do we even start to bring to pass the autonomy of the anti-graft agencies so that the persons who they are to probe are not the same persons to decide if they are funded enough to carry out investigations against them by controlling their budgetary allocation? How do we ensure that the autonomy of the electoral commission is actually independent as it is supposed to be? How do we make sure that people who are vying to lead us as leaders are people of substance and not ex-convicts as we are witnessing in the polls recently?
A lot of institutions are tied to the aprons of governance and it is these institutions that determine whether there is enough food on our table to feed our bellies and those of our kids. These systems are the systems that turn around to determine the basic things of our lives from issues as major as the security of our lives from insurgents or external terrorists to issues that are supposedly minor as the conduct of our ceremonies on government roads. Only those who are either misinformed or exploiting the situation will posit that it is an easy task. In fact, it is an herculean task, and having noted that the oppressors will not willingly relinquish the tool of oppression, NO ONE WILL SAVE NIGERIANS EXCEPT NIGERIANS. And by Nigerians, I mean the middle class that is stubbornly lackadaisical and the poor masses that are helpless. However, it is a possible task and only those that are truly committed will be able to see the accomplishment of this task. I will in the next episode of this piece start to elucidate the HOW of POLITICAL REFORM while hoping that this piece has dealt with the WHAT question.
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