The Purpose of Governing and the Reign of Impunity By Pat Utomi
As 1970s Reggae star Jimny Cliff sang in the song of the title “have you heard the news” I should be asking if you have heard the news of how the 35, nearly the 36 who govern us showed a literacy level so low they could not count 36 ballot papers. Now is there a wonder it has been impossible to count the votes of all registered and voting Nigerians in a General Elections such that the selection of people for “elective” office is now assigned to the Judiciary with its corrupting influences on that once upon a time last hope of the common man. Have you heard the news really? Jimny Cliff sang in the song ‘I went to Africa, Down in Nigeria, and they threw me in jail, cause I got little fame.
At least he was clear why they threw him in jail. I am not sure the PDP is clear why it is suspending its governors and engineering impeachment of people. Forget they may never have been elected in the first place, after all your name does not have to be on the ballot paper to be elected. All you have to do is belong to the largest political party in Africa.
My big question is: Do they realize the world is watching and that with every one of their actions that make impunity the norm the legitimacy of Nigeria’s democracy is waning. Even more troubling is that they, the PDP, do not seem to realize there is a difference between a political party and a government, whether it be a party that produced the government or not.
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