The Wave of ACN’s Criticisms; Essential for Our Democratic Growth By Ile Algernon Osas
Those who think the Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, Nigeria’s leading opposition party has crossed the line and its criticisms of President Jonathan’s administration is now excessive, should have a re-think…
This is because its not only in Nigeria you see waves of criticisms being melted on an obviously under-performing cabinet, an off-track administration or a reverse-gear government… Even when the government thinks it is genuinely on track & the populace think otherwise, it could still be criticised;
In other climes & advanced democracies you see same situation if not worse off; When Tony Blair was British Premier and leader of the labour party, he received round the clock criticisms for his handling of the economy & his supposedly, unprofitable alliance with the United States on virtually all of its foreign policy decisions from the leader of the then opposition conservative party and current British premier David Cameron.
In what led to his eventual resignation in June 2007, Tony Blair’s successor was the Chancellor of the Exchequer (minister of finance) Gordon Brown, a man with wealth of experience in economic management. Brown still faced tonnes of criticisms for not creating enough jobs to take care of the victims of the global financial crisis. The situation persisted until his party, the labour party lost its majority in the house of commons to the conservative party paving way for David Cameron to become British Prime minister.
In the United States, it’s no different. When President Bush was taunting around with his war-mongering foreign polices and authoritarian tendencies, his republican government received minute-by-minute criticisms by both the American public and the opposition democrat party leading to his party’s loss of the majority it held in congress in November 2006 and the eventual loss of the presidency to the democrats in 2008…
In my opinion, ACN is doing an outstanding job as an opposition party with the stream of endless criticisms it has blessed this administration with, something that has being deficient in our 4th republic democracy ab initio…..
After all, judging by this government’s performance thus far, some would think it deserves more than criticisms…. but what more can the ACN do, since the mantle of leadership is far from it and its terms of reference as an opposition stops at constructively criticising the government of the day.
At this juncture, let me say kudos to the Alhaji Lai Mohammed led ACN firing squad…Please, keep the fire burning as some of us are taking note of your worthy contributions to engendering good democratic practice in the nation by making the lookworm President Jonathan’s administration stand to its toes.
Posterity will speak well of you…
Ile Algernon Osas
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