I welcome you back members of the community. I had to take a break to see how events unfold in our politico. I believe it is time we engage in a voyage of appreciation of existing realities as we are about to engage in another round of Elections that will impact the fates of citizens and nationals.
In 2015, precisely April 19, Nigerians evinced their popular sovereignty by voting out a mendacious Political Party of men of mean consciences. They voted in a newly contraption, APC contrived by maestros and disgruntled persons from five political parties of ACN, ANPP, CPC , so-called new PDP and APGA. The atmosphere was electric but from antecedents of the parties and the sole beneficiary of the peoples’ goodwill, I was eclectic having discerned what was coming, sic, flagrant abuse of power, breach of rules of law and constitutionalism, nepotistic jingoism and contemptuous disdain for other part of the nation State, the hallmarks of his previous military innings in the nation’s politics.
Further, in all honesty, some of us the so-called wailers were never disappointed by the outcome of this democratic dictatorship. It was discernable and well prognosticated. However, we were taken aback by the decisions of the five Generals to support one of theirs in spite of his antecedents! We were also confounded by the decisions of men of erudition and great sound intellects to jump into the bandwagon, but human beings are unpredictable beings and we give them the benefits of the doubt to exercise their free will and rights in good consciences though some of them might have done that mala fide but it is not our duty to judge.
However, we are here again to remind us that in 2015 we had cast our votes and in the process brought in a government that never understood the distinction between political partisanship and patriotism; nationalism and nepotism; and above all, elevated ethnic jingoism above the constitutional stipulated secularism in the running of the nation state. The question that must be asked and answered before we cast our votes this time simply put should be is this Nigeria of our dreams? Is this Nigeria of our heroes’ past labour and blood? If it is not, then popular sovereignty dictates that your votes will count only if you want them to count. But we wonder whether TraderMoni of 23 dollars given out to market women in gusto of shame is a policy of good governance or tacit votes buying in continuation of the masses’ impoverish state.
Further, upon this government ascension to power, hopes were high and goodwill enormous, yet all that have been squandered in the altar of mean spiritedness and petty-mindedness. That is explicable considering the euphoria of power in the hands of insecure persons, the best they do is wreak havoc on the polity. That is glaring and we need no avatar to foretell.
However, this government started on toddlers’ steps when it waited about six months to constitute members of its Executive with recycled spent forces. More so, to show how clueless and unprepared this government was, it never understood politics as horse race rather than a horse trade, thus the President in his sanctimonious toga did not send lobbyists to lobby senators in voting his preferred candidate for the Senate House Officers but simply quipped that whosoever emerge, he would work with him! Bukola Saraki emerged and he could not work with him! The government lapdog, CCT was sent after him and there started the failure of governance by political maestros but leadership neophytes.
Furthermore, this government will go down in the Nigerian political history as the most callous and insensitive one that has no date with rules of law and constitutionalism. It is a fact within international and domestic purview that due process has no place in this government. This is a government that the court of competent jurisdiction will give orders and the government contemned those orders. Sambo Dasuki is still in house arrest in spite of a court order to release him on bail.
This is a government that sent security agents in the middle of the night to break into residences of Supreme Court’s Justices upon contrived suspicion of corruption and cowed them to cower in fear and intimidation because the government was afraid that the Supreme Court’s decisions were often against it.
This is a government that its SGF was complicit of corruption and the President defended him until national outcry forced him out and yet he is the Coordinator of the President reelection. This is a government that a sitting governor is accused of taking bribes in dollars and video clips are in public domain but the government called those technological generated clips and praised the governor for being a good leader.
Further, this is the government that engages in blame games of the previous government for about four years now even when citizens had agreed the government was bad and voted it out. This is the government that promised change into a better life for citizens but has degenerated into a chain of bondage to the masses. Yes this is a government that met Nigeria as the fastest growing economy in Africa and number three growing economies in the World in 2015 and in its three and half years outing, the Nigeria’s Economy is in straits and is now number 88th growing economy in the world thereby having a free fall 85 times from its enviable 3rd position. Patriots and men of consciences and faculties should be agitated that the country is sliding towards a dangerous precipitous cliff and stop playing politics at the expense of the nation state.
This is a government that its Party chairman openly invited corrupt politicians to join its bandwagon so that their sins would be forgiven thereby tending messianic Jesus Christ of Nazareth and the President in his sanctimonious integrity keeps mute!
Also, this is a government that has repeatedly impugned the sacredness of the Judiciary as an independent armed of Government thereby desecrating the Temple of Justice. The latest is the summarily suspension of the CJN upon a direction of an inferior Tribunal, CCT whose chairman has corruption albatross on his neck without recourse to due process, rules of law and constitutionalism.
It is rather sad the citizens explained this away as fighting corruption and cleaning the Aegean’s stable forgetting that there is no doctrine of necessity that permits due process, rules of law and constitutionalism to be breached in partisan politics without repercussions. No matter the urgency of a situation, there is always a process to follow it through, but where that process is circumvented, it is simpliciter abuse of due process tantamount to corruption. Sadly, legal minds are the ones goading on this abuse and onslaught on the Judiciary and I wail in this sepulchral tone that the desecration of the Temple of Justice by this government is an indictment on our unity at the Bar and Bench and the relative cordial relationship between them is nothing but the peace of the graveyard.
This is a government that the President saddled with overburdened integrity has no school certificate to tender but for an affidavit which at worst may be perjured yet he is still contesting for the highest office in the land yet citizens with degrees are jobless.
This is a government that a sitting governor threatened to send home international observers to the forthcoming General election in body bags if the interfered with internal affairs of Nigeria yet same government welcomed two governors from Niger Republic with thousands of supporters without documentation from that country into Kano to campaign for the President reelection thereby interfering with domestic affairs of Nigeria without any of them going home in body bags. Further this is a government that a sitting governor called out citizens in his state to kill any person who won’t vote for this government and he, the governor will bail the killers as if human life is so cheap!
Also scandalously, this is a government that regulates train speed limits not to safeguard human lives but to protect cattle and the Minister of Transportation shamelessly stated that in an interview with the news media!
Sadly, this is the Government whose emergence fractured the nation state and disembodied the unity that made us a country through its divisive actions, utterances and appointments. This is a government that is so hypocritical in its fight against corruption as opposition is persecuted instead of holistically fighting corruption to save our nation state from the hydra headed dragon called corruption the bane of our national development.
Furthermore, the rallying point that gave the President the votes that brought him to power was the touted integrity. But where integrity touted is contradistinctive, the plausible explanation is that it was façade, a make-believe with surreptitious intent to hoodwink as a strategy of power ascension. Thus, now the President is in power, we can see him for who he is for real. Recently, in an interactive session with the news media, he said he should be reelected that he was committed to fighting corruption and that he will not change. I was nonplussed that the President does not internalize his statement when he said he will not change! Who wants a dictatorial tyrant as his President? Either the President is mischievous in his utterances and actions which I doubt considering his Spartan candor or he is suffering from Alzheimer and acute dementia and needs urgent medical attention and rest not the rigors of office that will impact his health hazardously.
Integrity is like milk once spilled, it cannot be gathered and integrity once trounced as in the present case, it is forever gone.
Moreover, the President’s actions, reactions, utterances and body language upon ascension to power can be described as divisive, bias, ethnocentric, nepotistic, sectarian, dictatorial and messianic, thus, not the qualities that qualify him for a second term otherwise, come February, 16 2019, Nigeria will decide and Nigerians would divide as the present state of the union is implosive waiting to embroil.
Furthermore, what Nigeria needs at this material time is a servant leader seasoned in economics, political leadership, economic diplomacy; compromises needed in running a multiverse population like ours; pious and not sanctimonious and above all independent minded with deep sense of responsibility and patriotism to unite Nigerians. Upon ascension to power, he should exercise such power legitimately with a large heart accommodating criticisms as veritable tenet of democratic governance.
He must constitute a sovereign national conference for citizens to decide their fates and how they want to be governed. Nigeria cannot be indivisible when Nigerians are divided and the political leadership is lopsided and ethnocentric else, the boughs holding us together will break.
Lastly, should this government be returned to power, it will be the mistake that a decade will not be sufficient to correct it in Nigeria political history as there will be wailing, blood flow and living in bondage in the land as Nigerians will become slaves in their very own land except they stop it now they have the opportunity to do so.
So Nigerians when you cast your votes don’t vote your conscience after collecting TraderMoni of $23 but vote your future and that of your children. Trader moni is your money in coveted vaults given to you as stipends as tacit votes buying, you deserves better not just 23 dollars after every four years.
Yusuf Alkali manages Good Governance and the Rule of Law and writes from the US.