By Oluwatobi Odeyinka
Democracy and federalism have confirmed to be among the many greatest approaches to governance.
One can think about the thrill with which the previous technology of pre-independent Nigeria would have embraced the democratic white dove that was handed over by Britain and the way they’d have been enchanted by its pureness.
Democracy was perceived as an unblemished system. Our leaders introduced that our democracy and federal system could be modelled after the USA of America, a nation that many covet for its close to perfection in political administration.
The poor man thought democracy was the potent and efficient capsule for the pains inflicted by many many years of horrible governance from the army, however Nigerians had been quickly disillusioned as a result of the inexperienced and white cloth of our federalism quickly acquired ruffled up and it’s virtually tearing aside.
It began with the ethnic and non secular killings. Though our anthem binds us “in love and unity” however the machineries of presidency condone disunity and sow seeds of hatred somewhat than love.
The ethnic and non secular bigotry quickly led to a bloody coup – our cherished democracy was gone. Gone, so corruption may very well be institutionalised; gone, so minority teams would haven’t any voice towards domination and marginalisation, and in the event that they discovered a voice, their Saro-Wiwa could be silenced without end.
Our democracy was gone, so injustice and tyranny may very well be legalised by means of draconian decrees – however our democracy was not gone without end.
On June 8, 1998, there was a coup from heaven which took the lifetime of the dreaded Basic Sani Abacha. It was a voice from heaven saying to the army, “let my folks go” – after all to not Canaan however to the promised land referred to as ‘democracy’.
We rejoiced for we thought we might be capable to breathe once more, however the pleasure was brief lived. The democratic sheep that ought to lead us to the promise land, had befriended the autocratic canine and so they had learnt to eat faeces.
The Agbada was the image of democracy and all that it value the the previous oppressors was a brand new id within the dressing room.
They turned the brand new champions of democracy. The establishments that ought to entrench the core values of democracy was battered within the ring of politicking and the robust males paraded within the corridors of energy, with golf equipment of oppression and tyranny hid of their agbada.
The seemingly excellent system of democracy fails to work in Nigeria. It’s only in democratic Nigeria that we debate which is best between democracy and army rule (the distinction is tough to identify).
It’s in Nigeria, that residents pray for a “benevolent dictator” as a result of democracy has been a colossal failure in Nigeria and the rationale? We deal with having good males somewhat than good establishments.
I used to be strolling to the financial institution one sunny afternoon. The final N7, 000 in my account had suffered a dispense error and I used to be approaching the financial institution with the fury of Rottweiler.
As I crossed the highway, simply reverse the financial institution, I noticed a automobile approaching me from the flawed facet of the one-way highway and I noticed an official of the Ogun State Visitors Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) pointing to him and shouting “can’t you see you might be passing a method?”
The concern of loss of life subdued my anger and I fled for my expensive life. The erring driver was driving a Hilux 4X4 with the title of a federal ministry written on it.
He stopped and regarded on the officer shouting at him. I might learn his thoughts saying, “What effrontery!”
He fired again on the TRACE officer, “come and arrest me and those who employed you wouldn’t be capable to prevent…”
The officer who was solely attempting to take care of order sensed that this man was a senior officer within the federal ministry, at the least, his confidence confirmed that. He shortly retreated and returned to his publish.
That is the story of Nigeria, a democratically lawless nation.The Nigeria the place robust males dominate over the weak and weak; the Nigeria the place establishments could be manipulated and tinkered towards justice and equity.
The TRACE officer knew that his establishment wouldn’t rescue him from this overbearing, insensitive, uncultured, and reckless ministry man, if the latter decides to “take care of him”.
Let me not point out how the financial institution annoyed me on my N7, 000. The whole lot is designed to frustrate a poor man in democratic Nigeria.
If Nigeria should work as a democracy; a democracy the place folks’s rights wouldn’t be trampled upon with impunity, we could have to take our gaze away from the robust males and look the opposite technique to examine our establishments.
The suspended Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, could also be corrupt however clearly his travails are inflicted by some highly effective males within the Presidency.
Magu will not be being investigated, he’s being disgraced, and stripped of his light and ungenuine garb of integrity, which he wore as an anticorruption crooner, in order that even when he finally comes out harmless, he is probably not match to return to his place.
Nuhu Ribadu suffered the identical destiny; Ibrahim Lamorde was not spared;
Former Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onoghen acquired the identical pill.
Is it not excessive time we fortified our establishments? For if the establishment be weak, what can the ‘righteous’ do?