Shehu Sani is Civic Rights Campaigner and politician who has contributed considerably to scholarship as regards the necessity for Africans to mainstream the observe of excellent governance and constitutionalism.
Like many African thinkers, he, Shehu Sani recognises the dearth of the virtues session and dialogues by the crop of individuals who’re opportunistically positioned as up to date political workplace holders in nearly all of African nations and particularly Nigeria that’s witnessing a speedy regression of the democratic and constitutional values of the general public good because the hallmark of governance.
In one among his books with a catchy tittle as follows: “Civilian Dictators of Africa,” Shehu Sani famous within the preface thus:
“A pacesetter ought to attempt to be worthy of the mantle of management, in no matter approach doable. A number of African leaders have demonstrated failure on this regard, resulting in many, if not most, of issues that plague the African continent. In latest instances, many of those so-called leaders have even gone a step additional in drastically deviating from all recognized management ethos, rising as dictators within the course of”.
Shehu Sani who represented Kaduna central on the eight session of the Nationwide Meeting acknowledged that: “Dictators are pure political leaders who wield lively govt energy and use such energy in an absolute or near-absolute method, with little or no efficient verify and stability. A number of the attributes of dictators embody a keenness for creating cults of persona about themselves, infected by pure skills in demagoguery. They favour a “divide and rule” system of management, they usually maintain and consolidate their powers by way of technique of worry, intimidation and arrest. They are typically corrupt, kleptocratic and desirous of spewing a dynasty, no matter the kind of state that they preside over. In addition they exhibit an inglorious tendency to wish to defend their very own kind- their “fellow” dictator.”
He then argues that: “In a lot the identical method because the previous management of its constituent polities, Africa at this time continues to be characterised by dictatorship.(civilian or army), who’ve behaved despotically, by ruled poorly, initiated or exacerbated present civil conflicts, murdered or eradicated opponents, decelerated per capita financial development and have engendered and promoted corruption. And whereas there appears to be no finish to the emergence of latest dictators in Africa, there exist no sturdy institutional mechanism to stop the emergence and the consolidation of dictatorship in governance in Africa”.
One other of Nigeria’s gifted legal professionals and constitutional students within the particular person of Dr. Tunji Abayomi has executed what may be thought of as Magnus Opus within the space of understanding the essence of constitutionalism at the same time as this e-book is titled aptly as “constitutional powers and duties of the President”.
Within the foreword contributed by one of many foremost legal professionals to have come from Nigeria by Identify Chief F.R.A. Williams, CFR, CON, SAN, the erudite scholar reminded us thus:
“In fashionable instances, all constitutions of any nation organized on the idea of Democracy and the Rule of Legislation derive their legitimacy from the folks. It’s because it’s acknowledged that sovereignty belongs to the folks. Therefore it’s the folks, and solely they, who can legitimately lay down the principles and rules upon which they’re ready to be ruled.”
“Beneath our present Structure, the president maintain a key place. The chief powers of the nation are vested in him. It’s his responsibility to make sure that for that clean operation of our constitutional system, the Legislature doesn’t encroach on his powers or usurp his capabilities because the Head of State and Chief Govt of the Federal Authorities. The Nationwide Meeting has the onerous burden of enacting legal guidelines for the peace, order and good authorities of your complete nation in as far as it’s empowered to take action below the Structure. There have been events in latest instances when the nation has witnessed confrontation and controversy between the Presidency and the Nationwide Meeting arising from makes an attempt by one department of presidency to encroach on the sphere of the opposite. There isn’t a doubt that there are border line or gray areas the place the powers to powers or capabilities of the Legislature and the Govt are such that confrontations between the 2 organs of presidency are vulnerable to result in friction and pressure,” so wrote Chief FRA Williams of blessed recollections.
The heavy emphasis being laid on the desire of the folks goes to the foundation of this reflection which is a commentary on what the minister of telecommunications and digital financial system below the present dispensation has got down to do which from all indications, doesn’t embrace the pursuits of Nigerians in each the conception and implementation of the general public coverage simply as it’s occurring at a time that scientifically, bringing out giant numbers of individuals to collect in designated locations at a time may expose them to contracting the Coronavirus illness which is ravaging not simply Nigeria however globally.
And so it was that as Nigerians had been nonetheless imagining if the reported second wave of COVID-19 ravaging United Kingdom, France, United States of America and lots of different locations will arrive Nigeria, then out the Blues, Nigerians had been informed to pour out of their hundreds of thousands to assemble on the places of work of the Nationwide Id Playing cards Fee to acquire what they known as NATIONAL IDENTITY NUMBER OR NIN in brief or they’ll lose their telephone strains. The federal government then gave over 100 million phone subscribers only a Month to acquire this so known as NIN.
Particularly, the Federal Authorities of Nigeria had introduced the extension of the interval of the registration of SIMs with Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN), in addition to the cancellation of USSD and Verification Charges.
This announcement was made in a press assertion issued and signed by Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director-Basic, the Nationwide Id Administration Fee (NIMC), after the assembly held by the Nationwide Activity Power on Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN) and SIM Registration.
Within the media assertion, the federal government sounded prefer it was doing us a favour when it mentioned glibly that it is very important notice that the data conveyed within the press assertion embody resolutions made on the assembly chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Dr. Isa Pantami, with main stakeholders within the sector together with Chairman-NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DG-NIMC, ECTS/ECSM-NCC, Chairman ALTON, CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble in attendance.
It continues that on the assembly, after reviewing the latest developments at hand and the mounting points, which unravelled at this time owing to logistics and infrastructural hiccups skilled on the NIMC places of work at this time,
The Nationwide Activity Power made a decision that three (3) weeks extension needs to be granted for subscribers with NIN, from thirtieth December 2020 to nineteenth January 2021.
The Nationwide Activity Power additionally granted six (6) weeks extension to subscribers with out NIN, ranging from thirtieth December 2020 to ninth February 2021.
What you need to know
Based mostly on the endorsement of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria, the Nationwide Activity Power disclosed that:
NIMC has supplied methods to allow residents to attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – significantly using facemasks which stays obligatory and upkeep of social distancing.
The President appreciates Nigerians for his or her endurance and dedication to replace their identities; whereas he thanked all stakeholders for his or her compliance with the directives.
Mr. President additionally recommended the efforts of the Activity Power and urged all stakeholders to benefit from the extension to hyperlink their SIM card with their NIN.
USSD and verification expenses stay suspended throughout these extensions.
Why this issues
This growth, nevertheless, is a welcome enchancment as it would present enough time for Nigerians to plan on when to register and enrol for the NIN, so erroneously chorused the propaganda assertion put out within the media to defend the indefensible in poor health intentioned public coverage to compel hundreds of thousands of Nigerians to take dangers of catching COVID-19 simply in order that they receive NIN at a time the World over, nation’s are taking accountable steps to guard their residents. This DIRECTIVE by the Telecommunications and digital financial system minister has turned the nation’s political management into NINcompoops within the eyes of the World as a result of it is just somebody with out rationality and duty that can play the position of the satan’s advocate by compelling hundreds of thousands of their residents to virtually go and die.
Though the politicians in Nigeria on the ministry of telecommunications and digital financial system really feel that the extension of deadline will assist to scale back strain on NIMC officers in addition to different operators on the NIN enrolment centres, and make approach for a seamless NIN registration and enrolment train. Nevertheless, it’s insensitive for presidency officers to refuse to take heed to the voice of cause by calling off this train that’s nearly as good as turning into the SUPER SPREADER OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA.
To show the shortage of cohesion and coherence within the planning and implementation of public insurance policies, whereas the minister of telecommunications has insisted on going forward with this unhealthy coverage of the organised nationwide stampede for NIN, the scientists have warned in opposition to this and certainly the Ministry of Well being requested that it’s suspended.
The continued Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN) enrolment could also be suspended contemplating the big crowds in search of registration in centres throughout Nigeria and the danger of COVID-19, the Minister of State for Well being, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has mentioned.
He made this comment on Channels TV Dawn Each day present the place he appeared as a visitor on Monday.
Mr Mamora, who can also be a member of the Presidential Activity Power on COVID-19, mentioned ”it’s displeasing to see crowds collect on the Nationwide Id Administration Fee, (NIMC) places of work.”
“No one feels good. I don’t really feel good trying on the image the place persons are gathered in multitudes. It’s like tremendous spreader occasions which we don’t like. I’m additionally conscious that the related ministry which is the communications and digital financial system is this.
“My understanding is that the entire course of could also be suspended in order to reorder the entire course of when it comes to administration of the group as a result of it was by no means supposed that it will turn out to be a rowdy course of like that. So, folks could have to attend and be known as at intervals to undergo the method,” he mentioned.
He suggested the NIMC ”to re-order the enrolment course of,” which he mentioned will assist keep away from giant crowds throughout the nation.
He mentioned the federal government has an obligation to make sure Nigerians are protected always.
“We now have an obligation as authorities to make sure that persons are protected; we even have an obligation to make sure folks comply throughout the restrict of what’s good for the society at giant,” he mentioned.
Anxious Nigerians have continued to collect at NIMC places of work throughout the nation to register for his or her NINs.
Clearly, this outlandish directive by the telecommunications minister which offends even widespread sense has made the Nigerian authority to appear like NINcompoops around the globe.
It’s because as we had submitted in the beginning of this piece, the folks matter rather a lot within the formulation, implementation and even the timing of the imposition of sure public choices.
Apart from, the Nigerian structure acknowledges the sacredness of life as supplied for in part 33 (1).
Why then is the NCC and the supervising minister continuing with this poisonous coverage of forcing hundreds of thousands of anxious Nigerians to show their lives to the dangers of catching Covid -19 or is the Federal authorities made up of NINcompoops who deliberately wish to flip authorities places of work to avenues of the tremendous spreading of Covid-19?
Why is similar authorities that’s arresting folks for violations of the COVID-19 protocols asking Nigerians to troop out in higher numbers to congregate and wrestle for NIN? Why arrest clubbers however the police has not arrested officers of the Nationwide communication Fee or the minister of Telecommunications and digital financial system who’s the particular person misdirecting Nigerians of their hundreds of thousands to go catch Covid-19?
Think about the opposite day, the Lagos State Police Command arrested 43 clubbers together with strippers.
They had been nabbed at Eclipse Night time Membership, Ligali Ayorinde Road, Victoria Island.
Police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi made this recognized in a press release on Monday
Police operatives connected to the Maroko Division made the arrest.
Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be moved to Taskforce workplace in Oshodi for prosecution.
Odumosu reiterated that membership house owners ought to now not be spared as they encourage complete disregard for COVID-19 protocols.
The Police boss had ordered Space Commanders and Divisional Police Officers to go after violators.
Who will arrest the minister of telecommunications and digital financial system?
This exhibits a failure of the management charisma of listening to the voice of the folks. James G Hunt, Kimberly B Boal, George E Dodge in
The Management Quarterly 10 (3), 423-448, 1999 acknowledged as follows: “A single issue, seven-level, repeated measures, unbalanced experiment was performed with 191 faculty undergraduates to check Boal and Bryson’s (1988) assertions that: (1) there are not less than two types of charismatic management below disaster circumstances—visionary and crisis-responsive; and (2) as soon as the disaster situation has abated, the results of crisis-responsive management deteriorate comparatively quicker than different types of charismatic management.
The experiment consisted of 4 disaster situation management therapies (crisis-responsive, visionary below disaster, alternate below disaster, and low expressiveness below disaster) and three no-crisis situation management therapies (visionary no disaster, alternate no disaster, and low expressiveness no disaster) at time one adopted by low expressiveness no disaster at time two. Two graduate scholar “leaders” who memorized fastidiously ready scripts delivered the management therapies. Evaluation consisted of 28 a priori comparisons of cell means and repeated measures ANOVA to find out vital principal results in addition to interactions. We discovered help for our speculation that there are two types of charisma (visionary and crisis-responsive) and that, within the absence of disaster, the results of disaster responsive charisma decay quicker than do the results of visionary charisma.
Some males see issues as they’re and ask why? I dream issues that by no means had been and ask, why not? —Robert F. Kennedy as quoted in Ted’s eulogy for Robert (Kennedy, 1968, p. 58)
There aren’t any nice males. There are solely nice challenges which odd males are pressured by circumstances to fulfill. —W. F. “Bull” Halsey in Lay and Gilroy (1959).
The quotes above seize the essence of a lot of the present literature regarding charismatic management. Is charisma based totally on the imaginative and prescient of a rare chief or does it evolve from rising to face extraordinary circumstances, similar to a disaster? Robust adherents of Weber (e.g., Beyer 1999, Trice and Beyer 1986, pp. 118–119) argue that he considers the next 5 interacting parts as essential in producing charisma:1.
An awfully gifted particular person;2.A social disaster or scenario of desperation;3.A set of concepts offering a radical resolution to the disaster;4.A set of followers who’re interested in the distinctive particular person and who come to imagine that she or he is straight linked to transcendent powers; and5.The validation of that particular person’s extraordinary items and transcendence by repeated successes.
Trice and Beyer (1986) seen charisma as a sociological phenomenon that emerged from the interplay of all of those parts, and argued that each one of them have to be current to a point for charisma to happen.
Nigeria must be rescued from politics of NINcompoops.
Droop this NIN madness now!
*EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO is head of the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) and blogs @www. huriwanigeria.com, [email protected], www.thenigerianinsidernews.com.