This is sad and ridiculous. I am deeply sad for my country Nigeria. How much more ridiculous can it be that one person, just because he is the President, can put a nation of over 150 million people to shame like this in this day and age? What the hell is going on? How can one part of the country continue to hold the rest down and to ransom forever?
I bet if this has happened to Obasanjo or any other President from the south, the north would either have staged a coup or forced some actions to be taken. Why is the rest of the country so timid to take appropriate actions as allowed by our constitution and/or rule of law? What this means is that we are not ready for the system of government that we are practicing, or the system does not suit us because of whom we are.
First, the north was going to hold us back from getting independence in 1960 because they were not ready. The south fought for it, got it, and the north latched on to it as if it was their birthright. Why not? Didn’t Sokoto state say they are born to rule?
Nigeria is good about subverting things; and this is not a putdown but a matter of fact. No matter how good something is, whether it is a system, method, rule of law, technology, governance, we will surely find a way to use it in a bad way or turn it to bad use. Take internet for example, we 419ned it, didn’t we? Take democracy, we demonized it. Haba Rimi!
They say it’s not what people do to you that really matters but it’s what you do about it. It’s high time that the south did something about this. We cannot continue to allow the north to relegate us all to backwardness. If they are not ready to advance, we should leave them in the dust or wherever they want to be, and move on somehow.
Some serious cataclysm must or may have to happen in Nigeria for us to have a realistic change. Change doesn’t come easy. Most times you have to force it on people or shove it down their throat, as they say. Change is like pulling teeth.
We fought a civil war for 3 years, lost so many lives, but we seem not to have learnt anything from it even though we remained one country. The military terrorized us for many years, destroyed our sense of rule of law and democracy, and we seem not to have learnt anything from it either. As soon as the dust cleared, everybody, especially those who found themselves in position of power and leadership, went back to the same old way of life that brought military rule into our lives in the first place. How come we never learn from our past mistakes?
During all these times, while Nigeria was losing ground and falling behind in every aspect of human advancement, the whole world was moving forward and advancing rapidly in science and technology. The cellular phone technology was born; personal computer and internet technology was born; new advancement in medical technology was born. In Nigeria, transportation by “okada”, which never existed during my youth, was born. 419 was also born. The worst of them all is extrajudicial killings and assassinations.
There is a statistical fact that for every year spent in destroying something, it takes about four years to rebuild or correct. Nigeria got independence in 1960; that’s 50 years ago. Nigeria has been under constant destruction since independence, under mostly northern leadership. By correlation with this stated statistics, it will take Nigeria more than 200 years to rebuild or correct to where it was in 1960. We may have to add another 100 years to be where Nigeria should have been if we were doing the right things.
Our President has been gone since November 23, 2009, going to three months, for treatment at God-knows-where, keeping the country of about 150 million people in limbo. The VP has been kept in the dark and would not be given the chance to act in the President’s absence. We also learnt that the VP would not drink or eat anything in Aso Rock for fear of being poisoned. That’s how bad our country has gone.
Our Congress, rather take this as a serious matter and do the right thing as allowed by our constitution, was asking for their allowances to be increased. What a bunch of insensitive nonentities! Do these people ever think about solving problems at all?
What this shows is that the position of the President in our country is not that of a leader but just that of a figurehead. It shows our leaders don’t do “jack”. Who has been making decisions all this time? What decisions? They are just there to fend only for themselves and their families and don’t give a hoot about those they govern. We are lucky that the Nigerian citizenry has not become totally unruly and turned the whole situation into anarchy. Or may be they should.
Unlike the south, the northern clique has stood up for their own man and has been covering for him, telling series and series of lies to the nation and mesmerizing us all. They told us YarAdua is ok and would soon be home; crap! They told us he signed the budget, crap! They told us he had an interview with BBC, crock!
The north holds Nigeria hostage once again, as usual. How long are we going to continue to accept such nonsense from the north? When are we going to end this rigmarole?
If this has happened to a southern President, power would have been transferred to the VP, whoever he is, not because it is the right thing to do but only because it makes for a good there-you-are, bitter political wrangling among various tribes from the south. It would have been a Yoruba versus Igbo, Igbo versus Yoruba; Itsekiri versus Urhobo; Ijaw versus somebody; oil versus water; mosquito versus bedbug; or do-me-I-do-you, issue.
For me, this American Presidential system of governance is not the right system for us as long as we continue to think in terms of rotational presidency and not the best man or woman for the job. With rotational presidency, you cannot give full power to one man like in the presidential system. That power must be shared among regional presidents, with one being a figure president. With a system like that, this could not have happened.
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Tosin Warri, Nigeria February 15, 2010
I would like to look at the situation differently. Since we like to always talk sectionalism, Let us ponder these questions.
How many southerners have copies of the constitution? How many southerners know the provisions of the constitution? A copy cost less than =N=500 (cost of three bottles of Gulder).
The average Northerner listens to debates on the constitution on radio Kaduna. We southerners should stop deluding ourselves about being educationally more advanced than the Northerners.
Let us all go get copies of the constitution and better informed.
Alaje Abj, Nigeria February 13, 2010
You are right in your view of the phenomenon in this country. I thread a similar line of thought the other day but could not conclude or justify the illogical decisions and actions by our 'leaders' (i.e if we as a country have any).
I just think that the North seems more proficient in diabolical means than other regions of the country, though, that's just thinking aloud, since democracy and governance in this country lean more toward demonic activities than human endeavour. or wat d u tink bros?
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