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By: Moshood Muhammed

Generally speaking, the people constitutes mainly the element, admissible and permissible in democracy, the Nigerian system of government, with whom the decision of who becomes what, get what and at what time is taken and for.

With reference to the definition a former President of United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, participation of people, who are an indispensable element of government and leadership of a country, is believed to be non-negotiable. But, reverse is sharply the case in the issue of Nigeria, the most populous black-skinned people country in the world.

The rare magnanimity of the then military ruler and Head of State, Rtd. General Abubakar Salami saw Nigeria return to democratic rule in 1999 with Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo as the democratically elected President. After he exited office, Nigeria has successfully transferred power from one leader to the other and most recently, from a political party which Nigeria started with, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the now ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in a very peaceful and uncommon manner, alien to the African politicians and its many years of political sojourn. This remains one of the feats we have achieved as a country.

On return to democracy eighteen (18) years ago, expectations were high, no thanks to the ‘nightmares of military rule’ and having seen what democracy infers in other climes. Nigerians could not hide their joys when the Obasanjo administration came on board; many were promised with very infinitesimally done so far and nothing done in many cases, even by successive occupiers of the Aso Villa and other public positions in the yesteryears up till now.

Power supply has remained consistently out of supply in many homes, villages, cities and factories, forcing Nigerians to make darkness their neighbours, while many businesses went out of operation, with others relocating to neighbouring countries; education is yet to recover from the colossal damage done to its structural and administrative hitherto strong rooting. Same is the case with Agriculture, which was formally our source of national financial muscle depleting into a business of very few with little concentration from government, not until recent time. The list is endless.

As much as it incontrovertible that all is not so well, coupled with corruption fast becoming regalia of our political actors, it does not translate to the end of the road for the country. The country has despite the political upheavals that greeted the preparation for last general elections among other issues emerged, a united country, though with affray from some parts of the country.

As Nigerian democracy gets a year older, concerted efforts must be made by all in seeing the birth of the new and assuring country Nigerians would be proud of.
Now, the leadership of the country and government structures across board must be sanitized and made to work in the interest of the people, while the trademark of corruption on most political office holders is ‘confiscated’. Our leaders must be aware that if everyone who has at one point or the other occupied the office did not leave, they would never have the opportunity to get there.

Furthermore, the central government must not surrender in its struggle for a well respected country in Africa and beyond, flush out, in sincerity the demonic corruption tendencies, that has almost brought the country on its knees, out of the country; wipe out the inkling Boko Haram insurgence stint, rescue the remaining Chibok School girls, get back home Nigerians leaving like foreigners on the own soil, neighbouring countries. Also, our economy which somersaulted must also be revamped, with the diversification plan executed speedily while ensuring an enduring, stable and uninterrupted power supply to all nooks and crannies of the country. This will do doubt help recover our hailing economy and set us forthwith on the path to prosperity.

On the other hand, Nigerians must see The New Nigeria project as a collective assignment, on which the destiny of millions of our country men and women are tied to, and indeed that of many generations yet unborn. Should the war against corruption be won, proceeds recovered and ultimately pumped into the economy, Nigerians can be certain of a speedily developed country. Hence, everyone must resolve to join the campaign, reject proceeds of crime and never be involved corruption. Charity they say begins at home.

Similarly, our parents, families, religious leaders, teachers and schools must note that they are either partner in crime or partner in progress, depending on what they make of the flock in their care. There is therefore a great need to have them support government and by far, the popular view, rid the country of many rots she has found herself in. This implies that the song of anti corruption, transparency, accountability, hard work and perseverance should be continuous on their lips.

The truth is, should we fail to augment our resolution for the ‘hell-lots’, vent our displeasure with the widely affirmed abysmal state of things, by participating meaningfully in the affairs of the country, our complaints would be mere noise. In other words, our political affairs, call for accountability, responsive and responsible government should not be left in the hands of politicians and the acclaimed ‘opposition’ parties, we must all make Nigeria work for our good. The rumoured military take-over is not and will never be in the interest of majority of Nigerians. As such, we must all defend our democracy and make it stronger.

Though, all may not be rosy for us as a country, it is never a time to give up; our participation in governance should be strong, defiant of oppression tendencies of any public office holder, bad governance, misrepresentation among others, like never before. Surely, we would get there.

If you are not participating, it is not making sense. #Standwith9ja

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria


By: Moshood Muhammed

Overtime, I have had to discuss with Nigerians from different ethnic background. One thing that is peculiar to most of them is that they do no longer care about their root – village or hometown. The reason is not far-fetched, pointing towards the same direction.

They had, at one point in time been told scary, totally bad and ridiculously sad stories of their parents’ ordeals, associates and relatives in the hands of their kinsmen or family members, while they held sway in their hometowns, villages or when they were all in contact with their progenitors.

Hence, many of these people have refused to go back home while offspring, most of those have personally interacted with, now fully grown up don’t know their roots.

Thanks to the internet facility which has earned us all global citizenship. The opportunity available to us to equally settle anywhere we wish is nothing but a good one. But, the Yoruba aphorism; omo to ba so ile nu, so apo iya ko, meaning (he who neglects home risks misfortune) may not be totally irrelevant to those set of people.

But, would one say because you don’t want to lose your place in the family or root get seriously ‘africally’ dealt with by one’s supposed brothers or sisters?

Asides the fact that children of people in this category will not know their homes, they may never be able to have anything to do with their people, culture, norms and values, relatives, especially those who are not fortunate to access the town nor have access to the use of the media in reaching them.

Why can’t we as Africans and Nigerians accept ourselves warmly, encourage our people to visit home so that we can collectively make our villages or homes great, without having to sell our collective heritage in terms of rich culture we are blessed with? The sad story is, most homes in those villages and towns have been badly overgrown with weeds or less taken care of while many have deserted those places, leaving their people in penury and abject poverty.

As good as technological revolution is, it is capable of robbing us treasures through the internet, social media, films, music, that we are long known for in exchange of chaff.

By and large, envy and unhealthy rivalry will continue to water our downfall and fuel our generational retrogression, leading us to remain in perilous condition. The truth we must hold is that no amount of developmental goals can come to fruition in the absence of love, unity and peaceful co-existence.

Also, our rich culture and tradition is due for extinction should our people continue to flee unabated.

The implication of an ordinary African’s greediness has cost the continent a lot. It is important for us, as a people learn to accommodate ourselves and use whatever power we have to support the other man who is struggling while disbanding the thoughts of hurting those who have in one way or the other made headway, not even at a time things have become so hard for people, owing to economic pressure. This has seen many people commit suicide while others are faring sorrily in destituteness.

Our lives run on different journey path; it will be better each and everyone runs his/her race well in the face of destiny.

We will all arrive at our destinations at the appropriate time. Let’s give love a chance!