Despite the level of difficulty and some positive economic indicators for the years to come, the government failed to pursue policies aimed at political transformation. The Obasanjo administration, though assumed to be the last hope of the downtrodden Nigerian in particular, lacked the capacity to pursue a policy of consensus building. Thus, political, ethnic and even religious violence and to a certain extent organized crime, remained the strategic consideration and option for several relevant political gamblers in this country.
We have only two acceptable ways of becoming president of
If you do not become president this way and take up a gun simply because in your opinion you cannot convince the electorate to vote for you, or that you lack the means to contest an election, that no political party will accept you as a leader, that the processes of winning power genuinely through the ballot box is too cumbersome, that you are the only one mentally in order to steer Nigeria on to the right path or that every politician is corrupt; once you shoot your way to power in any shape or form, you become a political armed robber. You may use state money to build new schools and hospitals, improve the existing road networks, sell out state enterprises to private companies and exert a new gloss on public attitudes. Still, you remain a political armed robber and subject to the full rigours of the law.
Probably the most interesting and most important issue today is what those of us who were born the years after these brave men achieved independence for
Ridiculous! Ex-President Obasanjo felt patriotic because he was well taken care of and does not have to wonder where his children’s food will come from each day. If the government in
The thinking among civil society groups and other watch-dogs is that enactment of the Whistle-blowers Bill into law, coupled with a Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, would serve to protect those citizens who have vital information on corruption at all levels, and thus help improve prosecution and curb corruption in the country. Experts and analysts believe that whistle blowing, the act of exposing fraud, waste, abuse or other misbehaviour in this government, is on the rise globally. Although members of the National Assembly in
The present situation in
Dear Obasanjo, please spare us some of this emotional blackmail! Who put Patricia Etteh there in the first place? A charlatan that did not win an election in the first place or didn’t you write a congratulatory letter to her political rivals, whose mandate was traded away in order that Etteh’s; colourless, tasteless, philistine and quisling, can be made the ex-Speaker of our nations lower legislative body? An act of impunity by Obasanjo, to underscore how imperial his leadership evolved in the years since 1999, but especially after the charade of the 2003 and 2007 elections. The imposition of Politicians by hand-picking instead of constitution, is a reflection of the flaw in the ex-president’s own persona; that inability of absolute power to condone dissent, and of an old African chief, groomed in the rural tyranny of a peasant society who made good as a military dictator. This ex-dictator is suffused with a messianic strain, was imprisoned and humiliated, discovered religion a-new in adversity and walked almost directly from prison to power, as the consensus choice to lead Nigeria, by a military constituency directly responsible largely for the ruination of our country. This sequence of events steeped ex-president Obasanjo in his subjective idealism, philosophically, as being the indispensable source of all wisdom of statecraft.
Evidence can be seen in the country’s chronic underdevelopment. In the last 47
years, the quality of human life has dropped, in general, and in that Nigerians have witnessed a great failure in these aspects of their lives: education, health care, roads, electricity supply, the national employment profile, and public institutions as a whole. (…) $380 million is six times the value of the amount of money that was used to rebuild
Today, the average Nigerian struggles hard to make ends meet; sees himself or herself as being poorer than he or she was a decade ago; and finds it hard to be hopeful that things will get better soon. It is against this background that this project sets out to increase the knowledge about state capacity in
Oh God, why did you inject crude oil under Nigerian soil? We all know that your omnipotence empowers you to see all events in advance. Surely, you knew and saw in advance that Nigerians would be incapable of setting up the appropriate governance and management. You knew and saw in advance that wolves disguised as leaders were going to gain access to the honey. These looters cite your name on daily basis in order to convince their naïve and hopeless masses that they are following your rules. Only few Nigerians understand that when these looters use the word ‘God’ in their speech, the word ‘Satan’ should replace it.
Oh God, why did you allow
There is ignorance, unemployment. People seem to be at loggerheads even with themselves. Otherwise how do you explain somebody picking up arms to kill other people and destroy property? People are frustrated with life as a whole, that is why sometimes without even provocation people exhibit violence tendencies, he said.
The drive by the government to tackle the country’s economic problems has been put on hold by the failure to date of the lawmakers to pass the 2008 budget earlier. The lawmakers have so far refused to approve government spending plans, despite a growing chorus of concern from business leaders that the delay is crippling business confidence.
The Obasanjo government’s own privatization programme has meanwhile appeared to stall, with many flaw warranting reversal. Power supplies are as episodic as ever and an attempt to end
Many Nigerians are as frustrated with life under a civilian president as under his military predecessors. And much of the reason is economic. People are suffering economically and this (the violence) is an expression of that. If something doesn’t change soon for people, in their daily lives, it is easy to see more trouble in such instances.