Failed Governance: Revealing The Crooked To Relieve The Hooked

by L.Chinedu Arizona-Ogwu

Because it is essential to the open intellectual life upon which a vibrant

democratic political culture is built and maintained, Nigeria has no

alternative to harnessing natural resources, promoting prosperity, protecting

the right of every citizens and planning and or balancing the economy on

freedom, equity and justice platform. As Robert Burns would say it, here’s

freedom to him who would speak. Here’s freedom to him who would write. For there’s

none ever feared, that the truth should be heard, than he whom the truth would


The government is the servant of the people, not their master. Its job is to

listen, respond and deliver to that which is demanded by the people. Whereas

‘poor’ Nigerians has never asked for anything other than the basics, food,

shelter, he even careless about clothing, somehow and combination of two out of

three is okay. On a scale of happy and sad…Nigerians are on a permanent

frustrate, living a life of barely survival, subsistent living, less than a

dollar a day and living expenses stand at about $8 a day, how we cope with

transport, feeding, contingencies are nothing short of magic, but for how

long…Universities along side graduates now produce robbers, churches and

mosques are manned by con-men, we have become vulnerable elements.

Take a sample survey and you will be shocked at the results, Nigerians may be

naive, docile but interestingly they are not ignorant, they know the thieves,

they know those men and these days women too that have crippled them

economically. They know that neighbour that was riding an old battered Volvo

that went to the State House of Assembly that has six cars now. This is why a

lot of us have advocated that the militants rather than court foreign and

international sentiment which they are not likely to get by kidnapping

‘albinos’, they should start kidnapping government officials, governors that

have raped them mentally, economically and otherwise. A lot of commentators are

out there taking stands, off course no one can be totally neutral, but how many

have thought of the people, the real people. If ex-president Obasanjo thought

of us he would not have diverted PTDF money into manufacturing guns comically

named after him, OBJ 006…What slap on our face, we are not at war,

Benin-Onitsha Expressway is in shambles and millions are spent in manufacturing


Any project meant for the masses is treated as a “no money” matter but when it

has to do with the insatiable ego of our toy leaders, money comes out. If you

are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the

oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that

you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

In Nigeria today injustice has become

justice, crime a virtue, roguery a skill, despite the best of efforts of the

EFCC it has been riddled by inconsistencies, though it was and is still worth

the try. Between two crooks, Obj and Atiku, one is the oppressor and the other the

oppressed. Have these two former execu-thieves not violated a

constitution in the nation that calls for protection of national interest?

Where is the peoples’ sovereignty that empowers the government? I learnt the

primary objective of our government is to secure and ensure the welfare of

Nigerian populace; then when is this practiced. Painfully all that the past

government has done, it said that it was done for our good, yet we do not see

the good and this makes the words of C.S Lewis most apt, he said “Of all

tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the

most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under

omnipotent moral busybodies.

The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point

be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without

end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. Ex-president

Obasanjo and co. have the approval of their conscience when they kill the

public school system and allow for the growth of all sorts of nonsense in the

name of private schools, they have the approval of their hearts when they go

from Germany, London and Saudi for treatment, and we watch as the India,

Singapore, Malaysia turn their health system into state of the art. They have

approval to treat us anyhow, most times with our permission but those days will

soon be over, the poor will soon take revenge, we pray that it is done in

palace manner if not, anarchy looms that day, because the poor know where they

live, how they live, and will strike without sympathy. It is better to die for

an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die. The day of

reckoning is around, Nigerians will seek out revenge, and there will be

something worth dying for sooner than expected.

We have lost sense of belonging in government. In everyday language,

democracy is understood as a form of government closely linked to the people. Isn’t this the apex of insanity. For

heaven sake, there are people in Nigeria as at this moment who

cannot have a single meal in a day! Some idiots are planning to spend almost a

billion naira to swear in an illegitimate government. Wonders shall NEVER end

in this nation. This country is obviously sick.One thing is sure, all the

citizens are to blame for this stupid acts played out by the useless leaders

and politicians everyday. These Politicians are just CRAZY, they are insane.

That money can fix one of the Federal Roads that have become death traps. There

has not been efficient or functional power supply even if you can conveniently

pay for it. There may be no fuel to run the noisy and environmentally

unfriendly generators. Nigerians have no known options to blackouts. It is a

hard reality of life. It depicts cruelty. This deficiency of power supply has

aided the mass poverty as thousands of people have been put out of job since

many companies can no longer sustain their operations in the absence of it. The

huge amount sinked into NEPA alias PHCN remains a diverted sum in place of

subvention. It would possibly get water to some rural village or some deprived

part of the city.It would save lives from the hospitalized poor, It would send

the handicapped intellectuals to school,

it would in fact take the nation to another level; at least to a level we would

be debating on global warming rather than millennium goal that would had been a

thing of the past.

We all understood that the assessment framework is based on the belief that

democracy should be defined by its basic principles or values. These include

“popular control over public decision-making and decision-makers, and equality

between citizens in the exercise of that control”. The belief behind assessment

exercises is that governing arrangements and procedures can be considered

democratic if these principles are respected and implemented. These principles

are further defined as covering notions of: “participation, authorization,

representing, accountability, transparency, responsiveness and solidarity, yet

our leaders are money-abused and power-drunk, lacks focus and irresponsible. A quick trip round Nigeria like the one that changed my life and

views on the perception of Nigeria

can reveal much. It is very annoying actually to see the reality of life in

everyday Nigeria

in contrast to the deceitful jingles and praise singings that the government

and sycophants orchestrates. What we see and what we get as Nigerians is not

what we deserve. We deserve a better life.

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