When the people fear the government, there is Tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is
Democracy is a system ensuring that the people are governed no better than they deserve.- George Bernard Shaw
Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried. – Sir Winston Churchill
“As a process, governance may operate in an organization of any size: from a single human being to all of humanity; and it may function for any purpose, good or evil, for profit or not. A reasonable or rational purpose of governance might aim to assure, (sometimes on behalf of others) that an organization produces a worthwhile pattern of good results while avoiding an undesirable pattern of bad circumstances.
Perhaps the most moral or natural purpose of governance consists of assuring, on behalf of those governed, a worthy pattern of good while avoiding an undesirable pattern of bad. The ideal purpose, obviously, would assure a perfect pattern of good with no bad. A government, then, comprises a set of inter-related positions that govern and that use or exercise power, particularly coercive power.
A good government therefore, following this line of thought, could consist of a set of inter-related positions exercising coercive power that assures, on behalf of those governed, a worthwhile pattern of good results while avoiding an undesirable pattern of bad circumstances, by making decisions that define expectations, grant power, and verify performance”. (quoted from Wikipaedia)
Events in the past two weeks and beyond have cast very serious doubts on Nigerians’ optimism that the war against corruption in the polity and in governance, by the government of President Yar’Adua is being fought convincingly and being won. It was the same doubt that we eventually had with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s eight-year administration. If I am wrong, please tell and prove to me otherwise. However, in this new administration, we are being clogged up and bamboozled with the term “Rule of Law”. I have said it before, and will continue to say it, that much as I love the term “Rule of Law”, it is not the right time to apply it to the extreme situation of Nigeria, at least as far as corruption in high places is concerned. In a country under very serious siege by corrupt politicians, corrupt leaders in government, corrupt business community, the rule of law cannot be applied so soon and very serious re-consideration of Yar’Adua’s government on this position is required. The President does not need to reinvent the wheel, neither is it rocket science to know that this stance is not working.
If leaders conveniently and arrogantly ignore the rule of law to get to power, then ignore the rule of law to govern their people and continue to loot treasuries in defiance of the rule of law, why should they be judged or tried under the rule of law? We all love and admire the Rule of Law, but I will submit that before there is Rule of Law, there must be “Obeisance of Law” or something to that effect. If a people want to be governed under the Rule of Law and all its attendance qualities, then there must be a system in place where the law is adhered to in the first place. Certainly, over the decades, our leaders have never adhered to obeying the rules, or the laws for that matter. In fact, they have always flouted the rules in stark disregard for the people of
Let us start from the following:
Speaker of the House, Mrs Patricia Etteh (Etteh-gate) – Why this lady (if she’s really a lady) is still hanging on to power beats my imagination. I know that the singular and dignified act of Nigerian leaders resigning in the face of very strong opposition, ineffectiveness and criminal indictment is virtually unknown, but this is going too far. Until most of them are disgraced from office, they can never bring themselves to resign. It is an unfortunate trait even when their positions become untenable. They still fight to stay in power. “I will not resign” is their byword, and they start fingering unseen elements that are out to get them. In this case of Madam Speaker, even with the overwhelming evidence and the indictment against her, knowing the power play and the behind the scenes intrigues, this woman might actually weather the storm and continue to be our Speaker. In other more civilised countries, she would either have resigned or been removed. Here in Naija, we let it drag on and on, until people get sick of it, and then she stays. That is our lot.
Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa and ex-Governor Ibori – Apart from his misguided involvement and personal interest in the cases of former governor Orji Kalu and the EFCC, as well as his ill-advised pronouncement on the Naira Re-denomination debacle, there he is again allegedly involved in Ibori’s acquittal in London over the freezing of a $35 million asset. Several Nigerian newspapers and also the respected Sahara reporters (please read them all and their allegations) have carried stories that the position of the Federal Government and the Attorney General on this Ibori case has either inadvertently or deliberately let ex-Delta state Governor Ibori off the hook from the
The Punch newspaper reported that new evidence showed that the AGF and Minister of Justice personally wrote a letter which might have played an important role in the acquittal of ex-Governor James Ibori of Delta State by a London court, corroborating the report of Sahara Reporters published in Nigeria Today Online on Wednesday 3rd October 2007.
Also, THIS DAY Newspapers (4th October 2007) mentioned that they were told that the EFCC were no longer forthcoming with evidence, quoting a source that said “So when the people who instigated the action are not forthcoming, what can you do? The government of your country (i.e.
There goes the Rule of Law again, and with it, the neighbourhood of
And you know what, Governor Uduaghan of
Still on Political Intrigues bordering on corruption – Sahara Reporters reported that Mike Adenuga, Globalcom Chairman and James Ibori were in