The growing tension in Nigeria is prompting many people to reflect on the stanza of its national anthem. “Arise o’ compatriots, Nigeria call obey”. It is a call to duty which emphasizes that the citizens of this noble and great country must be alive to their responsibilities. They must be prepared to save the nation’s ship from going adrift.
With all due respect, our politicians are failing the country from top to bottom. Every other facet of the national life, Nigerians are performing, but in politics it is total failure engineering. Can the nullification of a Presidential election ever happen in Nigeria? The answer is simply no. The nation needs to clean its Augean stables. Otherwise, it is doomed. One feels for all the under 40’s who still believe they have something to inherit or build upon.
Politics in Nigeria is yet to witness change or development. You can imagine in 1964, late. President Nnamdi Azikiwe because of political tension had to suggest that the various ethnic groups should come to a table to discuss how to share the assets of the country. It means that the founding fathers knew that there were problems with the nationhood of Nigeria, yet they failed to address it by way of restructuring. Nigeria has suffered bad leadership from successive regimes. Most people have blamed the poor structure of the country as responsible for the failed leadership witnessed.
Often time’s leaders in Nigeria only notice the lopsidedness of the federation when they must have left the comfort of their offices. Tomorrow, it would be the turn of the former President to speak of how bad the Omagwa International Airport in Port Harcourt is, after abandoning the project. Will Nigeria ever change? Politicians are like hawks, worse off are Nigerian politicians lacking in every sense of ideology.
Politics in Nigeria is shameful; it is all about violence and grabbing of national wealth at the expense of basic amenities such as education and health care. Nigerians are now economic migrants in all the continents of the world. If you go as far as Iraq and Syria you would find Nigerians. What is pursuing them out of their fatherland? Continue reading