Nigeria presently operates a multi-party political system, but n emerging desire is for a single party to thrive in the country's political firmament, while arm twisting, blackmail, and intimidation are the applications for membership drive.
Mao of China attained his goals through despotic means.
He did not, however, terrorize citizens, but rather ensured that the downtrodden were lifted up in every sphere of human life.
During Mao's reign, thousands of Chinese died of starvation and inhuman labor. And he justified this cruelty to humanity as the price that had to be paid for the re-education of the Chinese. The re-education also included the extermination of the heroes of the civil war and the old party chieftains.
In Nigeria, state actors breach the constitution to achieve desired goals, even though the desired goals are not in tandem with the expectation of Nigerians.
For the country not to follow the tragic history of old Yugoslavia, justice, equity, tolerance, and the rule of law must be its foundation.
Sadly, lesser figures at all levels of government have emerged today, who now take advantage of the history that was created before now. This has resulted in the massive misappropriation of limited funds and maladministration in a number of states and the center.
State Actors have decided to fund the cattle ranching project in Katsina state with 6.25 Billion Naira while simultaneously promoting discord and disunity in several other states through their insistence on the open grazing initiative. It is deliberate.
However, the time is too short to implement and see to fruition all the contents of the script which includes 3 percent for oil-producing areas and 30 percent for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) to explore crude oil in the non-oil producing areas.
The desperation revolves around the realization that POWER is transient, nothing lasts forever and that Trust and accountability are no longer some of the key objectives of state actors.
The decision of the National Assembly to jettison the probe on loans obtained by the Federal Government and the approval for the collection of more loans confirms the suspicion that the Executive and Legislature have a grand plan to sell off Nigeria.
This assertion was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Andrew Eemlieze.
''The decision of the lawmakers not to go on with the probe of the loans collected by the Federal Government from China and the approval of more loans by both chambers of the National Assembly has confirmed the suspicion of Nigerians that the Executive and the legislature have started implementing their desperate plans to sell off Nigeria. This is very unfortunate and ridiculous. Nigerians should prevail on the government not to collect additional loans and to ensure that the loans collected so far are repaid before the tenure of the present administration lapses,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.
The Powers-That-Be had, in the course of time, lamented that age was a limitation to the capacity to deliver the much expected dividends of democracy to millions of impoverished Nigerians.
Indeed, in 1999, a presidential aspirant and a former Governor of Old Andambra state, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu had explained, stressed that no sacrifice was too much for national unity and progress.
This was after the merger of the Alliance for Democracy(AD) and the All Peoples Party(APP). Almost eight years later, the APP changed its name to the All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP) after the merger with the United Nigeria Democratic Party(UNDP), Dr. Onu was elected the party's national chairman and three years later, the ANPP merged with four other political parties to form the All Progressives Congress(APC).
Today, Dr. Onu, who by 2023 will be 72, remains the second presidential aspirant from the South East, after Dr. Alex Ekueweme of blessed memory, even though presently he is not a presidential candidate.
Interestingly, the former Old Abia state Governor has been a consistent and busy political ally of the Commander-in-Chief, all these years.
Of note, is the fact that Nigerians of the South East extraction have continued their agitation that Nigeria's next President must come from their geo-political zone, while the most prominent choice, to achieve this end, spends valuable time in the diaspora.
This is obviously a source of discomfort for several Nigerians, who believe that such action is unfortunate, in the face of urgent internal issues that remain unattended to.
Nigerian youths who have benefitted from the government at all levels have been advised to give back to their communities that groomed them.
This advice was given on Wednesday by the Executive Chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government of Oyo state, Hon. Doyin Adeoye at a public function in Ibadan, Nigeria.
''My advice to Nigerian youths who have benefitted from government at all levels is for them to give back to the communities that brought them up. But it should be outside crime and criminality. They should replicate the benefits of serving government at all levels in their communities,'' Hon. Adeoye advised.
Infrastructure development is key to the potential economic development of Nigeria.
This has been proven by advanced countries of the world.
However, Those-in-Power at all levels of government hide under the guise of promoting infrastructure development to embark on activities that are very far from transparency and accountability.
Of worry, is the fact that it is doubtful if there exists any legal and regulatory framework for the financing of infrastructure projects at all levels.
Indeed, the quality of infrastructure in different parts of the country expresses the absence of satisfactory processes of monitoring and evaluation. Of course, the scary infrastructure deficit is a major source of discomfort for Those-in-Power.
It ought not to be their legacy.Perhaps. Indeed, policy documents highlighting, most of the time, the infrastructure expansion, inter-sectoral integration and environmentally friendly conditions, if in place, may contribute positively to the attraction of urgently needed investments in critical sectors of the economy. Sadly, major investors are already divesting from Nigeria. Note- Agents of destruction are on the prowl everywhere. Watch what you eat and drink. In addition, be cautious of the people you relate with, because the heart of man is desperately wicked.
Disability is yet to be seen as a developmental issue in Nigeria because it is grossly under-represented in legislative processes and outcomes.
Instead, it has become a political weapon of campaign driven by social sympathy rather than empathy in our institutional arranegments.
The Joint National Associations of Persons with Disabilities(JONAPWD) with many advocayc groups under it has been equally influenced by the usual charity/welfare model approach to disability.
There is a need for all to develop a cultural oreintation of creating a world where the fundamental human rights of persons with disabilities including that of access is guranteed under the law and the need to create awareness on the promotion of creativity for PWDs to strenghten the voice of Persons With Disabilities through advocacy, capacity building and development networking.
This will facitiliate their participation in the political process of the nation.
Records show that some of the PWDs have been actively participating in Voter Education programs-election monitoring and observation.
They also engage in the mobilization of people living with disabilities toward participating in partisan politics through dialogue with political parties as well as in the cause of women realizing the 35 per cent affirnmative action on representation in decision making cadre through political appointments as well as having capacity and support through the elective process into positions of power.
The action and inaction of State Governors in Nigeria have for long being trailed by a plethora of promises.
Even though a number of them are not foundation members of the parties in question, they were given the opportunity to ascend the exalted position.
Sadly, they have destroyed these political parties.
The results of the ward, Local Government and State Primaries were manipulated to satisfy the self-centered interests of these State Governors. Interestingly, consensus has replaced election, to the chagrin of the people.
This abnormality revolves around greed.
Indeed, in the present time, the party leadership is now vested in the affected State Governors while the party Chairmen have since become ceremonial heads.
These State Governors are now in full control of the structures in the national, State, Local Government and ward levels. Most of the political parties have been decapitated, while delegates who elected candidates for various political offices were strictly the choice of the powerful.
Nigerians have continued to fall victims of criminals, who dispossess them of their landed properties in connivance with certain corrupt officials in the Executive and the Judiciary
Principals in secondary schools in Kenya have sent a Save Our Soul appeal to the National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) as a result of the prohibitive cost of living in the country.
Their SOS is contained in a letter to the Ministry of Education requesting that schools be supplied with enough grains at affordable prices. This disclosure was made by the Chairperson of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association(KSSHA),Indimuli Kahi, during a news briefing.
Kahi stated that the intervention would go a long way to salvage the worrisome situation in the schools, saying,''As it stands, various learning institutions are unable to run effectively due to the cash constraints that have pushed their budgets beyond limits.''
Nigerians have persistently failed to learn from history.
There are a number of living examples who attained higher heights through the efforts of others. And in the process of consolidation, side tracked all those who were responsible for their ascendency.
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The living examples have now become part of history.
Sadly, the present occupiers of the higher heights have continually introduced artificial crises to justify the billions of Naira that have been frittered away under the guise of securing lives and property, on a monthly basis.
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Contracts for the supply of vehicles were facilitated without due process, while such vehicles are not worth the value attached to them. Who are the contractors? Profit from this
The poor state of infrastructure, particularly roads, contradicts the humongous amount reported to have been committed to fixing the roads. In addition, hunger, poverty and the high rate of unemployment are now policies the government at all levels apply in governance.
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Several shuttles abroad are yet to attract meaningful development. However, such trips have depleted the dwindling funds in the treasuries at all levels of government.
Indeed, questionable spending and bloated figures on contracts awarded litter balance sheets, just as the high debt profile has now become a source of concern and worry for all and sundry.
The hundreds of uncollected Permanent Voters Cards(PVC) in the offices of the Independent National Commission(INEC) across Nigeria are reflections of the fact that Nigerians have lost faith in the electoral system.
Millions of Nigerians are impoverished and disillusioned, to the extent that they now live on handouts given by men and women; who by whatever means get into political offices.
The suspicious deaths of unspecified number of Nigerians under unexplainable circumstances, is an indication that Those-in-Charge are evil
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In a bid to meet the crumb requirements in their constituencies and senatorial districts, these men and women resort to corrupt and fraudulent practices.
The unclear ways those in power represent their constituencies and senatorial districts have put a high premium on attaining power for self-interest.
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The suggestion is that the present administration in the country has been overwhelmed by known evil forces; that is why it seeks to influence who takes over power in 2023, to ensure that its secret deals and self-centered interests are protected.
The total goodwill and support that heralded the coming of the present administration in 2015 have evaporated and in its place are frustrations and complaints.
The Mozambique Government has assured its citiznes that efforts to curb insecurity are underway despite terrorists' threats.
The Government made this known through the Prime Minister, Adriano Maleiane.
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“State institutions are functioning normally and in general there is a peaceful environment which allows the free circulation of people and goods. We are continuing to face challenges resulting from terrorist actions. We are sure that, with the consolidation of public order and tranquillity, together with the reconstruction actions under way, we shall ensure the resumption of economic activities, including the natural gas projects in the Rovuma Basin”, Maleiane stated.
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Advice to those in authority revolves around self-centeredness, greed, and treachery.
Indeed, such advice has all along misled the present administration to the point that policies are formulated without consideration of the devastating effect of such policies on Nigerians.
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Interestingly Those-in-Charge acts on speculations and rumors, without recourse to accessible accurate reports, even though at all levels of government they are favorably disposed to clandestine and evil motives.
The existence of moles in the security system is no longer in doubt, as subversion and inducement are now tools of governance.
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The political and economic policies of the present administration have pitched it against Nigerians, while some of those in the political class have for long promoted the non-performance of those in authority.
Of note is the fact that nothing is new under the sun, what would be, once was and what was once was, would still be.
The past, present, and future comprise the cycle of Life. Indeed.
President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has declared that the country has made progress as a result of the involvement of women in governance.
President Kagame made this known on Tuesday in his message shared on twitter to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
‘’From the beginning, RPF has walked the talk by creating an environment that enabled women to take their rightful place. Gender equality has always been central to the politics of RPF. The progress we see in Rwanda today is the result of this commitment to inclusivity. ‘’
‘’Equality is a right not a favour. We must challenge ourselves to do even more and better to ensure that the next generations of our daughters and granddaughters inherit a nation where their aspirations have no limits.’’ President Kagame tweeted.
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Preventive measures ensures cleanliness and sanitation, the provision, most especially, in the formative years of childhood, the care and feeding which strengthens the body’s resistance against diseases. This is in addition to curative measures that facilitates treatment from diseases.
The Health departments of Local Governments have been found wanting as regards the above mentioned, even though there are regular advancements in social conscience and medical knowledge.
The unavailability of supply of potable water in several communities in Local Governments is a major challenge.
Residents resort to doubtful sources to meet their water needs. Constructed boreholes are yet to meet the expectations of the people.
Most communities are dirty and unkempt as a result of the docile nature of Local Government workers.
Refuse are dumped indiscriminately and everyone carry on as if all is well.
Children and expectant Mothers have tales of woes to tell at the Primary Health Care centers, while Governments at all levels keep mum.
The dearth of qualified Medical Professionals in several Local Government Areas of the Federation is a set back, even as the reduction of the incidence of malaria by 80 per cent is a mirage.
Indeed, the Primary Health Care program ought to be the cornerstone of the health policy of a focused administration, however, the lack of appropriate skills by primary health workers is just one among the several pointers that this is not so.
The unabating and worrisome insecurity in several parts of Nigeria is a reflection of the incompetence and helplessness of leaders at all levels of government in Nigeria.
This assertion was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Who is also a former chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
'The kidnappings, killings(for ritual purposes inclusive), bloodletting, and other violent crimes have all established the fact that Those-in-Charge of government at all levels are incompetent and helpless. They are either overwhelmed, helpless in handling the worrisome security situation, or covertly supporting the ugly situation. Man proposes God disposes,'' Comrade Emelieze noted.
Every man is born with an accompanying right to move around, changing locations for positions to the level of crossing borders or territories. This is strange.
Government must be sensitive to the running of the affairs to the people under them by ensuring that democracy is entrenched in every community.
This must be anchored on the maintenance of justice and the concept of equity for the assurance of safe and secured environment for peace and sustainable development.
In the light of this, the Right to Freedom of Movement must be devoid of harassment for the citizens to be exposed to in any form of discrimination.
Harassment, therefore, is an unwanted behavior which the citizens must avoid in their daily activities.
Any nation that experiences any of these anomalies is usually regarded as primitive, retrogressive or underdeveloped.
A state of emergency ought to have been declared on the security situation of any nation that daily experiences harassment, molestation or attack.
Let all nations be mindful of this and work on the Chemistry of democracy which dwells on the Right to Freedom of Movement in an environment of peace and sustainable development.
Peaceful change and superior honesty of the advantages of democracy.
However, the alteration of the truth brings about disillusionment among the people and the continuous worrisome blood shed of human lives is reflecting negatively on governance.
All Governments from time immemorial have been characterized by the twin evils of corruption m and embezzlement of public funds.
Aspirants to dictatorships believe that the above mentioned are the major features of political life.
In dictatorships, an invariable and inevitable practice, is for the party in power to give jobs to party members, supporters abs hangers on, in return for their loyalty. This is corruption.
Indeed, the court cases in the Judiciary are dispensed of by the wishes of the government and not by evidences.
In addition, laws are hurriedly enacted for the preservation of the rot in the system.
In dictatorships, the ruling party takes the position of the state, and ensures that the profession of a particular set of political opinions becomes the first qualification for those in the Civil and Public Service, rather than competence and honesty.
However, although Governments are liable , there are f weapons fight it in a democracy which are suppressed in dictatorships form is labelled Glieshaltung, unifying the state. This form of corruption is not removed by dictatorships, but remodeled.
Democratic governments, unlike dictatorships, have a moral claim on the allegiance of the people, but today in Nigeria, the impoverishment of the people is the foundation for the condemn able actions and inaction of the government.
Indeed, lawlessness, crime, all forms of criminality and evil are sign posts of daily life across the country.
A group of people gathered in one place for a common purpose could be regarded as an assembly for a common purpose which is in tandem with the Fundamental Human Rights of the People as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document of the United Nations.
This is why the Government and the communities affected should be wary and take the necessary steps to stem the ugly tide.
Every individual, therefore, ought to assemble freely and associate with other persons for the protection of his or her own interests, without molestation, but provided it is lawfully channeled and peacefully presented.
Be an active citizen and perform your civic responsibilities to promote peace, enhance progress and realize development.
The Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke has declared that the changes in the fortunes of Nigeria revolves around the change in the mindset of its leaders.
Prof. Olagoke made this declaration recently, at the 7th Valedictory service of the Shafaudeen Comprehensive College, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
‘’We want changes for Nigeria and in the lives of our leaders, so that the future will favor us and our youth. We must not shoot ourselves in the foot’,, he stated.
In her remarks, the Proprietress of the college, Alhaja Simiat Olagoke urge parents to constantly pray for their children adding, ‘’show them the right way, so that you and your children shall live in peace.’’