If there is any word that can be aptly used to describe the current situation of things and event in the self acclaimed ” Giant of Africa “, it is nothing but anarchy.
From the way appointments are conducted, to the day to day adminstration or to the system of selecting and electing political office holders, one cannot but submit to the sublime truth that we are far from been regarded as a democratic state.
Needless to say, democracy in our own context is more of a theoretical thing than practical. This could probably be the reason Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had in the previous week described Nigeria’s system of governance as most expensive.
While it has been heralded and proven beyond reasonable doubts severally that democracy was and still remains the best form of governance, issues and events that are brought to the fore within the last few weeks have suggested without mincing words that Nigeria is truly practising anarchy. The several issues have sent cold shivers down the spines of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structure.
Where do we start from?
Is it the Aso Villa brouhaha or probably the fracas within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) leading to the sack of the national chairman, Adams Oshiomole which culminated into the closure of the national secretariat by men of the Nigeria Police Force.
Furthermore, the refusal of the incumbent Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to be recognised by his party as the flag bearer for the forthcoming elections as well as the defection of the Ondo State Deputy Governor from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are other issues waiting to be addressed.
Well time wouldn’t permit to dig more into the archives in a bid towards substantiating the fact that Nigeria is truly practising anarchy.
In a purported show of bewilderment and surprise, an erstwhile former political adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who also doubles as a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun, had expressed his feelings on the state of things in the country. Nigeria he noted was fast travelling on the highways of anarchy.
We are at constant loggerheads with ourselves and this has given us a bad portrayal among member states within the West African sub-region and the world at large.
The legal framework which is meant to be binding on all (the elected and the electorate) and serve as the guideline for adminsitering procedures is left and relegated to the background.
Law enforcement officers who are given the legal prowess and mandate to arrest offenders and criminals now turn criminals themselves. Absolutely, the pest destroying the vegetable lies within and not without the vegetable.
The culture of impunity which the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka identified has grown and had developed branches in all the arms and tiers of Nigeria’s system of governance.
Corruption, moral decadence and immorality have eaten deep into the nation’s fabric. The principles rule of law and equity have been stabbed making it possible for government officials to work free in the streets despite being drenched in the waters of corruption and financial mismanagement.
The economy which should have been revamped to the highest standards and made to be the envy of all is at the verge of collapse. The resultant effect is the incurring of debts and loans which are meant subtly to be the posterity of the coming generation.
Nigeria: What Hopes For The Future? It is best if we can answer the question in all sincerity and truthfulness.