Fourteen years, I mean fourteen good years of non-aborted democracy in this country is more than enough to deliver the goods but on the contrary, this has brought more hardship and agony on the citizens. No reasonable dividends of democracy in the land. It is only a politician that can disagree with me on this because those fourteen years have been so good for the politicians. You know what I mean? What we are served in the name of dividends by our leaders is pain and penury. Over time, it has been said that our biggest problem is leadership which begets the other artificial and avoidable ones. What does it take to fix all the ailing institutions in the country?
Leadership. I mean good and purposeful leadership. Nigerians for once have never been allowed to freely choose their preferred leaders. The so called leaders we have been having have either rigged their way into office or even forced on the poor masses by their god-fathers who never mean well for the country. The importance of free and fair elections can’t be over emphasized. The few states of the federation that had it are enjoying good governance because their leaders know the consequences of doing otherwise. They know the meaning of mandate.
Until we allow ‘one man one vote’ things would remain the way if not worse than they have been. If Nigerians are allowed to freely and voluntarily choose their leaders, there will be effective competition and accountability which are vital ingredients of democracy.
Therefore, the hard moments we have been made to face as a nation indeed are very predictable, man-made and avoidable. Many have expected Mr. President to do magic but forget so easily that you can’t give what you have not. We all know that the only thing you could say of the president prior to the last general election is that he is a gentle man as well as educated. Leadership demands much more than that.
Those shortcomings of the president pointed out by Nigerians were very much foreseeable and if every voter was allowed to vote freely for their President, they would have done that differently. They could as well have voted for Jonathan but as we all know that once a man gets into power, he gets drunk with power, he activates the incumbency factor, corners public funds, uses his unchecked powers to the detriment of the masses and his perceived political foes. This is the sad situation of our democracy in this country. Though INEC gives itself thumbs up for the last general elections, more work needs to be done because we all know the meaning of free, transparent and credible elections.
If what we had in 2011 are semblances of free and fair elections that INEC banks on, then Nigerians should be prepared for the sham awaiting 2015 general elections.
Green White Green is my colour!
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