Nigeria’s problems are still very much with us
From Our Correspondent
Nigeria is said to be the most heavily populated of all the political units in Africa and the twelfth most populous country in the world. The year 1900 marks the era when it emerged as a political unit known to the world and to us that live in it.
The search for acceptable type of government for the entire people of this country brought an unhealthy competition between the three major groups: the Igbo, Hausa/Fulani and the Yorubas. Up till today, Nigeria is sitting on a tripod. The consequences of these unhealthy competitions between the major ethnic groups mentioned, brought about the destruction of the country and have done great injury to the minority ethnic nationalities that are continually marginalized. Besides, the behaviours and actions of the three groups have made Nigeria one of the most unjust societies in the world. The behaviours and actions of the three groups are nothing short of exploitation of the oppressed, ethnic nationalities and indigenous colonialism and blind materialism.
The politics of Nigeria has been the harsh oppression of the ethnic nationalities. Even with the present 37 states, including Abuja, the imbalance structure of the country still remains unacceptable. “This is not a way to run a country,” said Professor Wole Soyinka. “To keep this country one, there must be fairness, justice and equity. If the country wants to consider itself a part of the civilized world, it must show concern for the ethnic nationalities and treat them fairly, justly and equally.”
Since the amalgamation of 1914, there has been deliberate acceleration of lawlessness of most politicians. The politicians and those in public offices are guilty of subversion. Most of them are morally bankrupt and deeply corrupt. Within the country, there are violent contexts for control of state power. Some of the Magistrates and High Court Justices cannot be trusted for truth and fairness either.
The judiciary is no longer serving the common man in the 21st century. The general disposition of some of the magistrates and high court judges are of doubtful integrity, corrupt and incompetent; and these are common knowledge in the country today. Practically, all the old and the present governors, gorgeously dressed puppets and their stooges, came into the government pretending to be fighting for the cause of ordinary people and nationalist’s struggle, while in fact they are the enemies of the people. The president should put his searchlight on all the governors and civil servants who served from 1999 to 2015. Their ill-gotten money and houses should be confiscated and sold; the money be used to develop the country.
Nigeria is a fully sectionalized society. It seems that no common ideology will emerge for a very long time to come, unless we implement in full the Report of the last National Conference. We in the Conscience Triumph believe that there will never be a change because of the cosmetic amendment of the Constitution. The cosmetic amendment will not solve the problems of our unbalanced political structure. We therefore call on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement fully the Report of the last National Conference so that his name will be written in Gold in the history of this country.