Judging from goings-on in the nation today, one would be forced to conclude that Nigeria is not ready for democracy. What with the arbitrary registration of political parties; the flagrant disregard for the rule of law and public opinion by Nigeria's leaders and top civil servants; the militarization of the polity using the Nigeria Police [Force]; the weakness of the Federal Constutution before the President of the Republic; the oppression that is prevalent in the society - the rich oppressing the poor, and the poor oppressing the rich; the rising poverty level; the resort of the average Nigerian to force just to buttress a point. There are many pointers to suggest that maybe, just maybe, we entered into this thing called democracy too soon.
Come to think of it. How come nothing works as long as due process is followed? But the moment you think of shunting the order, and doing it in disorderly manner, you hit bull's eye. It also amazes me that we Nigerians, instead of rising as one body to declare to our leaders what we put them there for, we have developed thick skin and adopted the siddon-look attitude.
In a real democracy, the citizenry cannot entirely lay the blame on the leaders of the state. They too have an input to make, through peaceful demonstrations, rallies, and even violent remonstrations of their demands, when occasion calls for it. But in Nigeria, the citizens do nothing to make the rulers know that they have people who are watching, aware of their every move. Our leaders are not magicians, and so we cannot expect them to just know all that should be done. Perhaps they know what to do, but are gripped in the powerful vice of inertia. As good citizens of Nigeria, and to prove to the world that we are ready for this democracy, and not just carrying out an exercise in futility, we need to begin to rise up in little pockets of demonstration against the evils being perpetrated by our leaders. Only then can we say that democracy has arrived in Nigeria.