Nigeria might have every symptom of a failed state, none the less, attempts to ressucitate it or ameliorate the living conditions of her people can only succeed if the causes of yester-years woes are clarified.
Nigeria has had 11 heads of goverment since independence, yet it has been one tail of mismanagement to another. No doubt the country has had disciplined leaders like murtala and buhari, maybe even shagari and ekwueme (buhari`s probe alledgedly found them poorer than when they were in office), but none of them has been charismatic enough to either have disciples who share the same goal or instill long lasting policies and pro-people measures that can stand the test of time. fate, circumstances and events readily shove them aside.
An average nigerian will readily claim that our past leaders are to blame for our numerous woes, but if 10 people can fail to suceed, then maybe its more than a conspiracy, maybe its the system.
the biggest component of this system is the society, where you and I (nigerians) are members of. the society today has "yahooze" as its popular song. the society doesnt ask you how you got your money ?, only what you do with it. that way we encourage those abroad to commit fraud. we have a "get rich quick mentality" where politics is the most rewarding business you can do.
I am not and will not in any way justify the conscious evil and attrocities a selected few have done to this country, in their capacities as our leaders, but will want us to re-examine the root of it all.
these leaders in my opinion are products of a system. a system that rewards wealth not dignity. A man handed power over willingly to civillians in his military capacity as head of goverment. he was roped in a phantom coup and subsequently jailed for life. he was released and later became president. I don't know what other motivation a man can have to suceed (when he later became president) other than that. he had N20k in his account in 1999, today he is accused of stashing billions away. y? because he learnt that if he ever gets broke again outside office, he is as good as forgoten. if obj is greedy and mad, is abacha, ibb, abdusalami, gowon, shagari also mad people? if so, how come we are a country blessed with mad leaders?
you can only give what you have. though a president without university education will consider it no big deal if ASUU strikes for a year. but you musnt be president or govenor before you make a +ve impact. dora akinluyi is a ready example.
while it is the function of goverment to create jobs, it is that of labour unions to ensure that chinese firms don't pay our people N20 per hour. have they been up to it? and numerous other ways we can improve our country in private capacities. it evolves around the system.
a system that fights curruption and not prevent it, a society that celebrates debauchry and calls a man its "messiah" 6 months into office. 47 years after independence the biggest issue in our political circle is zoning. "the ibos have not produced the president or the south south". a system where political contests are all about personalities clashes and not issues. a system that requires you to spend billions before you can serve your fatherland as president.
would buhari have contested against obj in 2003, if obj had not cancelled PTF? would AC have been formed if obj and atiku`s ambitions had not clashed?. true to fact, I do not know who won the last elections (because obviously I am not Iwu), but i think i know who lost. the nigerian electorate, nigerian people lost the elections. none of the candidates discussed issues, it was all about "u want 3rd time, i no gree. u are a thief, i am not. u b ibo, i b hausa".
the average nigerian has a "messiah" mentality. he expects someone to come from no where, kill all the past and present political and over bearing traditional leaders. and then makes nigeria a paradise on earth.
good idea------- but guess what he is doing about it? he is simply praying! we have refused to put our fate in our own hands, only expecting the nigerian "mesiah".
there has never been a change in the pattern of (bad)leadership in any part of the world, except there is a militant, intellectual or aggressive) demand. ours is a society content with watching our leaders (mis)manage us.
we refuse to ask questions about how we are governed, and when we do (like the media sometimes do), we refuse to set yardstick for success, failure of perfomance.
yaradua and whoever succeeds him, cannot benefit the lot of the masses as long as they are products of a system that makes it possible for one man to steal N10b at a go, a system that is devoid of moral, traditional and family values.
so I think.
what do you think? Who is responsible for Nigeria`s Woes, our Leaders or the System?