IT is becoming very evident today that in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), things are falling apart as the centre is no longer holding. A political party in power for 14 years, dominating and reigning over a nation denigrated by the many more years of military misrule is now integrated into the crisis it implanted through its unfocussed administration.
What has been the benefit of democracy to the federation under PDP? Absolutely nothing. A nation once on the pathway of greatness has been dumped into the valley of failure and letdown. Today, hardly is anything working. Nigeria remains down infrastructural. Power? Education? Agriculture? Jobs? Security? Just name it; it has been a story of lost glories. Notwithstanding the opinionated fabrication of some ministers that ought to be rolled off with the nine fired last week, the economy has collapsed.
Nigeria is not where it should be today because of lack of leadership of value. The government in power will only be narrating figures on performances, and not the reality of impact on the lives of the citizens. Few months ago when President Goodluck Jonathan was marking his administration’s mid-year, he had nothing to deliver than a presentation of worthless publication that no serious Nigerian bothered to analyse.
The undependable environment here has been discouraging economic growth. Viable and serious foreign investors would prefer even a less endowed country to a place of deteriorating infrastructure, absolute corruption and security uncertainties. Today, many remarkable manufacturing companies had discarded Nigeria for Ghana or other smaller neighbouring countries. This is why the once-flourishing textile industry in the country is dead. Today too, many of those in power would crave their children attending schools in Ghana than here at home where institutions are shut down for months simply because of strikes over government laxity in education development.
Now, in several parts of the nation, not many would sleep with both eyes closed. Where Boko Haram terrorists are not slaughtering the innocents, kidnappers or armed robbers would be stealing the peace and joy of the undefended. Those who pretend to be contended with what is going on are chiefly those seizing opportunity to steal the good of the land.
From 1999 till now, civil rule has been much in name only as democracy. The afflictions that have drowned the country have not manifest good governance of the people by the people for the people. Rather, it has been civilian rules of few elite for the personal benefits of the scanty. Corruption has been so deeply embedded to drag the masses down to penury in the midst of plenty.
Beyond being partisan, PDP has not made positive and hopeful impacts on the nation that could make it a worthy political party beyond its pride assertion of being the biggest party in Africa. Many joined the party, not because of its rational or cogent ideology, but just because it is the big party that can enforce itself to retain power through manipulations. After all, one of its yanked-off national chairman once boasted that the party will rule Nigeria for 60 years – whether or not it performs creditably, and whether voters devote to it or not.
The fact is that this ailing nation is blessed with quality and prudent personalities; yet, apart from in few states, the valuable ones are hardly the ones in power controlling the affairs of the nation. Ongoing crisis in PDP is a demonstration of the caliber of leadership aspiring self-actualisation in governance instead of focusing on committed service to the people.
Why the reality is that Nigeria belongs to all and everyone has the right to aspire to the highest office in the land, the quality of leaders and what they have to offer must be the core objective of voting them into office rather than ethnic indigenization or geographic locality. Non-compliance to rules of commitment has been the source of Nigeria’s consistent depressing tales. In developed democracies, leadership is based more on what office holders have to offer to the people. Whenever there is an error of making the wrong choice, retaining failure on ethnic basis would never be the portion of a focused nation determined to make progress.
The current siege by President Jonathan on Governor Rotimi Amaechi and other perceived political enemies is most disproportionate to moving the country forward. Patriotic Nigerians and lovers of freedom must be opposed to any self-centered struggle that can crack the nation. Egocentric brains pushing a non-performing president to enforce his way back to office for second term by all means are the actual adversaries of the nation. Muhajedeen Asari-Dokubo and his likes threatening to dislodge Nigeria if Jonathan is not returned to power lack insight. It is obvious they are being sponsored to act on behalf of ambitious individuals instead of in the interest of their nation. What is not being fathomed is that intimidation to put everyone in the pocket of destructive militants cannot mobilize voters. Rather, desperation can only make people stand up to halt any drift to sectional tyranny.
If Jonathan does not want to allow restoration of peace in PDP and the nation’s polity, then those pushing him are working to his eventual discredit. They must be functioning to turn Nigeria into a Syria. The way PDP has largely seen itself as winner of elections is through manipulation of mandates. But let them now know that a Robert Mugabe cannot have the privilege of his unending reign in Zimbabwe in Nigeria. After all, General Olusegun Obasanjo, with all his autocratic tendencies by means of his undemocratic military background failed to enforce himself on this nation as a third term president.
Believe it or not, with the on-going crisis in PDP, God might have already started His work of change. It is unlikely the failed party will have one voice again. The faithful God will do what is best for the people, not what is desired by a desperate leadership. For leaders not ruling with the fear of the Lord, the land will be downgraded and become disillusioned. President Jonathan moved from being shoeless to becoming number one citizen not by his power but by the grace of God. The way he eventually emerged as President was not through the likes of silly talks and threats of Niger Delta militants. The time he spends on the throne is also not what matters; it is the legacy that he will leave behind as a leader that will determine how he will end. General Sani Abacha is not being honoured by his northern brethren today because of his ruinous tenure which was even of no benefit to his own people.
Truly, virtually all parts of this country want political power at all cost for personal aggrandisement and not for the general good of the society. The main motivation is because of oil money. But the ignorance is that Nigeria would not be able to fund this pricey system of government when oil resources run out as that is when this delusion we are leaving will be dawn on both politicians and the masses.
PDP’s alleged zoning of power has not worked, and it will never work as long as leadership is not about quality in performance. Alternative big political parties are emerging so that people can make the choice they want. Already, voters are becoming wiser choosing those who execute well in the states. Governors Babatunde Fashola and Adams Oshiomhole are unarguable examples. The gubernatorial elections coming up next year in Ekiti and Osun states will also further proof the true hearts of the people who are tired of the nation’s failure and want apparent positive impact of governance in their life to be retained for completion.
For now, let President Jonathan concentrate on his tomorrow by reviving the nation that is falling apart under him. If not, and he is only desperate to contest in 2015, let him know that Nigerians would prepare for a do-or-die election, tougher than ever experienced
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