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Buhari Alone Can Do Nothing Until We Reform Our Politics

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Buhari Alone Can Do Nothing Until We Reform Our Politics

By Joseph A Adams

Buhari is not good enough for Nigeria. Yes, I agree but who is good with this present political system?

It saddens me to realise how people are still naive to the problems of Nigeria. The most unfortunate things are that we think we’re running a democracy because we set up political parties, campaign for election and win. The question is: is that how successful democratic countries are running their own?

Many of our problems started very small, but instead of fixing them on time, we keep sweeping them under the carpet. Today we have mountains of problems that have grown too difficult to solve. We have legislators whose duties are to find solutions by creating strong policies to sort things out and establish law around them to stop the recurrence. But they lack the political will and knowledge to tackle most of these problems.

There are lots of things to put in place before we can see positive change. Our political system is not designed to serve the country enough, and this has to change. Good government doesn’t automatically fall into place, and it cannot be willingly done by the set of politicians we have without pressure from the public.

Traditionally, the thinking has been that leaders know what is good for the country, but that doesn’t work for true development these days. Obviously, we forget that Nigeria is a safe haven for corrupt politicians, where an individual person has more money than the country.

Therefore, we need to frown on corruption. Unless we address this, we will continue to live a false dream. Buhari alone cannot do anything different until we reform our politics. We need to do our own part to support him in order for his party to deliver on its promises.

Corruption is the dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, which typically involves bribery. With corruption running in our system, nothing good can come out of the country.

Lack of proper record is also a bane. We need an effective recording system to know how many people are real Nigerians. We don’t only need accountability from the government, we also need from the citizens and without any good record of the populace, we cannot get it.

Lawlessness and lack of punishment culture is another ailment that is our problem. Nigerians don’t like to follow rules because our leaders don’t make it a priority. The law serves many purposes and functions in society.

Without an effective judicial system, we cannot enjoy our democracy. We also need to establish punishment for whoever commits any crime, and the punishment must be severe so as to serve as deterrence to others.

We need a Discrimination Act to stop people from using the tribal game that is tearing down society. We need to classify tribalism as a crime and set up a task force to fight it thoroughly. Task force is the unit that can uphold a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind. Until then, there cannot be unity and our leaders will continue to use this avenue to destroy the country for their own selfish gain.

We also need to avoid money politics where everyone only looks for an avenue to make money in a way that is detrimental to the interests of many people and the country. This makes them inflate government contracts sometimes more than ten folds of the actual cost.

Nigerians should wake up and hold these politicians accountable for their failure to put many things right. Self-inflicted poverty is enough to galvanise the masses to demand change more than before and they have the power to provide it. We should not continue to remain quiet. We cannot leave everything in the hands of the politicians; it won’t work.

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  1. Danti

    March 24, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    Good observations, but the only solution is independence to each region to govern itself. I am tired of reading about solutions to this soiled union, let Biafrans be and the rest of the mumu nation can get lost! I think my Yoruba folks will wake up and stop all forms of political foolishness.

    • Amanda

      March 24, 2019 at 2:37 PM

      You are just another ****** contributor. You want Biaf***d but this question of yours is not unanimous amongst Igbo people.

      What the word said have always been my proposition. Number one problem is ****** Nigerians. Politicians need to enforce the law not only on the week but on themselves. Very simple

    • Jilo

      March 26, 2019 at 6:56 PM

      Danti the issue is not about regional government OR tribal segregation. The problem is not synonymous to Biafra alone. If Biafra succeed in getting their own Country that will not solve the problem, corruption will not allow them to be successful as egalitarian nation.

      First they need to learn how to govern first by taking the measures that the writer’s has highlighted above. People should be rewarded, punished and be held accountable for their misdeeds. Democracy cannot survive where people continuing practicing Injustice, Nepotism and discrimination. If there is a Biafra Country today, Igbo people will still discriminate among themselves. According to the writer, Nigeria problem is not about particular tribe or people rather, it is our inability to follow the principle of democracy.

      If your Chief Justice can be so corrupt to the bone and some people are supporting him and citing tribal rhetoric, then there is no way we can achieve any meaningful objective under democracy.

  2. iron bar

    March 24, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    The president can help achieve this because corrupt men surrounded him and he lost focus.No instituition works ..even judiciary ruling is not obeyed.we are in serious crisis.

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