A few days ago, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had hinted Nigerians to the fact that Nigeria was fast becoming a failed state under the current administration headed by President Muhammadu buhari and his cohorts.
The former President also stated that he had never seen Nigeria so divided, adding that many of the problems currently plaguing the country were caused by poor management, accumulation of debts and corruption.
The Presidency in their usual manner of shifting grounds and avoiding the preachers of truth and been quick to criticise the elder statesman for his divisive statements which could rip the nation’s fabric apart.
To be factual, If there is any word that can be aptly used to describe the current situation of things and event in the self-acclaimed ” Giant of Africa “, it is nothing but anarchy.
From the way appointments are conducted to the day to day administration or to the system of selecting and electing political office holders, one cannot but submit to the sublime truth that we are far from been regarded as a democratic state.
Needless to say, democracy in our own context is more of a theoretical thing than practical. This could probably be the reason Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had in the previous week described Nigeria’s system of governance as the most expensive.
As an erstwhile military administrator and elder statesman and from the purview of reality, one cannot but agree to the opinions of the Obasanjo who to many is always quick to speak the truth not considering the recipient.
While it has been heralded and proven beyond reasonable doubts severally that democracy was and still remains the best form of governance, issues and events that are brought to the fore within the last few weeks have suggested without mincing words that Nigeria is truly practising anarchy. The several issues have sent cold shivers down the spines of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structure.
Where do we start?
Is it the Aso Villa brouhaha or probably the fracas within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) leading to the sack of the national chairman, Adams Oshiomole which culminated into the closure of the national secretariat by men of the Nigeria Police Force.
Furthermore, the refusal of the incumbent Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to be recognised by his party as the flag bearer for the forthcoming elections as well as the defection of the Ondo State Deputy Governor from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are other issues waiting to be addressed.
As if that were a tip of the iceberg armed bandits had laid siege on Kuje and Gwagwalada, satellite cities in the nation’s capital city, Abuja. Dozens had been sent to untimely graves while many where declared missing. And what do you expect was the reaction of security personnel? They were having fun time chasing protesters who were expressing their feelings on the recent hikes in the price of fuel and electricity. Is this not a murder in the nation’s sacred cathedral?
Based on world assessment by several organizations which include the World Bank, Amnesty International, Transparency International among others, Nigeria under the current administration had been given the appellation of a failed state.
The Global Terrorism Index 2020 had listed it as the third most terrorized country in the world, coming only after Afghanistan and Iraq and the lots of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen better than hers.
Realistically, multiple challenges of terrorism, insurgency, banditry, violent militia operations, high scale corruption among others are true pointers to the fact that Obasanjo’s claims aren’t based on falsehood.
No wonder the United States President, Donald Trump had also criticised buhari’s body language especially in the wake of the killings in the Southern parts of the country dominated by Muslims.
In a purported show of bewilderment and surprise, an erstwhile former political adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who also doubles as a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun, had expressed his feelings on the state of things in the country. Nigeria he noted was fast travelling on the highways of anarchy.
We are at constant loggerheads with ourselves and this has given us a bad portrayal among member states within the West African sub-region and the world at large.
The legal framework which is meant to be binding on all (the elected and the electorate) and serve as the guideline for administering procedures is left and relegated to the background.
Law enforcement officers who are given the legal prowess and mandate to arrest offenders and criminals now turn criminals themselves. Absolutely, the pest destroying the vegetable lies within and not without the vegetable.
The culture of impunity which the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka identified has grown and had developed branches in all the arms and tiers of Nigeria’s system of governance.
Corruption, moral decadence and immorality have eaten deep into the nation’s fabric. The principles rule of law and equity have been stabbed making it possible for government officials to work free in the streets despite being drenched in the waters of corruption and financial mismanagement.
The economy which should have been revamped to the highest standards and made to be the envy of all is at the verge of collapse. The resultant effect is the incurring of debts and loans which are meant subtly to be the posterity of the coming generation.
Day by day the beats of the drum of restructuring and revolution are becoming louder. Nigerians are tired of an old Nigeria. Their groaning and cries are for a new Nigeria. Who will bring these to pass? Is it going to be on a platter of peace? How long can Nigerians wait before all the prophecies are fulfilled?
All these are questions that should be given answers to if we desire a new Nigeria.