In a few months’ time, Nigeria will once again arrive at what historians would refer to as a critical juncture – that point in the life of nations when either as a result of programmed actions or unanticipated circumstances, events unfold and choices are made that will alter the trajectories of these nations for good or for bad. The adjustments created by these decisions could be short-lived or permanent, depending on the value of the resolve invested by the people.
By the beginning of 2015, Nigerians will step into the doorway of a critical juncture occasioned by the general elections holding in February, where, other things being equal, the people are expected to use their votes to redefine the country’s political and economic directions. The occasion will demand no less. Having been duped and oppressed for too long by a band of depraved post-colonial inheritors in civilian and military uniforms, Nigerians’ desire for a true saviour cannot be more urgent than this moment.
At independence in 1960 it all looked promising until a few years later when events began to portray the local power wielders as more of picnickers than a clique out to fully grasp the essence of governance. The eventual incursion of the military into governance, instead of improving the situation by restoring the people’s hope, intensified the unjust and inefficient rule of the civilians, so much so that the soldiers even went as far as working towards a perpetual occupation.
Between these two groups since 1966, the reins of governance have gone back and forth until 1999 when full democratic governance was returned.
Even at that, what has been the experience since then? Sickening! You would easily be forgiven to call for the immediate return of the colonial masters, for successive leaders in whatever attire have run Nigeria like a private estate, dishing out favours and patronage, treating holders of alternative views as enemies, rewarding dubious loyalty and choosing which law or court judgment to obey and which not to.
The pattern of misrule has not changed. The lawlessness, abuse of power.
Article written by Godwin Onyeacholem
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