Political Office Holders As Servants of the People

The basis for true civilization is the respect for law and order. Due process and the rule of law, features prominently in the lexicon of societies all over the world.

Indeed, unstable power supply, lack of good roads, declining standard of education, unreliable health care delivery, high unemployment rate and insecurity are just some of the challenges threatening  the diminishing  hopes of Nigerians, who before this time, had high expectations.

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The myriad of challenges persist because the political class are in short  supply of Democrats, who possess finesse and are willing to embrace the culture of Democracy and the rule of law.

At a point in time in Nigeria’s history, the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari was the Presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP), while a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar was the standard bearer of the Action Congress(AC). The stake holders of the coalition are now singing different tunes.

Indeed, constitutional Democracy is a vital tool for a stable united Nigeria, with emphasis on unity in diversity.

This line of thought recommends that the  of leaders of each ethnic group should have  a basic willingness to engage in cooperative efforts with the leaders of other segments in a spirit of moderation and compromise, while still retaining the support and loyalty of their own followers.

The commitment of leaders of all ethnic segments to the continued unity of the country becomes crucial and debatable.

Without doubt unity is synonymous with the safety of lives and property, in a workers’ friendly environment. With this in mind, it would not be wrong to call for the restructuring of the Nigeria Police Force by Government and at the same time, it is high time workers restructured their trade unions for better results.

In the present dispensation, a major characteristic of governance at all tiers, is the constant abuse of power.

Sadly, over the years, the servant leadership ideology has failed to take root in the country’s national life, with political and public office holders as prominent actors.

However, Nigerians are hoping that sometime very soon, political and public office holders will reconsider their present positions, and become servants of the people. Maybe.

About Attitude                                           About Behaviour

 

 

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Agitations : Nigerians Should Follow The Path of Constitutionality and Law- Senator

Nigerians with grievances have been called upon to follow due process and the rule of law, while agitating for a change in the status quo.

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This call was made  by the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

“Whoever has genuine grievances should follow the path of constitutionality, law, dialogue, love, brotherhood and peace. We are one. We have the resilience and infinite capacity to handle all challenges confronting us as a people”.

“Every Nigerian should feel at home and protected wherever he or she finds himself or herself in the territory of Nigeria”.

“So I want to strongly advise and appeal for peace and urge our security agencies to be vigilant and maintain the peace at all times. We don’t want our fellow citizens to be intimidated, harassed or killed extra-judicially for whatever reasons”.

“I must advise also that this should not be a pretext by any security agent to harass our peace-loving people. That shouldn’t happen at all.  Let’s constantly engage with ourselves in wisdom as we build a better society for all, Senator Omo-Agege  concluded.

 

Restructuring : Is the People’s Welfare the Issue ?

In 1998, the Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo restructured, 12 months after the structure became the platform to campaign for Igbo Presidency.

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In 2004,  the socio-cultural organization restructured, even though  the general elections came up in 2007, and Nigerians  were of the opinion that the Presidency of Nigeria was for  all Nigerians. Their argument was hinged  on the fact that no section of the country was excluded from aspiring to become the number one  citizen.

Indeed, there has never been and there is  still not any  constitutional law  that stated that a particular  tribe  cannot vie for the position of President.

Interestingly, Ohaneze is a South East  Geo-Political zone based organization, which seeks to project the image of the Igbos and the  rest of Nigeria in  general.

Although at a particular point in time, the organization was accused of been elitist, its  objective  according to a cross section  of  members is to  ensure that the ordinary  man  in the street  is  a member.

The members  argue that anybody who  is  Igbo or  of Igbo  extraction, within  Igboland or in diaspora, should be considered as a member of Ohaneze. Such individuals, according to them  can attend meetings without a  third party making  introduction.

”You can come to Ohaneze meeting without anybody introducing you. If  there is need to introduce yourself, you get up and tell them who you are”, they stated.

In an interview session with a Lagos based news magazine in 2004, the then President of the Anambra chapter of Ohaneze, Dozie Ikedife, insisted that restructuring was on course, irrespective of any presidential election.

”If it happens that no  Igbo man is installed  as President this  time around, Ohaneze will still play  its role to ensure that a President is installed  in this  country and that things move peacefully with a sense of  equity, fair play, justice and enhancement of the sense of  belonging  for  all”, Ikedife had declared.

Since no  tribe or ethnic  group has been excluded from Nigeria, the debate about who occupys the  number one seat in 2019 and other election dates, should be for  all and sundry. Perhaps.

The Significance of the Argungun Festival

The Argungun festival  made its debut in 1934, that year, Sultan Hasan Dan Muazu Ahmedu visited Kebbi kingdom and the festival was organized in his honour.

The festival’s significance stems from its role in ensuring peace between the former Sokoto caliphate and the Kebbi kingdom.

The festival featured men and boys, who compete, to catch the largest fish, which was afterwards presented to the Sultan. Ever since, the festival has become an annual event, held between February and March.

Over the years, the festival has attracted people from all walks of life, who travel from far and wide, to watch land and water events, from arts, crafts, music, traditional dancing to bicycle, Donkey and Carmel racing. In addition, wild duck hunts, swimming and diving competitions and horse races featured prominently.

The four day cultural event, involved thousands of fishermen, carrying traditional nets and gourds. The sound of a gunshot, signified the commencement of the competition. The fishermen move towards the well stocked  Matan Fada river and leap into the water. They are expected to catch the biggest fish in one hour. Those who triumph are rewarded accordingly.

Of note, is the fact that the festival  has been a source of unity  and peace among the people. For centuries, the empires had fought battles, which only ceased with the arrival of the British.

Initially, the festival allowed the participation of women, but since it was in conflict with  the Islamic Sharia law, it was stopped.

In this dispensation. the psyche of Nigerians has been adversely affected  by the agitations of ethnic groups,  this is not  good for development. What obtains today,  are Ethnic summits, organized to push forward sectional positions on a wide range of issues.

The task of reversing this ugly trend does not dwell in issuing public statements and making frequent broadcasts, but in practically and positively impacting on the lives of the people, who now have a very different impression of governance.

 

 

 

The Responsibilities of Governance

Nigerians have for several years now, embarked on the journey to promote a  just and equitable society without encouraging results.

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This is regardless of the countless number of prominent citizens, who belong to the private and public sectors, including the civil society community, at home and in diaspora.

Sadly, most of the innovative ideas and policy options of Government have failed to serve as spring board for the country’s social, political and economic emancipation from the vicious circle of underdevelopment.

Of note, is the fact that  Nigeria is yet to attain the status of a free, dynamic and knowledge based economy, this is just as there are no genuine signs  of commitment to fairness, equity and justice.

This is a fall out  of bad or improper governance  at all levels of Government.  Decisions and policies of Government are powered by self centered ideals and greed.

Most political office holders lack ideology and principles to recommend a soothing cure for the country’s ailments, this is convincingly reflected in the very weak economic and political reforms, which are without doubt not the compass of a new world order.

The myriad of problems confronting the country justifies the need for transparent and incorruptible institutions to decisively address pressing issues which have taken a political  turn.

Those institutions which were put in place  before now, might not have achieved the desired  results, regardless of the resources that were dissipated in the process.

The major questions on the lips of most Nigerians include, who has the responsibilities for policy formulation and governance under the present dispensation ? Is it the state or does it rest  on the exploitative hands of  private individuals  ?  These questions continue to attract  debate among the citizenry.

 

Buhari Must Remain in Office To Avoid National Instability-APC Chieftian

It is imperative President Muhammadu Buhari completes his four year tenure to avoid national instability.

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This assertion was made  in a statement by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Chief Charles Udo Udeogaranya.

”Nigeria needs president Buhari to be well and alive to conduct the 2019 general elections successfully and hand over power peacefully or otherwise, oversee any major restructuring that National Assembly members may approve”.

“This is imperative, in order to avoid national instability that may crack the centre due to the high level of hopelessness among many Nigerians who have totally given up on governments at various levels”.

“I continue to plead with all Nigerians not to give up on Nigeria as I see hope for a better Nigeria 2019 ”.

Chief Udeogaranya lamented that healthcare delivery  in the country was in a sorry state saying ”“We all are aware that infrastructure wise, particularly on medical services, Nigeria lags way behind other countries of the world and therefore it would be safe to say that anyone demanding the president to return to Nigeria hurriedly is not wishing him well.

“We all are aware that infrastructure wise, particularly on medical services, Nigeria lags way behind other countries of the world and therefore it would be safe to say that anyone demanding the president to return to Nigeria hurriedly is not wishing him well ”, he concluded.

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Nigerians Should Desist from Embarking on Negative Prayers Against President Buhari-Cleric

Nigerians have been called upon to desist from embarking on negative prayers against President Muhamadu  Buhari who is presently, recuperating  in a London hospital.

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This call was made by the Chairman, Christian  Association of Nigeria(CAN), Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria Chaplain(Evangelist)E.A Babalola, who also doubles as the Commandant General, Royal Chaplain Global  Mission in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.

”So, what Nigerians have to do ow, is to encourage President  Muhammadu Buhari  and to pray for him to have good health, in order for him to fulfill the destiny  God has placed on him  for Nigeria. So, what the President needs now,is not devilish prayers against his life, the prayers he needs now, are prayers to preserve his life, prayers for healing, prayers for good health  and prayers for long life. It is not a matter for religion, but a matter  of service to our fatherland”.

Chaplain(Evangelist) Babalola condemned those on negative prayers against the President, saying ”that is to show how wicked people can be, nobody owns anybody’s life, it is only God that owns life, and nobody can kill, unless God permits it. if it is not ordained for the President to die at this time, no amount of prayers that they will pray against him will come to pass, because there is a purpose why God brought  him in to be President at this particular time and everybody is vulnerable to fall sick,  he is a man and he is of age, the job of  presiding a nation is not a small job, the load of a nation is a very heavy one. So for him to  be thinking of Nigeria is enough for him as an old man”.

Nigerian Leaders Seek Medical Attention Abroad To Avoid Been Consumed By Power Play-Cleric

The popular discussion among Nigerians at present, revolve round how the personal interests of those whom they voted into power have surprisingly, taken over the landscape.  Those  voted into power are engaged in a fierce covert battle to take control of power at the centre, while millions of citizens  are contending with hunger and poverty.

In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual head of  Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Olagoke speaks on this and the recent release of the Chiobok girls. Excerpts:

Unfolding events at the seat of power are a source of concern for Nigerians; do you think anything is wrong?

There is a lot of power play in Government Ethnicity is playing  a major role, tribal sentiments are also playing major roles, including religion, which is another factor. And it is unfortunate that the people of Nigeria are not helping matters.  We do not need any sentiments at this particular critical period, what we need is to forget about religion and ethnic background.

Nigeria is an experiment in their hands; they need to take it as a project and they need the peoples’ support, the two of them. So, that is number one, there is a lot of power play in Government, because in Nigeria today, when you have somebody in a position of power, the major problem is that of sycophants, always around them. These sycophants will continue to advise them negatively and wrongly, because the President and Vice President are investments in their hands. So, that is why we are having all these problems.

The man is sick and in Nigeria there is always a myth and mystery around people getting sick, that is why they are not really seeking medical treatment in Nigeria, because they know that there might be another power play, that they may send them to their graves that are why they run abroad.

So0, they are not really doing Nigeria a favour, because they are not been patriotic and sincere: the people who surround them and the people who are at work; this is the result of the situation in Nigeria presently.

Govt. Should Allow Parents to See Their Freed Children

82 Chibok girls have been released by the terrorists, what is your reaction?

Naturally I don’t expect that since they are just coming from the den of the terrorists, they should be released to their parents, because they are already ‘’monsters’’. They must have been traumatized, they must have been cloned into monstrous beings, their psyche needs to be changed, because of the too much delay in rescuing them, and they have already imbibed the culture of the terrorists.

So, their allegiance would be to those people. So, it is a psychological problem, but  if government  is not allowing their parents to see them, that is when Nigerians may raise eyebrows, because the thinking everywhere is that , all these girls may not necessarily be the Chibok girls, however later on they may be having  some  ‘’cosmetic and magical fathers and mothers’’ who will come up.

I will only plead that this issue must not be dragged too far, what they should do, is for Government to allow such parents to visit their children and now come out to accept or deny that those they visited are their children or not their children.

Until such evidence comes from the parents, we cannot insinuate that it is a gimmick or propaganda. Since they are I the custody of the Federal Government, this is far great and better, they will receive the best care and treatment.