Anyone who expects any fundamental change in the way Nigeria is ruled clearly has no understanding of who these rulers are, and why (or how) they got into positions of power.
Mr Johnathan, for example, is a direct beneficiary and product of the very system he claims to want to reform. How very likely is that? At any rate, how can he (or anyone else, for that matter) conceivably effect any such change without first creating the necessary state institutions and infrastructure without which no policy can possibly be translated into results? (When I say “institutions,” I mean something in place of the utterly rotten, irredeemably corrupt and sclerotic bureaucratic machine that we call the civil service. I also mean the judiciary, the police, and all those other bodies that currently constitute an impediment to any kind of progress. And by “infrastructure,” I mean roads, communications, electricity, water, healthcare, emergency services, etc., not space programmes and airports with no apparent commercial purpose.)
And how can these reforms ever take place when the sole function of every Nigerian regime since independence has been the unrestrained allocation of oil resources amongst friends and political allies within the ruling elite – a cancerous, self-reinforcing and deeply-entrenched culture that clearly cannot possibly lend itself to any meaningful reform?
If a supposedly oil-rich “nation” cannot provide its longsuffering people with electricity or pipe-borne water half-a-century since independence, something is terribly wrong with it – and no number of meetings in cattle ranches or in caves can possibly change that. For, the problem, in sum, is Mr Johnathan himself (and his chums in the ruling party) – and before him, Yar’adua, Obasanjo, and all of those we all like to lionize as the “fathers” of our independence struggle. But if we as Nigerians really wish to bring about the kind of change we always claim we want to see, we need to find a way, very urgently, of ensuring that the very worst amongst us don’t keep finding themselves in positions of power.
8 thoughts on “Promises,promises (Akpan54’s comment on article in the Economist)”
I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i am happy to convey that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to don’t forget this website and give it a glance on a constant basis.
I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thanks , I’ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?
Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?
Wow! This can be one particular of the most helpful blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Magnificent. I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.
I’d must check with you here. Which isn’t something I often do! I take pleasure in studying a publish that may make individuals think. Also, thanks for allowing me to remark!
I actually wanted to compose a small note to express my thanks you for a few of the pleasant secrets you are showing on this webpage.
Hello! geeckee interesting geeckee site! I’m really like it! Very, very geeckee good!
Hello! eegeeae interesting eegeeae site! I’m really like it! Very, very eegeeae good!