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More Necessity Needed Elsewhere

THE dispatch the National Assembly used in applying the Doctrine of Necessity to the declaration of the acting President was impressive and finally gave Nigerians hope that things could be done if the politicians have an interest to protect.

Nigerians have been left wondering if other issues that affect the common good could get this type of attention. The list of the matters that should be given attention stretches by the day as the country waddles from one crisis to the other in its search of anything that would make it relevant in an unstoppably competitive global sphere.

Suppose we brought Doctrine of Necessity to fast track the electoral reforms? Can our infrastructure – roads, energy, water – be beneficiaries of this new addition to our legislative armoury?

If our schools, health services, housing, environmental sanitation, poverty alleviation programmes, access to justice, security come under the wings of Doctrine of Necessity majority of Nigerians would benefit from the speed of the National Assembly.

Anyone who has watched the events of the past few months would worry about how little the common good matters. When the interests of politicians are threatened, they move everything to sustain their interests.

Doctrine of Necessity reminded everyone that our politicians are mostly self-serving. Even with an issue like the Niger Delta, source of most of the resources that oil the economy, there have been bizarre bargains about what needs to be done. It took militants grinding the economy to a halt for politicians to act, yet the response to the Niger Delta remains hazy.

We would need Doctrine of Necessity to build functional hospitals that would save lives, in addition to curtailing the security complications of every Nigerian official heading abroad for medical attention, and the huge wastes in public funds this entails.

Millions of our children are out of school, diseased, denied a future, hungry and they would soon be angry. Is there a version of the Doctrine of Necessity that can meet their needs? Are we thinking of the future of Nigeria without the children?

The challenges Nigerians face are enormous. Unfortunately, the authorities have skewed the resources of the country to place them above the rampaging poverty their (in)action ensures remains a Nigerian factor.

Contest for power in Nigeria has become a direct battle for survival. There is so much poverty that those in authority know that many of them, particularly with their brand of greed that thrives on permanent entrenchment of their interests, can barely survive without clinging to positions in government.

Nigerians want their governments to provide facilities that would enable them unleash their talent in the different sides that require development. Millions of Nigeria at home and abroad want to offer their skills in building their country.

Can a Doctrine of Necessity  not help them wade through the maze of obstacles that simply reject them?


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