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Our Great Nation

SOMETHING is mysterious about the sort of greatness our rulers want for Nigeria. What is certain is that their celebrated expertise in creating concentric circles of conspiracies to control the country has resulted in constitutional infractions too obvious to be ignored.

Here are some of the indices of our greatness-

•We have run for more than two months with the state of our elected President shrouded in scandalous secrecy. All the uncertainties his indeterminate absence has caused are dismissed. We are told to be quiet and utter only more fervent prayers for his recovery.

•There are different standards for treating suspects and Governors when riots break. If it is in Jos (Plateau), people demand a state of emergency and resignation of the Governor. If it is in Bauchi, Borno or Kano, there are no suggestions about a state of emergency, and nobody blames the Governors, rather we sing about the powerlessness of Governors who are not in-charge of security.

•We are in the third year of self-exclusion from international forum, affecting our once ambitious plans to be one of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Our citizens in Bakassi, which our Constitution recognises as one of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas, suffer harassments from Cameroun, but there is no President to handle these matters at the UN where Bakassi is almost three years behind schedule because our President misses the meetings.

•Often, a politician is killed. The latest is the Ogun State AC governorship candidate Dipo Dina. The police before investigations say it is armed robbery, not assassination. Usually, these cases are unresolved. The refrain that the police would do everything to bring the killers to book applied to Chief Bola Ige, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Marshall Harry chieftain of the ANPP, Chief Aminosoari Dikibo, a PDP national vice chairman, Chief Funso Williams and Dr. Ayo Daramola, PDP gubernatorial aspirants in Lagos and Ekiti States and scores of others across the country.

•Our future is shredded. We give our malnourished children education that was irrelevant even in the last century. Yet our leaders expend national resources in getting their children the best education wherever it is available.

•Anyone, who is somebody, flees abroad to treat the least ailment. This group, in most cases, would do so with public resources.

• Nigeria has gone for more than two months with one of its worst fuel scarcities. The authorities have run out of contradictory explanations. This situation again indicates that petroleum, like electricity, is operating without the firm guide of the President, who alone can make critical decisions that would restore normalcy.

A country that once envisioned being among the top 20 countries in 2020 – just 10 years away -  has slipped further into irreverent affinity for obscurity as its final leap to greatness in its 50th anniversary.


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