NUDE pictures of some members of the Ogun State House of Assembly published last week in newspapers are minor indices of where we are as a country.
Unexpectedly, the owners of the pictures have admitted that the pictures were theirs, with slight disagreements about whether they were taken in a shrine or the private home of the Ogun State governor.
These are the latest scenes from the apathetic drama that has been on in the State for some months. The Executive and the Legislature are locked in disputes that bear no relevance to discharging their responsibilities for the well-being of the people.
An initial newspaper report was that those involved swore to an oath to fight the governor to the end. The oath-takers claimed the oath was a forced pledge of their allegiance to the governor â€“ a practice they said was common state-wide.
None of these interests us. Our concerns are over the depravity that has taken over our politics. We thought the days allegiance to individuals were through with incidents at the Okija Shrine six years ago.
It seems that there areÂ other shrines still in business, thanks to the desperate desires of politicians to lay their hands on power at all costs.
The Constitution which the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary swear to uphold, prescribes two oaths in the Seventh Schedule, oath of allegiance and oath of office or membership.
The oath of allegiance states, â€œI do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So help me Godâ€.
Each state legislature swears or affirms thus, â€œI do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that as a Member of the State House of Assembly,Â I will perform my functions honestly to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and the rules of the House of Assembly and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
that I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and that I will preserve, defend and protect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and that I will abide by the Code of Conduct that is contained in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So help me Godâ€. Allegiance is to Nigeria and the Nigerian people.
The Fifth Schedule Part I, Article 10 of the Constitution (Code of Conduct) states, â€œA public officer shall not be a member of, or belong to, or take part in any society the membership of which is incompatible with the functions or dignity of his officeâ€.
The Code of Conduct Bureau should investigate this embarrassment.