A searchlight on the socio-political matrix of present-day Nigeria reveals a toe-curling association affected by soiled political linen of various sizes flying in its ethnic house. It’s typically a sombre state of affairs worsened by the ruling elite’s inordinate need to amass wealth and energy, somewhat than save the nation from the mud during which it has been caught ever for the reason that colonialists departed Nigeria. One side of the nation, to which its issues could be largely linked, is its poll system outlined by bullion vans.
The noise triggered by ‘Bullion Vans’ in 2019 elections, irrespective of how exhausting it’s subdued, nonetheless wails sopranos so far. Serving as a window via which the corruption and political backwardness in Nigeria could be glimpsed and on the similar time providing non permanent succour to the needy, ‘Bullion Vans’ is indisputably one ugly growth that has left Nigeria in dangerous odour with international locations that practise democracy. Undeniably, many are ready repeat of ‘bullion vans’ as 2023 stares us within the face.
‘Bullion Vans’ narrative is as true because the element given by the beneficiaries of the cash that trickled down moments earlier than the 2019 basic elections, and even those earlier than that, the ‘abdomen infrastructures’ of Ekiti and Osun. Evidently, it was a case of grafting below the pretext of gifting. The goals didn’t defeat themselves: they paid off. Nonetheless, contemplating the truth that the regime that triggered the graft expires quickly and allegations towards the bullion actors are being whittled down, Nigeria perpetually contends with the problem of reaching credible elections. Doubtless, the event brings in focus a category of Nigerians one considers morally certified to run for political workplace in 2023. It additionally raises consciousness of the suitable time for politicians to current items to the plenty: hours earlier than elections or years after? The event additionally reminds one of many major features of the ICPC and EFCC.
The setting¾both in time and space¾of the looks of bullion vans and different doubtful social funding programmes of presidency is totally incongruous. It was staged within the so-called Centre of Excellence when Nigeria was having basic elections. The elite¾ Christians or Muslims¾who need to assist the needy financially ought to take action years earlier than or after elections by bankrolling the plenty at specified banks nationwide. For me, I feel these options are the cat’s pyjamas.
Because the clock ticks and the whiffs of 2023 elections caught from afar, we readily learn the minds of the 2023 contestants. One or two politicians have indicated curiosity within the presidential race whereas some are but to throw their hats into the ring. While many are nonetheless mealy-mouthed, power-drunk gladiators are already consulting, reconciling with arch-enemies, lobbying and ingratiating; determined politicians are defecting back and forth events.
Apparently, some also-rans previously contests at the moment are initiating Utopian initiatives in dystopic society, changing into philanthropists, kissing the Blarney stone and wooing the plenty with a juicy supply of employment.
Usually, the hardship skilled at present in Nigeria makes it simple for electoral candidates to purchase the citizens.
The voters themselves, by throwing warning to the winds, additionally endanger balloting in Nigeria. Citizens, whose prayer is tips on how to feed twice a day, in fact, see occasions like cash-for-vote as manna from heaven. Really, the plenty are dying of starvation and are saved in eternal bondage. The leaders plunder the nation’s harvest and go away the dregs for the plenty. They loot tax payers’ cash and amass wealth for his or her future generations and political ambitions. Worse nonetheless, the plenty will not be assured victory in courtroom while these to prosecute looters are looting.
The Niger Space of 1914 is now in a shambles and appreciable groundwork is being laid for its burial in China. Electoral malpractices have come to dwell completely in Nigeria, the place the leaders evince the traits in acts and utterances. Nigerian leaders make guidelines that favour their households, themselves and cronies: guidelines they make and break at will. Each sector they head lacks good management.Within the well being sector for example, it’s dangerous management on the a part of NCDC that compels Nigeria to ship genomic sequencing of coronavirus to laboratories in international locations like China and South Africa. The judiciary is steeped in perversity, perverting the course of justice with relish. With the passing away of Chiefs Rotimi Williams and Gani Fawehinmi, Nigeria’s judicial system turned a cesspit of corruption.
Certainly, Nigerian leaders have made an actual canine’s dinner of the financial system, leaving the nation in dangerous debt.
When the voting system of a nation goes awry and corruption is at massive, imperfection units in. In Nigeria, one sees graft circumstances settled out of courtroom and the elite class over-protected by the regulation. Additionally it is in Nigeria one sees a Pension Boss smile and wave gaily on the crowd on his strategy to jail while pensioners in Ekiti and Benue States whine and wail. With out recourse to statistics, I keep that simply few Nigerian leaders have all it takes to repair the nation. Plans to promote Nigeria’s property needs to be cancelled: the contents of ‘Bullion Vans’ alone can simply wake the sleepy airports and revive the useless refineries within the nation. The gasoline subsidy rumoured to be eliminated (a transfer that additional implies that the plenty will die of their numbers in 2022) additionally, could be retained by Nigerian leaders.
Nice leaders are actuated positively by the love of their international locations. President Barack Obama beloved America and put the curiosity of America first, not his household’s when he was on the White Home. His aunt, Hawa Auma, was not favoured with a political appointment on the White Home until she died a charcoal vendor at 79 at Kokal Kambero in Kenya (not even in an American hospital). One such Obama is on the market at Ifon, Ondo State. High quality leaders convey development not retardation to their international locations; high quality training and well being care supply, not illness and mind drain.
Sola writes from Port Harcourt
Realized women and men of integrity, whose presence in politics will reposition the Nigerian voting system abound within the nation. They’re high quality leaders one expects to occupy public workplaces in 2023, not leaders who act with impunity.
In conclusion, the scar left on the Nigerian voting system by ‘Bullion Vans’ is a long-lasting, huge one. It’s a contagion that prompts itself wherever it will get, endangering future polls and folks’s lives. ‘Bullion Vans’ is likely one of the root causes of the challenges confronted in Nigeria at present. For votes to rely in Nigeria, President Buhari should, with experience and gravitas, assign his employees formidable duties and probe the allegations towards the bullion vans. However then, I recommend that: firstly, God, with extra disciples, ought to take cost of Aso Rock Villa in 2023. Or secondly, grandchildren of colonialists ought to return to Nigeria and resume their occupation. Or thirdly and lastly, Nigerians who’ve held political posts within the nation earlier than ought to give up politics for brand spanking new comers.
Sola writes from Port Harcourt.