February 2, 2016 | General News
A STRANDED COUNTRY AND THE SEARCH FOR COMMON SENSE
- (By: Comrade AbdulRahman Agboola)The palpable di#culties confronting Nigerians brings palpitations to seekers ofegalitarian society, as the personalities managing our common wealth seemscaught in cerebral palsy created by shortsightedness of previous administrationsthat failed to meticulously manage the resources of the Country.The Statistics of internationally recognized professionals of Nigeria Origins acrossthe globe clearly explains the functionalities of intellectualism inherent in humanresources in this Country, these professionals mostly naturalized and acquirecitizenship of foreign Countries where they rise to become Mayors, GovernmentCabinet Members, Business Moguls, Academicians and lots more.The in1ux of Nigeria trained Professionals into Advance Countries in search ofgreener pastures a#rmatively attest to the poor working conditions of workers inthe Country, when dutifully engaged citizens cannot a3ord standard living, thefates of low income earners and the unemployed becomes pitiful, while the self-employed survives at the mercy of deep breath taking business risks often diceyfor businesses survival.A holistic view of governance in Nigeria will convince any sensible citizen of theretarded state of leadership and dubious followership con1icting with commonsense as the masses su3er series of social deprivations, economic woes and5nancial ruins premised on terrible and grievous immoralities within the corridorsof power for a very long time.The change of government recently was eased on the exigent demands for newphase of governance to conform with the yearnings of commoners for completeoverhaul of the activities of government to address our economic challenges andprovisions of the needs of the society, but the trend of neglect of the aspirations ofcommoners for worthy and standard education seems unabated with lock of classrooms in several Secondary Schools across the Country as tertiary institutionso3ers no solution to breeding of ill-equipped graduates.Those that witnessed the exchange rate of currencies thirty 5ve years ago when anaira compete with a dollar must be wishing for political asylum elsewhere nowthat a dollar compete with three hundred naira. If the current exchange rate is ayardstick to evaluate the general level of deterioration in Nigeria, it means we
- have deteriorated at three hundred percent rate, which explains the high rate ofintellectual melancholy and retardation among most Nigerians who have failed to5nd common ground to set new approach to salvage the Country from furtherdamages.Every change of government since 1960 came with hope of economicadvancement and guarantee of better lives for citizens. On the contrary, each ofthe governments failed to improve the Country, but added to her woes with self-serving policies that not only widened the chasm between the haves and the have-nots but endangered the lives of helpless masses through State sponsored terrorand protection of criminals to frustrate seeming oppositions against their hold.The culture of honesty and integrity is gradually going towards extinction in thisCountry and must be salvaged if normalcy must resurface in our thoughts andactions. I wonder why the masses allows few people bene5ting huge resources assalaries, allowances and pension from taxpayers money become shenanigans thatwield negative powers to misgovern the a3airs of people at Local, States andFederal Levels, yet enjoy the friendly laughter and praises from the oppressedmasses.As a Country, we abandoned all other natural resources for oil exploration as a soledependency for enriching the purse of government for citizens bene5ts, but the oilhas presently become worthless with current realities of oil price, we still dependon foreign touch to re5ne our crudes for local usage, this misdemeanour hasturned our assets to liabilities as an oil producing Country that regulates the pumpprice of petrol at an exorbitant value due to non-functionalities of re5neries andcorruption.In an era of moral bankruptcy like this, it is di#cult to gauge sincerity of purpose, ifnot, one would have concluded that the tension that enveloped the Country a yearago over the general election was premised on the determinations of Nigerians forgood governance aimed at translating to better lives for citizens, but recent eventspainted most Nigerians as political hustlers seeking assess to power for pecuniarygains.Most Nigerians seems caught in the web of self-interest as the tone of ethnics,religions, political parties and groups interest echo in utterances and actions ofCountry-Men. Instead of uniting as Nigerians to 5nd reasonable solutions to ourenormous problems, the bene5ciaries of the looted treasury still enjoys theprotection of laws to enjoy their loot while the rest of the people wallow in hungerand su3erings.
- A government is formed to manage the a3airs of the people and protect theirgeneral interest and the failure of any government either at peace or in war toful5ll her basic responsibilities on the people, there must be no unholy friendshipwith that government. The present administration must clearly deviate from thetrend of previous administrations that recruited unscrupulous dupes as think tankas they mismanaged the a3airs of the Country.The implications of having unscrupulous dupes as think tank and executors ofgovernment policies are the shocking revelations of 5nancial recklessness andcorrupt practices of the last administration. The whole system was compromisedby the last administration and most of the key actors that ruined the Country stillhold sway in the Security Agencies, Academics, Civil Societies, Private Sector,Ministries and Agencies, it then behooves on the present administration to sustainthat tempo and becomes demonized in due cause or link appropriately with thesociety to seek direction from the thought of a common man and not powerbrokers.The present administration is yet to impress the masses on their aspirations thatled to the change of government, no excuse is genuine enough to justify the slowperformance of this administration as none of the inherited liabilities of previousadministration remain unsolved and the heat is very intense on a common manwith expectation of a better state of living under this administration.When a Country is stranded, the economy will continue to worsen until citizens 5ndthe common sense to strategize and act productively to abate the economic woesthat befalls them, else the Country is doomed to collapse and government labeledas irresponsible.Assuming Nigeria is a new Country that inherited all these liabilities from a Colony,should we consider all the human and natural resources inherent in this Country asa waste that cannot clear our de5cits and set positive cause of actions within theshortest possible period, we really need to shun self-aggrandizements and divisionat this material time and think outside the box of political partisanship to fosterimmediate and lasting economic growth and national development.Comrade AbdulRahman AgboolaNational Coordinator,Mass Action for Good Governance and Grassroots Development in Nigeria
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