Written by Davidson Obabueki.
“Man is but a political animal”. I cannot but affirm the truism of this statement made by Aristotle centuries ago as it is taking its toll in the Nigerian Federal Structure. The mace a physical symbol of dignity and authority was reduced to a baton stick when Chidi Lyold a majority member of the Rivers State House of Assembly thwacked the mace on the head of a fellow member of the house. Such was a political travesty that could never had been imagined! Even if both parties had political vendettas, would it have been appropriate to wash one’s dirty linen in public? This legislative picture portrays a decorated battle field where the dramatis personae are replete with animals in human clothing displaying beastly traits. What examples are left to emulate from these old men whose polls have been flaxen. The truth remains that in the punnet of legislators, there are still those who are lily-white. But as events unfurls, the pulpit is twice as fast corrupting the pew. A public officer who cannot carry out at least to a reasonable degree, if not all her mandate is likeable to a sick animal in a litter and as such must be quarantined by way of recall.
The government in Nigeria is the only vessel known to develop a leak at the top. Sub-article 1 of Article 21 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) provides that: “Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or indirectly.” I ask, where goest this country? A country where the falcon can no longer hear the falconer, where the “leaders” no longer care for the led. Sub-article 3 of the same Article 21 whets my appetite to state that: “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.” I am forced to ask, what sayest thou tenets of democracy? Its principles are ill winds that blows nobody any good.
It was an economic shock when the emoluments of the Nigerian legislators within eight years of selfish talks where estimated to have amounted to a trillion naira. The highest paid legislators in the world. What a mean feat to shrug off. What actually do the Nigerian legislators transact in their Tower of Babel? Nothing but the rehearsals of talks and laws that favours the rich minority. Little wonder did Oliver Goldsmith posit that “The rich rule the law and the law grinds the poor”. It is saddening that the ideas and practices of those in the corridors of power have successfully been adopted and co-opted by splinter groups ranging from the university level down to the nurseries. It is only beastly animals that can display these kind of traits. Like their counterparts, when devoid of food resort to cannibalism. The clock of vengeance knells every dawn to dusk at every acts of betrayal. As General Maximus posit: “What we do in life echoes in eternity”. The prayers of Nigerians have pertinaciously spell-bounded this nation from her division.
The time has come for Nigerians to come out of their shell and know exactly what democracy entails by choosing leaders who are peopled-personed and not animals smoke-screened in human clothing. For democracy entails not the conferment of power on the few but on the many.
Davidson writes from Benin-City.
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