The debacle that has become the democratic experience in
Then there was and still is the perennial Ekiti state political conflict, smoldering under former Governor Adeniyi Adebayo but came to the fore under Governor Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti is a sad commentary on south west politics and that of Nigeria in general. The state with the most education per capita has displayed an amateurish approach to politics. This is what the Nigerian tribune wrote on Wednesday July 9, 2008 about the Ekiti state house of Assembly. "The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Tuesday witnessed another round of violence as the mace of the House was broken when 18 members of the House passed a vote of no confidence in the Speaker, Honourable Femi Bamisile. Bamisile overruled the move to have him impeached and the session became rowdy with the pro-and anti-impeachment lawmakers battling themselves to take possession of the mace, which got broken in the midst of the violence that ensued."
The situation in Ogun state is not any different, the following statements were credited to the Ogun state governor. "Our lawmakers are ignorant, otherwise they wouldn't have behaved in such a manner. They are blindfolded and need prayers to come back to their senses," Governor Daniel said"
In Ogun state today, both the executive and the legislature are accusing each other of serious allegations that requires the attention of the police authorities, Daniel claims to be poisoned and the lawmakers claims Daniel is after their lives. In Ogun, governance has been reduced to the lowest ebb.
Still in the southwest, you have Osun and Ondo states. Relatively peaceful compared to the other three, when you scratch the surface, you have the intractable electoral fights between Dr. Rahman Mimiko and Dr. Agagu on one hand and Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, Governor Oyinlola on the other. Do not be fooled, this relative peace in the two aforementioned states has claimed some innocent lives; this brings me to a question? Are there no more magnanimous winners and losers in our society?
Some will be quick to point out that this is perhaps a Western Nigerian problem. I say to those folks, all you have to do is take a look around your immediate environment in
The title of this piece may have been "Fear and loathing in Western Nigeria" but it could easily be changed to read "Fear and loathing in
The situation in Nigeria today could not have been more dire, justice and fairness has flown out of the window. Without justice, a society will find itself adrift, Nigeria as a whole is teetering on the brink, its time for new leadership, a new form of thinking for the most populous black nation on earth. The future of the black race depends on it.