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This Democracy


July 12, 2010

This Democracy

One thing is clear to all Nigerians: This is not the democracy that our people fought and died for. This is a gross distortion of that dream, of light birthed in the rank darkness of General Sani Abacha's Gulag. Nigeria deserves better. It is time for meaningful positive change.

Five decades after independence, Nigeria drifts listlessly, thanks to self-defined "leaders" who in other societies would be in prison. Nigeria's rulers have in virtually all instances outdone the military in corruption, violence, and sheer irresponsibility. One decade after we got a fresh crack at democracy, we are saddled with a political system without accountability and our country is once more adrift.

Nigeria has endured a lot of indignities and atrocities, each needing meaningful closure. We remember all the victims of the Nigerian Civil War and past dictatorships. The Niger Delta burns daily, her people broiling in circumstances that are unacceptable elsewhere even for one day. Ask British Petroleum. We are painfully aware that the primary beneficiaries of our experiment with democracy are the same people who have committed treason in the past, stolen vast sums of money, and trampled upon our people on their way to Swiss banks.

In The Trouble with Nigeria, Chinua Achebe famously declared: "The problem with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership". He was right. Almost thirty years later, he is still right. Nigeria does not have a single problem that a purposeful, patriotic leadership cannot solve. There is no shortage of solutions for that which ails our country.

Our nation needs to establish the rule of law in deed, and not just in words. Unless we bring corruption to its knees, there is really no door into the future. We must build institutions, not personalities. We must permit excellence to flourish over nepotism and mediocrity, as this is the only way Nigeria's best can step forward to serve Nigeria. We must find our nation's most qualified and most upright citizens, and invite them to serve our people.

As our country stews in unresolved issues, we call on President Goodluck Jonathan to reflect on the state of our nation and commit to purposeful, focused structural changes that impact our nation's citizens positively. We call on him to break with the past by making the critical decisions necessary to take Nigeria forward. Those decisions will not make him popular with many of his political associates, but they will make him an icon of Nigerian history.

We note that President Jonathan has opened a Facebook account, where he is currently interacting with Nigerians and soliciting ideas for moving the country forward. President Jonathan must understand that his presence on Facebook exposes him to the restlessness and anxieties of young Nigerians. They will be demanding answers, and they should. He also opens himself up to a world that is increasingly leaving Nigeria behind. Here, he cannot deploy empty rhetoric without discovering there is nowhere to hide from it.

We call on President Jonathan to be the leader Nigeria needs and deserves.


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The StandPoint is the consensual position of the NVS editorial board. The StandPoint team includes Chika Ezeanya, Farooq Kperogi, Ikhide Ikheloa, Maudlyn Park, Moses Ochonu, Okey Ndibe, Philip Adekunle, Pius Adesanmi, Salisu Suleiman and Sonala Olumhense.



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Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Ariteni posted on 07-12-2010, 04:03:11 AM
Nigeria indeed needs closure from the atrocities of Military Rule. What type of closure? Simple and Direct - NO PAST MILITARY RULER SHOULD RULE AGAIN. We would have made a "GIANT" fool of our citizenry to the whole world if in 2011 we (re) elect a past Military Dictator.

There is need for closure by making past military dictators accountable as well as compensating one way or other the particular victims (although ALL Nigerians were)

What are those unpopular "critical decisions" to be made? Nobody in govt bothers to figure out stuff. You must particularize in order to elicit proper response.

Please don't make it feel like Dr Jonathan "carry all load of Nigeria for him head" Mr President is just one man. (a "minority") He undoubtedly is primarily responsible for Nations welfare now but he didn't cause the failure, is not part of it and needs our help to figure out stuff. If each person/institution would commit to "cleaning up after themselves" e.g. National Assembly, Judiciary, State and Local Govt, the WHOLE would be clean. We cannot continue to impose responsibility on Mr President when Local Govt Chairmen (before our very eyes) are embezzling funds meant to improve citizens standard of living. Yes, Federal is powerful but in a Federation, Federal is NOT all.

The President needs to urgently send emissaries to Prof Achebe to beg him (and possibly recruit him) to solve those problems brilliantly identified in his excellent book: The Trouble with Nigeria. The powerful combination of Achebe and Wole Soyinka, although it did not deter Ibrahim Babangida from executing Maman Vatsa, could (in view of the recent Achebe TIMES interview) and in the long run do grave damage to the Jonathan efforts at rebuilding/reforming Nigeria and frustrate Prof Akunyili's overseas "re-branding' efforts

@ Koko_tee: Thank you for your views on Dr Jonathan especially for your suggestion of an alternative. I don't agree but I just detest anybody condemning the status quo without proffering any alternatives.
Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Eire posted on 07-12-2010, 04:03:47 AM
One thing is clear to all Nigerians: This is not the democracy that our people fought and died for.
---Did anyone in Nigeria actually fought and died for true democracy???

thanks to self-defined "leaders" who in other societies would be in prison.
--so would many (I mean very many) of the average citizens

One decade after we got a fresh crack at democracy
--what democracy was that? allowing criminals to be elected into office is a fresh crack at democracy? You people must be on crack!

Nigeria has endured a lot of indignities and atrocities, each needing meaningful closure.
---Yes Endured and they are still enduring it waiting for God to come down and remove the criminal politicians strangling them.

In The Trouble with Nigeria, Chinua Achebe famously declared: "The problem with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership".
---Achebe is wrong and an 18 year old Danish or Spanish kid will prove him wrong on this one, Nigeria's problem is simply a lack of citizen action!

Nigerians will be demanding answers, and they should.
---They should keep demanding answers for another 50 years while the children of the current criminal political cabal continue business as usual, in the meantime let Nigerian citizens continue to demand what they deserve and continue to blame leadership for their problems,

More articles about leadership and more prayers to God please!
This Democracy
The StandPoint posted on 07-12-2010, 05:09:49 AM

StandPoint

This Democracy



One thing is clear to all Nigerians: This is not the democracy that our people fought and died for. This is a gross distortion of that dream, of light birthed in the rank darkness of General Sani Abacha's Gulag. Nigeria deserves better. It is time for meaningful positive change.

Five decades after independence, Nigeria drifts listlessly, thanks to self-defined "leaders" who in other societies would be in prison. Nigeria's rulers have in virtually all instances outdone the military in corruption, violence, and sheer irresponsibility. One decade after we got a fresh crack at democracy, we are saddled with a political system without accountability and our country is once more adrift.

Nigeria has endured a lot of indignities and atrocities, each needing meaningful closure. We remember all the victims of the Nigerian Civil War and past dictatorships. The Niger Delta burns daily, her people broiling in circumstances that are unacceptable elsewhere even for one day. Ask British Petroleum. We are painfully aware that the primary beneficiaries of our experiment with democracy are the same people who have committed treason in the past, stolen vast sums of money, and trampled upon our people on their way to Swiss banks.

In The Trouble with Nigeria, Chinua Achebe famously declared: "The problem with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership". He was right. Almost thirty years later, he is still right. Nigeria does not have a single problem that a purposeful, patriotic leadership cannot solve. There is no shortage of solutions for that which ails our country.

Our nation needs to establish the rule of law in deed, and not just in words. Unless we bring corruption to its knees, there is really no door into the future. We must build institutions, not personalities. We must permit excellence to flourish over nepotism and mediocrity, as this is the only way Nigeria's best can step forward to serve Nigeria. We must find our nation's most qualified and most upright citizens, and invite them to serve our people.

As our country stews in unresolved issues, we call on President Goodluck Jonathan to reflect on the state of our nation and commit to purposeful, focused structural changes that impact our nation's citizens positively. We call on him to break with the past by making the critical decisions necessary to take Nigeria forward. Those decisions will not make him popular with many of his political associates, but they will make him an icon of Nigerian history.

We note that President Jonathan has opened a Facebook account, where he is currently interacting with Nigerians and soliciting ideas for moving the country forward. President Jonathan must understand that his presence on Facebook exposes him to the restlessness and anxieties of young Nigerians. They will be demanding answers, and they should. He also opens himself up to a world that is increasingly leaving Nigeria behind. Here, he cannot deploy empty rhetoric without discovering there is nowhere to hide from it.

We call on President Jonathan to be the leader Nigeria needs and deserves.





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Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Dr Damages posted on 07-12-2010, 05:09:49 AM

StandPoint


This Democracy





July 12, 2010

This Democracy

One thing is clear to all Nigerians: This is not the democracy that our people fought and died for. This is a gross distortion of that dream, of light birthed in the rank darkness of General Sani Abacha's Gulag. Nigeria deserves better. It is time for meaningful positive change.

Five decades after independence, Nigeria drifts listlessly, thanks to self-defined "leaders" who in other societies would be in prison. Nigeria's rulers have in virtually all instances outdone the military in corruption, violence, and sheer irresponsibility. One decade after we got a fresh crack at democracy, we are saddled with a political system without accountability and our country is once more adrift.

Nigeria has endured a lot of indignities and atrocities, each needing meaningful closure. We remember all the victims of the Nigerian Civil War and past dictatorships. The Niger Delta burns daily, her people broiling in circumstances that are unacceptable elsewhere even for one day. Ask British Petroleum. We are painfully aware that the primary beneficiaries of our experiment with democracy are the same people who have committed treason in the past, stolen vast sums of money, and trampled upon our people on their way to Swiss banks.

In The Trouble with Nigeria, Chinua Achebe famously declared: "The problem with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership". He was right. Almost thirty years later, he is still right. Nigeria does not have a single problem that a purposeful, patriotic leadership cannot solve. There is no shortage of solutions for that which ails our country.

Our nation needs to establish the rule of law in deed, and not just in words. Unless we bring corruption to its knees, there is really no door into the future. We must build institutions, not personalities. We must permit excellence to flourish over nepotism and mediocrity, as this is the only way Nigeria's best can step forward to serve Nigeria. We must find our nation's most qualified and most upright citizens, and invite them to serve our people.

As our country stews in unresolved issues, we call on President Goodluck Jonathan to reflect on the state of our nation and commit to purposeful, focused structural changes that impact our nation's citizens positively. We call on him to break with the past by making the critical decisions necessary to take Nigeria forward. Those decisions will not make him popular with many of his political associates, but they will make him an icon of Nigerian history.

We note that President Jonathan has opened a Facebook account, where he is currently interacting with Nigerians and soliciting ideas for moving the country forward. President Jonathan must understand that his presence on Facebook exposes him to the restlessness and anxieties of young Nigerians. They will be demanding answers, and they should. He also opens himself up to a world that is increasingly leaving Nigeria behind. Here, he cannot deploy empty rhetoric without discovering there is nowhere to hide from it.

We call on President Jonathan to be the leader Nigeria needs and deserves.


________________

The StandPoint is the consensual position of the NVS editorial board. The StandPoint team includes Chika Ezeanya, Farooq Kperogi, Ikhide Ikheloa, Maudlyn Park, Moses Ochonu, Okey Ndibe, Philip Adekunle, Pius Adesanmi, Salisu Suleiman and Sonala Olumhense.






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Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Gerd meuer posted on 07-12-2010, 05:56:27 AM
dear STANDPOINTERS all,

I think your fingers are pointing in the right direction, but it would be asking too much to ask you to have a solution for each and every problem in a first editorial.

T H A N K S !

two korrekshons, if you permit:

1. where it says 'Nigeria's rulers' it should read
'Nigeria's CIVILIAN rulers' after the military boys had erlier been addressed...

2. where it reads 'Nigeria has edndured', it would be preferable to write:
'Nigerians have endured' or' Nigeria#s population...'


It did like the term 'broiling' like in 'broiler chicken'.

And also liked that sarcasm of the contributor who said you
must be on crack... after cracked...

just for the gun of it...

I am sure you will have enjoyed that one.

Looking forward to your next

'Stand up and fight'.. greetings from Bob Marley..


Prof of Penkelefight
Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Tt posted on 07-12-2010, 07:23:08 AM
@eire. Many Nigerians dotted across the globe ARE indeed in jail. Check out the figures of foreign nationals in prison in virtually any country and Nigerians (despite making up only a minority of the population) regularly feature in the top five. I mean regularly.
Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Nbo posted on 07-12-2010, 07:46:18 AM
We indeed deserve good leadership. Any sincere average nigeria with good values and ethics who decides to make the change can surely succeed. We don't have to wait another 4 years. Its so simple if the person can learn from the likes of Rawlings.
Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Eire posted on 07-12-2010, 07:55:29 AM
@Nbo,

oh really? I also deserve a million bucks but I'm not going to get it unless I play the lottery or work towards it....catch my drift brain sailor?

in case you have no clue what I'm talking about, let me put it in a different way for the average Nigerian-mentally-challenged-bagatelle, you aint f-ing getting any good leadership unless the citizens fights for it!

By fight I don't mean pray in church for God to spiritually bring it...or speak about it loud enough to shake the corrupt politicians out of their slumber
Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Olub posted on 07-12-2010, 09:45:58 AM
I find your comment on President Goodluck quite patronising... He lacks the attribute and qualities of a good leader. The problems of Nigeria is enormous we need a leader who can get a grip of the situation and start tackling the problem head-on.

Events of his leadership in the past months as shown he lacks the quality required for the job. We need a leader that understand governs is about service delivery not rhetoric and policy somersault.
Re: This Democracy [The StandPoint ]
Century posted on 07-12-2010, 10:23:20 AM
@Eire says:
"In The Trouble with Nigeria, Chinua Achebe famously declared: "The problem with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership".
---Achebe is wrong and an 18 year old Danish or Spanish kid will prove him wrong on this one, Nigeria's problem is simply a lack of citizen action!"

No doubt, what we have in Nigeria is a failed leadership. And there is no sign to indicate it will change. Not in 2011; not 2015; not forever! The question is: what effort(s) are we making as Nigerians to deal with this ailment called failure of leadership? Since a disease needs a cure, I think 'citizen action', as Eire points out, is that medicine we need to cure this failure of leadership. I therefore agree with Eire that "Nigeria's problems is simply a lack of citizen action!"
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