A brand new wind of change is upon the land referred to as Nigeria, that is for sure-a wind that brings a brand new daybreak in Nigeria! Some Nigerians see it as a superb wind; others see it as a nasty wind. And, after all, there are the in-betweens of varied levels; starting from those that do not see the wind as both good or dangerous; right down to those that do not even perceive what the heck the wind is all about. All of it got here with the landmark presidential election of 2015, when, for the primary time within the historical past of Nigeria, an incumbent president was stopped from re-election. Retired Common Muhammadu Buhari carried out this feat; beating President Goodluck Jonathan on the ballot together with his election marketing campaign message of change-change from what he summed up because the protracted misrule of the Folks’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP).
Buhari’s victory implies that the individuals of Nigeria did certainly need a change of presidency; a change from PDP! On the danger of sounding like a parrot, I have to say, as I did in my previous commentaries, that my curiosity in, and help to President Buhari is on the struggle in opposition to corruption. I do not even focus on some other difficulty, or any faults that could be attributed to Mr. President. I’ve all the time said my reasons-Mr. Corruption is the bane of Nigeria, and I consider that Mr. President has the resolve and the character to struggle Mr. Corruption! It’s taking place already; the change is right here certainly! Buhari Fever is on, and the hitherto untouchables in Nigeria are undoubtedly catching the chilly!! Heads are rolling within the highest locations!!!
And, after all, Buharri Fever can also be making all of the companies and establishments to sit down up and attempt to do the correct factor. An excellent instance could be very clear to see that as quickly as Buhari grew to become president, the hitherto epileptic electrical energy provide to the citizenry immediately improved appreciably with none improve in electrical energy era. Why? Buhari Fever; that is why! Effectivity amongst electrical energy staff rapidly jumped up, with the employees realizing that hitherto prevalent laxity, acts of corruption and sabotage underneath Buhari appeal to swift penalty. Additionally, a few of Nigeria’s stolen funds immediately developed legs and walked again into the treasury as quickly as Buhari was introduced the winner of the 2015 election, even earlier than he climbed the seat. Why? As a result of the accused individuals who had efficiently, arrogantly challenged the accusations in Jonathan’s authorities, caught the Buhari Fever; that is why! Additionally, judges at the moment are cautious about granting frivolous court docket injunctions that hitherto stalled the trial of massive corrupt politicians and leaders. Why? Buhari Fever, that is why! Many alleged looters abused this authorized mumbo jumbo loophole referred to as injunction in President Jonathan’s authorities. They didn’t hassle to strive defend the allegations in court docket; they merely purchased themselves some court docket injunctions to evade trial. Not any longer; not with Buhari Fever within the air. Hitherto untouchable residents are going through trial for alleged looting-all the way in which to the so-called quantity three citizen-just as the remainder of Nigerians would if accused of stealing a mere goat. I solely pray that the fever lasts!
On that observe, let’s discuss us-known in our structure as We The Folks of Nigeria-and our function within the rebirth of the nation. In response to our structure, the ability of the nation belongs to us. The unhappy factor is that a large number of us should not enlightened to know precisely what that energy is, and the right way to use it. So, this treatise is to preach-especially to the youths-the gospel of correct exploitation of our energy by means of Buhari Fever. We won’t simply sit again and complain about what Buhari is doing fallacious within the ongoing corruption struggle. The president is just human, identical to the remainder of us. So, he’ll make errors and dangerous judgments on occasion; identical to each single one of many remainder of us. Therefore, he should face criticism usually, identical to anyone that has ever sat, and anyone that may ever sit in that seat. However let our criticisms be constructive and honest, aimed to contribute to the revolution, and to not sabotage it-that’s my constant argument! Let’s constructively critique Mr. President; not maliciously criticize him for political expediency.
We’re all anticipated to be lively within the corruption war-in varied methods. Buhari Fever can solely achieve this a lot in correcting the quite a few anomalies in our society; We The Folks of Nigeria should get lively and key in on the benefits of the fever to alter issues round for higher. It’s simpler now for us to verify the excesses of our leaders as stipulated in our structure. Buhari’s obvious zero-nepotism corruption struggle has began to redefine the attitudes of Nigerians in public positions, and it’s not enterprise as normal for these which might be wanting in efficiency and character. I’ve already said one good illustration-Buhari Fever has cautioned our judges to be aware about granting frivolous injunctions to suspects to evade trial. No surprise, regardless of high-powered intrigues, our “quantity three man,” the Senate President, couldn’t safe an injunction now; whereas many lesser “huge fishes” might get hold of it on the drop of a hat throughout Jonathan’s presidency.
Nonetheless, regardless of how indignant we’re at dangerous leaders, our structure has stipulations on the right way to handle our grievances; something exterior these stipulations is illegitimate. As an illustration, stoning Senator Saraki on a prayer floor on a Sallah Day as reported within the information final September was barbaric and unconstitutional; certainly, it was against the law in opposition to the senator. The regulation of the land doesn’t enable anyone to throw stones at anyone, for any motive in anyway. We do have reputable methods of venting our anger about our erring leaders as contained in our structure. And the reputable methods don’t cease at simply letting leaders know that we’re indignant; they guarantee adjustments. The concept is-Do not Get Mad; Get Even.
My marketing campaign is to place the youths of Nigeria on the correct (reputable) path to get even with our leaders. I begin right here with two devices of ‘struggle’-Recall of erring lawmakers, and Impeachment of erring governors and presidents. The primary and final time I ever heard of the Recall instrument talked about in Nigeria was by one obnoxiously impudent chief of the corrupt cabal of the nation throughout President Jonathan’s authorities, who really believed that he had the correct to personally recall any federal lawmaker that disobeyed his command. He really introduced this on nationwide TV, and appeared hell-bent to really attempt to perform the menace, till a number of brave attorneys defined it to him that he didn’t possess such energy; that the ability belongs to the individuals! Clearly, his ignorance was a mirrored image of the whole Nigerian society; the lots haven’t any iota of thought what that is all about, as a result of the sport of democracy is new to them!
The second instrument, Impeachment-the course of to unseat an erring governor or our president-is extra widespread to Nigerians, however in a really, very bastardized type. An excellent mixture of the right types of the Recall and Impeachment devices as stipulated in our structure can go a great distance in checking the entrenched angle of impunity amongst our lawmakers, governors, and presidents.
Our major concern, actually, are the lawmakers, and I’ll inform you why. If we will management our lawmakers, then we will management the governors and the presidents by means of the lawmakers. Secondly, the lawmakers are speculated to take orders from us as a result of they’re representing us. Really, they need to first get our opinions earlier than they vote on any main difficulty. We voted them into the parliament to signify us as a result of all 170 million of us can’t cram into one room to deliberate on the welfare of the nation. The authors of our structure did know all this, in order that they did present for us the right way to kick the lawmakers out of workplace in the event that they refuse to obey our needs/opinions. The authors knew that our lawmakers are human, and anticipated that a few of them are certain to err on occasion. The authors additionally anticipated the truth that power-the quest for it, and the intoxication of it when one has it-can corrupt people very simply. So, realizing all these, the authors of our structure, identical to their counterparts in different democracies, supplied the factor referred to as RECALL, to verify the anticipated excesses of our legislators, each on the state and federal ranges.
Relatively than throw stones at Senator Saraki, the indignant mob that besieged the prayer floor on a Sallah Day ought to vent their anger by means of the instrument of Recall enshrined in our structure. I need to throw it as an open problem to our youths to create consciousness and enlightenment campaigns on these two and different devices to implement good governance in Nigeria by means of their social media. And the civil liberty organizations, too; let’s all be a part of arms to help a marketing campaign to recall lawmakers that aren’t representing us effectively in our parliaments. This can curtail a few of their present of impunity of their utterances and behaviors.
Now, as quickly as we will management our lawmakers, then we will all the time legitimately power them to question any governor or president that we overwhelmingly need out of workplace. In the event that they disobey, we recall them; or whether it is too late of their tenure for recall, then we should make sure that we vote them out within the subsequent election. This fashion we will conquer the money-bag syndrome, which has hitherto miss-aligned the allegiance of our representatives within the parliaments from us to our erring governors and presidents. We will make sure that our reps vote on impeachments primarily based on fact and good conscience for us, and not for baggage of cash. Imagine it or not, a senator acquaintance of mine really mentioned to me as soon as throughout President Obasanjo’s tenure-“Harry, once we want cash we merely fake to need to impeach Mr. President, he provides us a number of a whole bunch of thousands and thousands, and the case dies off.” His sorry excuse once I berated him for corruption was that he needed to be a part of the remainder, as a result of he couldn’t beat them!… I ain’t Bullshitting!