“Where there is no vision, the people perish is an aphorism that has become common knowledge among the Nigerian political leaders, who often articulate visions in colourful and expensive development plans, policies, programmes, etc., but mostly for chanting”, writes Eneh ( 2011 ) in his critique on Failed Development Vision, Political Leadership and Nigeria’s Underdevelopment. Continuing, he says that “these political leaders are chicken-hearted in the implementation of these plans, except to enrich cronies, political stooges and royal choristers or sycophants. At the end of the tenure, no actualization of the vision and no regrets for the failure; no review and no direction. Yet, such a non-performing leader often aspires to continue in office even after his tenure has expired. If and when, he leaves or steps aside or is forced out of office, the successor jettisons some of the visions of the previous leader(s), adds to the list and repeats the circle of chanting vision slogans for inaction. He may even abandon all the programmes of the previous leaders for his new ones, or panel-beat them to feign some air of originality, ingenuity and sagacity”.
Furthermore, he sees failed development visions, abandoned development programmes and policy summersault as common problems that militate against development in Nigeria. “They are products” as he says, “of corruption and political leadership ineptitude that characterize the country. These factors combine to mastermind underdevelopment and a failed Nigerian state, in spite of abundant natural and human resources in the country. Corruption in Nigeria rubbishes good development dreams, visions, policies and plans and keeps development crawling”.
He suggests therefore, that for any meaningful development to take place
and root in Nigeria, corruption must first be fired by the political leadership
who initiates, breads and perpetuates it.”
This is what our president Mohammadu Buhari professes to fight. The question
is to what extent is he fighting corruption? Is he transparent and impartial in
this cause he is fighting? Or does the sledge hammer of anti-corruption only falls
on his opponents? These questions are begging for answers
Nigeria as it is today, due to bad leadership and corruption, has been
plunged into an abyss of insurrection and insurgency. Our dear youths have been
forced to us arms instead of their hands and brains to meet up with their daily
bread. I am not exonerating or justifying their actions here. But the truth has
to be told. If the government is responsive to the needs, hopes and aspirations
of the governed, the situation would have not escalated to what we have now.
Is here hope of peace for the
Peace as a concept
has been viewed and defined from various dimensions. To some, it is seen as an
absence of war. A converse of war. There are recorded situations whereby, there
was war but peace prevailed and contrarily, situations whereby there was no war
and yet the atmosphere of peace was delusive. This is the case of structural
violence as Galtung, (1990) calls it.. War is only one form of violence. Which
is physical, open, and direct. There is another form of violence which is not
perceived immediately as such. This has to do with social conditions such as
poverty, exclusion, intimidation, oppression, want, fear, and many other type
of psychological pressure.
Consequent upon this,
it will be erroneous to say that a country experiencing pervasive structural
violence is peaceful. Such is what we are witnessing on a daily bases in
different quarters of our country Nigeria. Pervasive poverty, oppression of the
poor by the rich, police brutality, intimidation of ordinary people by those in
power, oppression of women, rape and child molestation, monopolization of
resources and power by some sections of the society. It will be therefore wrong
to say that there is peace in Nigeria
Is there hope of
peace for the common man?
As I earlier
mentioned, there are two types of violence, as John Galtong had noted. These
are direct violence, usually expressed physically and the other is structural
violence which is expressed in such conditions as exclusion, deprivation and
This is the situation that is prevalent in the
Nigerian society. Due to inability of the government to provide for the needs
of the people, the Nigerian youth have taken to violent opposition of the
government to intimidate and drive home their point.
This as I already mentioned is the bases of insurgency, insurrection and violent protest we witness by the day. Consequently, we are confronted with the issue of Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, Biafra Agitation, etc. which have so violated the peace of the society. This nerve cracking and heart rendering internal insurrections in Nigeria have pepped up anxieties, pains and sorrow. It has intensified tensions, fear and a frightening feeling of insecurity among the citizenry. Nigeria had lived with this internal servitude, whose texture is very complex, for years. From terrorism, ethno-religious crisis, armed banditry, Cattle rusting, to herdsmen/farmers clashes, to violent separatist’s movement and land boundary disputes, are in reality, very complex.
Is there hope of
peace for the common man?
Amidst all these, we have to remain steadfast. We have to hold unto our faith that one day “Nigeria go better” we have to continually and unceasingly pray for the day things will turn around for good. A day we will have uninterrupted power. A day we will have smooth and good roads. A day we will have a corrupt free country, A day we will have a responsive government. Yes! we will get there someday. We have to profess positively on our dear country “NIAJA”.
“Nigeria na we own na only we go make am
better”. Let us do our part in our little corners, in our place of work, in our
businesses, in our offices. We all have the responsibility of averting
corruption and building our nation. If we don’t, no one will. Don’t give up
hope on Nigeria. PRAY! PRAY!!,PRAY!! FOR NIAJA and then back it up with good
Our only hope is on God who will set things
right at His Own Time.
THEN PEACE GO REIGN AND NAIGERIA GO