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The imperative of having an inclusive government

Posted: Apr 18, 2015 at 6:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chiedu Okoye

 

The absence of a government in a nation -state will lead to an anarchic situation as some bad people will tyrannize and oppress other people for sundry reasons. Government performs many functions, namely the protection of our lives and property, provision of social amenities for the citizens, formulation and implementation of policies, and other things. The existence of government in nation – states dates back to many centuries ago. And it was the Greek people that founded and popularized democracy, which is the most popular type of government in today’s world. Now, from Europe to America, from Africa to Asia, democracy is the most acceptable type of government. But before the coming of the white imperialists to Africa, kingdoms on the African continent had their diverse types of pre-colonial governments. But the white colonizers dethroned those governments and planted democracy in Africa.

Democratic governance, which has taken roots in African countries, is blooming and blossoming. After decades of experiencing political conflicts, some African countries have achieved political stability. Liberia and Sierra-Leone readily come to my mind. In Nigeria, the most populous Black Country in the world, the people(s) of that country have been enjoying sixteen years of unbroken democratic governance. One civilian regime has succeeded another without the country descending into political conflagration. Surprisingly, in 2015, an incumbent President lost his presidential re-election bid. Before now, it was an unprecedented happening in our political annals. But instead of clinging to power, as people expected him to do, he congratulated his political opponent before the winner was announced by the country’s national electoral body. Our country averted political cataclysm because of that action of his.

President Goodluck Jonathan’s election loss is an indictment of his unimpressive leadership of Nigeria by disillusioned and indignant Nigerians. His lack-lustre performance while in office is too evident not to be noticed. There is infra- structural rot in our country. And security issue is threatening our corporate existence as a country. More so,millions of university graduates couldn’t find suitable employments after leaving schools many years ago. So, disillusionment exists among the people(s) of Nigeria. Only politicians with kleptomaniac propensities in the top political echelons are not dissatisfied with the uninspiring status quo ante bellum existing in Nigeria, now.

But can APC, whose mantra as well as slogan is change, bring the much-needed and trumpeted change to Nigeria? Mohammadu Buhari, ex-military head of state, had won Nigeria’s hotly and keenly contested 2015 presidential election on the platform of APC. But some topnotch members of APC migrated to that party from the much- maligned and corruption – infested PDP. Will those corrupt and unscrupulous politicians in APC thwart the efforts of the incoming president, Mohammadu Buhari, to fight systemic corruption in Nigeria and take the country to unprecedented great height in technological and economic advancement?

And, so far, the president–elect, Mohammadu Buhari, has given, well-researched, decorous, and courteous speeches, which have inspired hope in us that our country will resurrect from the dead, again. He should be magnanimous in victory, and should not gloat over the electoral misfortune of President Goodluck Jonathan. The defeated president Goodluck Jonathan displayed a rare act of exemplary deed and patriotism by conceding defeat to his main political rival before the final result was announced. That commendable action of his brought Nigeria back from the precipice. So, I am advising the president – elect, Buhari, not to embark on vindictive mission against some members of the PDP, who traduced him incivily during the electioneering period. If he carried out vendetta against his political foes, it would deepen our religious and ethnic fissures, and threaten the corporate existence of Nigeria as one indivisible and united country.And anarchic condition is a disincentive to national growth.

But I would like the president-elect, Mohammadu Buhari, to heal our fractured and divided country by forming an all inclusive government. If he includes members of the opposition party (PDP) in his new cabinet, it will be an exemplary precedent, and it will become part of our democratic culture. Aren’t there distinguished and performing ministers in the executive cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan? Dr. Akinwumi, the minister of Agriculture; Chief Chidoka, the aviation minister, and a handful of ministers in this out-going civilian regime have performed creditably well in the discharge of their ministerial duties, and have lived up to our expectations. Dr. Akinwumi re-establish the tradition and practice of agriculture in Nigeria by adopting and implementing measures that revolutionized agriculture in the country. Now, Nigeria exports its agricultural produce to other countries. Agriculture has become a top earner of revenue to Nigeria, again.

And, who doesn’t know Chief Osita Chidoka, the current aviation minister? The youthful, Obosi-born politician endeared himself to Nigerians with his stellar performance as the FRSC boss. He it was who reduced the rate of bus accidents in Nigeria by implementing far-reaching measures as to the prevention of accidents on our roads. And he brought about the digitalization of the processes and procedures that lead to people’s easy acquisition of driving licence. During his headship of FRSC, thousands of university graduates were recruited into the organization. His good performance as the country’s corps marshal recommended him for his current preferment, the post of the aviation minister. Isn’t he doing a splendid and laudable work in the aviation ministry? He has formulated and enunciated pragmatic policies, the implementation of which would transform our aviation industry and take it to an enviable height.

Chief Osita Chidoka, the current aviation minister, should not be booted out of office on the grounds that his party, PDP, has lost grip of political power at the centre. I urge the president-elect to place Nigeria’s interests above other interests when forming his executive cabinet. Running an inclusive government at this period of our political evolution and experience will deepen our unity, allay the fears of the minority ethnic groups, and pave way for the accelerated development of Nigeria.

 

Okoye wrote in from Uruowulu – Obosi Anambra state