Moment For Political Thought 2, By Shuaib Isa Ahmad

In the previous article ‘Moment for Political Thoughts 1’, I stopped at the question, ‘Is our Democracy safe’? And now, it continues, thus: In a dictatorial government, the oligarchies, the monarchies and the aristocracies, people are being deprived from making a decision. They have little or no say in who is elected.

Democracy in its purest form means “rule by the people ” hence in this modern days of ours, we understand democracy as a government structured with a separation of powers, provided basic civil rights and religious freedom.

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to seek a Declaration of War against Germany in order that the world “be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, Congress voted to declare war, with six senators and fifty House members dissenting. “It is a fearful thing,” he told Congress in his speech, “to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance.” Wilson did not exaggerate; in 1917 the war in Europe had already lasted two-and-a-half bloody years and had become one of the most murderous conflicts in human history. By the time the war ended a year and a half later, an entire generation was decimated—France alone lost half its men between the ages of twenty and thirty-two.

The maimed bodies of millions of European men who survived bore mute testimony to the war’s savagery. (From the History Matters, Woodrow Wilson Asks for War).

We know that Nigeria is a country blessed with enviable resources and potentials for growth and development. With nepotism, it will crumble into chaotic nation right before the eyes of its faithful citizens.

And this will virtually be the most unfortunate time of our history, when politicians are compromising lives of people, peace, unity, integrity and morality without caring about the devastating consequences of their actions to pursue their political ambitions.

If we consider the factors that gave rise to human societies in the past, it grows clear that man seek nothing else in life than happiness and progress. This happiness is not possible except when all the necessities of life are being secured.

When “integrity” suddenly becomes abhorrently fallacious, common sense can tell that the “integrity” is nothing but a material cloth for a despot.

At times people can decide to follow a government blindly without asking question on what matters, blindly handing over the steering of a car to a half-baked driver that is suffering from leprosy. These zealots, lemmings and sycophants have been enslaved long ago with tribal and religious sentiments that is fake and disastrous to any society.

For rational thinkers, our democratic institutions, our values and rights have no meaning to blind followers; not just at the federal level, but at all levels across our great country. Conflicts of the so called fight against corruption, voter mind suppression, threats to freedom of the religion, discriminatory policies bloodshed and loss of ungodly actions are at their peak.

Could that pave way for a new system with a new government?

When we think that our democracy is safe at this moment, then there is no need for any further demands and analysis on stating some points such as:

-A good government with good policies must be grounded in the principle of equality.

-A stable democracy cannot exist without an active participation of good citizens in a government.

-Commitment towards free and fair election in a healthy democracy.

Yes, our options and destinies are on our hands, but without us preventing elected officials or groups of people from swindling their power, corruption, conflicts of demands in the negative direction, failure to respect the legitimate authority of other branches of government, abusing of human dignity will continue. How do we prevent that?

In summary, one can mention faith, commitment and effective Internal Democracy can prevent the above threats mentioned.

Going back to 2015, may be one can reach in to the conclusion that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) failure was due to selfishness, greediness and ineffective structure for a proper internal Democracy.

Now is the All Progressive Congress (APC) a better option for Nigerians? Is there no corruption, insecurity, disobedience to the rule of law, greediness, selfishness and lack of internal democracy?