In my second article ‘Moment for Political Thoughts 2’, I stopped by asking questions, ‘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?
To begin my third article, I will like to reason why did the APC Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari told the people of Zamfara to eat and fill their bellies and prepared for chaos. This is a bad signal and with this, one may think of questioning the idea of free and fair election which only have few days left.
We cannot under estimate the effect of negative campaigning while it motivates the base of support. It is powerful of alienating voters that are not rationally equipped in their thoughts from the political process, reducing voter turnout and radicalizing politics.
I have the believe that corruption can do away with development, rob people of faith in their governments ,uproot the tree of stability and promote conflict in Nigeria.
It is not hidden to Nigerians that must of leading figures of the Nigerian ruling party APC are involved in what is been regarded as corruption. In some cases, worst than the corruption that exist in the country since the time of its creation.
For instance, the NNPC as a subject for corruption analysis in the Buhari administration, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, detailed the nine (9) trillion naira questionable deals and alerted the president to the activities of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, there was no clear and immediate response from the President.
Hence, in September 2016, the Daily Independent in Lagos reported a friction between Mr. Kachikwu and Mr. Baru, which centred on the administration’s Niger-Delta policy. All these were not taking serious until when Nigerians challenged the so call “fight against corruption” and tag it as ‘cosmetic’.
Talking on security, this is the primary responsibility of any serious government. It is a prior concept of a state and a state exist in order to provide safety to the people. Unfortunately the Buhari administration has failed woefully on that aspect in Nigeria. Take a careful look at states like, Borno, Yobe, Zamfara, Kaduna (Birnin Gwari ) and presently Katsina. Has security improved in those states?
About six months ago when the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), made a statement in Abuja during an emergency security meeting with personnel of the police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the army and other agencies, he made it clear that he noted that the country was faced with poor logistics, including weapons and ammunition, to tackle insecurity. What about the claim that billions has been spent to tackle the issues of insecurity in Nigeria in this administration of Buhari?
To any patriotic citizen, a good government is one that does it’s job effectively on behalf of the citizenry instead of on behalf of cabals and foreign elements. Any government that is not being run by the people and for the people, but by few individuals, is not a good government.
Can we boldly say that the support of the populace who possess the power to overthrow a government that turns tyrannical with their PVCs is effective in Nigeria?