NIGERIA; A NATION IN DECLINE DUE TO POLITICAL RASCALITY
Nigeria, the world’s most populous black nation gained her independence on 1st October 1960 as Princess Alexandra of Kent, the Queen’s representative at Nigeria’s independence ceremonies handed the nation its freedom charter.
There was tremendous growth and development amongst the people as the three regions (East, West and North) operated regional governance with less control from the centre (Federal government). This was disrupted by several coup d’etat truncating the democratically elected governments. But in 1999, there was return to democracy which has remained uninterrupted till date.
The emergence and government of General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) brought untold hardship to Nigerians from 2015 to 2023 as over 133 million Nigerians were living in multidimensional poverty when he left office on 29th May 2023.
It could be recalled that Nigeria’s inflation rose from 9.01% in 2015 during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to 22.4% in April 2023 when Buhari left office. The U.S dollar exchange rate sky-rocketed from ₦204/$ in 2015 to official rate of ₦460/$ with wide margin in the parallel market setting up unprecedented corruption and economic degradation of the nation.
As a result, Nigerians looked forward to free, fair and credible election on 25th February 2023 with utmost decision of electing a government of the people but that, was truncated by the rascality of the terrible political class that hijacked the apparatus of government to conduct the worst Presidential election in Nigeria’s history. The election was marred by unprecedented bullying, killings, ballot box snatching, rigging and manipulation of results.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s inglorious emergence is being challenged in court by Peter Obi of Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party, currently at the Supreme Court. It is absolutely disgraceful and a total show of callousness by Tinubu, removing fuel subsidy on May 29th 2023 but resorting to unimaginable waste of the nation’s resources; appointing over 48 Ministers and numerous Advisers.
The Nigerian Senate’s budgeting of ₦70billion to procure SUV cars for themselves while Nigerians are passing through terrible hardship with PMS selling above N700 per litre is a slap on the face of Nigerians. The educational sector is in total shambles, no accessible roads, dilapidated health infrastructure all over the nation with no end in sight on the high level of insecurity across the country, yet much extravagancy by the ruling class.
It has become pertinent to state that the constitution should be reviewed in order to enshrine that all presidential election petitions must be resolved before the declared winner of the election is sworn in. The singular act of swearing in a fraudulent winner of a presidential election before determining the outcome of the election petition is absolutely disgraceful.
Kenya was able to resolve all petitions and its Supreme Court delivered judgement within 2weeks before the swearing in of William Ruto. The Nigerian Supreme Court must rise to the occasion and deliver true justice to the people based on glaring evidence before them and not on the grounds of technicalities as only true justice will set Nigeria on the path of growth and prosperity.