By Tony Marinho
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Over 81 Nigerians drown needlessly in Kebbi out of 160+. Overcrowding? No compulsory life jackets worn? Shameful negligence by captain and authorities!
It is difficult pretending to our children that in the avalanche of warlike violence, murder and mayhem, kidnappings, road robberies etc. there is a bright immediate and distant future for Nigeria’s 80-50m youth inhabitants even if the elders are cannon fodder. Getting children to and from school or NYSC callup or for a job interview is dangerous. In our own Nigeria?
Certainly, we had a sweet 1960’s dream turned sour by political machination and now a Breaking News running nightmare film with graves of thousands upon thousands of needless, unrequited dead.
With an estimated 75-100,000 deaths and 5+million Internally Displaced Persons, more recently. About 120+ killed in Burkina Faso impact Nigeria’s future from regional instability. Nigeria’s armed forces are still recruiting too few Nigerians to fight and garrison the attacked communities and roads on our fluid front line. Nigeria needs to recall our seasoned Armed Forces Reserves.
Nigeria requires a million personnel, even with drone technology to impact the enemy. They can easily be paid for by senate either suspending or sacrificing itself or Community Development Projects in the national interest. Nigeria needs soldiers not senators.
The Americans have come to train as we sack over 30 Major Generals??? Their job appears to emphasise water training. I thought our main enemies were land-based ISIS-WA and Boko Haram, some herders and ‘bandits’ who, lacking ideology, cannot be dialogued with as they always exterminate their chosen ‘enemy’ – even unborn babies, school and tertiary students. The Niger Delta militants and IPOB, land and water based, can be dialogued with by achieving the inclusive good governance practicing ‘Justice and Equity’ to get ‘Peace’ and ‘Constitutional Changes’ refused since 1999.
We need a ‘General Call Up and Mobilisation’ and commandos to defend our roads and communities. Will every city become Maiduguri? Nigeria faces too many one-sided firefights, most recently in Kebbi where 88-100 were murdered and a vicious attack in Igangan, Oyo State. Fire and brimstone everywhere.
Nigeria also lost a widely known Christian evangelist TB Joshua, suddenly at age 57. May he RIPP, Amen.
Nigeria would have been better placed if the constitution had been written and signed by ‘Peace and Justice Reign’ and ‘Faithful, Loyal and Honest’ people glorifying unjust selfish sectional interests. We were given it at gunpoint without demanding a clause for referendum. ‘We the people’ exited dictatorship with a constitution that perpetuated injustice and one ethnic agenda over all others.
Since before the civil war, Nigeria and the citizens of Nigeria have been annexed by the powerful military class and then milito-politicians and their proxies. But the miracle of the country’s survival is solely because the rest of us were left alone to struggle against all the demons of an underperforming government at all levels. Hence each family became its own LGA and excelled in a survival strategy called ‘I de manage’ i.e., coping with adversity and disaster and lack of expectation of good governance. Not satisfied with our survival our farms mysteriously became targets for a massive cow invasion with crops for lunch and slash and burn techniques, taught not incidental.
But as with almost every anti-humanity ambition it need never have happened. There is still enough in Nigeria for all and more. It is the distribution, the greed and the corruption and selfish ethnic agendas that are problematic. History tells us that all human dynasties arose and fell on arrogance and greed where peace would have been gain and a long reign and no reactionary rebellion. Is this why they abolished history? Greedy unjust leaders die in the rubble of their once great cities. Imagine the wealth and the millions of houses torched by wars since forever. Imagine if they had never been destroyed but allowed to grow in peaceful commerce. Imagine if no one had ever been legally murdered in war. The world has had 110-117b humans of whom estimated 1-2% died from war, but some cities and countries lost 100% of their citizenry. Would ‘Peace and Justice’ not have been better?
The constitutional review, amendment or whatever is a recurring expense jamboree joke on Nigerians, full of sound and fury, with serious Fellow Nigerian citizens, not greedy but wanting justice and equity, providing easy answers to Nigeria’s complicated questions. But the repeated exercises signified nothing as the glaringly just solutions have been rubbished by entrenched powers wrongly benefiting from an unjust federal character and a federation only in name.
Since 1999 we call for: A 75% reduction in governance costs by cutting ‘Salaries and Perks’, SAPing us dry with politicians taking service far more sacrificially. States should pay for their representatives sent to NASS. We recommend a ‘Referendum Clause’. We recommend a single house preferably representatives and cancellation of most of immunity clause. We recommend respect for the Diaspora funds inflow by approval of e-voting for diaspora and locally. We recommend a looser just federal system with more powerful states and a weaker centre with marked move from the Exclusive List reserved for the federal government to the concurrent list with more funds for states. Nigeria needs ‘Justice’.