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#2023ELECTION : Democracy, deep pockets and their ramifications

#2023ELECTION : Democracy, deep pockets and their ramifications

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



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Being a former British Colony, Nigeria had the political misfortune of being bequeathed with a public administration system that was based on _‘Migrated Social Structure’;_ and it could not have been otherwise. After all, it’s the only systemic public administration structure known to the British. Consequently, and right from the outset, the tools of public engagement at all levels, in particular, struggled with the norms and values of Nigerians. Absent the domestication of the intrinsic norms, ethics and usage of the colonial administrative system over a period of time, the emergent system acquired a life of its own; deformed, or, at best, a compromised caricature. And, despite intermittent and laborious attempts at reforming its bureaucracy, this compromised system and its attendant systemic anomalies have only continued to advance exponentially at the expense of the professed developmental agenda of Nigeria’s founding fathers.


Put differently, although the gamut of the extant government machinery is said to exist to serve the public, in reality, it provides services for the privileged class and the well-connected members of the society through the determined pace, mercy and direction of the public and civil servants. Against this background, democracy as a form of government will still have to be interpreted and powered by the State’s bureaucracy as it deems fit. Beyond the definition of the concept of democracy, its interpretive understanding and the political orientation of the power elite, political gladiators and the power-brokers are the motivational factors driving government performance.


As things stand in Nigeria, our democracy cannot but reveal certain and peculiar tendencies. For instance, though we identify our bureaucratic structure as a democracy, it doesn’t have to conform to what obtains elsewhere. Here in Nigeria, democracy is huge business; and only the rich and the well-connected run for elections into her critical public offices. Extant laws against excessive funding and spending notwithstanding, stupendous amount of money is always expended by our politicians and public office seekers on this four-year routinized exercise. Political participation is made attractive and possible through money, and only the moneybags are the authentic players. This is reinforced by the whet and insatiable appetite of political jobbers and party officials who are always out for pecuniary rewards. The masses respond to money and not manifestos, ideas, or political ideology. Yet, we call the system, ‘democratic’ even when a system which selectively disenfranchises participants cannot be said to be truly democratic. The major snag is that the so-called democratic institutions that are supposed to correct these anomalies are also part of the problems. So, who is fooling who?


Talking about deep pockets, there is no doubt that they possess the power to create their own pattern; and that pattern is called _‘entitlement syndrome’._ For example, those delegates who became _‘accidental millionaires’_ just because they served as delegates at the last party conventions in Nigeria might have learnt some lessons about politics to the extent that if there’s going to be another round of presidential party conventions in the next four years, the operational code will have been horned, since some participant-delegates already knew how lucrative it was to be a delegate. So, chances are that selection of delegates in 2027 will be a battle to the finish. Then again, the piper payers who have surreptitiously established – and are oiling – the syndrome will jerk up the rate at the next available opportunity. It is normal with human beings!


Be that as it may, the beneficiaries of the largesse are not likely to see it as if somebody has done, or is doing them a favour, but more of what they are entitled to. So, this creates a pattern which makes it difficult to have good governance, because the money that is expected to be used to promote it is already frittered away on other issues. Of course, once this is created, it has the means of creating a pattern; and, once that pattern is created. The society will only be shouting! It is what has led to vote-buying! So, when the electorate start accusing the government of negligence or incapacity, the reasons, in part, are as adduced above.


In development, one of the first things to look at is pattern formation. Had Nigeria been a serious country, the pattern of development she’s had was enough for development. Should anyone want to draw a chart, or compare stuffs about dear fatherland, all one has to do was to interrogate the pattern with a view to drawing informed conclusions. For example, successive military coups have come with a promise to curb the excesses as well as right the wrongs of the politicians. Looking back, how many of those wrongs have been righted? How many among their promises have been thwarted and how many of those excesses have remained with us till date? As if the gods are angry, successive leaders have merely succeeded in scratching the wrongs on the surface; nobody has uprooted anything. And that’s why we are where we are!


Events, as they unfold with each passing day have shown that, in a compromised democracy, corruption is a necessity. Once the system is no longer working the way it should, corruption becomes the driving force. It becomes the oxygen. The likelihood of even the rights activists succumbing due to intense heat from the fire abject poverty is very high. So, to think that those who have spent their life savings will not, on getting into political office, strive at recouping their expenses is to embrace the philosophy of the idiots. How can they truly afford to develop the society? Besides, it is not in their objective interest to develop the society, because, if they do, corruption will start waning; and when it does, their business can’t thrive again! After all, sustaining an amorphous system demands oiling the machine; and oiling the machine means accommodating more corruption. When a system works as it should, fraudsters won’t get work to do. But interestingly, the fraudsters have taken over. So, corruption has taken a sunken taproot. And, in order to sustain that corruption, one needs more money. Since those who are corrupt are also conscious that there will one day be a stop to it, they can’t but be aggressively in a hurry to make all the money before _‘kasala’_ eventually bursts.


Think about policy options that have turned the Nigerian state into a series of sociopolitical accidents and one will find out that the kind of leadership a country gets will determine how far it can go! It is also sad that leadership in this part of the world has become more like a cult; a game for every Dick, Tom and Harry. Ours is now politics of cliques and nuclear families. I doubt if any of us can be qualified to be amongst the extended relatives. To borrow the late Obafemi Awolowo’s words, what we have is _‘ojelu’,_ no longer _‘oselu.’_ We are where we are because our system allows the emergence of certain and preferred leadership to manage the affairs of the country. Again, that the Nigerian society has ebbed to the point of a home-grown anomie is no longer news. Hence the only way to arrest it is to truthfully arrest it; and by that, we mean a total overhaul, which starts even from the family.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459 - SMS only)_

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



A profile picture


Being a former British Colony, Nigeria had the political misfortune of being bequeathed with a public administration system that was based on _‘Migrated Social Structure’;_ and it could not have been otherwise. After all, it’s the only systemic public administration structure known to the British. Consequently, and right from the outset, the tools of public engagement at all levels, in particular, struggled with the norms and values of Nigerians. Absent the domestication of the intrinsic norms, ethics and usage of the colonial administrative system over a period of time, the emergent system acquired a life of its own; deformed, or, at best, a compromised caricature. And, despite intermittent and laborious attempts at reforming its bureaucracy, this compromised system and its attendant systemic anomalies have only continued to advance exponentially at the expense of the professed developmental agenda of Nigeria’s founding fathers.


Put differently, although the gamut of the extant government machinery is said to exist to serve the public, in reality, it provides services for the privileged class and the well-connected members of the society through the determined pace, mercy and direction of the public and civil servants. Against this background, democracy as a form of government will still have to be interpreted and powered by the State’s bureaucracy as it deems fit. Beyond the definition of the concept of democracy, its interpretive understanding and the political orientation of the power elite, political gladiators and the power-brokers are the motivational factors driving government performance.


As things stand in Nigeria, our democracy cannot but reveal certain and peculiar tendencies. For instance, though we identify our bureaucratic structure as a democracy, it doesn’t have to conform to what obtains elsewhere. Here in Nigeria, democracy is huge business; and only the rich and the well-connected run for elections into her critical public offices. Extant laws against excessive funding and spending notwithstanding, stupendous amount of money is always expended by our politicians and public office seekers on this four-year routinized exercise. Political participation is made attractive and possible through money, and only the moneybags are the authentic players. This is reinforced by the whet and insatiable appetite of political jobbers and party officials who are always out for pecuniary rewards. The masses respond to money and not manifestos, ideas, or political ideology. Yet, we call the system, ‘democratic’ even when a system which selectively disenfranchises participants cannot be said to be truly democratic. The major snag is that the so-called democratic institutions that are supposed to correct these anomalies are also part of the problems. So, who is fooling who?


Talking about deep pockets, there is no doubt that they possess the power to create their own pattern; and that pattern is called _‘entitlement syndrome’._ For example, those delegates who became _‘accidental millionaires’_ just because they served as delegates at the last party conventions in Nigeria might have learnt some lessons about politics to the extent that if there’s going to be another round of presidential party conventions in the next four years, the operational code will have been horned, since some participant-delegates already knew how lucrative it was to be a delegate. So, chances are that selection of delegates in 2027 will be a battle to the finish. Then again, the piper payers who have surreptitiously established – and are oiling – the syndrome will jerk up the rate at the next available opportunity. It is normal with human beings!


Be that as it may, the beneficiaries of the largesse are not likely to see it as if somebody has done, or is doing them a favour, but more of what they are entitled to. So, this creates a pattern which makes it difficult to have good governance, because the money that is expected to be used to promote it is already frittered away on other issues. Of course, once this is created, it has the means of creating a pattern; and, once that pattern is created. The society will only be shouting! It is what has led to vote-buying! So, when the electorate start accusing the government of negligence or incapacity, the reasons, in part, are as adduced above.


In development, one of the first things to look at is pattern formation. Had Nigeria been a serious country, the pattern of development she’s had was enough for development. Should anyone want to draw a chart, or compare stuffs about dear fatherland, all one has to do was to interrogate the pattern with a view to drawing informed conclusions. For example, successive military coups have come with a promise to curb the excesses as well as right the wrongs of the politicians. Looking back, how many of those wrongs have been righted? How many among their promises have been thwarted and how many of those excesses have remained with us till date? As if the gods are angry, successive leaders have merely succeeded in scratching the wrongs on the surface; nobody has uprooted anything. And that’s why we are where we are!


Events, as they unfold with each passing day have shown that, in a compromised democracy, corruption is a necessity. Once the system is no longer working the way it should, corruption becomes the driving force. It becomes the oxygen. The likelihood of even the rights activists succumbing due to intense heat from the fire abject poverty is very high. So, to think that those who have spent their life savings will not, on getting into political office, strive at recouping their expenses is to embrace the philosophy of the idiots. How can they truly afford to develop the society? Besides, it is not in their objective interest to develop the society, because, if they do, corruption will start waning; and when it does, their business can’t thrive again! After all, sustaining an amorphous system demands oiling the machine; and oiling the machine means accommodating more corruption. When a system works as it should, fraudsters won’t get work to do. But interestingly, the fraudsters have taken over. So, corruption has taken a sunken taproot. And, in order to sustain that corruption, one needs more money. Since those who are corrupt are also conscious that there will one day be a stop to it, they can’t but be aggressively in a hurry to make all the money before _‘kasala’_ eventually bursts.


Think about policy options that have turned the Nigerian state into a series of sociopolitical accidents and one will find out that the kind of leadership a country gets will determine how far it can go! It is also sad that leadership in this part of the world has become more like a cult; a game for every Dick, Tom and Harry. Ours is now politics of cliques and nuclear families. I doubt if any of us can be qualified to be amongst the extended relatives. To borrow the late Obafemi Awolowo’s words, what we have is _‘ojelu’,_ no longer _‘oselu.’_ We are where we are because our system allows the emergence of certain and preferred leadership to manage the affairs of the country. Again, that the Nigerian society has ebbed to the point of a home-grown anomie is no longer news. Hence the only way to arrest it is to truthfully arrest it; and by that, we mean a total overhaul, which starts even from the family.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459 - SMS only)_

BIRTHING A NEW NIGERIA SPIRITUALLY - NNM

BIRTHING A NEW NIGERIA SPIRITUALLY - NNM

In Isa.43:18-19 - God is saying we should forget the old things and open our eyes to the reality of a new thing (New Nigeria) he is creating. This is to call for a season of prayer and fasting from all Obedient family nation wide.

  If we can't birth a new Nigeria in the supernatural, then our dream of a new Nigeria will never be realized in the natural realm. Thus, this prayer and fasting is urged upon all of us Obidients to take the battle to the supernatural so that the victory will be on our side. Therefore, the New Nigeria Mandate hereby proposes a day of prayer & fasting tomorrow to add a spiritual dimension to our quest for a New Nigeria.

   The Prayer & Fasting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th Oct. 2022 from 6am - 6pm. 

Prayer points and scriptures for our Christian members are as follows:

1. Read- Dan. 9:1-10

= make confession and repentance on behalf of the nation and its leaders since independence till date.

= Let us repent from the hatred, Disobedience to the constitution, tribalism, corruption, greed, etc. that has characterized our nationhood since inception.

= Lets repent from the abuse and misconduct by our public and private officers trusted with the task of managing our resources from the begining till now

= Let us repent from our religious hippocracy and return to the Lord.

2. Read- Psalm 133;

= Lets thank God for keeping Nigeria united despite the forces that have been promoting disunity

= Give God thanks for frustrating and hindering those handling the national interest as their private estate

= Thank God for the abundant natural and human resources this country is blessed with

= Thank you father,

for the leaders you have chosen to rule over us in this land, take over their lives and rule them for us in Jesus' name

3. Read - Dan. 4:17;

= Oh Lord, let your will be done concerning the 2023 elections. Let the person ordained by heaven be given the leadership of this nation in Jesus' name

= Father in

heaven, raise godly men in this land and make them instruments of revival and restoration in Jesus’ name

= We pull down

all the strongholds of corruption, greed, favoritism, and religious

hatred erected against our progress, in the

name of

Jesus.

4. Read- Luke 1:51-53; 

= Oh Lord, scatter the proud that imagined that Nigeria is their private estate in the name of Jesus

= Father, let the mighty be brought down from their seat, and let the humbled be lifted to occupy the seats

= Let those that have now, be sent away empty handed without any vote in 2023

5. Read- Psalm 121;

= Oh keeper of Israel who does not sleep nor slumber, keep your servants Peter Obi & Yusuf Datti from any form of danger in Jesus name

= Whoever set a trap or dig a pit for our candidate, let them fall in their own pit

= As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so let God's presence surround LP candidates

6. Read- Mat.18:19;

= Oh lord, we hereby agree concerning peter Obi's candidature and desire that this be established for us by your power in Jesus name

= With one voice we agree today, let Peter Obi be our next president

= Let us also pray for our national chairman of Ifeagachi/New Nig. Mandate to be strengthened by God to lead us to the victorious end of this quest for a new Nig. Pray that God will protect the high chief from evil men.

= Pray for NNM leaders nation wide to discharge their duty effectively in Jesus name

7. Read- John 14:27;

= Let your peace prevail over Nigeria during this election season in Jesus' name.


Please read the scriptures and pray the above prayer points at any opportuned time during this fasting period. Read out audibly these scriptures and prayer points not less than times during this fasting. Note that this is the first time Nigerians are declaring a spiritual warfare during elections. Join this fasting and be part of history making.

 God has promised that if we can humble ourselves, turn away from our sins, and seek him, he will hear us and heal our land.

   Lets give birth to a new Nigeria at the place of prayer.

A NEW NIGERIA IS POSSIBLE!. Signed Rev. Dr Ahaz Taye and Chief Joe Umezulike National chairman IFEGACHI and New Nigerian Mandate. 04/10/22

In Isa.43:18-19 - God is saying we should forget the old things and open our eyes to the reality of a new thing (New Nigeria) he is creating. This is to call for a season of prayer and fasting from all Obedient family nation wide.

  If we can't birth a new Nigeria in the supernatural, then our dream of a new Nigeria will never be realized in the natural realm. Thus, this prayer and fasting is urged upon all of us Obidients to take the battle to the supernatural so that the victory will be on our side. Therefore, the New Nigeria Mandate hereby proposes a day of prayer & fasting tomorrow to add a spiritual dimension to our quest for a New Nigeria.

   The Prayer & Fasting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th Oct. 2022 from 6am - 6pm. 

Prayer points and scriptures for our Christian members are as follows:

1. Read- Dan. 9:1-10

= make confession and repentance on behalf of the nation and its leaders since independence till date.

= Let us repent from the hatred, Disobedience to the constitution, tribalism, corruption, greed, etc. that has characterized our nationhood since inception.

= Lets repent from the abuse and misconduct by our public and private officers trusted with the task of managing our resources from the begining till now

= Let us repent from our religious hippocracy and return to the Lord.

2. Read- Psalm 133;

= Lets thank God for keeping Nigeria united despite the forces that have been promoting disunity

= Give God thanks for frustrating and hindering those handling the national interest as their private estate

= Thank God for the abundant natural and human resources this country is blessed with

= Thank you father,

for the leaders you have chosen to rule over us in this land, take over their lives and rule them for us in Jesus' name

3. Read - Dan. 4:17;

= Oh Lord, let your will be done concerning the 2023 elections. Let the person ordained by heaven be given the leadership of this nation in Jesus' name

= Father in

heaven, raise godly men in this land and make them instruments of revival and restoration in Jesus’ name

= We pull down

all the strongholds of corruption, greed, favoritism, and religious

hatred erected against our progress, in the

name of

Jesus.

4. Read- Luke 1:51-53; 

= Oh Lord, scatter the proud that imagined that Nigeria is their private estate in the name of Jesus

= Father, let the mighty be brought down from their seat, and let the humbled be lifted to occupy the seats

= Let those that have now, be sent away empty handed without any vote in 2023

5. Read- Psalm 121;

= Oh keeper of Israel who does not sleep nor slumber, keep your servants Peter Obi & Yusuf Datti from any form of danger in Jesus name

= Whoever set a trap or dig a pit for our candidate, let them fall in their own pit

= As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so let God's presence surround LP candidates

6. Read- Mat.18:19;

= Oh lord, we hereby agree concerning peter Obi's candidature and desire that this be established for us by your power in Jesus name

= With one voice we agree today, let Peter Obi be our next president

= Let us also pray for our national chairman of Ifeagachi/New Nig. Mandate to be strengthened by God to lead us to the victorious end of this quest for a new Nig. Pray that God will protect the high chief from evil men.

= Pray for NNM leaders nation wide to discharge their duty effectively in Jesus name

7. Read- John 14:27;

= Let your peace prevail over Nigeria during this election season in Jesus' name.


Please read the scriptures and pray the above prayer points at any opportuned time during this fasting period. Read out audibly these scriptures and prayer points not less than times during this fasting. Note that this is the first time Nigerians are declaring a spiritual warfare during elections. Join this fasting and be part of history making.

 God has promised that if we can humble ourselves, turn away from our sins, and seek him, he will hear us and heal our land.

   Lets give birth to a new Nigeria at the place of prayer.

A NEW NIGERIA IS POSSIBLE!. Signed Rev. Dr Ahaz Taye and Chief Joe Umezulike National chairman IFEGACHI and New Nigerian Mandate. 04/10/22

PETER OBI AND THE MOMENTUM

PETER OBI AND THE MOMENTUM

Constituents praying for
LP Candidate, Ogbomoso
 federal constituency II
Dele Abiola

Momentum in physics taught under Newtonian Mechanics in my undergraduate class is the product (multiplication) of the mass and velocity of an object. It is a vector quantity, possessing a magnitude and a direction.


Let me explain it better, the organic growth and support for Peter Obi are vector quantities gaining traction daily, growing in size and magnitude. Three months ago, no one gave Peter Obi any chance at all, some claimed Labour Party has no structure, some alluded to the fact that its just a social media stuff. But in few months Nigerians are in euphoric state now with support for Obi-Datti growing nationwide in all nooks and crannies 


Now that folks have seen the appreciable positive progress made in the last few months, some are asking if the massive turnouts during the rallies will traslate to victory and if the supporters have their PVC's, some went further and also claimed the rallies are in urban centres that rural dwellers do not know anything about Peter Obi or the Labour Party, but little I know folks who are rural dwellers are also abreast with events in the country and will join the train also 


If we apply Newtonian Mechanics. For a constant mass, force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration. The Obidients are the critical mass ,it will keep growing and the support will become more potent. The question you all should ask, what are the factors (velocity) driving the growth among the youths and the commoners. Few of them; economic displacement, despondency, marginalisation, the widening gap between the haves and have nots. 


From 1999 till date, Nigerians knew that the combined APC and PDP platforms foisted poverty, misery and calamity on them and the only way they can respond is through the ballot,  by voting for a new party as it is done elsewhere and seek for a new vista from 29th May 2023. We are all waiting with bated breath and will see how it all pans out in the next few months


#justscribblingmythoughts

Constituents praying for
LP Candidate, Ogbomoso
 federal constituency II
Dele Abiola

Momentum in physics taught under Newtonian Mechanics in my undergraduate class is the product (multiplication) of the mass and velocity of an object. It is a vector quantity, possessing a magnitude and a direction.


Let me explain it better, the organic growth and support for Peter Obi are vector quantities gaining traction daily, growing in size and magnitude. Three months ago, no one gave Peter Obi any chance at all, some claimed Labour Party has no structure, some alluded to the fact that its just a social media stuff. But in few months Nigerians are in euphoric state now with support for Obi-Datti growing nationwide in all nooks and crannies 


Now that folks have seen the appreciable positive progress made in the last few months, some are asking if the massive turnouts during the rallies will traslate to victory and if the supporters have their PVC's, some went further and also claimed the rallies are in urban centres that rural dwellers do not know anything about Peter Obi or the Labour Party, but little I know folks who are rural dwellers are also abreast with events in the country and will join the train also 


If we apply Newtonian Mechanics. For a constant mass, force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration. The Obidients are the critical mass ,it will keep growing and the support will become more potent. The question you all should ask, what are the factors (velocity) driving the growth among the youths and the commoners. Few of them; economic displacement, despondency, marginalisation, the widening gap between the haves and have nots. 


From 1999 till date, Nigerians knew that the combined APC and PDP platforms foisted poverty, misery and calamity on them and the only way they can respond is through the ballot,  by voting for a new party as it is done elsewhere and seek for a new vista from 29th May 2023. We are all waiting with bated breath and will see how it all pans out in the next few months


#justscribblingmythoughts

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