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20 KEY FACT CONCERNING NIGERIAN POLITICS

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1. Political parties don’t matter under Nigeria’s current political system.
2. It is OK, if not right, to be a ‘fencist’ in a contest of interests.
3. It is not OK to be a ‘fencist’ in a contest of principles.
4. Nigerian elections are a contest of interests, not of principles.
5. Elections cannot change Nigeria unless there is a radical shift of economic resources from the political class to the ordinary citizens.
6. Individuals can’t change the system ‘from inside’ by joining govt.
7. Government will never voluntarily initiate a process to change the political system.
8. Continuous and sustained agitations for radical reform/restructuring can pressure govt into initiating a change process.
9. 70% of Nigerians are too repressed to sustain such agitations.
10. The best chance Nigeria has for sustained agitations is a united middle class willing and ready to cripple national economic activity to compel change.
11. The Nigerian educated middle class is actually too small, too undereducated and too self-satisfied at the moment.
12. The Nigerian middle class has to learn more, think more, and then teach more. Especially, it has to understand the concept of equality.
13. Equality irrespective of sex, economic class, political status, orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, etc.
14. The root of our inability as a middle class to compel change for the benefit of all Nigerians is our subtle acceptance of social inequalities as a norm.
15. Social inequality is the reason corruption keeps growing. And corruption in turn fuels more inequalities.
16. Fundamentally, the Nigerian legal system encourages inequalities. Inequality between govt and governed, men and women, religious and atheist, rich and poor, etc.
17. Restructuring requires a change both in the political structure and in our legal system and jurisprudence.
18. The equality of all Nigerians means, for example, that the 1999 Constitution has to be submitted to a popular vote for its legitimacy.
19. Equality in the restructuring process means the people have to participate via referendum, not just ‘a committee’ and NASS.
20. Nigeria as currently structured will only work for the political class all the time, the middle class some of the time, and never for the majority. 21. Eventually, if we don’t trigger a process of change, everything in Nigeria is going to kill you.

 

4 Comments

  1. M

    Good update

  2. T

    Ok

  3. J

    OK

  4. j

    That’s it

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