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The imperative of having an inclusive government

By Chiedu Uche Okoye
15 May 2015   |   5:38 am
THE absence of a government in a nation-state will lead to an anarchic situation as some bad people will tyrannize and oppress other people for sundry reasons.


THE absence of a government in a nation-state will lead to an anarchic situation as some bad people will tyrannize and oppress other people for sundry reasons.

A government performs many functions, namely the protection of our lives and property, provision of social amenities for the citizens, formulation and implementation of policies, and other things.

The existence of governments in nation-states dates back to many centuries ago. And it was the Greek people that founded and popularised democracy, which is the most popular type of government in today’s world.

Now, from Europe to America, from Africa to Asia, democracy is the most acceptable type of government. But before the coming of the white imperialists to Africa, kingdoms on the African continent had their diverse types of governments. But the white colonisers dethroned them and planted democracy in Africa.

Democratic governance, which has taken root in African countries, is blooming and blossoming. After decades of experiencing political conflicts, some African countries have achieved political stability. Liberia and Sierra-Leone readily come to mind.

In Nigeria, the most populous black country in the world, the people(s) have been enjoying 16 years of unbroken democratic governance.

One civilian administration has succeeded another without the country descending into political conflagration. Surprisingly, in 2015, an incumbent President lost his presidential re-election bid.

Before now, it was an unprecedented happening in our political annals. But instead of clinging to power, as people expected him to do, the President congratulated his political opponent before the winner was announced officially. Our country averted political cataclysm because of that singular action of his.

President Goodluck Jonathan’s election loss is an indictment of his unimpressive leadership. Nigerians were unpretentiously disillusioned and indignant. His lack-luster performance is too self-evident not to be noticed.

There is infrastructural rot in our country. And security issue is threatening our corporate existence as a country.

More so, millions of university graduates are still searching for white and blue collar jobs after leaving school several years ago.

So, disillusionment exists among the people of Nigeria. Only beneficiaries and politicians with kleptomaniac propensities in the top political echelons are blind and deaf to what has afflicted the nation and are, therefore, not dissatisfied with the uninspiring status quo ante bellum existing in the country, now.

But can All Progressives Conference (APC), whose mantra as well as slogan is change, bring the much-needed and trumpeted change to Nigeria? Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, ex-military Head of State, had won Nigeria’s keenly contested 2015 presidential election on the platform of (APC).

But some topnotch members of APC migrated to that party from the much-maligned and corruption-infested Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Will some of these who are suspected to be carrying baggage and who may be of doubtful standing before the public thwart the efforts of the incoming president, to fight systemic corruption in Nigeria and take the country to an unprecedented great height in technological and economic advancement?

And, so far, Buhari has given well-researched, decorous, courteous, and soul-lifting speeches, which have inspired hope in us that our country will resurrect from the dead, again. But he should be magnanimous in victory, and should not gloat over the electoral misfortune of Jonathan.

The defeated Jonathan displayed a rare act of exemplary deed and patriotism by conceding victory to his main political rival before the result was announced. That commendable action of his brought Nigeria back from the precipice.

So, I am advising the president-elect, Buhari, not to embark on a vindictive mission against some members of the PDP, who traduced him crudely during the election period. If he carried out vendetta against his political foes, it would deepen our religious and ethnic fissures, and threaten the corporate existence of Nigeria as one indivisible and united country. Are we not aware that political instability is a disincentive to national growth?

But I would like the president-elect to heal our fractured and divided country by forming an all inclusive government. If he includes members of the opposition party (PDP) in his new cabinet, it will be exemplary and become part of our democratic culture.

Aren’t there distinguished, hardworking, and performing ministers in the executive cabinet of Jonathan? Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the minister of Agriculture; Osita Chidoka, the Aviation minister, and a handful of other ministers in this out-going civilian regime have performed creditably well in the discharge of their assignments and have lived up to our expectations.

Adesina revived our waning interest in agriculture by adopting and implementing measures that revolutionised agricultural practices in the country. Now, Nigeria exports its agricultural produce to other countries. Agriculture has become one of our major sources of foreign earnings and revenue, again.

And, who doesn’t know the current Aviation minister? The youthful and energetic minister endeared himself to Nigerians with his stellar performance as the FRSC’s boss.

It was he who reduced the rate of accidents on our roads with fresh ideas and far-reaching measures.

And he brought about the digitalisation of the processes and procedures that lead to people’s easy acquisition of driving their licence.

During his headship of FRSC, thousands of university graduates were recruited into the organisation. His good performance as the country’s corps marshal recommended him for his current preferment, the post of the Aviation minister.

Isn’t he doing a splendid and laudable work in the Aviation ministry? He has formulated and enunciated pragmatic policies, the implementation of which would transform our Aviation industry and take it to an enviable height. Based on any benchmark for assessing political leaders, Chidoka has done well.

The president-elect should place Nigeria’s above other interests when forming his cabinet. Running an inclusive government at this period of our political evolution and experience will deepen our unity, allay the fears of the minority ethnic groups, and pave way for the accelerated development of Nigeria.

Okoye, a poet and book editor, lives in Uruowulu-Obosi, Anambra State. 08062220654.