Musa: Hello Nkechi, what’s your assessment of Nigeria @ 58?
Nkechi: Really, (surprised face) there’s absolutely no way forward. With the way our politicians are desperately getting involved in shams; it’s alarming. I’m yet to say anything as it gets me all worked up.
Musa: Yea I know that feeling. Everything is blurring. The problem is that the bulb at the end of the tunnel that was supposed to produce light for the nation has been stolen.
Nkechi (interjecting): And the most annoying part is that people who are complaining are still the ones jumping into the pit themselves way too fast. We know who stole the bulb, but we have all refused to bell the cat. So you see quite a majority of the “we” are busy running after the stolen bulb and ruling out its replacement.
Musa: Nigeria is really in dire state, but not a hopeless one. Though the bulb that was to brighten the end of the tunnel was stolen, all we need to do is to fix some wires and replace the bulb, and viola the light comes up.
Nkechi: Lol, not as easy as you think, the “we” here are part of the problem, as a very good number of the “we” have decided not to replace the stolen bulb and reconnect to get back the light.
Musa: Just like we do not expect every individual to be successful at the same age (some get there early, while others get there late), so too we shouldn’t expect Nigeria to be like USA overnight. Our politicians are now know that the citizens are becoming increasingly aware and taking interest in what’s going on in the nation. One Israeli man in Nigeria said on twitter that Nigeria is in this present state because the citizens gave politicians the freedom to misbehave.
Nkechi: Exactly the “we” will always complain but will never act .Without comparisons here, in as much as the country has seen and experienced some level of development, we need more to get to the top.
Musa: Yea, the summary of it all is that we are our own problems. Civil servants especially, my little encounter with them has not been good.
Nkechi: Same here, if they manage to sit on the throne of authority every order person becomes foot stools or foot-mat.
Nkechi: Hmm… What do you think can right these wrongs and improve Nigeria as a Nation?
NKechi: Restructuring of the system you mean?
Musa: What do you term restructuring?
Nkechi: Rearranging the system in such a way that it attracts or brings all its angles for checkmating, if i may use that word.
Musa: Nigeria already has all of that, we have one of the finest laws in Africa.
Nkechi: So how do u mean d system?
Musa: Our problem is political will, we don’t have it.
Nkechi: Hmm… Getting interesting for real.
Musa: We need someone who will allow our systems work. Is INEC really independent? CBN? Judiciary?
Nkechi: “Allow” throw more light please
Musa: They were made independent for some reasons. In developed countries, if the presidency is caught interfering in an investigation, its over for him.
Nkechi: Sure, in fact the National Assembly has more powers than the president.
Musa: For decades, the Chief Justices of America have never stepped foot in white house (heard that in Designated Survivor movie).
Nkechi: And if one is caught compromising, he/she will just resign and face the law.
Musa: If we have our systems working, then it doesn’t matter who the President is, whether APC or PDP, the system will checkmate him/her.
Nkechi: Sure and politics will become more interesting because it will be obvious the ruling party has the citizens at heart.