The recent turn of events in the national polity with calls for restructuring by various groups and Political Leaders brings to the fore, either a deep seated desire and hunger for proper governance and good federal structure. Or a selfish agenda to use it as a cheap route to political notoriety and relevance.
For whatever reason it maybe, the Nigerian Federation truly needs to revisit her quasi-federal structure and set in place, policies that will aid growth and development of the economy and its people.
But until we address core issues in the society and find ways to address them, we would still come round to the same spot. The first Coup of Jan 15 1966 was an attempt to remedy the wrongs and ills in the Country as at that time, and here we are, 57 years down the line, with multiple coups and change of government, we are not anywhere better off but worse off from when we started the journey of independence.
One of my Political Science Lecturers in School back then once made a statement credited to a certain Sultan in the Northern part of Nigeria during the 2nd Republic that, “Corruption is growing in our backyard like a weed and we are not paying attention. The time would come, when it would turn to a massive forest, and it would be too late to be able to curtail it..” Its like a saying in my tribe, “its when the mighty Iroko Tree is a sapling, that it can be bent, not when its at its massive stage..”
Its very much obvious that the underlying ailment of Nigeria is corruption and we need not deliberate on it further. But there are certain steps that can be taken to mitigate and curtail to a reasonable degree this cancerous growth in our nation.
Steps to be taken are not just mere policies and executive orders, its the moral stand we take and the discipline to stand by our decisions to do the right thing, at the right place and at the right time. It reminds me of a quote by the Great Sage, Late Dr. Tai Solarin, “Great things must be done greatly, with a great purpose, a great mind, a great courage, a great energy and a great persistent patience”. Until we approach governance, legislation, and adjudication with this mind set, there is no restructuring on the face of the earth that we want to do that would succeed.
Governance is not complex, it requires a man putting on his thinking cap, and doing the right thing according to the “just” prodding of his conscience before God and Man. According to Sun Tzu in the Art of War, “It does not take sharp eyes to see the sun and the moon, nor does it take sharp ears to hear the thunderclap. Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious.”
Victory is not just at the polls, but its at securing the goodwill of your people when they can eat three square meals a day, a roof over their head to sleep, can afford quality education for their children and can live in relative peace, comfort and security.
Then will this headache go away.