THE DIRE NEED FOR A GENUINE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT; IS REVOLUTION A SOLUTION?

THE DIRE NEED FOR A GENUINE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT; IS REVOLUTION A SOLUTION?
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     “You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model”

    A revolution derived from the latin word: “Revolutio, meaning a turn around”. It is a fundamental power and political organization which occurs when the population revolts against the government, typically due to perceived oppression of the ( political, social, economic) or political incompetence.

     National development is usually referred to as a constructive process of engaging all citizens in building social cohesion, economic prosperity and political stability in a nation in an inclusive and democratic way, by the definition, national development is the ability of a country to improve the social welfare of the people.

    My thesis when it comes to corruption in Nigeria has always been revolutionary thinking, re- organization and orientation to eradicate poverty and poverty mentality.

But the Nigerian-state, which isn’t favorable, her political organization not well organized, the issue of insurgency and insecurity are really alarming. These phenomenons can’t be gain said. It is distressing for our government to engage in a series of dialogue with killer herdsmen and bandits, while the common man fighting for their rights will be chased around and maimed by security agents. What a country are we living in?

   It is only in Nigeria that security agents will molest and brutalize, maim and kill innocent citizens without any apprehension, in advanced countries like the US, the UK when someone is arrested unlawfully or approached unjustly, they will be pleading every now and then. New system of administration should really be introduced.

    Permit me to say that Nigeria is a pretense to democracy. Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them. Before we embark on any consideration of democracy, we must first lay the facts down. Power is a dog that forever needs a leash! This explains why Lord Acton etched in ageless words, that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. History attests to the profoundity of this insight.

 

   Freedom was supposedly the pristine state of human political relations. Jean Paul Sartre articulated this status when he opined that man is condemned to be free. But this freedom seemed illusory in itself. Jean Jacques Rousseau be moaned this illusion when he submitted that man is born free but everywhere in chains. The interface between the condemnation to freedom and the limits of our chains is where democracy supposedly resides with its rule of law. In the course of time, every method of organizing society made an appearance, staking a claim to recognition. It took time and a lot of trial and error, before mankind happened upon democracy, as the best system of government.

   Democracy was the leash invented by mankind, to hold power to account. Whether it has acquitted itself creditably in this regard remains a controversial issue. Without lashes, power would always cry havoc, and let loose the dogs of tyranny!

  All these admix to brew a realization that may sound heretical to the ears of orthodoxy. In many estimations, democracy as the best system of government may not be rationally defensible assertion. The bulwark of its defense may be wholly emotional.

The reasons are not far fetched!
Democracy is a paradox. For Abraham Lincoln and his acolytes, it is government of the people by the people and for the people. This seems to be the ultimate acknowledgement of the sovereignty of the people. This was a sweet interlude to human ears, after centuries of feudal monarchy and its monstrous accoutrements, leading human history through so many desolate abominations bordering on tyranny. On this score , Lincoln was a hardcore idealist. Like every idealist, he got the tunes too high this time. His idealisms embezzled some of the realities present in his context, in order to establish a platform for his visions. For instance, while Lincoln was intoning the psalms in praise if democracy, women hadn’t the vote. Slaves were still unfree. Lincoln would be forgiven because he was not playing to the galleries of illusion. He was a man actively doing his utmost to ensure that American slaves got their freedom. At the time of the Gettysburg address, where democracy was canonized as the sovereignty of the people, he, as the commander in chief, was chiefly in command of the civil war to emancipate the slaves.

   Really, there’s nothing wrong in the cosmological formation of Nigeria, but there’s something wrong in our national senility because it is a common knowledge that there’s preponderance of hooligans, misfits and self centered genrontocrats in Nigerian politics, these crops of people in Nigerian politics will never want to do things in tandem with the constitution. Rather, they resort to self help and other unconstitutional mode of operation to achieve their aims.

   This is why there is incessant politically mastermind violence and killing in Nigerian politics. These charlatans should stay away from politics and leave politics and governance for the class of those who by the virtue of their knowledge have seen the good and they can administer the society with good and just laws.

   But it is just lugubriously saddening and pitiably cum dismal, the Nigerian-state has cannibalized morality, our value system has gone into oblivion, the young generation don’t give difference to chastity and purity of heart, our future leaders are drenched in pool of ignominy. A nation filled with bountiful resources has failed to invest in the development of the young generation, this thus is detrimental to the posterity of that nation.

   Revolution is actually inevitable if a nation is prepared for holistic reform, the people must revolt against the impurity in the corridors of power, political docility can be inimical to the development of any nation.

  This conundrums happening and the irritably infuriating things in the Nigerian-state are corrosive and thus detrimental to national building but to mitigate these challenges, there’s just a need for a moral strength and a moral sausion, this is the best weapon to engage in order to conquer corruption, not even a paradigm shift can be possible unless there’s an evolution aiming at revolution and that’s a dire need and a solution.

AKINTUNDE ABIOLA.

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