The Federal Republic of Nigeria; a democracy or an illusion.

written by Odilichukwu Frances June 12, 2020

Could this be all we can ever be? A green and white Flag?

If we are to rewrite history in Nigeria, the art should be focused on projecting the humanity in our culture and the strength of the people before the British colony and amalgamation of the northern protectorate and southern protectorate.

The streets of Nigeria do not project democracy as expected after reading the heroes deeds. 

For a better landing, how do you explain to the ten year old who in 2017, learnt that democracy day is May 29 which is why after elections, candidates who win are inaugurated on that day? 

Suddenly the norm is changed to June 12 because someone supposed to serve, thought to compensate a people politically by commemorating the death of their icon hence June 12 became the democracy day! 

The question is how much of an iconic act is shown in shifting democracy day and what good has it done in our history? 

A pandemic hit the world and nations subsided bills for citizens including African countries like Ghana and Rwanda, the western world paid allowances to their citizens but we met an inflation, subsequently a lockdown with nothing to stay home with from the government except on lip service giveaways. 

It is a capitalist economy, no doubt but there are still spheres controlled by the government! The price of crude oil was slashed globally by 60% in the oil market which when carefully analysed means that fuel should sell below a hundred naira in Nigeria yet only twenty naira was withdrawn from the price of fuel. 

There are still killings going on and a Ruga settlement letter passing round southern NIGERIA asking indigenes to give lands for settlement to nomadic men as though they were asked to evacuate their lands. 

The world is frowning at racism in the media yet we die daily by nepotism, imperialism and tribalism in Nigeria, exactly the things Chinua Achebe talked about in “The Trouble with Nigeria“. 

Two point eight billion us dollars has been invested in a gas pipeline that will have thresholds in Ajaokuta, Kaduna and Kano all the way from Niger-Delta for the industrialization of northern Nigeria without any state from the south being partakers of this. A plan approved since 2017, yet today we lift the flag and banners to celebrate democracy in the land and with strange voices we echo “one Nigeria”.  Meanwhile, only one seaport is active and in portharcourt, far from Onitsha main-market that constantly puts Nigeria on the map as the largest market in West Africa. Ironically, the government bans importation of goods, but lacks the will to industrialize the southern and northern parts of the country so as to increase the nation’s gross domestic profit. 

Moreso, the government is yet to acknowledge Innoson Vehicle Motors (IVM), the same way Ibeto was crippled economically by marginalising policies. If IVM was to be a Dangote product like cement, maybe there would have been a ban on allien automobiles and a regulated price like in the cement industry; who knows? only reality puts that in check. 

Independence day will come calling soon and we will be faced with the same problems perhaps with different names until we put to full vain the labours of our heroes past. The government should start making our democracy and independence worth the while, compatriots should arise and take responsibility, otherwise the democracy we see today may one day become an aristocracy or a full fledged dictatorship. 

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Mandy June 13, 2020 - 12:32 am

Facts! Honestly, our leaders and every member of this citizen needs to read this! Well done dear👍

Akunna June 13, 2020 - 12:41 pm

This sent chills down my spine. The truth is so soul piercing. I hope one day the land of our dreams will be realized.

emma June 13, 2020 - 2:57 pm

Well said Ms. Frances, Nigeria does not deserve to be celebrated. It is a Zoo country.

Opara Onyinyechi June 14, 2020 - 10:14 am

My dear😭
I don’t know if things will get fine eventually.
Nigeria is a heartbreak
I don’t know why we can’t have leaders with good intentions 😭😭
It’s so sad

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Ruby June 15, 2020 - 4:30 pm

No doubts,we all have a role to play in the betterment of Nigeria but the government has the greater role to play.
Nigeria can be better,only if our government has the country and its citizens interest at heart but I fear this is far from the case in my dear country.
The “Change” we so clamor for has become an illusion.

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