RETHINKING THE NOMENCLATURE OF OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE (4)

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OPPOSITION PARTY vs. ALTERNATIVE PARTY

images_2Aside from the governing party, every democracy worth the name recognises the place of other political parties in the scheme of things.

 

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RETHINKING THE NOMENCLATURE OF OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE (1).

NM IMAGE“…INEC has announced that I, Muhammadu Buhari, shall be your next president. My team and I shall faithfully serve you. There shall no longer be a RULING PARTY again: APC will be your GOVERNING PARTY…”

– Excerpt from President Buhari’s  Acceptance Speech after receiving the INEC Certificate of Return.

INTRODUCTION

It is a fact that the name you call a thing repeatedly and unrelentingly has a way of shaping its reality and performance. Call a brilliant chap a dullard repeatedly- in the absence of a positively opposing affirmation- and you are sure to see this reflected in his academic performance. Continue reading

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THE CONCEPT OF VICARIOUS RESPONSIBILITY: A Call to Shared Leadership

“When you point a finger at another fellow, remember that the remaining four fingers are pointed at you.” – African Proverb

…AND YOU,TOO

Simply put, elected and appointed public officials are not the only ones who should be held to high standards of rectitude and probity. This burden should also be borne by their familial and professional associates; and of course by the entire citizenry.

This is an ideal that can be explained with the concept of ‘vicarious responsibility’. Continue reading

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THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OUR DEMOCRACY (2): The Imperative of Running a Truly Federal Republic (c)

A Federalist’s Panacea

To return Nigeria to the path of peace, productivity and prosperity is not hard; neither is it rocket science. It only requires a leadership that is nationalist, sincere, and foresighted enough to care about the well-being, security, and prosperity of Nigeria and her citizens.

Making a return to that path would necessarily involve doing the following: Continue reading

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THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OUR DEMOCRACY (2): The Imperative of Running a Truly Federal Republic (b)

 

The Veracity of a Claim

Truly, in name and by reference, Nigeria is a “Federal Republic”. Section 2(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) says so.

But how ‘Federal’ is a state where the union is more the product of coercion or the mechanical drawing of borders than of a voluntary coming together, arising from shared need and mutual respect? Continue reading