I don’t have an elaborate blog post but I figured I would just share a few of my thoughts on some things that have caught my attention recently
First, I would like to send my condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of those lost in the Kano bombings. 20 people and counting lost their lives in that tragedy(story here). As usual, the attack was followed by condemnation from the usual quarters and I bet there will be increased surveillance and road blocks in Kano while the perpetrators will go underground for a while allowing the people to be lulled into a false sense of security before they strike again. Yes, some inroads have been made with the state of emergency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe but these people can blend into the population and migrate and we would be none the wiser. Nigeria is a country without law and order and hence these people will continue to thrive unless we address the issue of law and order. The same poor policing and investigative skills that allow armed robbers, kidnappers, ritualists, pedophiles, vigilantes to move around scot-free allows these terrorists to thrive.
Speaking of vigilantes and jungle justice, I read about an undergraduate student killed in badagry by an angry mob who suspected him of armed robbery (read the story here). While it clearly seems that it was not the case. This story is reminiscent of the Aluu 4 who were university students killed in similar circumstances over a year ago. I find it quite problematic that some people in our country feel it is justified to kill a person without trial if the person is an armed robber. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to the right of a person to be given a fair hearing? It is a shame that when it comes to petty thievery, jungle justice prevails but when the person is say a politician who has embezzled billions, that same angry crowd will throng around him singing his praises. Besides the obvious lack of a justice system, perhaps jungle justice is a product of some sort of subconscious societal frustration with the state of things and it spews out in hate and venom when a petty thief or armed robber is caught. Perhaps it is a recognition that the police might let the person go if he or she bribes them sufficiently. I can only postulate, all I know is that law and order does not exist in this country.
In a democracy the law is written by the legislature and in Nigeria the legislature is paid handsomely for their service or lack of service to the country. They are currently in the throes of constitutional review or amendment. Two things caught my attention. First is the issue of local government autonomy which I believe if implemented could bring plenty of development to the country seeing as the local government is the arm of the government closest to the people. Before now, the funds for local government were first sent to the state account and the governor remits it to the local government chairmen. Given the corruption that is part of our national culture, the LG funds are sometimes not given in their entirety to the LG chairmen and are used as a way of keeping LG chairmen in check and under the control of the governors at the detriment of the people and development of local communities.
The second issue that not only caught my attention but the attention of the whole country was the issue of renouncing one’s citizenship. The long and short of it is that there is a clause in there that allows any person who is married to be considered of age thereby allowing for child marriage. The honorable or dishonorable Senator Sani Yerima himself a man rumored to have married a 15 year old some years back championed the cause which set off the #childnotbride movement. The controversy brought to the fore the issue of girl child rights. I signed the petition and do sincerely hope that the controversy yields some fruit and at the bare minimum shed some light on not only the issue of child brides but child slavery (read house girl/house boy issues), women’s rights and so on. Politicians should stop the buffoonery and be agents of change.
In the category of politicians that try to sound smart but are nothing but entertainment for the populace falls Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon (story here). The grandiloquent former legislator clearly does not know the meaning of communication and efficient communication at that. He throws “big” words at the populace while discussing serious issues and makes a mockery of the issue being discussed. He distracts the populace from the main point of whatever he is talking about by his use of words. If I wasn’t sure that the man has a degree, I would have called him a stark illiterate. However, I will just stop at probably uneducated about the intricacies of efficient communication. What is the point of speaking of majority of the people do not understand you? It reminds me of a local champion who went to cram the dictionary so that he can impress his village friends with all the big words he know. The man is a clown, I told him so on twitter. Sir, I reiterate that you need a class in public speaking and efficient communication. Presidents and people of your caliber around the world speak plainly and argue their points intelligently. The use of words to confuse people speaks of a man insecure, unsure of himself and with an inferiority complex that necessitates the use of tricks to mesmerize the crowd and distract them from an emperor with no clothes.
You can see the tomfoolery for yourself below…
Ok politician bashing aside, I am quite happy that the APC has finally been registered (story here). I patiently wait to see what their manifesto would be like and what faces they would put up for the battle royale that the 2015 election is shaping up to be.
Those are some of my thoughts on some of the issues that caught my fancy. What are your thoughts about any of these issues? What ails you? Use the comment box wisely 🙂