The Politics Of Rotational Presidency.
The Politics of Rotational Presidency (in NIGERIA)
By: Hayatu Ngura
The whole concept of presidency zoning was a script from the South to shift power from the North to the South because they knew that since politics is a game of numbers majority always carry the day. Purposeful leadership and capability was relegated to the Background. The result was the emergence of the 8 years visionless leadership of OBJ. That period of OBJ has clearly demonstrated that the North does not have monopoly of bad leadership. They had all the instrument of power to make the country move forward since they had the political and economic power in their hands. The North only had political power and the world over, those who control the economy also control the politics. When direct colonisation was no longer feasible the western powers used economic colonisation to keep the weak Nations under their control. Neo-colonialism is about economic control of third world countries, hence the dubious concept of globalisationIn Nigeria today, the South has firm grip on the economy of the country, hence they determine the growth and development of the country and also its political direction. The economic retardation of the Nation is therefore largely their making. The North also has its own fair share. To blame it alone for the economic and political problems of the country is diversionay. In fact, with just the notional political power, Northerners have a number of occasions rescued the economy. When the economic Controllers became so overzealous in their economic and financial corruption and crime against the economy and was seriously threatening the fragile economy somebody from the North came to the rescue. Abacha failed Banks Tribunal is still fresh in our memories, when some greedy so called bankers, mostly of Southern extraction Established Banks only for them to dupe unsuspecting depositors of their hard earned income. Then, there is the present banking reform by Sanusi which saved this Nation of an economic catastrophe that would have dwarfed the financial crisis of 2008 in America and Europe and since we do not have dynamic homeostasis like they have, our revival would have been the miracle of the century. As usual all effort was made to downplay the magnitude of the crisis even at the face glaring spiral into abyss. Some even called for the resignation of Sanusi because he was acting on a script completely forgetting the merit of his action. Abacha on his part was a despot incapable of any good.When corruption took centre stage between 1999 and 2007 there was conspiratorial lip service and always referring to IBB days while the situation at hand then was more precarious than during the IBB era. I am not saying that the North should be absolved of blame, but every section has its own fair share of crime against the common man. Neither the Youth nor the Elders to be blamed alone either. All had opportunity to turn things round for the better. Rigging elections is done through dubious alliance between elders and youth. The elders plan and the youth execute and it cut across all political Parties, only that the one with more resources has an upper hand in the crime.We must change our ways, all of us, the elders and the youth. We must also appreciate and acknowledge the interdependence of all nationalities of this Country. Credible leaders can come from the south or the north even with the zoning arrangement, and he/she can be among the Youth or Elders. All that is needed to turn things round for the better is for us the led to change our ways by insisting for the best. An ce ”In Bera na da sata, Daddawa ma na da wari”.for more articles: visit us @ www.ayeei.org
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