Reinstituting true federalism via restructuring
by Chin Ce
A rising majority of Nigerian nationals at home and in Diaspora have argued for the reinstitution of true federalism via restructuring of a unitarian federal state imposed by an army of mendicants who ruled for their tribes in the seventies through the eighties, nineties and the millennium.
These rising voices are filled with such patriotism and love of motherland as unparalleled in the history of political struggles for freedom in Africa.
It is important that these Africans be acknowledged, and supported, as the real Third Force of the socio political equation. They understand the true history of political struggles in Nigeria which attended the amalgamation of the North and South by colonial parties who had brought divide and rule politics to that African region.
With paper and tabloid independence, these conquered regions were simply, by disingenuous British design, passed off to an oligarchy in the north that was backward, callous, dirty and ostentatious with politics of number, treachery and manipulation.
Ahmadu Bello, the ridiculous knight of the empire, the parochial leader of a backward north, had personified the dirt and festering poverty of consciousness which Nigeria was quickly to descend under the deplorable control of a heritage of Islamists with a primitive culture of child educational neglect, corporate barbarism and a trail of environmental squalor in its organic wake.
To have given over commanding position in national affairs to the feudalist patriarch, which he promptly passed on to another kinsman in the person of Tafawa Balewa, marked the beginning of the depredation and, hence, the paternal devolution of the Nigerian project.
It became institutionalized in the socio political graphology of the manipulative conclave that only a stooge, never capable of independent or thoughtful universality toward national economic dynamics, must be goaded to preside over the Nigerian state.
The Nzeogwu revolution had aimed to arrest the drift of the nation from the hands of culpable tribal chiefs called founding fathers of a fledgling and directionless neo colonial state.
Throughout the northern, western and eastern regions, the visionary potential of the true Nigerian icon known as Herbert Macaulay fazed with the springing of a copious array of tribalists who suddenly emerged as sages, prophets, and sultans of post independent Nigeria. Only the Zik of Africa exceeded the vision of Macaulay to bring about a truly egalitarian Nigerian and African liberated consciousness. But that was not to be, as tribalism found vent in treachery and betrayal endemic among non visionary primordial instincts that shaped the political landscape of the sixties.
The era of military pillage which saw the enrichment of Gowon, Murtala, Obasanjo, Babangida, Abacha and Abdulkarim marked the further descent of a tottering nation into a dark age of history, a spell of intellectual retardation, vicious survivalism and official predation, methodically syndicated into the 1999 constitution to promote the fortunes of these armoured mendicants of their tribes.
It bequeathed to the big for nothing West African nation a coven where religion, being the Christian and Islamic hegemons of mass brain washing, determined who controlled whatever apparatus that would contrive the seizure of state resources for control and redistribution by a certain group of the faithful within a mythical El Dorado of the oil dominant Nigerian economy.
We must understand this imbecility of Nigerian leaderships in the contest of the historical struggles that have devolved to the killing and maiming and state sanctioned abductions under the current conundrum of the Muhammadu Buhari bandit clan. Unbeknownst to the best instincts of voters who clamoured for change in 2015, they had become co conspirators in constituting another regime of federal sanctioned thieves of “All Progressives” from “Peoples Democracy” in every federal, state, local government and legislative organ as decreed into due process by the rogue 1999 constitution.
Nevertheless we must continue to expose their mendacity, their frivolity, their paucity of evolution, their endemic and vile deceits, and all the actions and inactions that have led Nigerians to their present marginal existence under an intellectual quisling from Nigeria’s core north in the person of Buhari. Muslims, Christians, indigenous religious devotees must unite in order to extirpate this scourge foisted from corporate British economic adventurism on the soils of native peoples of sub saharan Africa.
For it isn’t just a curious anomaly that the recent constitution proved a marked departure from the Richard’s, Macpherson’s, and Littleton’s that preceded independence from Britain. Nigeria’s 1999 document was and still remains a deliberated vicious conspiracy against the will of the people. It was drafted and imposed by thieves and brigands of the armed forces inspired by such shallow fervor that could only have come from miseducated warlocks under their politics of dominion, redaction and the art of public dissembling.
Its fall out is the cronyism, the nepotism, now typified in Muhammadu Buhari and his horde of parasites and sycophants. And all they purport for a nation building project is to ensure that the greater majority of indigenous people live in fear, poverty and pious hallucinations, while a vampire sect of Muslim and Christian defenders of faiths, along with their families, feed off the labours and vast resources of the land.
Their operative methodology is the issuance of an endemic cycle of intellectual mendicants and tribal simpletons who would become cyphers at federal and state legislatures, in order to allow for the perpetuation of mass hysteria infested from their religions and spread by their fundamentalist adherents.
The roll call of so called presidents, state governors, and assembly members, as fostered by the 1979 and 1999 constitutions, attests to the medieval mindset of these quasi military serial fabricators. Under these noxious documents have mendicants of their tribes, namely Shagari of Sokoto, Obasanjo of Ogun, Yaradua of Katsina, Jonathan of Bayelsa and, now, Buhari of Daura, filed their ghoulish statures through the poisonous corridors of state house, unleashing cluelessness, depredation, untold corruption, and ultimate desecration of the destiny of Nigerian men, women and children.
Significantly each of these charlatans that ruled for their bandit clans is at best an unfortunate accident of history, a symbolically mutated specie of human evolution, rolled with their pathological followers on a trail of pestilence and the discombobulation of continental and planetary motions toward the social and economic freedom of humanity.
Through the long, dark history of Nigeria as an enforced nation state, as opposed to a consensual federation, the common plank that has distinguished these medieval humans is their draconian resistance to any form of restructuring that promises to unleash the diverse creative potentials of their people for positive educational and scientific transformations.
Thefore let it be told that the Nigerian unitarian constitution will never impact any positive legacy that will arouse the creative, or healing, instincts of the people for peaceful coexistence and collective group actualisation, no matter how the bigots of their tribes and religions may resist the calls by well meaning African nationals and compatriots to reform the polity along the lines of true federalism and peaceful coexistence among ethnicities long overdue to enact their inalienable divine powers of creative expression, control their economic resources, and enforce the social contract of securing life and property.
Since the question of how we upgrade the human resource development of Nigeria to world best practices, and the peaceful coexistence of ethnicities in a clime of equal rights and justice, under a structurally balanced federation, may be anathema to outdated minds like Gowon, Obasanjo and Buhari, to get it right in 2019 demands the ultimate sacrifice, the laying of all resources of mind and body in service to every act of subversion against these political charlatans whose only mission, whose peer group pressure, is the continuation of the status quo in a long interminable play of sectional and personal advantages.
And so, give or take, Nigeria must be restructured. Because sectional advantage being the language the faulty constitution of Nigeria and its unconscionable promoters in Aso Rock can speak, rewriting the constitution in the spirit of true federalism shall remain the panacea to overturn the narrative, culminating in another resounding defeat of the darkness when the APC government of Muhammadu Buhari, the last of the mendicants of their tribes, is decisively ended in 2019.