Democracy which thrives on the will of the greater collective resulting in a government of the people by the people and for the people is virtually non existent in every state of the Nigerian federation
State Police will be abused by crooked governors – just as the federal regime has done with the insanely corrupt Nigeria Police “Force”
by Chin Ce
ABUJA: The call for devolution of powers to states is getting loud and strident. Nigeria, a nation whose leaders are notorious for playing the emperor game with citizen rights now witnesses another gathering wave of political dancing to the gallery of cult tyrannies.
Already a clueless, reactionary and despotic presidency led by tribal champion of Fulani herdsmen retired general Muhammadu Buhari is dangling the olive branch to bullish state governors intent upon appropriating more powers of the federation unto their offices. In a sum they want State Police. But by sleight of hand what they want is more power to run their political thuggery and killer squads, exactly as the federal government is doing with the motley gangs of state coercion called Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Army, Civil Defence, DSS, NIA, et hoc genus omne.
Nigeria’s Senate and House of Representatives are led by corrupt and mutually corruptible members of “Peoples Democratic” (PDP) and “All Progressive” (APC) political parties whose visionless membership composition is evident from their incompetence and incapacity for national reorganization through a revised constitution. In their lack of preparation for future generations of the country, save their own future of squandering the wealth of the collective, they have opted in on the process of self appeasement by joining the list of propositions for state police.
The failure of leadership persists in a country as heterogenous, divisive and fanatically inebriated in religiosity as Nigeria. It is against this backdrop that the perpective to set the stage straight must be made for posterity. It is important to lend a warning voice against this fevered choir rousing to empower a bunch of depraved psychopaths and murdering cult leaders called Nigerian state governors.
Isn’t it obvious to the first tourist on the streets that there is no democracy operating within the constituent states of Nigeria? Democracy which thrives on the will of the greater collective resulting in a government of the people by the people and for the people is virtually non existent in every state of the Nigerian federation.
Historically the political process that enables the election and swearing-in of a governor is strewn with abuse and manipulation at state electioneering. The governorship aspirants emerge from political imposition at primary party elections. The actual elections are a charade of violence, rigging, fraud, manipulation and intimidation of electoral officers. Usually the gubernatorial representative who stole the voters’ mandate gets his endorsement by bribing the way through the judicial systems also fraught with political manoeuvring and corrupt inducements always up to the Supreme Court. Have Abia state and Akwa-Ibom state not witnessed examples of the moral perfidy of Nigeria’s electoral and justice systems?
As soon the sitting governor in Nigeria takes charge of affairs all the tiers of government are herded into impotent appendages of the executive personage. The legislative arm is atrophied to the extent of becoming a robotic stamp of one autocrat. The autonomy of local government administration is completely abolished.
State judiciary lacks the fearless and incorruptible independence under Nigeria’s governors. Salaries and allowances of judicial officers are either withheld or never paid for several months. The state coffers is the personal bank account of the governor and his wife to dispense with in accord with their whims and caprices. Have Imo, Ebonyi and Ekiti states not become living testaments to this mockery of civil democratic rule in millennial Nigeria?
Security in the hands of sitting Nigerian governors is riddled with abuse. Already the emerging local state militia has seen the escalation of reprisal violence from the so called government agents who double as political thugs of the governors, hounding citizens, killing political opponents and eliminating media voices of dissent. Currently in 2018 the Nigerian states of Ebonyi, Imo and Abia in the South East, Rivers state in the South South, plus the North Central states of Kaduna and Kogi typify the abuse of office by political thugs and state-armed touts paraded as executive state governors of the nation.
It is the position of many voices of dissent that the system that empowers petty tyrants must not be allowed to turn them to absolute overlords of the state structure they routinely desecrate by their abuse of office and impunity with the so-called laws of the federation. A faulty, un-African constitutional provision called immunity from prosecution written in by military kleptocrats empowers these unconscionable humans to loot state treasury and violate citizen rights for as long as they reign – and the nation’s courts are powerless to reign them in. The addition of state police onto their arsenal will be doing exactly more of the monstrosity that bedevils the country by its short-sighted constitution-makers built upon an insane mimicry of America’s deep state.
It perplexes many analysts of the polity why the federal government and national assembly are adamant against the reformation of Nigeria Police with the urgency deserving of civil society. The constitution writers in their military mindset had it enshrined as “Police Force” – a coercive instrument only subservient to the Army, Navy and Air force, all scions of the West African Frontier Force, which the colonial British, through Major Lugard of damnable memory, used to subjugate the large part of Southern Nigeria. Since then the venal reputation of the police and military of Nigeria as the most corrupt and brutal edifices of their colonial heritage has been acknowledged the world over.
So why does every sitting president of Nigeria along with the national assembly refuse to see to the dismantling of police mediocrity commanded by chronically debauched rank-and-file products of the system called Inspectors general?
By way of restating the point, why are the elected representatives of the people unwilling to unbundle the police and remove its control from the office of corrupted inspectors general and a corrupt presidency who appoints him, and who couldn’t care less as long as the command rests under the beck and call of himself, his family and friends?
Knowing that the Nigerian Legislature is designed to be bloated, expensive, inefficient and incapable of effective or significant changes to a constitution deliberately skewed toward unitarian rigidity, what is urgently needed for national cohesion is a constitutional confab for inagurating true federalism. The agreements from such previous confabs should have seen a coexistence of nationalities consisting ofl six equal geopolitical regions coordinating their own economic, judicial, security structures with little interference from the centre.
Any options within the unitary constitution that concedes more to state governors in the name of devolution of powers will further spell disaster for the tyrannised and emasculated masses of Nigeria. It will be an invitation to anarchy as the country fevers freely to all sorts of self help and cult diabolism to disentangle from the clutches of deranged power mongers in every conclave of the artificial states of Nigeria.
Nigerian governors all through North and South have only one ambition, which is to empty public resources into private pockets and run the economy as a fiefdom. This is what has obtained in Ebonyi state, Imo state, Abia state, Kaduna state, Rivers state and Cross river state to name the worst examples of organised brigandage by governors under the full glare of their decimated and disempowered populations?
Until restructure of the polity, which goes with restructure of the police system, Nigerians must not replicate the despicable corrupton of Nigeria Police in a State police. Such security experiment is guaranteed to turn an already volatile country into a Rwanda–Somalia–Congo cesspool of violence precipitated by a devolving cycle of African barbarians going by the grandiose tag of executive governors.