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Leadership and Opportunities

A fundamental characteristic of political leadership in a democratic society is the capacity to create adequate opportunities for human activities of all kinds. This is so because democracy, wherever and whenever it is properly practiced, is a people-friendly and people-centric government in which the yearnings and aspirations of majority of the citizens are afforded outlets for expression and fulfillment. Democracy allows freedom of political association and participation and guarantees fundamental rights of the people. It promotes the creative and competitive spirit of man that in turn elevates society to higher consciousness and attainments.
It is for this that those who would be leaders in a democratic society should demonstrate a capacity to provide adequate opportunities for human transactions of all sorts; failure which the clamor for change of leadership becomes inevitable. Opportunities are chances or favorable conditions, afforded by the state that enables individuals to pursue their dreams and personal projects that lead to self-fulfillment and collective happiness.
People desire basic needs—food, Read the rest of this entry »

Democracy stays

Nigerians in large numbers were exceedingly proud and happy after the announcement of the presidential election results, conducted penultimate Saturday, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; won by General Muhammadu Buhari, GMB, of the opposition political party—the All Progressives Congress, APC; thus bringing the sixteen year rule of the incumbent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to a predictable and dramatic end, come May 29 this year.
After the nerve-wrecking, life-threatening, potentially dangerous pre-election hype that worried Nigerians and the world and all the cynicisms that heralded the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections, Nigeria still emerged with a credible election result in which the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan threw in the trowel and made the historic congratulatory telephone call to GMB confirming the proclamation of the INEC boss, Jega, that a change of power had peacefully taken place.
By that singular act of conceding election victory to his opponent, General Buhari, even before the electoral umpire concluded his announcement of the election results, Jonathan prepared the ground for a post-election peaceful atmosphere for the dousing of tension and curing of election fever, and the orderly conduct of government business preparatory to the hand-over of power on May 29, 2015.
Here is one election in which everyone is adjudged to have won by observers—national and international—from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who organized and sponsored a most credible and formidable opposition party, the APC; the APC standard bearer, GMB, who made himself Read the rest of this entry »

Politicians as threat to democracy

In the ongoing campaigns for the 2015 general elections, now rescheduled for March 28 and April 11, virtually all the democratic institutions and other institutions of society that support democracy in the country have been rubbished as compromised by the major contending political parties, especially the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party—PDP—and the coalition of opposition parties, the All Progressives Congress—APC, in their desperation to regain or capture political power, respectively.
For the APC, the Independent National Electoral Commission—INEC—had credibility and was well-prepared for the elections on the originally scheduled date of February 14, in spite of the evident lopsided distribution of the Permanent Voters’ Cards—PVCs–and the large Read the rest of this entry »

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