‘Democracy can be defined as a political system ruled by the people, through elected representatives’. It can also be defined with the more popular slogan of ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the people’. The first definition is most suited for this blog post because it lays clearer emphasis to the fact that it is a political system ruled by the people through their elected representatives.
Democracy is the responsibility of every single person of national citizenship. Agreeably, the roles may be vast however everyone has a shoe size that fits a role. It is a national venture that requires collective understanding.
The collective understanding between the citizens in various roles of leadership and followers is that the citizens in roles of leadership will lead the way of constructive development. The followers will play the role of the collective Umpire. Imagine a game played between 10 percent of the population of a nation, with the squad of Umpires comprising the remaining 90 percent of the population of that same nation. The system would unarguably be a spectacular upgrade of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) if this illustration were to fit the popular game of football. This system of unbiased Umpires would surely detect the slightest attempt at an infringement by any of the political players. Resolving actual cases of infringement would be a walk in the park for this very large squad of Umpires.
This is the mighty power of corrective action resting with the majority of citizens on issues relating to the activities of the leadership toward providing good governance in any nation in the world that is sincerely practicing democracy.
The massive power of the responsible minded followers does not require an unhealthy physical or verbal altercation to exert effect. This decent arrangement would promote the peaceful atmosphere required to constructively and objectively provide the required balance on the leadership class on all levels of political institutions and constantly move the nation toward progressive development.
The ethics of good governance has made penal provisions enabling for an accountable system of democracy by giving the followers the mandate to review their political choices on the presumption that they are not satisfied with the actual deliverable(s) of any Political Office Holder. It seems a fairly simple productive arrangement.
This system has enabled citizens of other progressive Nations in the world to enjoy the dividends of good governance through the healthy practice of Democracy.
Currently in Nigeria, we are approaching the 20th year of uninterrupted democracy since 29th May 1999. Our story is strangely different from the accounts of other progressive Nations of the planet.
The records of our retentive memory would reveal that our great Nation has expended a humongous amount of resources given a summation of the expense figures of annual budgets presented, approved, and dispensed through various tiers of our government structure through the past 20 years. Yet still, our refineries have never really performed optimally, the concept of quality Education has nearly been eroded from the Nigerian landscape, the fate of a visit to our medical institutions can be likened to the fate of anyone who dares to walk through a mine field.
We seem content with this deplorable situation, whilst our elite class with brazen audacity, fly to the best hospitals abroad on the occasion of the slightest perceived or imagined ailment. It may be possible, yet seriously doubtful, that our current definition of Nigeria may not be the physical location where the funds were expended through the past two decades since there is very little to show for it.
Perhaps, it may be boldly wiser to appreciate the fact that we must be making mistakes which perhaps, unknown to us, does not bear any eventual productive consequence of minor dimensions.
This may be a foundation factor explaining the quagmire of sorts that currently bedevils the ability of our democratic system to effectively provide all Nigerian citizens with the wonderful dividends of democracy; and we have clearly never lacked the financial ability.
With the boldly inappropriate ethical undertone of our democratic system, it would not be an easy assignment for anyone of great leadership ability to deliver the dividends of good governance to the followers who are in the massive majority. It would be akin to sending a person to fetch water with a basket or what a sane mind would simply term a mission impossible!
A pause in thought toward reversing this trend of non-performance of the democratic system in Nigeria would reveal that it would require a drastic change of mindset with the leaders and followers.
An aspect of this thought can be buttressed with the illustration that if it were possible to leave the current political structure of governance the way it is, and for the purpose of make-believe, replace all the political positions in the various arms of democratic rule in the country with Nigerian Patriots, our story would be drastically different from the current narrative.
If patriotically minded citizens occupy the positions in the illustration above, and the remaining followers to be governed reciprocate their role in the system with responsible and objective bias, there will be a nearly perfect handshake with both parties and the dividends of good governance are sure to follow.
Our country Nigeria will most certainly heave a much needed sigh of relief from the current strain mostly caused by our collective misapplication of the successfully tested principles of democracy in other progressive nations of the world.
Little wonder this system of governance seems to be the preferred global trend with a massive support from the United Nations.
Hopefully, it should be the will of popular opinion that each citizen of Nigeria should endeavor to thoroughly understand the principles behind the successful application of Democracy for good Governance.
There are vast examples of global real life examples we can all diligently and sincerely understudy. We will surely win, if and only when we collectively decide to give the sincere practice of democracy a chance in our great country Nigeria.
Arise O Compatriots…
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