THE SLOGAN OF CHANGE AND THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION
BY: SALIM I. HASSAN
(FROM: ISLAMOCRACY FOUNDATION)
Believe it or not the president Buhari is not the only failure; the Nigerian constitution is also a failure. The perplexed condition faces Buhari is a God-sign to him. Buhariís failure is another God-sign to the Nigerians. You may ask me why? Buhariís self-esteemed disposition to reform Nigeria before his coming to power had far exceeded his trust in God. Conversely enough, our self-esteemed hope and optimism in Buhari before his coming into power had also far exceeded our trust in Allah.
Although islamically we are strongly commanded to always being stoic and put our trust in Allah we are not deprived of our self-actualisation. As thus, let me go that way to analyse this issue on purely empirical perspective.
By grasping the real world of the Nigerian system and the current situation we are fumbling our way through one can behold the glaring sign portending the continuous failed destiny for Nigeria. Because the system does not work; and in fact it is designed to fail.
I am going to really abdicate from any optimist view about the change we are longing for in Nigeria. Unless the change starts with our uninformed constitution drafted by unintelligent, ignorant and biased leaders the real change and progress will always remain unreachable or even impracticable. Those who drafted the constitution they either knowingly or unknowingly designed it to favour themselves (and the leaders to come) and not the led (followers). To me I can wholeheartedly call for the total destruction of the current constitution. Corruptions, lies, deceptions and favouritism are all sheltered in it.
Nigeria is on the top list countries that are skeptically democratic Ė a pseudo-democracy nation. Generally, democracy here in Nigeria, one may find it bad, but a little good in certain developed countries. The degree of its positivity or negativity is based on the level of leadersí justice, patriotism and humanitarianism. Basing our argument on this logic, and by looking at western developed countries, we can see that democracy is thriving and auguring well for the people. However, this does not mean that peopleís rights, freedoms, and wills are not curtailed or violated by the Western governments. But, in Nigeria the situation is always drastically worse.
No matter what a good president you elect or select he cannot change the status quo. If you dare to elect sound and just leaders at all levels that will be better for you. But it seems non-feasible.
What a manner Nigerian constitution! What a manner National assembly! The constitution cannot change itself; meanwhile our National assembly does not even have an iota of interest to bring and effect a just and balance change in it. That would be against their interest as this corrupt constitution legalizes all sorts of formal corruption to favour them unjustly to the extent that it constitutionally legitimizes public funds for them out for nothing. Even the recent tactics of fighting corruption by this regime is an empty war and is destined to fail. We need to change our constitution before we can see things normal in this nation. We need to change any National Assembly that cannot bring change to the constitution.
WHAT A MANNER NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION! IT IS OUR FIRST ACH-ENEMY; AND THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THE SECOND.