Monday, 30 November 2020 03:23

[OPINION] The Family and System of Governance that Failed the Nigeria Nation - Emmanuel Osarobo-Aigbogun

Nigeria is fast becoming a country with little or no hope to be recognized anytime soon in our world today as a developed country. Leadership has become an experimental venture, and the people being led seem not to bother about this, and this glaring carelessness suggest to be the observation for long until very recent times. Sociopolitical scientist and experts of other interested discipline will not find it difficult to uncover the reasons behind the once unconcerned nature of the average Nigeria citizen and their current awoken consciousness. It is overwhelmingly clear that a vast majority of Nigerians provide for themselves every basic essential need, they are a government of themselves. The popular resident Nigerian person accept any means for survival be it right or wrong, and they hinge this attitude on the deceitful and epileptic state of the Nigeria nation.
The Nigeria Nation: a poor attitude of governance in display, an act unconsciously compelling many of her citizens to live very poorly and precariously, tempting them to go ahead to behave wrongly. However, in the event of occurrence, the later should not be justified for even reasons worst.
 
With this harsh reality of government reckless abandonment and unpredictable tide of  consequential citizen’s reaction, there is a patent record of evidence that substantially validates the thought of many anthropology theorist with regards to the roles of families in creating a dysfunctional society. This indicator is pointing to the obvious conclusions about parents failing to impact sustainable moral values in their children, children also  failing in adhering to sound moral principles from parents, religious and academic institutions etc. This is spanning from a not too long generation, a generation of intolerance and pessimism.
The reflection of these collective failures is a failed society; a society mobilized by unproductive public and private institutions with majority being unpatriotic heads and complacent members, all serving without merit.
 
Our nation is made up of States, or let it be regions as it is been clamoured for today. These units are made up of local areas inhabited by communities of families. These families are, and will always be a major component of the society. In their dysfunction, at the instance of poverty, illiteracy and an eroded moral value manifested through radicalism and intemperance, it will surely be a threat to the fabrics of any kind of governance, thus altering the chances of having a better society. This is  basic social anthropology.
 
In essence, in Nigeria, the failure of the Government at one time or the other is a failed family in concert with many others, be it the ruling class or the citizenry. These failures has created an opportunity for the Nation to experience an unsolicited generosity from a contrived immoral society in the adoption of  a multitude of our unfortunate citizens who the government in consonance with their birth families has failed by not creating a better social economy and an adaptable family value, turning them in their numbers into a “monstrous orphan”. 
These amongst other phenomenon has reconfigured our nation into a society that offers to her people scoundrels as law enforcement personnel, bigots as heads of religious organizations, and other unthinkable characters in pivotal positions of authority and worst of all, a harmful citizen. Nigeria; a hapless mother silently midwifing her children in their birth to a more sour generation, a helpless one far from redemption, an unjust population with feckless leadership.
 
If we must see change, we must be the change.
Relying on the above premise, with a summary stating  that we can never exclude the role of the constituent families of a society in the growth and development of the Nation they exist within. The Nigeria nation, a remarkable case in study, were we have a centralized government with a large number of citizens, spread across a fairly large geographical space. This kind of system of governance has psychologically imposed on majority of her citizens a narrow way of thinking; a mentality were people tend to be blind to the wrong of any government closest to them. They look ahead to pass the blame of such government to a distant higher authority. One cannot be too sure of the reason(s) for this, but in an hypothetical perspective, our indicators should point us to the enormous power and resources the center wedges which unintentionally hamper the development of the sub structures; a constitutional error that  leads to a silent shift of responsibility, instigating identity crisis and an unlawful sense of agitation. Another reason may be the card of ethnic and religious division, causing people of common ethnicity and religion appear to be more loyal and tolerant to their local and distant relatives in the helm of National authorities, simply because they are closely connected by culture and tradition or religion; an assault to nationalism.
As an overview for this evaluation, it simply mean there is confusion as a result of ambiguity in the structure of governance and also disparity amongst the people being governed.
 
As a solution, It is easier for a people of similar families, bonded by a considerable shorter proximity in relationship to culture and other obvious commonality, to come together to effect change in their immediate environment, working in synchrony with other similar arrangement, from one end of the country to another, individually empowered and collectively harmonized by the instrument of nationhood. In this way, the picture of governance will  become clearer as a result of better acceptance of a cascaded leadership with full rights and privileges, a easy spectrum for accountability, an ideal restructuring of the current system, and a speedy pathway to recovery.
 
In the light of this, we must hold ourselves accountable, be you a president or a citizen and this cannot be overemphasized and whenever whoever is found wanting, that one should be found punished, a healthy rascality.
 
In homes, parents should be held accountable for their yet of age children's negative lifestyle, and punished if found incapable and also in their failure to report them to the appropriate government institution. The citizens should be tended for by a responsive government, a government defined by the availability of responsible institutions and adequate social-economic provisions, a Nigeria of our dream.
 
Our academic curriculum should be redirected from making entrants aspire to live the best of a wealthy life, but into positioning them to live a peaceful life. Skill acquisition for building and sustaining a production economy should be driven.
 
A new leader to emerge at any level of leadership, public or private sector inclusively, must posses a strong family value to understand that leadership is in character and not possession, patriotic enough to be responsible to the people they desire to lead. 
We the people should be honest in making the right choices as regard to who will represent us at any level of leadership, ensuring our values are not compromised.
 
If we do not care now as members of the families that make up the society existing within the Nigeria space, or as a government elected or inherited to govern the people, we would be forced to care later. So sad that later, as far as it sounds, has fast become now.
 
Emmanuel Osarobo-Aigbogun

 

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