FWPI Editorial: Referendum Or PVC? As precisely as all of the apparatuses of governance in Nigeria are scams, so is the Everlasting Voter’s C…
FWPI Editorial: Referendum Or PVC?
As precisely as all of the apparatuses of governance in Nigeria are scams, so is the Everlasting Voter’s Card’s (PVC) impression a properly masterminded rip-off. Equally, for over 60 years now, Nigeria have suffered from divers points that constantly took the types of natural and ever deteriorating ailments; spreading and persevering with to subdue its sufferer till there isn’t a life in it anymore. Some students and political analysts have critized that Nigeria’s downside is political, whereas others agree that the issue is a tripod – economical, political and because of ethnic range. By regulation, each citizen of Nigeria is entitled to the inalienable proper to vote and be voted for. This emphatically offers the person with the distinctive energy to alter an unhealthy authorities by way of a periodic free and honest election. However this isn’t the case with Nigeria. Somewhat, every area continues to see the opposite as enemies that ought to not have their solution to the management sit.
However, free and honest electoral course of might have been obtainable in Nigeria, if she have been working towards a real democracy. However to worsen the scenario, the British enclave has no such hallmark. Extra time, we now have noticed that elections are sometimes rigged to learn the financially buoyant events, and people. Within the warmth of this obscure predicament of the nation, we now have the Biafran agitators, whose demand is for complete separation and independence of a individuals united by tradition. This additional brings up a query that begs for honest reply: Is PVC the answer to Nigeria’s downside, or Referendum ?
To raised conceptualize the implications of this query, allow us to study Nigeria and her political family tree:
The elections of 1983 was contested by six political events; specifically: NPN, UPN, NPP, PRP, GNPP and NAP. However the flag-bearer of the NPN, Alhaji Shehu Shagari was accused of corruption and willful dedication to rig out all different rival political events within the election by not following political marketing campaign ethics, and interesting in arson, bloodshed and common violence – a basic intimidation and blackmail technique of the south and Christians. The then Federal Electoral Fee(FEDECO), underneath Justice Ovie Whisky dedicated plenty of electoral errors and thus, the election was rigged and NPN declared the winner. This stirred up electoral pressure resulting in nationwide disaster, throughout which era some FEDECO officers have been burnt alive and a few others killed in mysterious circumstances.
The Nigerian presidential election held on June 12 1993 was the primary democratic election held in Nigeria after a protracted navy seizure of energy. Chief M.Okay.O Abiola contested for presidential election underneath the Social Democratic Occasion(SDP), together with his operating mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe. Consequently, the election was designated one of many freest and fairest election, though the then navy Head of state, Ibrahim Babangida cancelled the election with the allegations that it was marred with electoral malpractice. This stirred conflicts and protests within the West, with individuals massively expressing their dissatisfaction and abhorrence to the miscarriage of Justice and abuse of their franchise.
However, consistent with navy dictatorship, the then authorities did completely nothing to alleviate the issue of a cancelled election. As an alternative, as is at all times the case, extra brute and bare power was deployed to cope with any tried registration of disapproval. Due to this fact, on June 11 1994, Abiola declared himself the president of Lagos and the south west of Nigeria. This led to his arrest on June 23, 1994 and a treason cost was slammed on him by the navy junta, headed by Basic Sani Abacha. So, Chief Abiola died mysteriously on July 7, 1998. Many believes that he was assassinated.
Shifting ahead, the presidential election of 2015, initially slated for February 14, befell on March 28 and 29, greater than a month late, because of an intelligence revelation of a potential breach of peace and potential electoral violence, logistical challenges, falsification of Voters’ playing cards which was on-going in some components of the nation. A violation of the nation’s regulation(Electoral Act of 2010 & 2022) was obviously observed. The regulation permits solely certified adults who’re as much as 18 years and above to train their franchise. That is to make sure that these people had been duly educated on a number of pertinent issues regarding elections. However on this case, it was noticed that most individuals who solid their votes within the Northern states are enormously underage and with out the requisite electoral training thereby securing an important drawback for the presidential candidate from the south – Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan of the Individuals’s Democratic Occasion (PDP).
I can go on to stipulate so many failed makes an attempt to conduct honest electoral processes in Nigeria, even within the native and state ranges; the place there have been quite a few allegations that accuse the federal authorities of imposing leaders of their selection on the individuals, towards the individuals’s want. The problem of electoral malpractice has subsisted in Nigeria and because of this, many Nigerians have misplaced confidence, hope or expectations from the federal government. Because of this the individuals of the outdated japanese area(Biafrans) are utterly exhibiting no curiosity for Igbo presidency. What the individuals want is freedom, which may solely be loved in a restored Biafra Sovereignty. That is the predominant feedback from youths, platforms, people and our bodies.
The Causes For Biafra
Since 1960, the yr Nigeria received her independence, the political tussle and gerrymandering has led to having one area, the North predominantly occupy the seat of energy. Discover the listing beneath:
1960 – 1965 : ( Alhaji Tafawa Balewa , The prime minister and administrative head of presidency ( North) with Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe because the ceremonial head of state.
1966: (The first coup , Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi, East)
1967- 1975: (Basic Yakubu Gowon, North)
1975- 1976: (Murtala Mohammed, North)
1976- 1979 : (Basic Olusegun Obasanjo, South)
1979- 1983: (Alhaji Shehu Shagari, North)
1983-1985: (Muhammadu Buhari, North)
1985 – 1993: (Basic Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, North)
1993- 1998: (Basic Sani Abacha, North)
1999-2007: (Olusegun Obasanjo, South)
2007- 2010: (Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, North)
2010- 2015: (Good luck Ebele Jonathan, South)
2015- 2022: (Muhammadu Buhari, North)
From the above evaluation, it’s fairly apparent that the Igbos and different indigenous tribes within the South have been immensely sidelined. This can be a clear manifestation of tribal sentiment, lack of nationwide unity and absence of the anticipated cohesion in a Democratic society. This introduced concerning the wrestle for political and financial autonomy, as a result of there have been a complete failure of the Nigerian State to supply her residents an equal advantages of true independence. The Northerners have held the political cycle for an unreasonable quantity of occasions, and this have enormously affected democracy and equal illustration in Nigeria. Each election cycle, elections associated actions result in financial and monetary waste; with no change or social enchancment. The monetization of the political sphere and the electoral course of has led to the emergence of most corrupt unfits and politicians. And that is responsible for the overall state of financial breakdown, insecurity, dilapidated infrastructure, bloodshed and mayhems, spiritual wars, ethnic conspiracy, amongst different nationwide maladies.
The quick approaching 2023 election yr is with out doubts, as essential because the earlier ones. However on this state of affairs, the impossibility of a free and honest election is actually being foreseen to exist in a rustic that’s presently bleeding of insecurity, lack of worth for all times and property; the place individuals are killed each day with impunity and the perpetrators don’t have any motivation for a change. Sadly, the safety companies who’re with the charged of securing stay and properties are compromised and a celebration to the mayhem. There’s a prevailing nationwide treasury haemorrhage and complete collapse. Individuals with indecent and uncontrollable urge for materials accumulations have seized energy and the result’s the anticipated regular decline!
As properly, the difficulty of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra(IPOB) motion who’ve suffered nice casualties of incessant assault and violence, haven’t be redressed. The federal government haven’t cared to console the victims of the years of cruelty, or thought it crucial to seek out different peaceable methods of calming the separatist agitations, however needs the identical wounded hearts to unconditionally get PVC to once more vote the killers of their family members.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the chief of IPOB remains to be held unjustly within the DSS dungeon, and the thousands and thousands he lead, are anticipated to assist PVC marketing campaign. Laughable certainly!
Now, we put together for a predetermined and rigged election, Nigerians uphold their PVCs greater than their senses of cause, they assist individuals from the identical corrupt political cocoon, they combat towards one another for the sake of PVC, not realizing that their votes can by no means rely in a society devoid of peace and unity.
The issue of Nigeria supersedes PVC and Change of Authorities. We’d like political, social and financial independence in order to reorganize and correctly alienate the varied entrapped indigenous nations that make up Nigeria. Let this sink in: For so long as there may be absence of nationwide unity, peace and progress, Nigeria can’t stand as a Nation. Now will not be the time to additional beauty method.
Nigeria wants referendum not election. The outdated japanese area want Biafra not the deceits revolving round Igbo Presidency!
Written by Onyebuchi Eucharia O
Editor, Household Writers Press Worldwide