Two days in the past, Nigeria’s Fourth Republic clocked 21 uninterrupted years of parliamentary rule. It’s a document because the First Republic.
If that document is to be stored and prolonged, the nation’s political elite should discover methods of redefining their nation’s politics and legal guidelines. They have to additionally discover the ingenuity to examine a fantastic republic that approximates civic tradition and make life value residing for the individuals.
Twenty-one years is a document, although undoubtedly a protracted and fitful interval of prolonged rule within the palms of elected officers.
However the unanswered query is whether or not Nigeria is having fun with democracy or plain civil rule? No elected or appointed official, certainly no political celebration with representatives in parliament, will describe Nigeria as we speak as missing in democratic fundamentals.
They are going to say that although the system will not be excellent, it has gone past civil rule and has happy many of the standards that outline democracy. They are going to, nonetheless, be responsible of hyperbole.
On a continuum, Nigeria is nearer to the traits of civil rule than democracy.
The proof appear to counsel that the political class has an incomplete understanding of the ideas of democracy and a tough relationship with the calls for of a democratic polity, whether or not it considerations the rule of regulation, the independence of the parliament, and the impartiality of the judiciary — a problem they’ve struggled through the years, and particularly up to now one week, to deal with.
It’s encouraging that the Fourth Republic has lasted so lengthy, although in considerably leprous and epileptic situations.
However much better to stay with political leprosy than to re-engage with navy rule, which for many years demeaned and impoverished the nation.