What’s next as Jonathan deepens democracy in Nigeria?

The political tension in Nigeria (the most populated country on the African continent) was aggravated when the All Progressives Congress, APC, formed a coalition on the 6th of February, 2013 in anticipation of the 2015 general elections.

Formed in February 2013, the party (APC) was the result of an alliance of Nigeria’s three biggest opposition parties and two other parties, which are: the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN); the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC); the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP); and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) – to take on the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

As preparations were being made, there were displays of madness among the political representatives, as so many politicians decamped from one party to another – bringing along, impeachment saga.

Prominent among the defecting politicians was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, who was reported by The Punch Newspaper as making moves to halt the impeachment saga surrounding his defection.

“There had been speculations that Tambuwal might defect from the PDP, on which platform he was elected to the House, to the APC.

“On Monday, the Speaker attended a meeting of APC members convened by the Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, to discuss the political future of the state.” The Punch reported.

We all need to now form our coalition as citizens of Nigeria

The incumbent president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, conceded defeat even before the declaration of the election results by INEC. Yet, some people held that it was done with a motive to subjugate the results either through becoming dictatorial or through assassination of the president-elect, in the process of transition.

If at all that President Jonathan would be looked upon with contempt, in his statesmanship by some individuals, he should be praised first. This is because a large number of people that criticised the motive of the president’s conceding of defeat did not acknowledge the president’s sacrifice of avoiding being intoxicated by the so-called ‘power of incumbency’.

Irrespective of religion, tribe, political affiliation and status: we should become one for Nigeria’s progress

That the Nigerian Constitution recognises the right of individuals according to what everyone desires does not mean that we should live divided. Because somebody’s opinion is different from ours, or because somebody belongs to a group that is different from what we want does not mean that we cannot look for a lasting solution on any trouble (prevalent) in our society.

This, therefore, informed the need for Nigeria citizens, as well as, expatriates to know what is required of them by the constitution.

Duties and obligations of the citizen: as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution

The Nigeria Constitution holds every citizen subservient by the provisions of the following duties and obligations of the Nigeria’s citizens – aimed at proper development of the nation:

It shall be the duty of every citizen to:

  1. Abide by this constitution (the Nigerian constitution); respect its ideals and its institutions, the National Flag, the National Anthem, the National Pledge, and legitimate authorities.
  2. Help to enhance the power, prestige and good name of Nigeria, defend Nigeria and render such national service as may be required.
  3. Respect the dignity of other citizens and the rights and legitimate interests of others and live in unity and harmony and in the spirit of common brotherhood.
  4. Make positive and useful contribution to the advancement, progress and well-being of the community where he resides.
  5. Render assistance to appropriate and lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.
  6. Declare his income honestly to appropriate and lawful agencies and pay his tax promptly.

Nigerians now need to support president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to fully establish democratic processes in the country

As stipulated by the constitution, the duties and obligations of the Nigeria’s citizens have united all (resident in the country) together – irrespective of their differences.

Hence, everyone must observe the provisions of the constitution, because it is required by the law; the reference of God upon the creation (because man was created in God’s image – Gen 1:26); and for our society’s calmness for the quick recovery that we are clamouring for: the Change!

We should see ourselves as one; we should implore the court in disputes; and we should not take the laws into our hands (to perpetuate jungle-justice).

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