Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Darwin's Law of Evolution by Natural Selection; and The Nigeria Democratic Experience

Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England, on February 12, 1809. In 1831, he embarked on a five-year survey voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle. His studies of specimens around the globe led him to formulate his theory of evolution and his views on the process of natural selection. In 1859, he published On the Origin of Species. (Biography). Darwin noticed similarities among species all over the globe, along with variations based on specific locations, leading him to believe that they had gradually evolved from common ancestors.
Atiku Abubakar
 Darwin came to believe that species survived through a process called "natural selection," where species that successfully adapted to meet the changing requirements of their natural habitat thrived, while those that failed to evolve and reproduce died off.
In my science classes in college, it was always my conclusion that as brilliant as Darwin's theory is, no science or Darwin's theory can dispute Creationism, a view that all of nature was born of God. Darwin's theory of Natural selection provides credible evidence of environmental factor as an important determinant in how human interacts at all socioeconomic, political, and even molecular or genetic levels.

In political terms, natural selection is the gradual process by which political traits become either more or less common in a  population or political system as a function of the effect of environmental changes on those who are active participants in such environment. Natural selection is a key mechanism of evolution. In all selections (artificial or natural) certain traits are magnified while others are extincted or died. The migration of these political defectors can be considered Darwinism's natural selection process and a desperation to remain relevance in a rapidly changing political environment.  Sadly, only few of them can survive the inevitability of deselection and ultimate irrelevance. 
The most common denominator in all selections (artificial or natural) is the environment. Therefore, it is suffice to say that the existing Nigeria political environment or landscape is an important factor that interplays in the ongoing democratic process. Things are changing too rapidly within the environment for the old guards to assimilate. It is no longer politics as usual in Nigeria, where 'dictators' and wealthy autocrats impugn on the innocence of the masses for their selfishness. We expect the old guards who want things done the way they are used to, to exhibit passive resistance to change.  They do this by writing
Goodluck Jonathan and Barack Obama
obnoxious letters to sensitize the citizens, and by political defections and cynicism towards the current democratic process. These old guards will not go down quietly.  The good news is that Nigeria is moving forward with its democracy.  The government of the people and by the people shall prevail in the face of vicious but passive resistance from the enemies of change and progress.

We are all witness to the ongoing Nigeria political evolution with all the defections and the political realignments. This is consistent with the law of natural selection. The exit of these defective traits will give rise to anew breed of Nigerian politicians that are visionary and truly patriotic.  Those patriots that will lead Nigeria on the path to her destined glory. Nigeria has just begun this journey of democracy, the gradual process of natural selection will continue to manifest during subsequent elections when the citizens exercise their political power to elect or deselect those to serve them.  The corrupt and non performing politicians will answer to the informed electorates at the ballot box.

It was not really a news item, when Atiku Abubakar announced his defection to All Progressives Congress (APC).  We anticipated this and we wanted it to happen. Therefore, we welcome this development. We will like to see more of the so called "heavy weights" professional politicians and ex dictators to follow suite as quickly as possible, so we can move ahead with the urgency of the ongoing transformation agenda. We are a nation in a hurry. 

Atiku Abubakar and his co-travelers are the collateral casualties of this transformation, by natural selection.  They will be left in the dumpster of political ruins.  

The train of CHANGE has left the station.

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