|Presidents Obama and Goodluck Jonathan|
In the second half of the 20th century, democracies had taken root in the most difficult circumstances possible—in Germany, which had been traumatized by Nazism, in India, which had the world’s largest population of poor people, and, in the 1990s, in South Africa, which had been disfigured by apartheid.
Nigeria's democratic system was truncated in its infancy by self-styled purists who had the monopoly of violence and exercised such monopoly in the most wanton barbarism. Nigeria never returned to real constitutional democracy until May 2010 with the inauguration of this presidency. The many decades of dictatorships entrenched corruption in all the facets of Nigerian's spheres. Nigeria became a pariah state and its citizens became slaves in their independent nation. There were series of endless mediocre governance that were not accountable to the people as in the democratic system.
May 2010 marked the beginning of another chance for Nigeria to fulfill its destiny.
No one expected our democratic political journey to be an easy one. We expected our democratic development to be gradual and steady with series of distractions. Therefore, the ongoing crisis, while it is uniquely grotesque in expression and heartless in execution; no two democratic systems are exactly the same. In spite all these, Nigeria has the potential to become a major political and economic force in this hemispheres.
It took America more than 200 years to achieve the level of sophistication in its democratic development that it is today. In between, there were periods when women were denied the rights to vote; the minorities, especially those of African descents were relegated to second class citizenship. Today the same democratic system has produced the same minority as the Leader of the Free World.
The enemies of Nigeria have viciously risen up to subvert our democratic system. There rampage and destruction that we see attest to the desperation of the depraved minds. These onslaughts are the stormy seas. Our democracy will weather these storms just like other successful democracies did.
- President Jonathan must step up to the rostrum following each carnage to condemn any act of mayhem on Nigerians and reassure the nation.
- The security services including the Nigerian military must be provided with all the resources needed to confront this scourge.
- This administration must muster the political will and release the names of suspected sponsors of these hoodlums. Now is the time to remove the kid gloves.
- The ongoing investigation of the moles in the Nigerian Military must be made public and the names of all the Generals and other military officers implicated in this chaos must be made public.
- All options must be explored, including dialogue with these lunatics, to bring our children home safe and sound.
- The final chapter to this mayhem by these lunatics and their sponsors is about to be written. It will be a bloody chapter. The victor undoubtedly will be Nigeria and her young democracy.
Therefore, those calling for the disintegration of Nigeria must slow down and be cautious.
A fragmented Nigeria is a lesser nation.