Why We May Not Get There Soon
By Jaja Martins
It is no longer a question without answer why there is an unusual increasing level of apathy among the people. The zeal and enthusiasm in the civil population to get involved has nosedived to an all time low. This will most likely continue to deteriorate should the ugly trajectory of thievishness among public office holders continue.
Just imagine the mammoth crowd of people on the streets of Aba in a party-like march on Monday, a walk which some people undertook for its funfare and the pleasure of doing it. Compare it to the negligible voter turnout on Saturday for the Aba North and South Federal Constituency bye election. A pointer to massive loss of faith.
When the government is no longer responsive, the concerned masses immediately become negatively responsible. One, they lose interest in issues of governance and display withdrawn dispositions to public matters. Criminality begins to rear its ugly head among the disenchanted disadvantaged youthful class. Two, a gap of mutual distrust follows between the leaders and the masses, and its concomitant gang up against the state.
Why do we have agitations here and there? Armed banditry has become the new normal. Kidnapping, youth restiveness, yahoo boys activities, armed robbery, farmers-herders clash are all products of bad government. You cannot stop any of these without providing good governance. I provide that we ignore those aforementioned social ills and clamp down on bad leadership and every other thing will fall in place.
It is a call in futility appealing to the people to be peaceful and law-abiding in the face of denial; denial of basic infrastructure, denial of means of livelihood, incapacitation to thrive ochestrated by government’s lack of will and capacity to lead. It is absurd to expect a hopelessly hungry fellow to always sing praises in all cheerfulness. One day, he will pause to ponder out his way.
In Abia State, for instance, the wait for enthronement of good governance will continue if the masses do not, in concerted appeal and protest, insist on cleansing the political landscape off those who lack vision and direction in steering the ship of the state. The search for resourceful technocrats and renowned industrialists to take over the reins of power in 2023 should intensify, with all zeal and vigour. This is the only way out.
We can only navigate our way out of the administrative quagmire Abia State has found herself in over the years by massive rejection and exorcise of perptuation of the sway of career politicians in public offices. We have David Umahis in Abia State, we have Moghalus, Ngozi Iwealas and others who can turn nothing into something. The story of our dear state must change if only we could look evil in the eye and say enough is enough.
The next generation of our people will remember or forget us by the decisions we make today!