I write with a depressed heart and bitterness from the abnormalities and concurrent political state of affairs in Nigeria. In the intricate landscape of Nigerian politics, a prevailing narrative emerges that paints a disheartening picture of a system heavily skewed in favor of the political elites.
Nigeria, the giant of Africa, has long grappled with systemic issues that seem to perpetuate the dominance of the elite class in politics. At its core, this is a tale of “oligarchy,” where a small, privileged group wields disproportionate power. The levers of control are firmly in their grasp, and they deftly navigate the corridors of “patronage” and “clientelism,” distributing favors and resources to secure loyalty.
This narrative reveals a “kleptocracy” in action, where corruption runs rampant, and the public coffers are systematically plundered for personal gain. The political elites, insulated from accountability, engage in “rent-seeking” behavior, extracting wealth from a beleaguered populace.
The masses, burdened by the weight of “inequality” and “economic disenfranchisement,” find themselves at the mercy of a system that caters to the whims of a select few. “Nepotism” and “cronyism” dictate appointments and resource allocation, perpetuating a cycle of privilege that perpetuates the reign of the elites.
As the political drama unfolds, the “oligarchs” skillfully employ “divide and rule” tactics, exploiting ethnic and religious fault lines to distract from their own misdeeds. The “democratic deficit” is palpable, with elections often marred by “electoral fraud” and “voter suppression,” ensuring the elites’ continued grip on power.
In this narrative, the struggle for accountability and transparency becomes a Herculean task, as “state capture” becomes a norm rather than an exception. The masses, yearning for a “meritocracy” where competence, not connections, prevails, find their aspirations crushed under the weight of entrenched interests.
Ultimately, the state of politics in Nigeria, where the elites reign supreme, paints a sobering portrait of a nation caught in the throes of a perpetual struggle for true democracy and equitable governance. The battle to dismantle the stronghold of the political elite remains an arduous journey, one where the strength of collective voices may yet alter the course of this narrative.
Benue State, known as the “Food Basket of the Nation,” also carries a burden of political dynamics that often favor the privileged elites and sometimes, those who are favored by the elites in one connection through a family tie or other opportunities.
This is a state known for production of food through agriculture as a basic means of survival. Consequently, farm produce can’t be fruitful without the use of chemicals to boost crops and harvest policy in the state unless the government support farmers hugely.
As such, almost everyone is compelled to play politics hence this becomes the shortest and presumably surest means of survival. Personally, I need empowerment – through my ideas, initiatives and strategies more youth can be employed.
I so submit!