NIGERIA – We all complain (mostly justifiably) about the failings of the political class in working purposefully together to provide dividends of good governance to a disenchanted citizenry. Whereas they have failed woefully in the discharge of their primary responsibility, they have kept us tuned in to an overdose of constant drama of varied plots, themes and actors. In fact, even a common undertaking like a road trip from Abuja to Lokoja, is dramatized by a detour featuring a senator clambering up an iroko tree and only climbing down after eleven hours, only to turn back rather than complete the journey. The drama is also not short on irony or perhaps hypocrisy. The common sense senator, well dressed in immaculate white at 6 am (despite going for battle) and who has stridently accused the President of oppressive tendencies, was on record directing foreign embassies to revoke visas, close businesses and undertake all manner of oppressive actions against his newly declared enemies and all without any process. I shudder to imagine such a senator as a governor talk less of Commander in Chief of our dear Federal Republic of Nigeria!
The space created will be filled by politicians who will be forewarned, that we the people will henceforth dictate the plot and any actor not following our script will not have a role. We have missed previous opportunities, for example when President Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku were dancing naked in the public square. We enjoyed the dance and failed to change the music. This time we must change the music so that the politicians dance to our own tune!