The construct of the Nigerian nation is complex, multifaceted, and demands a sound political and executive management that is contrary that what is being operated today. I did a mental search for successful case studies of an efficient well-managed nation at work. There are just a handful of examples at the state level(here & here), but I can’t find any at federal government level.
After 50 years of independence, Nigeria remains stuck operating a federal system that can’t provide basic life amenities. As the majority resource controller, the federal government grabbles, fumbles and sputters just to provide and manage health care delivery system, manage road, ensure safe environment and safety nets for the vulnerable.
For instance, for the police to do their jobs, many state governors need to offer vans, armored vehicles and vests and other “special social packages”. Yet the police force is a federal government entity and responsibility. Many ‘federal roads’ have crumbled and have become dangerous gullies and ravines, yet there exist a paid federal minister, and funded federal ministry, to oversee and maintain, our federal road networks. There are other examples of ineptitude and laxity.
The question needing asking, particularly at this inglorious moment of national insecurity is this: Is our government geared to be efficient and successful? To answer the question, one needs to define “efficient” and “successful”, and by any standard used, the answer cannot be in the affirmative.
So why do our politicians pretend all is well in Nigeria? Why is the nation in a tranquilized state when it is obvious we are lost? Must we wait until we are stuck with a torn sail and broken rudder?