The people’s revolution- Part 2 of 5
By A.L. Utsaha
(continued from yesterday’s)
The average politician believes that once he brings money into play, he can always buy his way or pay his way through; which explains their extreme penchant for pilfering and amassing wealth at the expense of the general good of the society.
These stolen wealth are in turn used to curry favours from the same society they were stolen from. From giving bags of rice, wrappers and sundry gifts at festive periods to paying for drinks at gatherings and several other vain activities that never serve to free the people but rather to perpetually keep the people in servitude and emotional imprisonment to always be at their service.
Nothing really goes for nothing.
Permit me to ask here:
1. Is it possible for the children of the poor to be employed in grade ‘A’ public institutions where they can begin to take positive steps out of the generational poverty mindset?
2. Is it possible that children of the poor will gain admission into public schools purely on merit WITHOUT getting recommendation from a big name politician?
3. Is it possible to have infrastructural development in a locality purely because the state, and the people, stand to benefit from the it instead of the status quo where the presence of a big man determines the allocation of scarce state resources to development?
4. Is it possible that political office holders will be subjected to written/oral interviews to determine their competence before being appointed to serve? Is it therefore possible to put merit over and above fraternal considerations?
5. Is it possible the state can set up a platform to not only fight corrupt individuals but to also fight against corruption itself? Like Prof ST Ugbah proposed, is it not possible to have an EFCC-like establishment at the state level – following to which all LGA’S will be granted FULL AUTONOMY to make them jointly deliver DEMOCRATIC DIVIDENDS to the people?
6. Is it possible to have a state where WHAT YOU KNOW matters more than WHO YOU KNOW?
7. Is it possible to contest an election in Benue State without the support of a godfather but instead with the support of the masses who are directly affected by state policies?
To me, all of these are possible, I have never doubted their possibility, and this informed my vision in the first instance. The pertinent question however is: HOW CAN WE MAKE THESE REALIZABLE considering that the hawks are regrouping to consolidate their hold onto power, which is not given but taken?
Hopefully these may answer some of the original posers.
……to be continued tomorrow…..