By Nick Chibunna
The majority of respondents in Imo State who spoke to Christian Voice on the last Democracy Day celebration returned uncomplimentary verdict that the country’s 17 years of democracy have been a period of unmitigated agony brought about by greed and corruption on the part of the ruling class.
A senior public servant who did not want his name in print submitted that Nigerians are the most to leant and patient people in the world otherwise they would have held a mass protest against the present crop of Nigerian leadership.
A commentator on national issues and a diecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Imo State University (IMSU), Dr. Hilary Ekemam, diseased the period as “sucks” (nothing to write home about).
He said that within the period under revised that every face of the national life had broken down with unemployment, non-payment of salaries and pensions, deteriorating standard of education, nepotism and what he referred to as a deliberate exclusion of major Nigerian tribe from national affairs.
According to the Principal secretary, Imo State Union of Pensioners, Evangelist Livinus U.Ashiegbu, “the music has not changed” with the continued exhibition of man’s inhumanity to man reflected in the non-payment of retirees’ pensions and workers salaries.
He listed Imo as one of the states where the situation is mind-boggling adding that despite the governments claims, primary school teachers are owed 25 months’ pension arrears, civil pensioners 15 months and local government pensioners 18 months.
Evang Ashiegbu was highly impressed by President Buhari’s effort to restructure and reform the nation’s economy as he described the down –stream oil sector as “a master-stroke against the oil cabals” and urged governments at all levels to be sincere with Nigerians.