By Nick Chibunna
As reactions continue to trail the 19 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, a university lecturer has said that its impact has not been well-felt among the citizenry.
Prof. U.D. Anyanwu, Dean Faculty of Humanities in the Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, who spoke to Christian Voice, as the nation celebrated the Democracy Day on May 29, blamed the situation on “some socio-economic dislocations that ran contrary to the just yearnings and aspirations of the masses”.
He said that the citizens had expected uninterrupted power supply to boost the economy, articulated programmes on agriculture and industrial revolution to create jobs, as well as enabling environment for a sound and qualitative education.
The university scholar, however, said that in spite of all the challenges, democracy remains the best form of government in the world and cannot, in any way, be compared to military dictatorship.
The professor of History and International Studies warned that unless Nigerians especially those aspiring to positions of leadership, shun greed and selfishness, and embrace patriotism and brotherly love, the much talked about democracy would remain a mirage.
Prof Anyanwu agreed that insecurity had been a major threat to Nigeria’s nascent democracy, with the marauding Boko Haram terrorists the insurgent Fulani herdsmen and other blood thirsty vampires on the rampage. He pleaded with relevant authorities to rise to the occasion before the situation turns into national calamities.
On the insinuations that elected representatives and other political office holders are earning fat allowances, Prof. Anyanwu, said that high cost of governance is counter-productive to a nascent democracy.
On the clamour for a uni-cameral legislature in order to reduce cost of governance, he called for sacrifice among all, adding that a unicameral legislature is not good for a multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria.
On policy formulation, he called on government at various levels to adopt systematic projections in order to achieve set goals as it is done in the other countries of the world.
Asked to appraise the seven years in office of the present rescue mission administration of governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Prof. Anyanwu appealed to the governor to consolidate on his numerous projects.
On the sustainability of the free education of the present administration in the state, he said that there is nothing wrong with free education at all levels, but was quick to add that most countries of the world prefer giving grants and scholarships to their citizenry.
He advised those contending for positions in the forth coming 2019 general elections to be men and women of honour who would be ready to make sacrifice for the overall development of the country.
By Nick Chibunna