Changing Ethnic Politics
Sir: The beauty of democracy is its dynamism. It is a system that has the intrinsic maneuverability to swing to the side of progress. President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on governance obviously has the semblance of a military style leadership. One supposes that it is the case of an apple not falling too far from the tree. The president has without adherence to the clamor of many Nigerians to balance the ethnic diversity of members of his administration, stayed in the region of his comfort.
On the surface, this cold approach appears unacceptable considering the nation’s political background fraught with issues of ethnicity. On top of the mind, Nigeria and Biafra civil war, which the memory of atrocities committed in an effort to secure regional power is still disturbing to many survivors. Notwithstanding, the stubbornness of a soldier or discipline, if you like, may mount the front to advance Nigeria to a zero ethnic system.
One foresees this conundrum unraveling in the nature of the proverbial Igbo saying: the voodoo doctor concocted one portion, another one killed the voodoo doctor. Supposing that the president is biased in favour at folks from the North to fill various appointments in his administration, as it stands now, he has practically succeeded in accomplishing that objective. One can also observe that regional activists are gradually pedaling backwards in challenging his late appointments. Perhaps out of frustration or desire to give him the benefit of the doubt, oppositions are acquiescing to his design. I pray that there will be no major disturbance in the process of our democracy.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on governance obviously has the semblance of a military style leadership. One supposes that it is the case of an apple not falling too far from the tree. The president has without adherence to the clamor of many Nigerians to balance the ethnic diversity of members of his administration, stayed in the region of his comfort.
The commonality in the long list of things to accomplish by the president in his Change ideology is that no region in Nigeria is isolated from the social woes. Every citizen suffers as a consequence of these problems, which are collectively blamed on bad leadership. In the end, if the president fails to fulfill his campaign promise, we all, irrespective of our ethnicity or region, will be the worst for it.
My summation is that if the Buhari administration fails, it will have regional implications because it is mostly dominated by the North. Democracy has a way of remedying for this lack of performance. Next election will be impacted by the outcome of the previous administration. The electorates will vote without ethnic sentiment but for competence.
• Pius Okaneme,
Umuoji, Anambra State.