Our Girls are still missing since April 15 2014. We must get them back.
Following yet another political year of poor results to add to the abysmally poor history of the National Assembly (NASS) since 1999, Nigerians know they must rise up and demand an END TO THE ‘SINATE’ for unforgivable, grievous and numerous ‘SINS AGAINST NIGERIA’. Consider the multibillion cost to the nation in Salaries Allowances Perks, SAP, of the 109 ‘Sinators’ and 360 ‘Unrepresentatives’ who do so little for us in repayment for a magnificent life of extravagant luxury amid such poverty, joblessness and fuellessness. Nigeria’s economy and temperament of change and anti-corruption cannot afford a non-performing political class, failing the people. NASS NEEDS TO BE REORGANISED, REDUCED TO ONE HOUSE AND REVERT TO A PART TIME STATUS WITH 90% REDUCTION IN SAP in order to get true Nigerians seeking to serve and not to hide or preside over a dying nation begging to be rescued and resuscitation by President Buhari. We can demand the necessary referendum or constitutional changes that will eliminate the disastrously expensive and unproductive bicameral governance and SCRAP THE ‘SINATE’. THIS MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED BEFORE 2019 leaving only a more penitent, responsive and chastised PART TIME House of Representatives. Increasingly the Sinate is seen by citizens as merely ‘ a safe seat for sinners’ to hide. This impression must be wiped out before the current crop of governors and ministers also seek their ‘right to the immunity of a Sinate Seat’. The immunity is misplaced anyway as there is nowhere in the constitution that a serving or past political office holder has immunity for criminal activity.
EFCC and ICPC should, like the Police, also have a mass recruitment exercise of investigative and forensic accounting officials. The Sinate is not mystical, impregnable or majestic but greedy, base and mundane. Its future existence must be discussed and decided in the political and public space! It has not come to stay and must justify its existence. It is only a body of Nigerian men and women, many demonstrably too selfish and self-centred to serve or save Nigeria. It has become a failed institution abused by its self-overpaid occupants in dire need of reform or removal –like FIFA. I favour removal. Nigeria cannot afford the time to reform the Sinate or its sinators steeped in greed driven ways. Buhari has fired the first shot with Nigeria’s first CLEAN BUDGET since 1999. Nigerians should fire the second shot across the bows of the sinking Sinate ship and remove the senate from Nigerian politics. It is time to go. For its failure, the Sinate should commit hara-kiri, political suicide, pass a vote of ‘no confidence’ in itself and quit the stage. Only that will bring a nationwide standing ovation with massive savings.
To fulfil its mandate, Nigeria clearly does not need it at this time of change and penury. All created things once abused or having outlived their usefulness can be removed and cast on the dustbin of Nigerian political history. The ‘Sins of the Sinate’ are unforgivable. The revelations around budget padding alone are enough for the dismissal of the entire Sinate for ‘CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD NIGERIA’. The ‘Sinate’ must GOOOO! Can BUDGET BUHARI CORRECT THE MESS FOR THE ‘Generation Next’
If you watch DSTV, may I recommend Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole on channel 136 for multi-pronged look at science and space in relationship to humanity? Wow! The application of the human mind to the world’s immediate and unpredictable future problems is really amazing. Meanwhile back home, we paralyse our minds with the terrible Bs- Betrothals, Birthdays, Burials consuming our fortune and creative weekend time. We need a huge societal ‘change’ upheaval. A young man came from a family funeral with a N120,000 debt when his monthly wage is N20,000, and after spending N100,000. Everyone groans under the weight of wakes and wedding which are consumptive and non-contributory to the economy, as clothes worn, decor and many consumed items are imported supporting foreign economies. ‘Change’ in politics must go with ‘change’ in outdated tradition. Like genital mutilation, extravagant parties will also die! The ‘mass party, mega social function’ strategy popular when there was ‘nothing else to do with money’ ruins families forced to beg, borrow and even steal or demand bribes. Everything from punishing bride prices and ‘traditional presents’ to burial ritual fees, all need revision downwards. Traditional bodies and ethnic-based organisations need ‘social’ committees to modernise bad traditional practices. The late age of marriage these days is partly due to the financial ‘Burden of Betrothal’. The man has to have a good job and have ‘wedding money’ either from himself or his family.
In the 70s, marriage was within a year or two of graduation, with all children born by 30-35 years so that when you are 50-55 they would all be nearly working before you retire reducing the generation gap. It actually anticipated the unbelievable economic disaster meted out to millions of Nigerian families which for 30 years suffered the criminal syndicated systemic pension failures and massive N500+billion pension fraud nationwide which evilly pauperised pensioners and denied many retirees of the parental right, responsibility and opportunity to support their children through tertiary education. Look at families without wages or pensions to understand how Nigerians cope and pay the price of corruption. Political and Social Scientists must research this ‘Lost Generation’.