Is it important to live in a democracy?
Democracy is system of government where by the power to elect a representative rests on the hands of the citizens. It is a form of government that allows the citizens of a particular country elect their representative to represent and speak for their interests through fair and credible election. Conventionally, over 20 countries practise Democratic system of government in the world. Precisely, about 13 in African continent. However, to be consice and crisp, Nigeria will be taken as a case study.
For a better deciphering, few out of the numerous features of democracy will be mentioned. Democracy has the following features; in democracy, there must be regular and periodic elections which gives room for the electorates to change or maintain a particular government, respect for the rights of the minority groups, which are the electorates, there must be equality of everybody before the law, no body must be above the law, existence of party system, free and fair elections, there must be an independent judiciary and other numerous features.
A Democratic governed state is expected to allow the citizens to elect their choice of representative in contrast to the military system of government where by the leader ‘forces take' the mantle of leadership and imposes powers on the citizens. Other wisely, democracy that is being practised in Nigeria cannot be called democracy but a ‘crazy demo' – the act of practising craziness.
A Democratic system of government has a particular body independently concerned with the monitoring of the election without the intrusion of any arm or tier of government. However, this body in a country of Nigeria is not independent but dependent. They have been jeopardized, they are being sponsored, they've been intruded, they are incapable, they violate the feature of free fair elections.
It would have been the pride of the citizens if their elected leader is being announced as their representative. They would love to live and in fact proud of democracy, but when it is otherwise, then the system of democracy has been breached. It is very hard not to be argued, when an apparent elected representative is not pronounced winner, when the Independent electoral commission are being bribed and intruded, it is very hard. And what caused this is that the system has allowed it, then a system that allows this act cannot be chosen to be lived in.
The word 'immunity', to me, violates the feature of democracy. The equality of everybody before has been breached. When an active government commits crime, the immunity escapes the government from being punished and after the of its tenure, the case would have been flung away.
An elected representative is expected to protect the interests of the citizens. The welfares of the citizens must be the utmost priority of that representative, but it is so heartbreaking and breathtaking that in a country of Nigeria, the welfares of the electorates were dumped for personal interest. There are a lot of people living under a state government that has the failure of flowing of healthy water. Many roads were left untarred, the tarred ones were left without renovations. Medical houses lack facilities, many lost their lives when they have no means of taking care of themselves, the government hospitals lack facilities, the private ones are too costly, it can’t be afforded by the paupers. The enforcement agencies are biased, schools lack maintenance and facilities, absence of electric restoration, and other priorities of the citizens which are expected by the representatives to observe.
Yes, formation and existence of political parties is one of the major features of democracy and it is well observed in a country that practice multiple party system. There, when a door of this opened then the citizens have the chance of changing a full government. But how is it done?, how is it done in a country that members of political parties inter switch? The present government revolves around the same people. They are all same dancers to the same music.
When the military took over the mantle of leadership from the civilian in Nigeria, though it was rough and bloodied, yet the welfares of the citizens were taken care of. It was during the military regime that the creation of states' policy was enacted, citizens followed the law. It was recorded that the power was seized due to illegibility of the civilian rule.
I am not suggesting the military rule as a good form of government neither do I oppose its eligibility. A contrast and compare is what it is being examined, a critical examination is just needed between them.
One of the important features of democracy is that government actions must be open to public critics. This feature is not done in Nigeria. Many critics, many of them had been jailed for voicing out the flaws seen in the government. Some were even killed. These are what silenced the present critics, some fled outside the country to protect themselves, some use pseudonyms to secretize their identity. So, what made them flee? Why didn't they stay and live in their democracy? These questions I think convince one to know the nature of democracy.
The most damning and hilarious part of it is the disingenuous of the press. The press are now being dominated upon, they couldn't speak what they see, if they should, that may be the end of their endeavor, which is not suppose to be in the system that has free press as one of its features.
To make my stand, it is not important to live in democracy. A system that allows harakiri, incapable leaders, unsatisfied citizens should totally be exterminated or reformed. A system that lacks enforcement of law and order on citizens, the agencies concerned with the enforcement of law and order are not really enforced. When a judge can bribed to pronounce the guilty unguilty, the winner, the loser, a victim of assassination to be called assasine, and a truth diffused with falsehood, then it is not a system to be lived in.
Trailing the definition of Abraham Lincoln, democracy should be a government of the generality of the people, chosen and formulated by the people, for it to be enjoyed and returned for the people.
Ahmad Adedimeji Amobi