It has just been revealed that it cost the Nigerian people, about 16 billion naira a year to maintain the 105 members of the senate plus another 56 billion naira to take care of the 360 members of the house of representative. If these sums are not obscenely upsetting tell me what is? If we go further to add the huge sums they appropriate every year in the budget as constituency project allowance, that eventually ends up in their pockets, you can now begin to imagine the magnitude of madness.
How can a third world country still struggling to provide its citizens some basic essentials of life like; steady power supply, water, good roads and quality education allow these atrocities to be perpetuated without a genuine outcry for change by it populace. This monumental madness is replicated in the states and local councils. From the above facts, it is clear that we are using about 30% of our oil revenue a year to service the gluttonous appetite of a few selected selfish Nigerians, to the detriment of about 150 million fellow Nigerians.
This constitution, that our lives are being presently regulated with, is a highly flawed, fraudulent document written by a few chosen military apologists, and then decreed into existence by a bunch of illiterate military people. The hidden aim of the military decreed constitution was to create an easy passage for the immoral bunch that wrote it, together with their military friends that selected them, to become the eventual operators of the constitution when it came into effect. So our constitution was now reduced to a small matter of self-preservation i.e., the need for the military boys to have a document to protect them and their civilian partners when they finally venture into politics. These people know that with enormous ill-gotten wealth at their disposal albeit proceeds from their foray into government, it would be easy to corrupt the electoral process, in other to get them elected into civilian office. That is why about 60% of our federal law makers have a military background.
One is not altogether surprised, that our law makers dwell so much on the inconsequential knowing that they have maneuvered themselves into office through rigging. Can you see why they don’t see anything wrong with a document that gives them the right to about 30% of their countries oil revenue, leaving the rest panting for survival? This constitution also falsely calls itself Federal, but in reality we are practicing a unitary type of government. We have a constitution that encourages injustice. An example of the pervasive imbalance would be a zone like the South East, having fewer states and local councils than the rest.
The Nigerian constitution reads-:”We the people” a huge lie, there was never a time, the Nigerian people sat down together to agree on this document. This present constitution was decreed into existence by the military despite the protest of the people. The so called representatives of the Nigerian people lost an opportunity during the recent constitutional amendment to change the general feelings of Nigerians who believe that they are a group of selfish self-serving individuals, largely concerned about their personal welfare, and that they know next to nothing about lawmaking. They are always seen busy cracking jokes and having a laugh at the vulnerability of Nigerians. For every Nigeria that cry’s to sleep at night, you have a representative smiling every day to the bank with their loot. All that matters to them are how to get re-elected, so the only amendment they feel is important is to legislate how to take over the internal duties of INEC on the order of elections. Leaving out the important matter of restructuring the nation to stop conflicts, emanating from things like, the National question of who is an indigene or settler plus the numerous ethnic and religious crisis in the country.
These present representatives can still do something selfless to redeem themselves by promulgating into law a sovereign National Conference to enable the people of Nigeria decide their fate, whether they want to be together and how they want to be governed. The fraudulent group that decreed this flawed document into existence forgets that a house built on a shaky foundation will eventually collapse. It is important that the Nigeria people understand the high stakes, get their acts together before the thin thread holding them breaks.