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CAUSES OF NIGERIA’S DEFECTIVE DEMOCRACY – GEN. YAKUBU GOWON HINTS AS HE CALLS ON POLITICIANS TO APPROACH NIGERIA’S GENERAL ELECTIONS WITH HONEST INTENTIONS

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I viewed Channels Television’s newscast on activities of the National Peace Committee headed by Gen Abdulsalami A. Abubakar (retd) that coordinated and facilitated the signing of a Peace Accord/Agreement on peaceful conducts by leaders of political parties before, during, and after the year 2019 general elections slated to hold in Nigeria next February. I felt a little bit encouraged by the fact that the step was at least a positive development that we require at this period. I observed that the PEACE ACCORD might not really have a legal force. However, it does have moral and persuasive effects, strong enough to mitigate possible disasters that could be provoked by the age-long culture of negative reactions to elections. Gen. Abubakar and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah are the principal figures in the reenactment of same pattern of PEACE ACCORD signed by political leaders in 2015, when the committee safeguarded democracy in the country, by extracting commitments from political leaders. This factor, and some quiet behind-the-scene moves largely contributed to the peaceful transition that we witnessed. It equally extracted from politicians, commitment to the public good, and their willingness to ensure that Nigeria lives before, during and after the elections.  I saw in the gathering, a former Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria, Retd General Yakubu Gowon, a man full of passion for what becomes of Nigeria as a witness to the ceremony.  The activities the trio of Gowon, Abdulsalami and Kukah evoked in me: Isaiah 3:10: ‘’Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.’’ NIGERIANS AS THE SOLUTIONS: It also brought to memory an assertion by a one-time Secretary to the Federal Government & Head of Service, Mallam Adamu Fika, who once argued that: ‘’The Nigerian problem is not in the economy; it is not in the politics or in the society—it is in us. ‘’And it will not change until we ourselves change. ‘’In order for us to begin the process of change, the future of this nation must be entrusted, as it was in the past, into the hands of people—politicians and civil servants—who will, in word and deed, and through self-sacrifice, lead us by example; and who will always exercise the leadership function in the public interest and for the public good. ‘’We must therefore first bring about a most fundamental change in the…

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