The jury continues to be out. So, this piece might additionally qualify as an open letter to the management of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Knowledge could be very worthwhile to direct in management. Strategic management is central to the progress, stability and unity of each society.
Clearly, we now have come to a degree the place we should ask the “main” drivers of the ruling APC to declare the get together’s unwritten codes; unwritten as a result of the get together’s dictates have been discovered to be persistently contradictory to its structure and that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
At this juncture, the Good Alecs regaling us with falsehoods that this regime is for everybody ought to cease. There’s completely no want for additional pretension about what’s unfolding within the polity. Now we have suspected the President lengthy sufficient; so, it’s about time we overtly mentioned what the APC really represents to our nation and democracy. This might assist us to higher agitate for the alteration of sections 10 and 14 (3) of the 1999 Structure as amended. The previous dwells on our secularity and the latter on federal character precept. Once more, I repeat that point has come for us to face our demons and take care of them squarely.
The ruling get together lacks constancy to its personal regulation e book. The preamble to the structure of the APC reads: “We, the true progressives and patriots, determined to render service at all levels of governance; and to build a nation which will guarantee equal opportunity for all, mutual and peaceful co-existence, respect and understanding, eliminating all forms of discrimination and social injustice among Nigerians, rendering selfless service that will rekindle a deep sense of patriotism and nationalism; hereby make, enact and give the following constitution to ourselves for effective governance of our Party and promotion of its ideals, aims and objectives.”
This preamble was framed based mostly on, first, Part 14(3) of the 1999 Structure (as amended) which supplies that: “The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few State or from afew ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.”
And, second, Part 10 of the identical structure supplies thus: “The Government of the Federation or of a state shall not adopt any religion as state religion”. This necessary part, which declares Nigeria a secular state, had, nonetheless, persistently and fairly operated within the consciousness and thought technique of earlier administrations, nationwide leaders and stakeholders, intentionally guiding them in displaying sensitivity to spiritual variety. However since Gen. Muhammadu Buhari returned in a civilian garb in 2015, govt provincialism has attained an unprecedented degree, fueling considerations over Islamisation plot.
The sectional and demographic profiles of his appointees validate a deliberate refusal to point out fealty to the structure, his oath of workplace and equity to all. President Buhari has been duly noticed to have, in breach, honoured his personal pledge to the nation that he didn’t belong to everybody. The Punch Newspaper, in an Editorial on August 1, 2016, stated: “Buhari’s sectionalism is not only unprecedented, it could not have come at a worse time. The reality today is that Nigerians are deeply divided. Seventeen years of dashed hopes of progress under a democratic dispensation have reopened the deep fissures in the polity and polarised the populace into mutually suspicious camps.” It would worsen in 2019.
The APC has instructed the nation that the President was consulted over its proposed management composition of the ninth Nationwide Meeting earlier than it settled for Ahmed Lawan (North-East) as President of the Senate and Femi Gbajabiamila (South-West) as Speaker of the Home of Representatives – a Muslim-Muslim ticket. And in accordance with the get together, Buhari has endorsed this feature. Apparently, the opportunity of the duo additionally fielding Muslims as their deputies can be very rife. Femi Gbajabiamila’s camp has already settled for Idris Wase (North-Central), a fellow Muslim for the selection of Deputy Speaker.
Spiritual concern is resonating as a result of solely just lately, Gbajabiamila’s marketing campaign supervisor Abdulmumin Jibrin, made an association for him to guide an Islamic prayer in a determined bid to enchantment to the Islamic-centred Buhari regime and Muslims within the North. Jibrin frantically displayed this within the social media and the intent of it did generate considerations. Not satisfied, Jibrin has additionally ensured Gbajabiamila visited Saudi Arabia.
An insensitive ethno-religious recreation is on within the APC. Whereas Senator Ahmed Lawan is but to overtly make dedication to anybody, his fellow senator additionally from the North, Kabiru Gaya, who has overtly declared his curiosity to vie for the deputy senate president’s slot, has nonetheless instructed the South to perish the concept of securing the quantity two seat within the Senate. “It is not fair because with six million votes, 20 senators, I think North West deserves the deputy senate president slot,” Gaya stated in a latest declaration assertion.
The Hausa-Fulani Muslim North is in a majority-take all temper within the APC. The physique language is to win Nigeria perpetually for themselves. And Northern irredentists have began telling us to perish equity. Doom looms. The President is unperturbed and has not deemed it match to query his get together’s association that may not mirror the nation’s ethno-religious variety.
Bear in mind when Gov. Nasir Elrufai instructed a bewildered nation that he had consulted the President earlier than he settled for a Muslim-Muslim ticket in Kaduna – a state with greater than 40 per cent Christian inhabitants, and which had, prior to now, maintained a convention of non secular sensitivity and balancing. Additionally recall when the APC brooked the concept of a Muslim-Muslim ticked forward of the 2015 Presidential election earlier than former President Olusegun Obasanjo and different notable Nigerians kicked towards it.
The whisper concerning the APC being an Islamic get together is getting louder.
Resentment. Unease. Dangerous blood. Mutual suspicion. Hidden Agenda. These and lots of extra are the implications of the avoidable agitation that may ensue publish the management association being proposed for the Nationwide Meeting by the leaders of the APC. Head or tail, the “real drivers” of the APC have plotted an association that could be a Muslim-Muslim agenda for the Nationwide Meeting besides the lawmakers themselves oppose it like they did in 2015. It will be disastrous for the nation if the lawmakers endorse what’s progressively rising as ethno-religious conquest of the nation.
In response to APC proposition, that is how the first-line management composition of the nation would possibly seem like after June 11, 2019: Government arm – led by Buhari (Muslim), Legislative arm – President of Senate – Ahmed lawan (Muslim plus a possible Muslim Deputy), Speaker Home of Representatives – Gbajabiamila (Muslim plus a Muslim Deputy), Judiciary after the conspiracy towards and elimination of Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen – Justice Tanko Mohammed (Muslim, plus different headships of the decrease courts). As we speak, Nigeria is led by a celebration that’s pursuing an ethno-religious domination of the nation. Nigeria dangers being consumed by deep-seated resentment that might blossom into severe agitation and political instability.
Each administration should take heed to “the need to promote national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or any of its agencies.” One Nigeria has grow to be a mirage underneath Buhari as Hausa-Fulanis plus Kanuris – tribes straight associated to Buhari – dominate each arm and businesses of presidency on the expense of over 340 different teams. Political conquest? It’s a disgrace and really unlucky. I might as nicely have titled this piece, “NASS Leadership and the Islamic Republic of the APC.”
ATOYE contributed this piece from Abuja through [email protected]