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ABUSIVE POLITICAL OFFICIALS AND THEIR FAILURE IN ENSURING ACCOUNTABILITY.. NIGERIA AS A CASE STUDY

Published by on August 13th, 2020.


ABUSIVE POLITICAL OFFICIALS AND THEIR FAILURE IN ENSURING ACCOUNTABILITY.. NIGERIA AS A CASE STUDY

WRITTEN BY: ADEYEMI ABDULWASIU O.

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Over the time, assertions of different scholars on what constitute political offices and institution are vertically adjacent. For this, the idea of politics in practice also has diverse postulations in terms of basis. Therefore, “politics ” to Harold Laswell, David Easton, Mills and Bentham come up with synopsis that, “politics is an authoritative allocation of values in the society, “values” here being a mechanism in the determination of who get what, when and how, to secure the happiness of the greatest number of people without necessarily compromising the right of the minority”

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Buttering the above elucidation, institutions within a country have numerous offices and each perform their respective functions differently. By “institution ” An established organisation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, culture or the care of the destitute, poor etc. So, “political office ” can be taken to refer to ” a governmental organization, working institution with functional principles that are tempt to perform certain function in relating with the people ” such as civil servants, legislative, public cooperation, Ombudsmenship, e.t.c

In Nigeria as a case study, Ombudsman is An appointed official whose duty is to investigate complaints, generally on behalf of individuals such as consumers or taxpayers, against institutions such as companies and government departments. This include; Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) to mention but few, whose duty is to eradicate if not completely but minimize to the iota level of curruption and crime practice within the country.

On 7 July 2020, Magu was suspended as the chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) because of corruption allegations leveled against him. Imagine A crime Commission Chairman being charged for corruption? What a ridiculous political office holder? He was alleged to have mishandled the recovered loot and was selling seized assets to associates. He was also alleged to have refused to subject himself to the supervision of the office of the attorney-general. And this body was entitled to be neutralized, equailized and transparency enough in bringing accountability to the people concerning their welfarism.

Another vituperative office holder is that of the executive arm whose main principle was to implement policy, either in satisfying, disjointed incremental, Rational comprehensive or Mix scanning model. These various criteria in policy making usually affecting the loyality of the office holder to against their promises during manifesto. The President as well as his ministers are collectively involved in this maladministration as a result of policy failure. The question is, does this happen own to the fact that, those in the position of the authority are not capable enough in controlling their offices?

To answer the above the question, Talcott Parson has once submitted that, a society will remain undeveloped until the position of authority base on merits rather than nepotism and favouritism, to entertain the son of nobody base on their intelligences, capacity and capability rather than the son of who you are. In Nigeria, as a unit of analysis, political offices and other ministerial positions are not only on nepotism but also favouritism and partiality, to the extent of monarchicsm where the son or daughter of the demise holder continue the adventure. This was was the case in Kwara State during the adventure of Saraki, Where his son Bukola, and Gbemisola, his daughter proclaimed as Governor and Senator respectively within the same state. What a nation!

Couple of Weeks ago, corruption allegations have been levelled against the interim management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), He was being question over the accountability of 2.3 billion Naira Project awarded to them, in the process, He fainted, though, he insisted that “he is feeble” smile, what a joke Nation! how can we put an end to this inappropriateness in our respective political offices? To say NO to favouritism, partiality and Nepotism.

President Muhammad Buhari had said, on 1st of August 2020, that “there has been abuse of trust by people trusted by previous administration and this administration” which I think, there is no different but only the adulteration, contamination, and defilement pragmatism of the people’s revenue.

Having accentuated the presidency, ministers, governors, commissioners, ombudsmen and other political offices holder maladministration, the only physical remedy is to reprimand godfatherism in our political system, in this sense, people’s fear and consent will be installed in the mind of this ruler and their actions (the offices holder) will in response to the people wishes. As John Locke as sighted in his assertion on “machine theory of state” to him, “If the action of the ruler is not in the consonant of the interest of the people, changing of government is inevitable” suffix here is to imply that, if their appointment is not on partiality then individual idiosyncracy in maintaining such position will not be this epileptic.

And again, In the recent past, young people in Nigeria have been asking a question ‘When will the tomorrow that the elders promised us come?’ The inability to provide answers to this question resulted in the Not-Too-Young-To-Run campaign, which eventually took the form of a bill. The Not-Too-Young-To-Run initiative intended to break the elderly hegemony of political space in Nigeria. Nigeria’s democracy required reimagining to ensure the inclusive participation of young people. This would bring in fresh political ideologies, and fresh blood would enter the political system through a peaceful and legitimate movement addressing age qualification issues beyond politics.

Invariably, with the above, there will be a new positive dance to our old political drum.

MAY GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

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