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September 2019

Muiz Banire > 2019 > September

Leadership, legitimacy and electoral process (1)

This, no doubt, is a continuation of my thoughts on the “Nigeria: How did we get here?” series, even though it is coming under a different title. Beyond the flaws noticeable in the management and operation of the political parties discussed earlier, there are still several areas of concern in the actual electoral process, particularly those that impair the emergence of good leaders. Recall that this is the process through which our leaders claim legitimacy upon purported elections. Consequently, once the process wobbles, nothing credible can come out of it. It must at all times be pristine. It is in this connection...

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Nigeria: How did we get here? (3)

Undoubtedly, such men of character can emerge under any form of government in one way or the other. In Nigeria, however, since we have adopted democracy, that is, opportunity for the people to choose their leaders through elections, it is important that the system must be practiced in such a manner as to produce the caliber of officials required. Election, undoubtedly, is at the heart of democracy because, without the ability of the people to elect their own leaders, there cannot be a democracy. Similarly, elections alone do not make a democracy. There must exist some fundamental principles that must be...

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Nigeria: How did we get here? (2)

For the purpose of our exposition, I adopt the description of ‘governance’ in the European Union-supported paper, “Concepts and Principles of Democratic Governance and Accountability: A Guide for Peer Educators,” where governance was described thus: “Governance, simply put, is the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented or not implemented. Since decisions made can be good or bad, the analysis of the process by which we arrive at decisions is important in governance.” The import of the foregoing is that governance involves legal control, steering and organisation of the people within a political setting, the exercise of...

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Nigeria: How did we get here? (1) – Dr.Muiz Banire

Let me start by expressing my gratitude to the board and management of The Sun for availing me this platform to express my thoughts on various issues of interest to the nation and me. Prior to this, I have substantially relied on Twitter as a means of communication weekly on a number of these seemingly intractable issues in our polity. Let me state from the outset that, in channelling the opinions herein and subsequent ones, I have had, and will still have, to contend with my academic writing style vis-a-vis the need for simple communication approach in these engagements. I believe...

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