So that our democ­racy can sur­vive

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

To check these ex­cru­ci­at­ing con­di­tions Nige­ria finds her­self, the prin­ci­ples of Rule of Law which give div­i­dends of democ­racy should be duly ob­served. The parochial na­ture of the na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal cul­ture needs to be cor­rected. The at­ti­tude to­wards par­tic­i­pat­ing in po­lit­i­cal mat­ters or all gov­ern­men­tal is­sues should be up­graded. Cit­i­zens should see pub­lic prop­erty as theirs and not merely pub­li­cowned. The “I don’t care” at­ti­tude of the peo­ple to po­lit­i­cal mat­ters must equally stop, while eth­nic chau­vin­ism, which has eaten deep into the fab­ric of the coun­try, should be cor­rected. A Hausa man should not see his Igbo or Yoruba com­pa­triot as an en­emy, but a brother whose co-ex­is­tence form “One Nige­ria”. This will go a long way in fos­ter­ing unity and dis­cour­ag­ing eth­nic vi­o­lence which has con­sumed so many lives and prop­erty.

Taylor Temi­tayo temi­tay­otay­

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