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Animal Farm 2015 by Realitytalk(f): 2:22am On May 01, 2013
What is required is to restore democracy in Nigeria by returning to open and democratic elections in which the citizens count the votes openly in each polling station. Sorry to disappoint you, but there are no quick fixes for problems as huge and as complex as the ones facing us today. What has grown over a period of 50Image+ years, and has been especially exacerbated during the past 9 years, cannot be solved in just a few years. You can’t get rid of weeds simply by cutting off their leaves or branches, or even their stalks. You have to attack them at their roots. And that is what we have to do here. We cannot afford to accept just piecemeal solutions. We need to get to the root of the problems, starting with, We need a National Assembly that is once again responsive to the will and needs of the Nigerian people as our Constitution intended. Why? Because, they are the root of so many of our major problems. They pass laws that affect major parts of the Administrative branch, corporate Nigeria, the thirty six states, and the citizens they are elected to represent. In addition, they authorize appropriations, pass budgets; approve appointments to judicial and administrative positions; declare war (supposedly), and have the responsibility for impeachment of federal officers including the president and vice-president, along with many other responsibilities. They are the source of tremendous power. When it works well, things bode well for the country. But, when the members fail at their job, they are a tremendous disappointment, and the country suffers. That is the situation we now must face.

Who Are These People? These are the chosen few from our entire population who have been elected to represent the interests of the Nigerian people, and they promise great things for the country when they are campaigning. However …Once in office, their first loyalty is to themselves and ensuring that they get reelected. Next is their allegiance is to their political parties in trying to ensure that enough of their members get elected to facilitate pushing their political agendas through their legislation. Third are their financial backers –the super-rich who contribute heavily to their campaigns, and who run ads supporting their anointed candidate while excoriating his or her opponent.Fourth come the people who voted for them.And dead last come the rest of the people in the country whose best interests they are also supposed to represent.

Don’t They Listen to the People? No. Most members of National Assembly ignore most letters, e-mails, tweets, Facebook postings and phone calls. At best, they will have a staff member pore through them and pull out any that might be of particular interest or value to the representative They only care about people who happen to support their positions or carry promises of substantial campaign support. Politicians also don’t pay attention to polls, which are valid expressions of the public will. They are likely to tell you that “polls don’t vote; people do.” So, they ignore the polls, which are valid expressions of the public will, just as they do the people themselves. In so doing, they are ignoring the democratic principles upon which this country was founded.

Can’t National Assembly Fix This Situation? What is required is to restore democracy in Nigeria by returning to open and democratic elections in which the citizens count the votes openly in each polling station. Sorry to disappoint you, but there are no quick fixes for problems as huge and as complex as the ones facing us today. What has grown over a period of 50Image+ years, and has been especially exacerbated during the past 9 years, cannot be solved in just a few years. You can’t get rid of weeds simply by cutting off their leaves or branches, or even their stalks. You have to attack them at their roots. And that is what we have to do here. We cannot afford to accept just piecemeal solutions. We need to get to the root of the problems, starting with, We need a National Assembly that is once again responsive to the will and needs of the Nigerian people as our Constitution intended. Why? Because, they are the root of so many of our major problems. They pass laws that affect major parts of the Administrative branch, corporate Nigeria, the thirty six states, and the citizens they are elected to represent. In addition, they authorize appropriations, pass budgets; approve appointments to judicial and administrative positions; declare war (supposedly), and have the responsibility for impeachment of federal officers including the president and vice-president, along with many other responsibilities. They are the source of tremendous power. When it works well, things bode well for the country. But, when the members fail at their job, they are a tremendous disappointment, and the country suffers. That is the situation we now must face.

Who Are These People? These are the chosen few from our entire population who have been elected to represent the interests of the Nigerian people, and they promise great things for the country when they are campaigning. However …Once in office, their first loyalty is to themselves and ensuring that they get reelected. Next is their allegiance is to their political parties in trying to ensure that enough of their members get elected to facilitate pushing their political agendas through their legislation. Third are their financial backers –the super-rich who contribute heavily to their campaigns, and who run ads supporting their anointed candidate while excoriating his or her opponent.Fourth come the people who voted for them.And dead last come the rest of the people in the country whose best interests they are also supposed to represent.

Don’t They Listen to the People? No. Most members of National Assembly ignore most letters, e-mails, tweets, Facebook postings and phone calls. At best, they will have a staff member pore through them and pull out any that might be of particular interest or value to the representative They only care about people who happen to support their positions or carry promises of substantial campaign support. Politicians also don’t pay attention to polls, which are valid expressions of the public will. They are likely to tell you that “polls don’t vote; people do.” So, they ignore the polls, which are valid expressions of the public will, just as they do the people themselves. In so doing, they are ignoring the democratic principles upon which this country was founded.

Can’t National Assembly Fix This Situation? What is required is to restore democracy in Nigeria by returning to open and democratic elections in which the citizens count the votes openly in each polling station. Sorry to disappoint you, but there are no quick fixes for problems as huge and as complex as the ones facing us today. What has grown over a period of 50Image+ years, and has been especially exacerbated during the past 9 years, cannot be solved in just a few years. You can’t get rid of weeds simply by cutting off their leaves or branches, or even their stalks. You have to attack them at their roots. And that is what we have to do here. We cannot afford to accept just piecemeal solutions. We need to get to the root of the problems, starting with, We need a National Assembly that is once again responsive to the will and needs of the Nigerian people as our Constitution intended. Why? Because, they are the root of so many of our major problems. They pass laws that affect major parts of the Administrative branch, corporate Nigeria, the thirty six states, and the citizens they are elected to represent. In addition, they authorize appropriations, pass budgets; approve appointments to judicial and administrative positions; declare war (supposedly), and have the responsibility for impeachment of federal officers including the president and vice-president, along with many other responsibilities. They are the source of tremendous power. When it works well, things bode well for the country. But, when the members fail at their job, they are a tremendous disappointment, and the country suffers. That is the situation we now must face.

Who Are These People? These are the chosen few from our entire population who have been elected to represent the interests of the Nigerian people, and they promise great things for the country when they are campaigning. However …Once in office, their first loyalty is to themselves and ensuring that they get reelected. Next is their allegiance is to their political parties in trying to ensure that enough of their members get elected to facilitate pushing their political agendas through their legislation. Third are their financial backers –the super-rich who contribute heavily to their campaigns, and who run ads supporting their anointed candidate while excoriating his or her opponent.Fourth come the people who voted for them.And dead last come the rest of the people in the country whose best interests they are also supposed to represent.

Don’t They Listen to the People? No. Most members of National Assembly ignore most letters, e-mails, tweets, Facebook postings and phone calls. At best, they will have a staff member pore through them and pull out any that might be of particular interest or value to the representative They only care about people who happen to support their positions or carry promises of substantial campaign support. Politicians also don’t pay attention to polls, which are valid expressions of the public will. They are likely to tell you that “polls don’t vote; people do.” So, they ignore the polls, which are valid expressions of the public will, just as they do the people themselves. In so doing, they are ignoring the democratic principles upon which this country was founded.

Can’t National Assembly Fix This Situation? http://mmantiumoh./2013/05/01/animal-farm-2015/

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