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Demon-cracy Government Of The Demons, By The Demons, For The Demons by Obiobi8(m): 11:54pm On Sep 04, 2016

I often hear people use such words as "our leaders, our politicians, our fault, we voted, we gave, we allowed, we put in power, we, we, we, our, our, our"..

Sometimes when I hear people refer to the political parameters of Nigeria using this terminology I remain baffled and I simply wonder whether even they understand what is actually taking place before our eyes and behind our backs at the hands of the nominal "Nigerian politicians"..

Those who think they/we voted anything should examine the statistics in the attached image below..
Based on their own definition of democracy (that somebody voted for something somewhere (vote implies majority)) Nigeria has already failed their test of a democracy..
Given that in 1959 close to 80% at least partecipated in the voting exercise..
But since then and in the 2015 general election, less than 50% of the population took part in the exercise (both at parliamentary and presidential level)..
That is no longer a majority..

Can we still say that "we" voted anything??
Can we still say that "We" did anything??
Can we still say that "We" are in a democracy??

The answer is NO..
What those people call government is no longer of the people, by the people and for the people..
That is strictly using this definition of democracy of "majority wins"..
But in the case of Nigeria the democracy that some people claim Nigeria to be fails also many far more important tests..

Democracy doesn't start with or end with elections..
Democracy starts with "power to the people" (demo = people, craxia = power)..

Unless democracy will have to be redefined for Nigeria, democracy is a grassroot endeavour, a cultivation of social civilisation in all its facets (political, economical, commercial, cultural, military, religious etc) which has its roots beneath the ground and in the people that live on it..
And then germinating and springing up towards the sky..

Like an iroko tree or a palm tree..
Or like the much acclaimed pyramids in Kano..
From the ground up..
Not from top down..

If you put "Demo" in "Cracy", if "Power" was "To The People" in the geographical expression called Nigeria, the entire social, political, economic, cultural, national and international configuration of that region would be irreconcilable and irrecongnisable from what is on ground today..
Within the context of Nigeria as a geographical expression, we have been on the path to development from the ground up all throughout history until the first European ship arrived in the region..

Since then the natural and organic Bottom-up growth of our civilisations has been hijacked and replaced by a destructive and dysfunctional top-down endeavour..

It is not the duty of a sailor, an explorer, a merchant or a soldier to annul whatever system of civilisation hundreds of millions of people have been working at for the past 5 to 200 thousand years and override it with a poorly planned and unstudied inherently flawed new sociopolitical, cultural and economic configuration that serves nobody..

Before we begin to to even talk about One Nigeria, Two Nigeria or Three Nigeria, in a matter of urgency what needs to be done is to remove that top-down murderous cage which is the source of all our woes..
And then resume our bottom-up endeavour..

Until such takes place, we will continue to wallow in scarcity, in poverty, in sickness, in insecurity, in unsustainable development, in sustainable underdevelopment, in deadly conflict and in peril..

The foundations of a country are beneath its soil..
In a vertical structure..
Like stacking bricks..
It sustains itself..
It will not shake and it will not collapse..

But the foundations of Nigeria are not beneath its soil and in the people that live on it..
The foundations of Nigeria are not even in Africa..
They are in Britain and in Berlin conference of 1884..
Picture it like a physical architectural structure that touches the ground in London and in Berlin but floats above the geographical expression called Nigeria..
It would look like a weird and wobbly trampoline..

How can anybody expect such a faulty structure to sustain itself??
Gravity will pull it down and destroy everything and everyone underneath..
You can't build something on nothing..
It's only natural..

Having said all this and having understood that the populations that inhabit the geographical expression called Nigeria have no say, no connection and no benefit in the organisation that calls itself "Nigerian government", we can say that Nigeria is a slave plantation..
Nigeria is a Nazi concentration camp..
Nigeria is a colony..

It can be said that there are presently 180 million slaves in the geographical expression called Nigeria..
A population that has no say, no hand, no bearing and no input in any decision that concerns its social, political, economic and cultural configuration is an enslaved population..

One gang of bandits will get weapons from across the continents and the oceans and begins to use their illegitimate powers to cut and paste states and regions, write constitutions, allocate other people's land and resources, begin to invent land use decrees, 68 item lists, constitutional corruption, immunity and all kinds of other rubbish in the name of a Nigeria (or government of) that we never put in place and that we have never communicated with..

To further explain the significance of the preceding paragraph, there is a principle in political science called the principle of "monopoly of violence"..
(This mostly applies to "Western styled civilisation" (which the organisation that parades itself as "government of the geographical expression called Nigeria" practices since European conquest))..
The "monopoly of violence" is the power and authority that legitimises a "state/ territory/ kingdom/ empire/ country"..
This monopoly of violence however is conferred onto the authorities by the citizens that have decided that they need an authority (if so they have)..
Especially in a democratic society..
The means to exercise this monopoly of violence (the weapons and laws) also are generated from within the territory (in fact by the citizens themselves)..

In the case of the geographical expression called Nigeria "we the people" don't even know where all this incessant and active violence perpertrated by the self employed authorities even comes from..
It seems to be commissioned and authorised from outside the whole continent and executed by the band of mercenaries that call themselves Nigerian army..
Within the territory the self employed Nigerian government claims to govern there are multiple armies bigger than the Nigerian army..
How can you claim to be a legitimate government when within the territory you claim to govern there are armies bigger than your army??
When the same people that you claim to be employed by are fighting against you..

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