Democracy is defined as the government of the people, by the people and for the people. This essentially puts the direct subject of democracy as “the people”. Based on this, it can be said that democracy in its true form and practice is people centered or people oriented.

However, when human nature comes into play with this system of government, the ideally holistic approach originally intended to govern a people in the way they want becomes corrupt and democracy seizes to be a government for the people but for “some” people.

This is the nature of the Nigerian Democracy. The one in which we have come to find ourselves ruled by since it was clear that military dictatorship was not the way forward; a period that must be noted only came about as a result of participants of the current Nigerian Democracy.

After over a decade of running this system, it is now evident that the Nigerian people do not have a clear understanding of the democratic system of government. The vast majority of the Nigerian people who should originally be the direct recipients of democracy are either kept in the dark or out of the loop of governing affairs. The executive and legislature are made up of a rotating mix of individuals who have somehow led themselves to believe that the leadership of Nigeria is in some way their birth right or inheritance.

The governing arms of the country are made up of the rich and wealthy. This according to statistics makes up less than 2% of the Nigerian population. It seems highly illogical that a “democratic” system of government will have a ruling class that is disproportionate to the total number of citizens. How can there then be equal representation or transparency?

Such is the nature of Nigerian democracy, made up of illogical actions, disproportionate representation, and lacking transparency.


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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