Archives for November 2018

Pushing for change in Nigeria V: Way forward

Systemic Reform: A path to real and believable change A political system answering to enfranchised citizens is by nature, wired for change. The alternative is one that allows a tiny elite to play one group against another while retaining the power to determine what to change and what to leave intact. The implementation of systemic reform is about the only assurance there is of transforming a neo-feudal into a people-centred system. In contrast to other change ideal-types, systemic reform … [Read more...]

Pushing for change in Nigeria IV: Neo-feudal culture and widening public administration deficits

We have thus far examined the foundation on which the apparatus of the Nigerian state was super-imposed when power changed hands at independence. The new set of rulers not only inherited the esoteric and intimidating technology of modern administration, but also came with the attitude of mind unique to their indigenous environments. Like their colonial predecessors, the post-independence leaders have basically ruled, rather than govern. This explains the internal contradictions frequently … [Read more...]

Pushing for change in Nigeria III: why real change proves elusive

Understanding Nigeria’s enduring challenges: a focus on the governance culture The picture emerging so far is of a country wobbling from one pile of challenges to another since independence. Curiously, the country, Nigeria, has not buckled under, and has yet to record any significant breakthroughs. While the challenges keep multiplying and mutating, substantive change has proved largely elusive. This raises at least three questions: if the country’s hardships have persisted for so long, is it … [Read more...]

Pushing for change in Nigeria II: the catalysts

Nigerians disagree on so many things. The need for change, howsoever defined, is not one of them. Everyone—or almost everyone—wants change, probably because the status quo is either not working for them or is perceived as not working at all for anybody. The driving force is the pace of social change which has outstripped the economy’s capacity to meet individual or aggregate demand. The high rate and the unique pattern of population growth, for instance, are asymmetrical to the economy’s … [Read more...]

Pushing for change in Nigeria I: First, the theoretical underbrush

Introduction Change was the mantra that galvanized the All Progressives Congress/APC in the run up to the 2015 elections and enabled it to terminate the People’s Democratic Party’s/PDP’s sixteen-year grip on power. Alas, the party of change has, by its opponents’ reckoning, yet to make good its promise. The question is whether the PDP has what it takes to change, within four years, what it could not throughout its sixteen-year uninterrupted rule. Still, and regardless of whether it might … [Read more...]