Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Nigeria doesn't practise true democracy--NACAMA

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The President, National Complementary and Alternative Medical Association, NACAMA, Nigeria, Professor Peter Emeka Katchy has attributed the incessant uprising and agitations for independence by various tribes to lack of true democracy in Nigeria.

Prof. Katchy made the disclosure at a book launch in Awka, Anambra State capital titled, Nigeria’s struggle to democracy’, authored by a lecturer at Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, near Onitsha Chris Nwosu.

According to him, “The only true democratic polity experienced in Nigeria lasted for six years, 1960 to 1966. That was when there was true federalism and after that there was a coup that ushered in unitary system that brought in corruption.

“It was in the National Conference that restructuring was recommended, from 1979 till date both the civilian and military are practising military system because of oil money, regions become redundant, refuse to work for their own resources  originating  from their own region.

“If there is structure there will be true federalism. When we have true federalism there will be regional police. Nigeria is afraid of history, and that is why they removed history from school curriculum. Let history be restored in school curriculum, those people who are agitating do not know or read history.

“Those who are agitating and want to be carved out is because history was not taught to them. The author of this book did a good job by authoring this book that those who do not know the history of this country to know”.

Earlier, the book reviewer, an Associate Professor and Head, Political Science Department, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Rev. Ifeanyichukwu Ojukwu, recalled that “the missionaries permeated us and brought us together via indirect rule, amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria”.

He said “since the amalgamation of Northern and southern Nigeria in 1914 by the colonial masters, we have not achieved true democracy, we are pretenders to democracy and we are still on the road to democracy”.
In his response, the author, Chris Nwosu, a Public Affairs analyst, writer and author of many unpublished articles said “Nigeria is not yet a democratic nation and if you want to know whether it is true or not, you look at the indices of the democracy, one of them is the rule of law”.

"Do we have independence of the judiciary, no! How do we conduct elections and the ones conducted were they free and fair?”



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