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NIGERIA DEMOCRACY: THE NEED FOR SOCIALISTIC TRANSFORMATION By Coker Oluwapelumi Emmanuel

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The Nigeria Democratic system is one which is by far not related to a system of the people by the people and has never been for the people; it has never served the purpose of true democracy. The dividends of democracy and it beneficial actions have only been reaching out to the few ruling cabal who over the years have high degree in special craftsmanship of enslaving the citizenry especially the workers that own a large portion of the resources being dazzled away to foreign land by these anti-masses politicians.

It is comic that a system under which few persons control the resources while the vast majority are thrown into abject poverty can have ‘democracy’ attached to its name. Truly, there is nothing democratic under capitalism! The economic state of the country shows high level of economic growth coupled with low standard of living, high cost of living and the number of Nigerians living below the poverty level in the country is by far the highest recorded for a country with such economic growth. So, any talk about ‘economic growth’ or ‘recovery’ with these precarious features mere rubbish.

The disparities in the standard of living, cost of living poverty rate despite the tremendous economic growth achieved is a clear-cut evidence that the labour force of this country is working hard to achieve such great feat and my readers will deduce that the workers who create majority of the resource and is responsible for such high degree of economic growth is working for the profit of the bourgeois class. The cabals have successfully handicapped the labour force to be one of it division and the labour unions an extension of it administrative framework as labour unions are all reluctant to seize the one and only power and source of wealth for the ruling class which is it ‘Supply of labour resources.’

Without boring you with rhetoric, it cannot be gainsaid that the plight faced by the citizenry of this country is a result of the exploitative capitalist system operated in Nigeria which only thrive to make the rich richer at the expense of the toiling masses. Furthermore, the slow growth of the commerce sector and the lack of creativity in the citizenry can be hinged on the private policies of government.

Taking the Aba made shoes industry as an example: If the government has the interest of the citizens at heart, it would have established and fund the creation of Ten different shoes and clothing industries in Aba which will in turn employ the services of idle Nigeria youths who are unemployed.

The government should have brought into the industry the capital that would bring about a more larger and more mechanized method of production which will lead to higher productivity and in reality boost the overall economic development of the country as well as lead to quality of assurance as against the current perception of low standard products from the Aba market.

Majority of us use the aba product and the total capital of aba market is estimated to be a billion naira even under private investment. My readers will agree with me that even the underestimated aba market will contribute tremendously to the Nigeria economy if there is proper funding of all sectors by the government which is possible by an overall socialist transformation of the nation.

Instead for the pro-capitalist government to encourage national (indigenous not local) production all they do to the youths in return for creativity and human skill is imposition of high tariffs and taxes, inducement of unfavorable incentives for the industry and funding of the capital of it foreign counterpart by hiding monetary resources meant for the development of national(not local) industry under foreign corporations and banks who such large funds to destabilize indigenous (not local) industry and build themselves into a non rivalry position in the country.

The anti-masses government protects their shares and stakes in foreign firms through introduction of lower minimum wages so that the foreign firms can enjoy cheap labour. Also, they introduce lower tax rate, while in some cases no tariffs and the introduction of public private partnership so as to gamble away the general funds of the citizens. The security of a country with high level of poverty cannot be assured and Nigeria is not an exception.

The ruling class has so much linked the high rate of crimes in the nation to moral perception. Meanwhile, poverty is a major cause of the increase in crime rate. This shows why a responsible government must be interested in the well being of the citizens. All aforementioned are in reality the current state and condition of the Nigeria and these conditions are all products of an anti-masses system which is CAPITALISM.

However, despite this pitiable reality, it is still possible for the nation to witness a turnaround, but for this to happen we are must be prepared for a struggle for a socialist transformation. Citing the same aba market as an example again, a socialist government will invest in such industry by providing tools and raw materials at lower price and ensuring that their business is not suppressed with outrageous tax and charges. This will mean that such industry will be developed into 21st century standard. The power, steel and other sectors will be revamped to ensure access to raw materials and also a business friendly environment.

There are many ways a serious and pro-masses government can impact on the lives of citizens. The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), is committed to the implementation of a minimum wage that will correspond with rate of inflation. It is noteworthy that an increase in wages will never lead to inflation in any country as only the purchasing power of the labour force will increase and this has been a propaganda taught out there in schools with the aim to discourage increase in wages (a plot by the pro-capitalist government).

 

 

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Editor

Bada Yusuf Amoo holds B.A in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, he is the publisher of thespeakingheart.com. He started the website in 2015, he has published both his works and other budding writers and poets on the website. He is a public commentators and his articles are on different websites.