A Small Reason Why We Need Reform

By Nasir, June 6, 2010 1:46 pm

Legislators are meant to be representatives of the people. How can representatives of Nigeria, a country whose citizens mostly live on less than a dollar a day earn more than representatives in England whose citizens live in abundance? And yet Cameron called for pay cuts for English MPs while reports indicate that our legislators desire a wage increase!!!

The scenario painted above only happens where people owe their positions to god fathers, and power blocs rather than the ordinary members of their parties in a free and fair primary and then the people of their constitutuencies in a free and fair general election.

If Nigerian politicians really believe that the electorate matters do you think they would act in ways that so brazenly provokes the anger of the electorates? But they do so, and why? Because they know that as things are presently constituted the floor members of their parties and the electorate are powerless to stop them. Do you now see why we want reforms before 2011?

Nasir

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