Nigeria’s National Assembly: representatives or obstructionists?

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Many people are confused about the system of governance in Nigeria. Presently, many are too hungry, frustrated and distracted to care about understanding. Nigeria received a ‘democratic’ and representative system of government. In this the type of government, some people are chosen to represent the communities that constitute Nigeria. We shall discuss the style of relationship between people’s Nigerian representatives and those who they claim to represent.

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Nigerian representatives in national assembly address

The legal profession is one of the unique professions in the world. It allows for individuals to be guided and represented by lawyers in their relationship with other people in a society.  When two or more property owners need to cooperate with one another in a partnership, they may choose to send delegates to represent them in the negotiation. The property owners explain their interests to guide the delegated lawyers in the negotiations. And after the negotiation, the lawyer comes back and reports to the property owners.


In a true federal system, ethnic communities are the natural property owners, who own and manage their resources. These ethnic communities send delegates as senators and members of the house of representative to negotiate for the partnership. These representatives agree or disagree on the conditions of their principals’ contributions and cooperation within the national partnership. The senators and house of rep members are like the lawyers who property owners send to represent them in negotiations.


Nigerian representatives fighting for money-sharing-pattern
Nigerian representatives displaying

Unfortunately, the ethnic communities in Nigeria never planned to stay together nor send representatives to negotiate the conditions for the Nigerian partnership. They never agreed to hand over the right to their internal politics and resources to the gun-made government. Instead, using military force, they were stripped off the power to own and manage their resources, even after ‘independence’. The colonially defeated ethnic groups were lumped up as political constituencies under singular offices. And these singular offices are made open for indigenous career politicians to struggle for Oyibo government jobs.


Who are your Nigerian representatives?

They are individuals from ethnic communities, who fight to occupy the Oyibo-made government positions. They are people who form alliance with the external powers that bind Nigerian ethnic communities in one cage of oppression.


What are their supposed duties?

Their real duty would have been to defend the interests of ethnic communities they represent in the Nigerian partnership. Their real duty would have been to negotiate better deals for the ethnic communities they represent. However, the Nigerian representative positions were created to justify the confiscation of the present and future resources in the land. Also their positions were made to control the people’s internal politics in order to suppress resistance to exploitation of resources.


Should you be the one to pay your lawyer or should your lawyer be the one to pay himself after collecting your benefits?

Normally, you should be the one to pay your lawyer from the proceeds in your property. But the Oyibo government has confiscated all the property (resources) from property owners. Now, the lawyer collects compensation on behalf of the ethnic communities, and decides if, how, when and how much to remit. Apart from the compensation, the oyibo-made government still pays the lawyers for their role of justifying the confiscation of your resources and politics.


How often does your lawyer report to you or seek your instruction for the protection of your interests?

A lawyer (Nigerian representative) should report to his client (ethnic resource owners) after every meeting or negotiation. But in Nigeria, the decision for the management of the communities’ resources has been hijacked by the oyibo-made government. Hence, the Nigerian representatives, called as justifications for seizing community resources and policies, do not need to consider community interests. They only need to retain the position that enables them to decide and get whatever share the oyibo government decides to give.


Can you (ethnic communities) decide to sack your lawyer (Nigerian representative) when he misbehaves?

Naturally, you should be able to sack your lawyer, if you were the one in charge of your property and interest which he represents. However, the Nigerian representatives are heavily paid for standing in as justification for government possession of your resources. Hence, the Nigerian representatives are highly empowered to resist the ethnic communities in many ways.


All these anomalies are protected by the oyibo-made federal constitution. The formation style of Nigerian constituencies and the conditions for recalling Nigerian representatives does not allow for a smooth process of recall. This is why the constitution has to be reviewed or changed by the ethnic communities. It has to be done by the people themselves and not by the same Nigerian representatives who benefit from constitution.