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Friday, 13 July 2018 04:11

Ekiti Election: A Test of Democratic Maturity and Nigeria’s Image

Written by Emeka Chiakwelu
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The July Ekiti governorship election will be a gateway to Nigeria’s 2019 election. 

The Ekiti election will be a barometer, if not an indicator to measure the well being of democracy in Nigeria. It will say more about Nigeria more than a brand manager will shovel on CNN, New York Times or Washington Post.  If the election becomes successful it adds a feather to the country’s cap, but if not the poor branding of the country will be in a slippery slope.

Even before the election, the pandemonium emanating from Ekiti State is not encouraging. We are now reading in newspapers and viewing on television on the ordeal of Governor Fayose .  There is no way to verify what really happened but the optics is not good for the country.

At this moment in the country there are so many issues that are threatening to the stability and security of the nation. Lives are being lost in the encounters between the herdsmen and farmers, the economic growth is anemic and people’s optimism is giving room to doom and gloom. But Nigeria must be better than this and this is not the time to allow rolling thunderous darkness to engulf the political landscape.

The image of a country speaks volume of a nation and has more consequences that meet the eye. The economy of a nation is also affected by its image and perception because of the globalization of the world economy.  There is no investor who desires to put his money or capital in a troubled area that will not yield a maximum return. Whether we are aware of this or not, nations are in competition with each other for the attraction of scarce investors and investments. When investors hear barrage of bad news coming out of Nigeria, it may detracts investment impulse and the geographical location in Nigeria notwithstanding.

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Rudimentary economics 101 taught us that the resources and capitals are limited in supply, therefore locomote to environments that are conducive for growth and blossoming dividends. This assertion implies that competitions for resources are paramount and the best prepared gains the victory for the incubation of the resources. The best possible way to gain advantage is to have PEACE and STABILITY.

What I am about to say now may sound like an esoteric intellectual exercise, but it is the reality in this era of trade and industrial globalization.  The winners of the election are not actually the person that won the election but the individuals that make sure that peace and tranquility reign for the interest of his citizens and country.

The citizens of Nigeria are in dire need of basic needs of existence, and the matter is not getting better because the population growth is greater than the economic growth.  While the population of Nigeria is growing at almost 3 percent, the economy is decelerating at the abysmal rate of less than 1 percent.  That is unsustainable for country cannot provide its teeming population of youths with livable employments. 

If Ekiti governorship election degenerates into malpractice and violence, then Nigeria loses because it will impel potential investors to turn away and go to favorable destination.  But most importantly, it will eviscerate the already dimming image and put a branding that is antithesis to our desired outcome.

emekaEmeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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