Agbor Speaks On Democracy
THE Dein of Agbor Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Obi
Keagboekuzi I, has expressed regrets that three years after
Nigeria's new democratic governance, the citizens are yet to
enjoy the dividends of democracy.
The monarch, speaking when members of the newly constituted
Transition Committee for Ika South local government paid him a
courtesy visit, said what the Nigerian masses have received so
far are the pains of the democratic experiment. He, however,
hoped that the dividends would come in no distant future.
The Dein, the youngest person to be crowned a traditional
king in 1979, said that as a nation, Nigeria is trying to grow
politically and the process may be long, given our precedents.
"The reasons for things being the way they are for now in
the political arena are understandable to an extent when one
considers the fact that the nation only recently emerged from
a long period of military rule," he stated.
He said there is need to first stabilise this democracy so
as to guarantee the flow of the dividends derivable from it.
According to him, the task of achieving this purpose "starts
with the people, functionaries and machineries operating at
the grassroots" such as the local government levels.
The traditional ruler likened the country's experiment on
democracy to that of a passenger or cargo aboard an aircraft
whose fate is uncertain until it lands at its destination.
According to him, a worrisome possibility, he told his
audience is that "if the aircraft, (our democracy) takes
longer time before landing, it faces the danger of running out
of fuel, if that ever happens, the consequences that the
aircraft as well as its contents will suffer are better
imagined than actually experienced."
Obi Keagboekuzi I, while admonishing politicians who play
along tribal lines emphasised the need for the unity of the
country, which requires everyone to eschew intrigues and
He further decried the failure of most citizens to brace up
to the challenges of the corporate desires of unity and peace
and observed that the possession of godly spirit manifests in
the possessor's ability to stop himself or his fellow men from
carrying out actions that are harmful against others.
Urging Nigerians to aspire to perfection in all their
dealings, he remarked that the religions and humanistic truth
that we are not perfect should not be misconstrued to mean
that we couldn't attain perfection.
The Dein commended the chairman of the Transition
Committee, Colonel Godwin Eboma (rtd) for his outstanding
personal qualities prominent among which are his humility and
pro people disposition, and urged him to bring them to bear
during this present call.
Commenting on the benefits of the courtesy visit to the
monarch, a member of the Transition Committee Mr. Andrew
Obiazi noted that the visit was aimed at receiving guidance
for conducting the affairs of the local government and that
they had received a dose of it from their "custodian of
ancient and unfailing wisdom."
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