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Perils in bad governance: Tale of mismanagement, turbulent policies, thunderbolt political corruption & consequences in Nigeria

By AF Dowell Mirin


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Governance plays a vital role in shaping the destiny of nations, organizations, and communities. Effective governance ensures the smooth functioning of systems, promotes accountability, and safeguards the interests of citizens.

However, when governance falters and falls into the hands of incompetence, corruption, and negligence, the repercussions can be dire, as Nigeria governing political class, has witnessed one form of despotic corrupt practices to the other.

My thoughts as I was regurgitating, on the current fuel increase, by just a stroke wand, my mind, soul, and brain, working with my emotion combine, was exploring the detrimental impact of bad governance, highlighting the various aspects that contribute to its manifestation and the adverse consequences it brings upon the Nigerian Society. But certain things baffle me, each time I regale my spirit, just to make sense or understand some Nigerians just can help but support, aid, abate bad Governance, against them, beats my imagination.

The kneel position to me is that from North, South, East and West, our people are facing a macabre dance in poverty, degrading health, failed family values, militating security issues, and rise of poverty driven crimes in our society.

Sincerely, our country has long been sold to the mindless class of wicked divinity and sterile minded thinkers, and opaque thinking advisers, forms the base level surrounding the Presidency and as Ministers, only a few matches the table of conscience, brilliance, and egalitarian.

As for me the Perils We Face, In Bad Governance In Nigeria – A Tale of Mismanagement, Turbulent Policies, Thunderbolt Political Corruption And Its Consequences, sneaks out of the below facts:

  1. Lack of Transparency and Accountability: At the core of bad governance lies a lack of transparency and accountability. When leaders and institutions fail to be open and honest with their actions, it breeds suspicion and erodes public trust. Decisions made behind closed doors, without proper consultation or public input, create an environment where corruption can thrive unchecked. Citizens are left in the dark, unaware of how their resources are being utilized and whether their interests are being prioritized. This lack of accountability undermines the foundations of democracy and leads to widespread disillusionment, and bane and source of Nigeria failures, in Governance.
  2. Corruption and Mismanagement of Resources: Bad governance often goes hand in hand with corruption and the mismanagement of resources. When leaders prioritize personal gain over the welfare of their constituents, public funds are diverted for illicit purposes. Embezzlement, bribery, and nepotism become rampant, draining resources that should have been invested in public services, infrastructure, and social welfare programs. As a result, essential sectors such as healthcare, education, and public utilities suffer, leading to deteriorating living conditions and limited opportunities for the populace.
  3. Inequality and Social Injustice: Under the shadow of bad governance, societal divisions widen, and inequality deepens. The lack of equitable policies and the unfair distribution of resources perpetuate the cycle of poverty and marginalization. Basic services become luxuries accessible only to the privileged few, while the majority struggles to meet their basic needs. Injustice thrives as laws and regulations are selectively enforced, protecting the interests of the powerful while neglecting the rights of the vulnerable.  The resulting social unrest and discontent can have far-reaching consequences, threatening social cohesion and stability.
  4. Stifling Economic Growth: Bad governance impedes economic growth and development. The uncertainty caused by inconsistent policies and a lack of long-term planning discourages investment and stifles entrepreneurship. Corruption further deters foreign direct investment, as businesses are reluctant to operate in an environment where bribery and kickbacks prevail. The absence of a level playing field and transparent regulations limits competition and innovation, hindering economic progress, and leaving nations trapped in a cycle of poverty and underdevelopment.

In Conclusion: The perils of bad governance are evident in the numerous challenges faced by Nigeria. Lack of transparency, corruption, mismanagement of resources, prebendalism, inequality, social injustice, religion, all hampered economic growth are just a few of the consequences that arise from governance failures.

To overcome these challenges, it is crucial to demand and promote good governance, characterized by transparency, accountability, and equitable distribution of resources (True Federalism). Only through responsible and effective governance can nations prosper, and citizens thrive in an environment that fosters progress, justice, and well-being.



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