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Dec 17, 2013
By: Omolere Omoetan

Nigeria: IBADAN CITY -


The most basic description of democracy as a form of government is that it

is \"a government of the people, by the people and for the people. One of

the interesting aspect of democracy is that it affords the majority the

opportunity to have their way, while the minority would have their say.


Democracy is such a unique form of government. Despite its drawbacks, most

countries have adopted it as the acceptable form of governance. Nigeria is

one of the countries of the world that has taken to democracy even though

our practice of it leaves much to be desired.


The politics of democracy considers equality of men as the fundamental law

of nature while aristocracy, on the contrary, finds the basis of all

political order in the natural differences between men. Equality of rights

is the fundamental principle of democracy while in aristocracy, preference

is for nobles. It is the latter that Oyo state governor, Senator Abiola

Ajimobi has come to accept. Though he wears the toga of a democrat.


In a democracy, the state is a community of all and not a society of a few

nobles. Although Nigeria professes democracy, a rather strange form of it

has evolved in Oyo state called \"ARISTOCRATIC DEMOCRACY\". The introduction

of this form of government is not based on any ideals that may be inherent

but on subterfuge with the under lining principle that the people are dumb.


How would one explain the recently-constituted Royal Cabinet of Oyo state

that is made up of the Princes and Princesses of virtually all the

high-ranking Monarchs and other \"nobilities\" in the state? Without

impugning on the qualification or capabilities of these nobles, it is

obvious that they got these positions because of their royal backgrounds.

The only thing that truly qualified them for a place in the cabinet was

being blue-blooded. These Princes and Princesses would be basking in grand

delusion to assume otherwise.


Like all the actions of the  state government which are based on

prevarications, this move takes the cake in the governor\'s art of

sophistry leading up to 2015. In the priggish assumption of our dear

governor, the people would be more than glad to return him to power in 2015

regardless of the poor state of education, the sick health sector that has

seen better days, the high unemployment level , lack of potable water among

some of  the government\'s inadequacies.


In the thinking of his Excellency, as long as their nobles are given

positions in government, the people will gladly endure the present



Governor Ajimobi, having gotten used to being referred to as the Emperor of

Oyo, suddenly realized that an emperor needs to reign with Princes and

Princesses, hence the creation of the present cabinet of Royals and

\"Nobilities\". However, just as the people have been short-changed with

unfulfilled promises, some monarchs who have been left out are presently

clamoring for the inclusion of their scions in the emperor\'s Cabinet. What

is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander after all.


With the royal cabinet in place, the people are the ones who are left with

the short end of the stick. The government has now effectively disconnected

from the people. These nobles will regard the lower class with further

contempt after having always alienated themselves because of their

privileged and aristocratic background.


His Excellency is yet to understand that he has lost the ground from under

his feet come 2015. The perceived advantages that he thought his royal

cabinet would bestow on his re-election bid is inconsequential. This is

because being  \"blue-blooded\" in a democracy is an empty privilege and

whatever benefit it confers resides in the realm of fiction and wild



The vain and haughty over-estimation of the political benefits that the

governor hopes to derive from these royal assemblage with little or no

experiences in state affairs, will lead to an ignominious fall in 2015.


The people who have been considered sheepish, who have been despised, the

people who are  despondent,disillusioned and depressed, the people who are

suffering, the people who have been ridiculed and offended will pursue them

with their votes in that fall.  They will bring to rise a government for

the masses and the downtrodden.


His Excellency will be reminded that if being a noble was a factor for

holding a political office in a democracy, a President that at a time had

no shoes and a Governor from a humble background would not have had an



Omolere Omoetan is a Public Commentator resident in Awotan Ibadan


Ngozi Isintume said:
Omolere your have just said the truth , keep the flag flying

Alhaji Owolabi said:
Dear Omolere , I agree with you. Only God will help us

William Ogunfolabi said:
I do not agree with you in all, but i do not think Ajimobi\'s decision is the best.
He should empower the the common man on the street.

Soliu luqman said:
Ajimobi is not for oyo state indigenes but only for his kinsmen and kings. Therefore, expect nothing beneficial to the masses from him. However, the signal is and would not at all favourable to him in the next election. That is why he has failed to conduct local government election since he assumed office

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