Philosophers like Thomas Hobbes as far back 1651 averred that human lives prior to the emergence of contemporary modern states were purely on the basis of freedom, not rights, and as such everyone was an executive unto him or herself.
Hence life was what they called “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short” due to the absence of a definite political authority that can guarantee, enforce and protect rights.
This means that human society then was leaderless and is based on how strong you are, and even if you are strong, if you cannot compete, and even if you can compete, if you cannot win, and even if you can win, if you cannot maintain your position, life is not for you and the society will have no sympathy over you.
Don’t you think we have hangovers of this kind of life today?
To Hobbes, the way out is the formation of a government on the basis of social contract, hence the basis that led to the emergence of what we today called a democratic state and its leadership. To social contract theorists, such contract between the electorates and those vying to lead underscores the critical importance of having a democratic leadership under the care of a person who is morally upright and with impeccable character. With such kind of a leader, a morally stable and prosperous society can be created.
In view of the foregoing statements, one will be wandering on how morally upright are leaders manning the affairs of modern democratic states particularly in places like Nigeria where many described as the headquarters of bribery and corruption?
Do the leaders in Nigeria even care to do what is right to save the reputation of the society they are leading? Or are they simply after their own personal ill-conceived motives not minding the interest of the larger society who confer legitimacy on them via the so-called social contract?
To be brutally frank, one will have no option than to admit that we only have a cadre of leaders whose only project have always been to embark on the systematic looting of the public treasury, and that’s why today we are tagged as the world’s headquarters of extremely poor people.
The situation is even more pathetic with the kind of leadership we have in Kano State, the most populous Nigerian state with over a thousand years of civilization and administration. It is sad and tragic that the Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, despite the evidence of alleged bribe-taking videos against his person, is still in charge of the state leadership. That alone is enough for one conclude on the moral bankruptcy of our leaders. Sad!
Whatever it is the Governor has a moral responsibility to do what is right, that’s to step aside or resigned until when the reality of the situation is been established by if need be, an independent investigative committee whose membership is from outside the instrumentality of Kano’s governance structure.
Instead of doing what is right, they rather resorted to deploying the entire structure of governance in the state just to distort any attempt geared towards finding the reality of the situation. Sad!
The good thing, however, since the Governor has failed to discharge the moral burden on his neck, we at Movement for Better Kano (MBK) we shall continue to document the process with a view to educating the general public until the right thing is done. We have a responsibility to protect the good reputation of our dear state, and we shall not relent.
Nura Iro Ma’aji is an Activist and Convener , Movement For A Better Kano(MBK) that can be reached on 08032601697