By The People's Bishop Kenneth Obi

The strength of any nation is a direct result of the strength of her leaders: as everything rises and falls on leadership. The masses on their part has a moral duty to reinforce and not undermine the government effort; acting in concord with daily political developments particularly under a democratic arrangement. But contrary to this expectation, the vast majority of Nigerians have in recent times demonstrated stiff difficulty accepting political occurrences by allowing skepticism and, doubt trail every scorecard coming from the government quarters, an act that have understandably affected our national live and existence.

Virulent as the situation appears, such should by no means be tagged an accident as discerning minds view it as a fall-out of the disheartening government past actions.

Explicitly, the most fundamental obstacle responsible for this complexity is that the masses have been led to a state of confusion, to the extent that distinguishing between delusion and reality has become difficult. To justify this position, democracy, at the global level is aimed at providing good governance and in contrast, our ‘homegrown democracy’ has neither guaranteed social justice nor supported social mobility but promoted hopelessness.

The second difficulty, however, seems not to raise so much dust like the first but can only be ignored at a heavy price as it stems from the masses new found ‘knowledge’ that; ‘time and the world do not stand still, that change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past, or the present, are certain to miss the future’. This new frame of mind seems to provide Nigerians with direction out of the present political pew, safeguard common welfare while using a systematic scrutiny of government actions.

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Calculated political awareness meetings and conferences organized daily on our political space by the Civil Society Organizations (CSO), professional Bodies as well as religious Groups, with; fixing, reworking, repositioning the nation as the central themes serve as the ‘people college’ where these political reorientations are created. And consequently, propel Nigerians to question hitherto political settled answers as well as demand answers to the unsettled national questions.

This development is made worse by the Nigerian’s realization that they are still governed by people that do not feel the pinch the common man is made to endure, or that the leaders have simply chosen to be ‘compassionate by proxy’.

Going by what is happening currently, one will again, discover that Nigerians are irked by the fact that instead of our leaders providing us with the much-yearned democracy dividends, they fractured our nation’s geography into a polarized ‘ethno-syncrasies’ and idiosyncrasies, all of which have led to agitations of different sorts and capacities. These have further disjointed the amalgams of the country and made the nation that was once called ‘The Giant of Africa’ now be referred to by friends and foes as a ‘wobbling tripod.

Apart from the above baffling development, another thing seems to stand out; for close to two decades that the nation has had uninterrupted democracy in our shores, our leaders have neither alleviated the real conditions of the poor, the deprived, the lonely, the oppressed, nor get into their lives and participate in their struggles. Hence, the masses have refused to see anything exemplary or impressive with the government.

These state affairs have made the call for a Rally against 'Bad Governance in Nigeria' by Citizens for Righteousness and Social Justice (CRJ) come March 16th 2019 a welcomed development. The essence of the Rally tagged "Liberation Rally" is to fill the gaps between what we profess and demonstration: a case of more action and less speech.

Nigerians can agree with me that for a greater part of our existence as a nation, we have had more demagogues than authentic leaders which have consequently corroded our expected socioeconomic development. Hence, it is time for the masses to create a climate where the ‘truth is heard and brutal force confronted.

Undeniably, the need for acting against bad governance in Nigeria has become inevitable and eminently desirable. And Nigerians who have within this period preached against bad governance but visibly show ineptitude in strategy and commitment that will bring this position to fruition, are hereby invited to join forces with CRJ on the 16th of March 2019 in Owerri, Imo State, for a mega "Liberation Rally" against bad governance in Nigeria.

Concerned Christians Alert Group (CCAG), Nigeria Rise Initiative (NRI) in conjunction with Citizens for Righteousness and Social Justice (CRJ) is the Best Way to Go, Raising Anti Corruption Crusaders, Fighting Injustices in a Violence and Immoral Society.

For further enquiries contact us @ Plot R75 New Market Layout (behind Shoprite Mall) Owerri, Imo State, or call:

*The People's Bishop Kenneth Obi, Advocate of Humanity and Social Justice. Chairman, CRJ, IMO STATE*
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