PHIL OKOSE, Onitsha
Disturbed by the incessant uprising and agitations in the country, the President of National Complementary and Alternative Medical Association, NACAMA, Nigeria, Professor Peter Emeka Katchy, said on Monday that “there is no true democracy in Nigeria.”
Speaking at a book launch in Awka, Anambra State capital titled, Nigeria’s struggle to democracy’, authored by a lecturer at Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, near Onitsha Chris Nwosu, Prof katchy reiterated that, “the only true democratic polity experienced in Nigeria lasted for six years, 1960 to 1966”.
“That was when there was true federalism and after that there was a coup that ushered in unitary system that brought in corruption”.
He hinted that, “it was in the National Conference that restructuring was recommended, from 1979 till date both the civilian and military are practising military system because of oil money, regions become redundant, refuse to work for their own resources originating from their own region”.
“If there is structure there will be true federalism. When we have true federalism there will be regional police. Nigeria is afraid of history, and that is why they removed history from school curriculum. Let history be restored in school curriculum, those people who are agitating do not know or read history .
Those who are agitating and want to be carved out is because history was not taught to them. The another of this book did a good Job by authoring this book that those who do not know the history of this country to know”.
Earlier, the book reviewer, an Associate Prof. Head, political Science Department, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Rev. Ifeanyichukwu Ojukwu, recalled that “ the missionaries permeated us and brought us together via indirect rule, amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria”.
He commended the author for his work adding that according to the author there are 250 tribes in Nigerian and more than 500 languages.
He said “since the amalgamation of Northern and southern Nigeria in 1914 by the colonial masters, we have not achieved true democracy, we are pretenders to democracy and we are still on the road to democracy.
In his response, the author, Chris Nwosu, a Public Affairs analyst, prolific writer and author of so many unpublished articles said “Nigeria is not yet a democratic nation and if you want to know whether it is true or not you look at the indices of the democracy, one of them is the rule of law. Do we have independence of the judiciary, no, how do we conduct elections and the ones conducted were they free and fair?.
On authoring books he said “it is inspiration from God and I have love for writing and reading, especially motivational books, “no human being can claim monopoly of knowledge”.
“You have to read to broaden your academic horizon and it is by reading other people’s work that you can be able to put up yours”.
He said the book was necessitated because of the political situation of the country but regretted the illegal activities of pirates.
“Piracy is a very bad habit and I will do as much as possible to shum it. If somebody pirates my book I will allow Justice to take its course”.
On the role Government has prayed to stop piracy he said, Government has not done much on piracy, it should be up and doing to its responsibility, ensure anybody caught should face the law”.
Among those that graced the event included the former Deputy speaker in the state House of Assembly, Hon Kelue Molokwu, Rev Chiedozie Anaeto- Chairman of the occasion and Ben Nwafor -Director in ASUBEB.
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