Yet Another Democracy Day is here- May 29.
This particular edition makes it 13th year of revamped self rule.
Societynowng.com takes a glance at Events, People and Institution that contributed on way or the other to the present state of the nation.
Nduka Obaigbena & ThisDay
Let's be a little selfish here- we want to start from our door step, Journalism as it is.
Mr Nduka Obaigbena and his leaders and company, the publishers of ThisDay Newspaper tittles have redefined the way and manner the craft his practised in this part of the world.
Both in and outside of his trade- the stylish publisher represents what a successful newspaper man stands for.
He is an influential Nigerian- and has a powerful entity to his name.
ThisDay sets the tone in the manner of reportage- and let's give the paper credit for this with a very obvious pointer.
The paper has taken and re branded celebrity reporting to the height such that traditional publications such as Guardian and Punch (regarded as masters of convention) now compete to utilise this 'tool' to uplift their publications.
Like or hate the man and his paper- one thing can not be taken from Mr Obaigbena- he is one of the factors that have shaped 'this day' (of Democracy) in our lives.
ThisDay constantly set political and economic agenda with it's stories.
The power of the publication is such that, it's employees are constantly lobbied for political appointments for inherent benefits by politicians.
Friends of Presidents (within and outside the country), confidante of ministers and state governors, on first name basis with business moguls and captains of industries and sought after adviser in life changing political and economic moment- Mr Obaigbena's deft in managing in his relationships in such a manner to retain the autonomy of his Newspaper as made him a major force in creating thisday of 13th year Democracy day.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo & PDP
Yeah..they should be separated. After all the ruling party with ambition to rule till the leaders give up the ghost, People's Democratic Party is an organisation that is far greater than one man.
But wait a minute, let's ruminate over these posers... which leader forged the party into an election winner irrespective of the vibrancy and popularity of the opposition?
Which leader installed his successor and his successor's successor in the face of teaming opposition?
Which leader turned the most powerful politician at his ascendary to power to just another office seeker- when he left office.
Take a brief pause- and ask yourself, the 'major achievements' of this 'great party- in the last thirteen years- under whose watch were they recorded?
And the unpopular milestones associated with it?
Until recently, who stands accused of teleguiding the actions of even the present regime?
Of course the irrepressible identity Olusegun Obasanjo surfaces on the lips.
And under what platform did this elder state man operate, PDP.
13yrs of Democracy- still credited with fostering the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan on the nation using PDP.
And you say it is absolutely wrong to say PDP is another name for Obasanjo? Or the man and the party have not massively contributed to the present Democracy? Let's move to another topic please.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye
When a man enjoy such level of faith that, head of financial institutions and captains of industries pool resources together and acquire a private jet for him, for them to enjoy divine immunisation from world wide economic recession- then such a beneficiary is an uncommon man, inspiring very rare faith.
That is the case of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God( RCCG).
From day one, till date of this 13years of Democracy, Daddy G.O has enjoyed a revered status in the nation.
Candidates, aspirants of all categories go to see him personally or flock his church to enjoy divine intervention in their 'situation'.
It is widely reported and believe that decision makers- even of diverse faith- in major areas of national life seek his spiritual counsel before making their move.
Not given to undue attention- the spiritual leader of one of the most influential christian denomination around is one of the major factors that has helped nursed the present day Democracy.
Even former President Obasanjo- said not to care very much about men of God and their predictions- made it a point of duty to visit Pastor Adeboye during and after his( the politician's) reign.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu & ACN
The Jargan Borgu is a political leader with multitudes of followers in the southwest. And he has every reason to bask in this credit.
He is the leader of the most vibrant opposition party in nigeria- the Action Congress of Nigeria.
It is no minor triumph to control the fate of not less than five states- and to a large extent, the southwest region as a whole.
Now addressed as Asiwaju of the Universe, the master politician, with his deft political moves, is gradually transforming what is viewed a sectional party to a national force.
With just Lagos state as his launch pad- the governor Emeritus has risen into the mould of a political giant, the federal government is left no choice but to deal with- if the federal structure is to be maintained.
Thanks to his continuing exploits with the political party ACN
Otunba Segun Runsewe, the Director General of the National Tourism Development Corporation.
How does he fit in?
He was formerly at the National Orientation Agency. Then he took up the NTDC challenge.
Seen any similarities? He has been engulfed with changing the image of the country near and far- and he has taken this an extra step, creating a profitable venture out of the whole exercise.
A clear testimony of this is very easy to see.
The nation is now a permanent fixtures at major exhibitions in the country- not just for the attendance but show casing glimpses of different crafts and skills for export with this and that samples.
And secondly- the former just a compensatory appointment NTDC's D.G job is now one of the most coveted position around- that even the minister of tourism and culture rely on to show he is performing!
James Onanafe Ibori
13yrs of Democracy has helped to highlight the fact that,the believe that ill gotten public fund once abroad, along with the betrayer of public trust is safe, is just a delusion.
James Ibori, the former governor of Delta state and one of the most powerful politician democracy threw up is in a London jail.
And he is not alone- same for his wife Nkoyo, Sister Christine, Mistress Udoamaka and Lawyer,Gohil.
They were jailed as collaborators in Ibori's grand theft of public fund.
The move which earned the former governor a world record in infamy put paid delusion of escape of arrest once on foreign land by the nation's corrupt public officials.
Ibori was jailed by a London court- based on diligent detective work by security operatives over there.
He was convicted of crimes he was cleared off by a Nigerian court!