Never Stop Criticizing Your Government!

Opinion

Always find time to criticize the government. It is not our job to provide basic amenities or make decisions concerning the allocation of resources. It the job of the government. Enough is enough of that “stop criticizing the government, do it yourself” or “think of providing solutions instead of criticizing the government” nonsense. Please this…

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Always find time to criticize the government. It is not our job to provide basic amenities or make decisions concerning the allocation of resources. It the job of the government. Enough is enough of that “stop criticizing the government, do it yourself” or “think of providing solutions instead of criticizing the government” nonsense. Please this has to stop. It is not our job to come up with solutions. Very many motivational speakers use this to fire up their audiences — extorting money for inspiration that borders on quackery.

Please Staaap this! There is a reason we have a government populated by public servants whose jobs are to run the state. We form a state so it can do the things we can’t do for ourselves, like protect ourselves. If we were to protect ourselves, it would be impossible to survive, because it would be every man and woman for him or herself. And the strong would destroy and dominate the weak.

Hence, the state is created and given the monopoly on violence to protect the people who set it up. A kind of social contract if you will. It is setup to punish those who break the social contract. Now, since the State is an entity designed to serve and protect those who agree to be a part of it, it has to be run by people — a government. Under a power-by-the-people-and-for-the-people system, we get to pick those who would be part of the government to run our State through an election or some other process.

These individuals, to get elected, must assure us that they are willing to serve us and take on our collective interest — eschewing their own personal interests. Agreeing to do this, we get them elected, pay them ridiculously high salaries and afford them other perks of power, like housing, state-sponsored security, etc.

Depending on the source you believe, the average Nigeria lawmaker at the federal level makes between $1 and $1.7 million dollars per annum. Some sources say they might the highest paid lawmakers in the world.

Remember this, they get paid a shit tonne of money just to serve us. It is their job to come up with solutions to the problems of the nation they serve. It is our job to be satisfied or not. If satisfied, we give them feedback and tell them to go unto other things. We are not supposed to thank them for doing their jobs. It is this nonsense that made people think a certain administration was amazing because “it brought back trains”.

If not satisfied, we are meant to complain, complain and complain, until we are heard. Please it is not our job to come up with solutions. It is the job of the government to design solutions and implement them with the acquiescence of the people they serve.

Remember, they are public servants! Servants of the public! We already thank them enough by lining their pockets with so much money, which to me, is an indictment to our value system, since over 120 million Nigerians live on less than $2 a day. So please, enough of that “Proffer solutions and stop waiting for the government to help you” bullshit! If you find yourself saying that then you might be part of that rotten cankerworm eating at the very fabric of this nation.

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  1. vanilla
    Preach!
    Sadly, i think so many have given up and decided to just handle their business themselves because waiting for govt has left them disappointed over and over again. i cant wait for the day we all wake up and seize our power from these few greedy people claiming they are representing us in govt….it will start with me so i will not stop criticizing when i get the chance!
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