In this short presentation, I make a case for the decongestion of the political space which will automatically lead to economic deregulation. I even provide a framework for achieving the changes constitutionally through the Council of State and the packaging of the changes which the National Assembly will pass into law without debate and the state assemblies vi vii will endorse. I have sought in vain for information on a country, apart from Nigeria, where democracy preceded development.
A country that wants to grow takes that quantum of freedom that will drive development and growth. In a crude way of saying the same thing, the performance of duties in the polity determines the enjoyment of rights. Where you spend more than 20 per cent of your earnings on administering a polity, you must sit down and think. Where less than 17,500 public officers pocket more than 75 per cent of a country’s earnings, then it is time to talk. Yes, we have talked and talked, but have been consistently ignoring the outcome of the deliberations. Can the National Dialogue make the difference?
Prince Tony Momoh Lawyer/Journalist/Politician Former Minister of Information and Culture. Abuja, April, 2014