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The well-known democratic practice of representative governance appears to be losing its allure as a result of the non-adherence of the norm especially in Imo State.

The well-known democratic practice of representative governance appears to be losing its allure as a result of the non-adherence of the norm especially in Imo State.


The prevailing non-challant attitude of most lawmakers through the shirking of their responsibilities as enshrined by the constitution of the land is causing a lot of concern among political watchers.
Succinctly put, there is an erosion of the validity and seriousness of mandate bestowed on an elected person by his or her constituents in a well-conducted election.
Bestowal of mandate on a politician has no other meaning than placement of thrust on the individual concerned. The latter has a duty to reciprocate by giving his or her constituents a sense of belonging through discussions or other interactions as these affect person-to-person relations  all in his or her office.
Mandate therefore is seen as a gift, free-will donation to an electoral candidate or such constitutional beneficiary of an election, that is, a favoured person who is trusted and who could deliver the goods and dispense the dividends of democracy to the beleaguered constituents.
It does happen, unfortunately, that the yahoo mentality of certain political players who find themselves at the corridors of power has been the source of affliction of kindred minds who need succour to keep life afloat.
What we are saying is that our present day lawmakers have stopped establishing constituency offices, complete with staff drawn from their own areas, as a response to constituency allowances given to them.
The absence of such constituency offices, runs against the grain of probity and accountability … it is a leverage of corruption because it amounts to cutting onself away from moral heroism which the constitution of the land imparts.
President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption crusaders have  a surfeit of work to do in this regard, to really put everyone on his or her toes in this effort to sanitise the polity.
If, however, the crusaders see no need to force the lawmakers to set up constituency offices, then the authorities should, without delay, stop paying constituency allowances to them. These are dire times; we should put an end to profligacy inorder to survive as a nation.
We need these offices, nonetheless, to lessen the youth unemployment rate.
We limit our concern to the Igbo heartland because the crunch is much. We are not sure whether lawmakers in other states are playing according to the rule; but wherever constituency offices are not established, should course the attention of the anti-corruption crusaders, to strike.

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