At a time when I expect serious self examination on the part of the political elite about the failings and lost opportunities of the last 50 years, all I see is campaign exaggerated display which helps to heat up the polity and pushes our plural society towards its delicate fault-lines. While I have no problem with whatever ethnic or zonal transformation politicians come up with in the process of electing the next president and governors, the bottom-line remains that it would be much more productive if the aspirants also begin to place more importance on the welfare of the people with a view to making the right policy choices.
With the landscape covered with broken dreams and wasted opportunities, what
today needs at practically all levels of governance are not those who can entertain the people with series of her failings since we can all see them. What the nation needs today are honest leaders who will accept responsibility for our past; as well as men and women (both at home and in the Diaspora) who will stand up and be counted in the process of her regeneration--change agents who will reposition Nigeria for the promise of tomorrow. Fortunately, the nation has an abundance of such men and women in all fields of human endeavor. It is time for us to stand up and be counted. Nigeria
We can actually confront poor leadership by organizing and uttering distinctly citizens' power for quality leadership. The concern which I have about our citizenship these days is that too many Nigerians appear to have surrendered
Public shaming, scolding and ridiculing have, over the years, changed nothing. What to do? A change of tact!
Might we start the creation of progress, development and greatness for
The 50th anniversary of our independence from
therefore offers our leaders (current and aspiring) a valuable moment to accept responsibility for the past and seize the future. They must begin to fashion out the required strategies necessary to overcome the human and institutional barriers that for decades have held the country back, with a focus on accountability and good governance. They must also become more serious about putting in place social and physical infrastructure that will deepen and unleash the capacities of Britain 's next generation. All these will mean charting a new course and embracing a new form of politics. Nigeria