OBJ is wisely trying to destroy a corruptive tradition for future performance expediency on the part of politicians and others who hold positions of authority. His goals may seem a little fuzzy and it may be because he doesn’t have a clear map on how to curtail or eradicate years of corruption in a nation completely destroyed by devilish looters. It will take more than OBJ to completely address corruption in Nigeria. It also, will certainly take OBJ a while to achieve his goals because of the obstacles he faces. His inconsistency in approach bothers a lot of independent observers. His continuous disregards of honest criticism continue to create a seminal issue as it relates to embracing his corruption fight. His seemingly missed priority as to how to address the problems of the nation indicates a sense of frustration on his part and failure in general in the eyes of others. The National Political Reform Conference is a toss up strategy to see what comes out of it. He may not even be sure, if he will accept their recommendations if it turns out to be too abstract from his plans.
Today, Education, the equalizer that sets the framework of a growing nation is completely dead in Nigeria. I literally mean this point. To achieve sustainable and positive change, education must be completely overhauled. Teenage Pregnancy is a subject that is often overlooked as it is buried among the varied complicated list of problems faced in the country. Nigeria’s teenage pregnancy problem is mutating so fast that Nigeria is now listed as the number four worst Nation in the world as it relates to teenage pregnancy (www.savethechildren.org). With approximately 10.8% of our 15-year olds having babies, the subject of who gets these children pregnant is an issue that must be addressed. A nation that allows pedophiles to exist as regular individuals with no consequences for their actions reflects a weak justice system and a decaying social system. OBJ must understand that these issues continue to reflect a government that is ineffective because of its fragile and chaotic policies.
It is disheartening, sad, and sometimes factually emotionally painful when the expectations of the populace are broken year after year, government after government, by those that aspire to leadership positions with claims to make a difference. With each fascist dictator, the country has seen no improvement. With each regressing government, Nigerians have been reduced to barking dogs with broken teeth. They are lost on how to get the basic amenities of life under the ruthless, greedy governors they are forced to have. Sadly enough, select individuals continue to call for a pacifying approach to picking the next leader. If the country really wants to see progress, then, a leader that can ensure results is what is needed. A specific group can’t be pacified to make them happy. Though several reasons have been raised as per why an appeasement process is best, I am not convinced. Those behind the concept have failed to tell us how a nation of multiple ethnicities can be satisfied by a pre-designed rotational presidency.
For one, the South-South is yet to produce a president since independence and that is not enough reason for me to vocalize support for a president from that region. In analyzing the realities of the process, an ethnic-appeasement approach could stagnate national growth. It is idealistically unrighteous and regionally sanctimonious, in addition to being a selfish avocation. OBJ knows people will lie, squirm, make up stories, and self-authenticate issues, (present and past) to justify or achieve their goals and/or desires. He knows that the Tiger never losses its stripes and the Leopard never losses its spots. If effective reform is to apply ethnic approaches, the system will not only collapse, it could lead to more division.
Some people often love to grade performances on a comparative basis or on a curve. This is perhaps, how they know best. In our rush to compare IBB to OBJ; Buhari to OBJ; OBJ to Rawlings and so forth, we must realize that the environment is different and the world is no longer accepting of the Rawlings mechanism as good as it sounds right now for a country like Nigeria. Perhaps, we just have to aspire for a positive change through a balanced approach that takes the wealth from those who stole it and redistribute it to create a middle class environment. Nigeria’s problems can’t be completely resolved in a whisk as growing or great nations are never completely developed. What is most pressing right now is safety and poverty. The commonality between poverty, safety, AIDS, cults, regressive education, etc., is obvious. What is not obvious is why there continue to be a growing gap between the very rich and the poor.