One of my write-ups on this forum titled ‘To Nigerians in the Diaspora’ elicited many responses from Nigerians in the Diaspora and at home. My synthesis of the reactions was that Nigerians are aware of the nature of the cesspool our country has sunk; what remains is evolving promising solution to the rot. My personal approach to developing effective antidote to an obstacle or a challenge is to first identify the character of the problem. So, what is the nature of the problem plaguing our dear country,
Chinua Achebe described it as the problem of leadership. Alhaji Shehu Shagari saw it as the palaver of followership; others assessed it as an amalgam of both interests. What is of utmost curiosity is that the three alternatives are making reference to human beings; to be specific, humanity. It implies that Nigerian follwership comprise human beings, its leadership or rulership is made up of human beings too. But this level of individuals cannot subsist in their deprecating potentials without an active connivance of other nationals, hence my tethering the prime culprit to humanity. Whichever manner of analysis we want to adopt, Nigerians are still the specific culprits.
In my rumination over the nature of
They had argued their points, he had held firmly to his views. Now, several years after the altercation, the ugly drama described to him was being staged before his very eyes with him at the receiving end. Does it mean our problems stem from bad leadership? he thought.
“Are you asking that question again?” he was jolted by the voice. Koye tried to locate it but could not; he realized it was all over the place.
“Bad leadership,” the voice was saying, “I am sure you know who a leader is.” Then he pinpointed it, the voice was coming from the speakers of the car’s stereo system. He got into the Datsun and drove along
“Does it mean politics, I mean serving in government, is buying and selling and you have to make profit?”
“Of course. Why do you think the level of underdevelopment is this pronounced? I am sure you must have seen enough in the continent to make you see the evidence with your eyes.”
While a lot is still to be done to actually bring the story to its fictive domain, the focus of the characters’ dialogue is that Nigerians are at the center of the creation and it is from their view points that solutions to their problems must evolve. Therefore, if we agree that the Nigerian leadership and followership are the perpetrators of the circumstances that have continued to drag our country backward; we need to further examine the degree of culpability of these actors towards recommending commensurable antidotes. It must be affirmed that almost all the levels of
In ‘To Nigerians in the Diaspora’ I identified four diseased areas of our country’s existence: education, security, power, and water generation and supply. The attempt does not imply that other areas of our national life such as transportation, communication, health, sports, environment, value rating and other aspects of living are free from the debilitating features of the examined ones.
The most glaring of the Nigerian malady is corruption. The type of corruption where Nigerians in positions of responsibility divert the money meant for the development of the country into private pockets; it is only logical to conclude that where this type of sleaze exists, other forms of corruption will naturally follow. Evidences of the existence of this nature of corruption are common sights in our dear
Every society is a continuum; the process of procreation ensures that there are human beings who take over the mantle from other members of the society through an agreed convention or natural injunction. Thus, when a lawyer or a teacher dies or retires there is another lawyer or teacher to fill his position. In my dear
There is this 300 level student who believes his first car is going to be a Jeep! The first day he declared his desire I waved him aside as unreasonable but the boy remained consistent in his resolve to ride the Jeep whose second hand value ranges ‘modestly’ between 1 and 2 million naira. When the boy’s insistence was becoming infectious, I invited him to my office and asked how he hoped to achieve such a feat. The boy regaled me with precise statistics on the weight of corrupt practices in
It was my turn to shiver a bit as soon as he slammed the door. If this student is an instance of the type of future political leaders