Tuesday, 06 February 2018 01:05

Let's Not Hope To Have Our Hopes Dashed

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In a 5-page message given to the nation, IBB spoke about the future of Nigeria, insisting that President Buhari  give way to younger leaders. There is nothing greater than one who speaks the truth, and we all know Nigerians are truthful and intelligent men and women. Our problem has been that we lacked maturity, patience, and deeper reflection. It is not too late for us to change and become better. Change we must if the world were to trust us again and take us serious. It is said that difficulties of life are not meant to make us bitter but better.

This is a plea for my country. It is an appeal, request, petition, entreaty, supplication, imploration, or prayer. We see the tears of the innocent and hear the beloved country cry.

Our past mistakes ought to make us wiser. President Obasanjo spoke that President Buhari should not run in 2019, and we agreed. Finally, IBB added his voice that we need a new, younger leadership, and we agree the more. Change is in the air. Change shall begin with new blood, blood of the untainted, unpolluted, undamaged, unblemished, uncorrupted, pure, or clean.

The purpose of this essay is to comment on a few points IBB brought out, making direct use of his words. As citizens of Nigeria, we have a tremendous stake in the stock called Nigeria . We wish our nation and people well and good as we reverse direction  from our bloody path to show our citizens  respect, love, and sustained kindness and earn the same from the world. Here are a few of IBB’s words and this writer’s comments:

I am alarmed by the amount of blood-letting across the land. Nigeria is now being described as a land where blood flows like river, where tears have refused to dry up. Almost on a daily basis, we are both mourning and grieving, and often times left helpless by the sophistication of crimes.

We cannot drink blood for blood contains life. However we do drink clean water for water contains life-giving ingredients. Let the common man breathe a sigh of relief.Did we cast the wrong ballot or we misunderstood the instruction?

With our huge investments in the African emancipation movements and the various contributions that were made by our leadership to extricate South Africa from colonial grip, Nigeria became the giant of Africa during that period.

Correct! We have helped everyone else but forgot to help us. We have helped South Africa out of colonialism; we’re helping  America, UK, Japan, German, and the entire world with our rich oil. When are we going to help that little Nigerian boy or girl who goes to school on empty stomachs without food?

As citizens in a democracy,  it is our civic responsibility to demand accountability and transparency. Our elected leaders owe us that simple but remarkable accountability creed. Whenever we criticize them, it is not that we do not like their guts; it is just that as stakeholders in the political economy of the country, we also carry certain responsibilities.

Our voices must be heard in a democracy. We would rather have our voices heard without a government than have a government without our voices being heard. This is the essence of democracy that we are ready to die for.

We truly need to reform the political system

We honor and respect our old statesmen.  We say to them: “Well done, Sirs.”  But now, it’s time the young chicks left the nest to stretch out their untested wings and fly, fly, fly over the withering hills and gather experience. Give the chicks a little time and they shall get it right.

We have to reorient the minds of the herdsmen or gun-men to embrace ranching as a new and modern way to herd cattle. We also need to expand the capacity of the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Army, the Navy and Air Force to provide the necessary security for all. We need to catch up with modern sophistication in crime detection and crime fighting.

Well spoken, IBB. Let’s march ahead with the modern world in ranching, not backwards to antiquity. Let’s  save our land for crops to feed our bourgeoning population that is expected to reach 400 million souls by the time we know it. We are more than just cattle, and cattle herding is not what we are known for . We are first and foremost the Nigerians. 

The next election in 2019 therefore presents us a unique opportunity to reinvent the will and provoke fresh leadership that would immediately begin the process of healing the wounds in the land and ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of the people are realized in building and sustaining national cohesion and consensus

We need to have the mindset that our government officials, such as the president, governors, chiefs of police, army, and security, and teachers  are no more than public servants who serve at the pleasure of the real employers, the citizens of Nigeria .

 (We)  need to enthrone younger blood into the mainstream of our political leadership starting from 2019.

We applaud and nod our heads in agreement. Look around and see what leaders other nations have, World leaders range in age from 31 to 40 years . Median ages are 37 and 39. There are thousands of 31-40 years-old Nigerians who can pick up the mantle and  lead the nation successfully. We ask they be (1) very educated  at least beyond the first undergraduate degree ; (2) have experience in the democratic process and be able to deal with people; (3) be detribalized, owing no allegiance to any tribe of religion, and loving all God’s children alike.

(We need) devolution of power or restructuring is an idea whose time has come if we must be honest with ourselves. We need to critically address the issue and take informed positions based on the expectations of the people on how to make the union work better.

We shall not die, the world will not end, and Nigeria will not be destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake  if we try restructuring. What are we afraid of? There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Centralization doesn’t work any longer. We need diversification, a broadening, expansion of power, a branching out. When the center can longer hold, things got to fall apart. We shall have faith in our resilience. Let’s try a loose federation. Let’s have 36 semi-autonomous States. It’ll work better then bloodletting. Nigerians are tired. This is a plea for my country.

BY Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;  jamesagazies.blogspot.com

Written Sunday, January 4, 2018

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James Agazie Ed D

A retired college Professor  with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics.  Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment.