"Nigeria, perpetually, a country of huge potentials. Independence came wth great potentials. But it's been 57 years. And it's been unending tales of greatness that could have been. Nigeria, frustratingly, always at cross roads. She is always never far from breakthrough. But always never distant from a terminal catastrophe. After the civil war, and after the succession of military dictatorship, the worst once seemed to be over. Democracy returned with promises and hopes. But the return of democracy has brought back the nightmares of the 60s. Wanton profligacy, ruthless corruption and theft of public funds, disenchanted of citizenry, rise of ethnic passions, drums of war. ..... Resources are poorly harnessed and routinely lavished. Human potentials are left to rot. An outrageously high unemployment rate guarantees that. When the country grows only statistics grow. Sustainable development has remained the stuff of slogans. And politics continue to thrive on charlatanism."
"The Country worries too much a does too little. She has no functional institutions. Her best energies are dissipated in creating political ethnic and religious tensions, in clannishness, in fanning embers of disunity. Lack of cohesion and paucity of ideas and cynicism have left the country an outdated and unwieldy contraption. A bolekaja with an engine puffs smoke of poisonous ethnocentrism; that greatly consumes fuel, waste its natural resources and makes no progress."
"But Nigeria is not doomed. The way forward however, must be painstaking political re engineering that enhances national cohesion and political accountability. It's must be a clear path of foresighted economic policies that weans the nation off oil and improves the standard of living of the poorest. It must be an avenue for the enthronement of justice and fairness, that creates a sense of belonging. It must involve the construction of nationhood, the repair of the social moral fabric, and the lifting of hope."
Culled from Saturday vanguard( edition of 30th September 2017). A lengthy article by Dr Ugoji Egbujo, titled " How Buhari can be Nigeria's successful president.
How I wish all our elites, especially the politicians and those in power now will read this master piece. As far as I'm concerned, It is the best road map on the way forward on the absurdities bedeviling our nation today. His views on security, economy, politics and secessionists are thoughtful, thorough, viable, devoid of sentiments and ambiguities and if implemented will go along way in bringing Nigeria out of its self inflicted quagmire.
Needed: a consortium of PMB supporters that will summarize these thoughts and pass it on to power house with the possibility of getting some these germane issues sorted out in interest of the peace, stability and progress of this beleaguered nation that has all that it takes to be counted amongst the comity of developed nation, yet it remains embarrassingly backward.