Thursday, 18 August 2016

The dilemma of a nation : Thoughts on the future of Nigeria

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The Pond is dry, now there is nothing left. The streets are desserted, the businesses are shut; 'the voices we need to hear the most are targeted and silenced, we're afraid of debate", votes rarely count, no electricity, no internet, no quality education, no good healthcare, no salaries, no pensions, no jobs, no housing, the prices of food have gone up, communities cannot live in peace, our young girls drown in their boats to Europe in search of a better life, our young men languishing in  foreign jails, our pensioners are dying in large numbers, etc. There is so much fear, division, anxiety and paralysis, 'so much is uncertain'. Enough of the  blame games. !
 According to Laurie Penny: "This is what happens when weaponised insincerity is applied to structural ignorance"

The political and economic uncertainty we are witnessing today is a wake up call for strong nation building. There is urgent need for the restructuring of the constitution granting greater autonomy to states, cutting cost of governance, embracing diversification to ensure inclusive growth.

 Nigerians need leadership that will unite the country not division. They don't want to be reminded of the sad injustices of the constitution which now threatens the country. They want sound management of the country's resources as the country is blessed with abundant resources including young population.

'This is a turbulent period' for the country .South Africa is now the largest economy in Africa, Ivory Coast tops the chart for investment destinations a huge slap on Nigeria , a strategic position we held firm just less than 18-months ago. America has blacklisted most Nigerian states due to insecurity.

Important awareness of the endemic issues of corruption has been raised with promising international support, but we must look at it constructively ensuring fairness as we enter a new era in our fragile democracy. Corruption involved everyone... " corruption thrived under both civilian and military-led governments implicating leaders of all ethnic and religious affiliations"-Mattew Page.

We have been told vulture funds don't get to victim countries as easy as the books mean. Abia state now lacks a government adding to the misery of the people. Legislature: A democratic president cannot order the senate to pass laws and cannot choose the senate leadership and cannot disobey the ruling of the judges and obeys only favourable orders. A whole lot has gone wrong.  I think we need to find out if there are other methods that we're waiting to apply to bring the needed results or do we continue in this uncertainty....The president has admitted it will be difficult to deliver on his election promises due to the poor state of the economy'. Does it mean the country should remain stagnant., these are the questions we should be asking....

Democracy must be inclusive to drive development and growth. A sensible opposition is essential in a democracy. The Judiciary must live up to expectation, while a strong civil society and unbiased media must be activated to balance government action and individual liberty. 'With many mistakes of political judgement and economic policy' it's imperative we embrace politics of sensible debate and constructive dialogue to improve the lives of millions of our people. The current leadership holds the key to the future.

"The way people respond to change defines their destinies. Do they embrace change or do they fight it? Are they imprisoned by the past or can they, like Mandela, free themselves from it? Do they carry the past with them like a sacred lamp or are they able to set it aside in order to create something new?"-HBR

Now is the time for statesmanship as the current uncertainty may make or mar the country bringing to fulfilment various predictions about the future of Nigeria.

Uche Okeke

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