WHEN Nigeria achieved political emancipation in 1960, it evinced the tendencies and potentialities of a country that would become great, economically, technologically, and politically. Are such natural resources as gold, tin ore, bauxite and crude oil not buried beneath our soil? And, Nigeria had colourful politicians like Chief Awolowo, who was a political sage and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the doyen of journalism in West Africa, then.
But the departing British imperialists left the egregious political legacy of the imposition of leaders on the populace for us. It led to the emergence of politicians, who were not prepared for the challenges of political leadership.
Nigeria’s current economic woes and technological underdevelopment are not unconnected to past political maladministration and military dictatorships, which beset our country in the past. Our political leaders and the military stalled our national development with their bumbling, inept, corrupt, visionless, and rudderless leaderships.
The ascetic leader teetotaler swept to power on the coat tail of his political antecedents and reputation. He is believed to be the messiah that will right the wrongs in our political polity, turn around our ailing economy, and take Nigeria to a great technological height. But, President Buhari’s tardiness and political missteps have caused some people to become skeptical and cynical regarding his electioneering promises.
Nigerians are patiently waiting for him to offer us purposeful and people-oriented leadership that will transform Nigeria. Our current unsatisfactory level of national development is a consequence of bad successive political regimes that pillaged our economic resources. But it takes a detribalized political leader with probity and leadership qualities to re-make a country. Singapore and Malaysia had leaders who transformed those countries. Singapore and Malaysia’s leadership models should be adopted and emulated by our leaders.
But no country can grow above the visions and dreams of its leader. Thankfully, our President is surrounded by egg-heads, technocrats and visionaries who can offer him advice and roadmaps regarding how to make Nigeria a great country.
President Buhari should set about his presidential duties with earnestness and fealty. It is high time our national leader diversified our mono-economy that is based and sustained on oil revenue as a dip in global oil prices will spell doom for our country.
For all its human and material resources, Nigeria imports simple house–hold items. It is a proof that our educational system is dysfunctional.
Education is the bedrock of national development. No country with dysfunctional educational system can make progress. So, it is imperative for our political leaders to revamp our educational system in order that those who pass through our educational institutions are not found wanting in learning and character. Only skilled and knowledgeable citizens can drive the developmental initiatives in a country.
More so, people who are well-educated are imbued with positive morality. They are not vulnerable and susceptible to being indoctrinated with dangerous religious teachings. The activities of the Boko haram group have loss of lives and of property. The government should tackle the insurgency.The survival as well as the progress of Nigeria is based on national unity. No country in political stasis can achieve national development. National unity is an incentive for national development. Citizens of countries in political crisis cannot achieve great technological feats while living in their home countries. So, I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from engaging in acts that will deepen our ethnic and religious fissures, and make some people from a section of the country feel alienated.
CREDITS: This article was published on Daily Sun, and it was written by Uche Chinedu Okoye from Anambra State