On October 1st 2010, Nigeria will become 50 years old as a nation. 50 years, is a reasonable age to record meaningful progress. But the reverse is the case. At present, greater majority of Nigerians are disappointed at the state of the nation/rate of our progress as a country. However, this piece does not intend to further repeat the obvious fact, which is that, we have been very unfortunate, to have both bad leaders and bad followers in Nigeria.
Yes we are bad followers, because in other countries (South Africans dismantled apartheid, Eastern Europeans dismantled communism), followers have resisted being misled. Our strengths as followers are never utilized. Discovering and utilizing of our strengths as followers will be a useful instrument. Lets not forget that, Nigerian leadership (various levels) is too serious a business to be left for leaders alone.
Fellow Nigerians, lets start a new beginning for Nigeria. The new beginning am asking for is, what can we do for our country Nigeria. Former American President (John F. Kennedy) made similar call to Americans when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” in the same manner, what can we do as Nigerians (with or without government) to move Nigeria forward.
Time for action is now. Its also time to prepare for the great challenges of saving Nigeria, because failing to prepare, is preparing to fail our country. Nigeria remains one and our only country. History will surely not forgive us if we fail to take a positive action to save Nigeria. Lets hear from you, ideas/actions to reclaim our dearest country. May God bless Nigeria.
Chinedu Vincent Akuta.
An activist and leader of “Support Option A4 Group” Leicester-UK