I am writing this piece with a heavy heart. The state of our Nation is nothing to write home about. People do not have access to clean water, there is no steady power supply, it is almost impossible for the average Nigerian to afford 3 square meals. The government is either confused or intentionally depraving the general populace just to destroy their psyche and thus allow them to rip us off more. Some of us may be quick to mention some scattered developments in some states notably Lagos and a very few others however, those of us old enough will remember that these developments are not new. Awolowo, Jakande, El-Rufai etc all did same and maybe even more in their respective areas of jurisdiction but all theri efforts were destroyed in a few years by subsequent leaders. Therefore, in as much as I hail Fashola for his effort, I know it will take one mad man who will come after him or a sudden hatred for lagos by the central power for all his effort to turn to nought! Yaradua may today give us uninterrupted power supply but all we need is a crazy ruler coming in tomorow and all that will be destroyed. What am I trying to say you may ask? Well, me thinks that until we have the right structure of leadership, until the people are governed by selfless leaders whose primary concern is the welfare of the citizens of the state, then random good work by a few will remain just that, random. South Africa, The US, UAE, Ghana, all the Nations we are quick to point to have a good structure. My people, what then is the way out, what form or structure of leadership should we adopt?
I know it is hard to have faith in Nigeria. If our immediate past leader can call us a failed state, then I think we should be worried because he is in the position to make that statement afterall, he has seen it all, Nigeria wise. However, for people like me, call us die hard optimists, it's impossible to lose faith. We may be shaken once in a while but we will never lose faith, nay I will never lose faith. I will keep trying to do my bit for Nigeria even with my last ounce of strength because it is the only country I have. It's not about the passport I carry, it's not about the colour of my skin, it's not even about the Nationality of my parents, it is my Heritage, my History, my Life. I did not choose her, She chose me and there must be a reason why she did and I am determined to fulfil destiny.
I have read a lot of posts on this forum and I am amazed at how intelligent a lot of us seem to be. Thus, I will like to ask a question and will appreciate honest and direct answers - If there is a national conference today and you have a chance to present your views, how would you want power to be shared in Nigeria. Do we continue with the present form where there is so much power at the central and resources are 'evenly distributed'? Or do we return to the days of yore when we had regions and each region was allowed a certain autonomy? Let us put into consideration also that powerat regional level facilitated our dive into 3 years civil war. Or do you have a new power structure that will suit us and make us more governable and move us in the right direction? I will like to hear from you all.
Fellow Concerned Nigerian
PS: Please let this not degenerate into tribal or ethinic or religious battles. This is not my aim. Let us try to be civil.