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How Can Nigeria Be Saved?

Dear All,

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.

Regards,

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.

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Yes,it can be done,if Nigerian abroad dont do it who will?. There is no choice and Nairaland is a good place to start spreading the message. But have a look at this article:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7991447.stm

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supported, do we think this is something that can be done and can something be achieved from this?

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The first thing we can do is to make a list of all Swiss banks and their "connections". The weak point off any bank is money. If they fear to loose money, customers or their reputation then they will start to listen to the protesters.

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Im also interested in protesting to Swiss banks. They should stop receiving money from our leaders. They are as guilty as these corrupt leaders are

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Definitely, Nigerians abroad can gather to do something about the situation by attacking these leaders when they step outside of the shores of that country. We just need to be creative and do it right.

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thanks. Im really learning the patient aspect now. I get choice? We'l also follow up on ur advice on getting stuff done meanwhile. tanx

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can't we at least take these rallies to Nigerian Embassies all around the world? Can't we go to Switzerland and protest that their banks should stop collecting money from our leaders afterall, the giver and the taker of bribes are guilty of the same offense and so are the givers and takers of corrupt money? Can't we take our protests to Stiss embassies around the world? At least if Nigerians in Nigeria are afraid of doing this for obvious reasons, what excuse do we have?

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While you wait for registration to work out, how about spend time putting together a solid plan, documents and information on what you intend to work on, so those who sign up with you can be as informed as you are and you all can be on the same page when you finally go out to present your ideas to those who you will eventually need to approach in the future? There are tons of things but do, but  before anyone decides to make a move, my first advice would be to take time to really study and be sure one is ready for any and everything.

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first we might need to all take ownership of the fault. all nigerians not minding where they are in the world are unpatriotic.

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non patriotism in nigerians in the diaspora

non patriotism in nigerians in nigeria

nigerians in the diaspor dont have any excuse,because first they have seen the way things ought to be done,they have more disposable resources,and have the necessary atmosphere and frame of mind to actually start sensitizing people back home,going back home being proactive rather than leaving what is our resposibility to white charity workers and activists,and then having the gall to turn around and blame ppl for being in active.

as for nigerians in nigeria,they have been battered by sucessive millitary governments,they have been betrayed by countless politicians and so called pro democracy activists,and it has gotten to a stage where people are so distrustful that they are cautiously optimistic whenever they  r called to stand up yet again to confront anybody,i cant imagine myself being told to participate in a rally of some sort when to get a meal of eba with no meat is like an herculean task,also where are the inspirational,morally upright e.t.c speakers/leaders who will inspire and motivate people

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Yes I am and we are working on registration at the mo. Even that is frustrating. Naija things take all d time but we are still on. But, what the movement is planning on doing is a bit more on re-orientation side. It is something I really have a passion for and I can't wait to get over this slight hitch.

However, all the stuff Ive been reading from blogs, newspapers, etc just gets my blood hot. I want radical change. I remember the riots that sent or the juntas of IBB and Abacha and Im wondering if there are still credible groups like NANS, CD, etc now. I hear NANS is now in the habit of giving awards to people like Iwu, Sani Lulu. This is what Im craving for at the mo but I wouldn't want to include this inwhat NDM is set out to do as I am not the only one involved.

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Aren't you already working with a gruoup. . . . the Nigerian movement for Change?

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I think I agree with kobojunkie, maybe we are not just frustrated enough. Maybe when we get to a point, we will fight back. Maybe we are yet to get to that point.

For me, I think meanwhile we need to start doing something. Even if it is just organising meetings/conferences, sensitizing the people/grassroot like kobo said, it will be a good start. Im just tired of doing nothing but write on Nairaland.

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Americans are also individualistic but their patriotism is unparalleld.There must be a reason why nigerians are unpatriotic.

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Nigerians outside of Nigerian already do great things in that country, but it seems the case that those who live there full-time are not really ready for change. I think people are still fascinated with those they consider their heroes, and are more willing to fight their fellow Nigerians, rather than these men, even when it is clear that their heroes are nothing but thieves. So many organizations outside send thousands of items such as computers, books, etc, free of charge to groups, people’s institutions in that country each year. What happens to majority of those stocks? They end up being sold or stolen by their fellow Nigerians in Nigeria. How can you FORCE change on a people when they are not necessarily ready for change?

There is change and then there is change. A person can say he wants change, but unless he is ready to act to see change, he is most likely not ready for it. So, yes Nigerians outside of Nigeria can vote to force change on the majority who happen to live full-time in Nigeria, but if you go by Idiaghon’s example, that sort of change only lasts for a while.

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People are not frustrated enough. Someone said that the main thing is that Nigerians be ready for change. If the people are not ready for change, you fight all you want, at the end of the day, we will see those who have sold their souls for amala and egusi help the same old goons back into their seats come next election. So it is key that Nigerians be ready and willing to stand up for change.

Suggestions have already been put forth. We have never lacked those, we are still waiting for people to start acting. For instance, someone said STOP PAYING BRIBE, when more and more Nigerians stop paying bribes and stop recieving bribes, you will definitely start to see change in corruption at the lower levels.

In my post, I ask that people sit up and start educating themselves, getting themselves and those in their communities ready for 2011 elections cause if we go in large numbers to vote down these men, they will know we have arrived. 2011 is still about 2 years away; this is enough time for anyone or group seriously ready for change to get themselves ready with information needed for to help them make a better choice come 2011 elections.

These are not hard things but simply things each and every Nigerian can do but these go a long way in helping cripple the corrupt in our midst. So are we going to start changing our ways little by little, or are we going to keep looking for someone to come up with some elaborate, out of this world solution to our simple problems?

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This brings about the question whether nigerians really care about nigeria?If a group of people really care about something they would fight for it.

There must be something about nigeria that makes nigerians not to stand up and fight for it.We ought to identify this something.

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Well maybe not but can't this ''fight'' start from outside Nigeria? Im just wondering because I remember that radio kudirat which was a 'voice' from outside Nigeria sensitized a lot of Nigerians during the Abacha regime and went a long way in driving the Junta out. Abi wetin you think?

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Please excuse me if this is a lame question. I am so inexperienced in stuff like these but Ild like to know, is it possible to hold independent conferences in say, 2/3 countries outside Nigeria? I mean, say Nigerians in US/UK/Canada for example, can they decide to hold such a conference? Will the decisions hold any water?

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Did you read the article i posted?It is not a matter of of whether nigerians are happy as one nation.It is how they are to live as one nation.

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@ asha,

how do you propose for that to be done? You do not think Nigerians are happy as one Nation?

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@ kobojunkie,

what is your suggestion? people are  getting more and more frustrated. Unfortunately or fortunately, we have serious over working shock absorbers as Nigerians and thus we are accepting 'anything and everything'. What is the way forward?

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Until nigerians have collectively agreed on the foundation and structure of how they are going to live and exist in the geographical area of nigeria then we can continue to try to solve the effect of shying away from these root issues.

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you r right there sis those somalian will still be flexing muscle if the american did not sent guys to deal with the hostage takers , a lesson in tactics for us all.

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Nigeria can be saved if, and only if, the people will wake up and fight to ensure that come 2011, we shift power more in our favor. Instead of continuing to wait for messiahs, we need to push to ensure that these old goons feel our power and realize that change has surely come.

I remember back when I created my account almost 2 years ago on nairaland, there was a thread screaming CHANGE HAS COME pinned to the first page in politics board. 2 years later, and the change is yet to be seen. For anyone who is going to come back to tell me that Fashola is proof that change has come, I can definitively tell you that when Fashola is gone, changes are high that things will fall back to the way they used to be if you do not get off your backside to push to ensure they do not. And the only way you can do that is to make sure to push to remove the goons blocking progress at all levels in that country, today and those lined up to take their turn to plug up the pipes of progress in the future.

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i share your pain and anguish, just watched bisi olatilo show on ben t.v , saw ogd celebrating his 53 birthday with funfare and bola tinubu dancing to that alagbe called wasiu on his 57th birthday and i felt like crying. this are same people we expect to lead us to the promise land? , nah there must be a new way for us . a new idea to get us out of this looting logic. i am not happy at all.

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Read this and tell me what you feel

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-260981.0.html

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