If You Had A Chance To Rule Nigeria, What Will Be The First Thing You Will Do Or Implement?
I would hunt down all corrupt political leaders and kill them slowly. I do not care if the politician was Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa etc. They would be all dead. A nice and slow death.
Then I will make sure I collect all of their money and invest the money in infrastructure. 24-7 electricity and clean running water would be a start for all major cities.
I would renounce my tribal ties (for the duration of my time in office) and institute a policy requiring all political leaders and civil servants to renounce tribal ties while in those positions -- they could re-assume their tribal identity while not working or when they retire.
A public servant must be impartial to be trustworthy.
Indeed lack of power is one of the most pressing problems confronting Nigeria today. However, the reason past admins and the current one have been unable to deliver on a megre 6000MW is because they keep using the same approach. That approach assumes you can waive a magic wand to bring electricity to the people. This is simply impossible. Suppose you have the funding and other resources, cooperation of all stakeholders, and competent and honest personnel to implement your plans this would still take 2-4 years. This is because of the process of acquiring powerplants, transmission equipment, etc. that simply take time. We all know that funding is perhaps the greatest constraint that when considered implies a 5-10 year plan, and only if you put a mechanism in place for a constant flow of investment into the sector.
As such, if like Yar'adua, you promise to declare a state of emergency on power then you are setting yourself up for failure or, like Obasanjo and Yar'adua, promise a certain MW within several months you are doomed.
I still say the first thing I would do is reconnect with the Nigerian people, let them feel progress, small as it may be, encourage them to participate, give them hope that is backed with action - a sense that they have a government that cares. Part of this is resolving the foundation of our nation by implementing a Freedom of Information Bill (immediate), Electoral Reform (immediate) and Constitutional Review (short- to medium-term). These three things would provide the long-term basis for eradication of corruption, economic vibrancy and nationwide education because these are all really symptoms of a house standing on a shaky or even no foundation. If that foundation is not rebuilt we are forever doomed to repeating the same process and getting the same results like a recurring decimal or a broken record.
Beware when you are promised magic, it is usually a trick.
You are kidding right? If you had a chance to rule Nigeria, the first thing you would do is commit murder and injustice.
If you have the power to do that you would also have power to have them tried and jailed, and perhaps even convince your fellow countrymen that corruption needs to be punished by death, after due process.
I think you are really thinking of power that you would get through a military coup, insurrection and the like. My mistake.
This is a very serious question. To tell you the truth there is almost no single thing you could do right away that would change Nigeria. There is a host of them.
As such, the first thing would be to institute a bi-weekly press briefing or nationwide broadcast for explaining Nigeria's developmental challenges to the people and carrying them along with proposed solutions.
Substantively however, the most important thing would be a combined Freedom of Information Bill+Constitutional Review+Electoral Reform.