One thing keeps ringing in the words of those foolishly condemning Nigerians in the diaspora; it would seem that to them, that development simply means acquiring personal wealth and comfort. One of Nigeria's major problems is greed, with Farida Waziri even believing it to be a mental health issue.
The majority of us, however believe that development is a collective thing. Everyone benefits, everyone contributes, the government must lead and empower.
It is a failure for government to blame its citizens, instead, it must be at the forefront, sacrificing to create an enabling environment to spur growth and development. This includes power supply, rule of law, reduction of bureaucratic processes, investment in transportation, communications, health, education and IT.
There should also be tax breaks and other juicy incentives for Nigerians only, to encourage transfer of technology or innovation.
Above all, there must be investment in people. This includes caring for citizens both home and abroad, as well as, setting up means to harness individual talents for the benefit of all.
When the govt cares for the people, they will respond by caring for each other.
The scene in the image below is not in the least possible in Nigeria; it shows the Toyota Motorsport Chairman and Team Principal Tadashi Yamashina weeping when asked about the future of their young Formula 1 drivers at a news conference to announce their withdrawal from the sport (mainly due to cost in the current global downturn) . The interview took place at the company's headquarters in Tokyo November 4, 2009. Can an employer ever weep for their employees in Nigeria? Can our govt ever weep for an individual Nigerian?