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NIGERIA AT 5O - WHAT’S UP JONATHAN?
Nigeria had endured civil war and economic meltdown in the
past fifty years. I remember little that October 1, 1960 when
my parents marched for their first freedom. My father was
just a simple Ibani Prince, built of much sturdier stuff than
the average person.
At the time of his death, my father had it all of what the
world would know as blessed. Most important, before his
departure to Higher Order, he taught his children the
meaning of freedoms. His memory remains with me, a touch
of higher moments and a strong pillar of my everyday doing.
What’s up Jonathan? As many as 63 percent of Nigerians
who responded to my recent survey said they are
overwhelmed by poverty and disturbed by public corruptions
in Nigeria. Majority believed the outside worlds are having a great deal of
emotion with Nigerians because good parenting and fraud does not mix well.
Fifty years after independence, Nigeria is still one of the least developed
African countries. Nigeria is currently lagging in education, industrial and
manpower developments, and most of all, standard of living.
Poverty is a scary word. However, the images of Nigerian youths living in
the slums and under flyovers bridges overshadow the hope and courage
summons from fifty years of independence. Fifty years after
independence, Nigeria public education system is a complete mess.
What’s up Jonathan? Many federal employees abused their administrative
privilege. I think I understand now why Governor Rotimi Amaechi of
Rivers State recently defended his state employees. The current federal
system is quite a failure as it encouraged public corruptions with no
Perhaps after Amaechi has tested the joy of corruption over time, he is
now in the right position to help his buddies. According to a reliable
source, Amaechi aborted some planned raids on his friends and
associates by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Many of
these wanted crooks are now hiding along Man-Must-Whack
neighborhood. A crime infested area along Aba Road, Port Harcourt.
What’s up Jonathan? How bad does this type of god father behavior from
Nigerian governors continue before Nigeria fight to restore hope in the
system? Fifty years after independence, Nigeria is yet to develop an
effective policy needed to kick the corruption habit away from federal
employees. Due to lacks of federal oversight, State governors have now
imposed their unique smooth characters upon the circumstances of a
failed federal system. Their only generalization seems to be that
corruptions at the federal level are worst than States and Local
Despite the rise of crude oil price, Nigeria economy is still very weak.
Corruptions are at its highest level as Nigeria continues to maintain a
system (an immunity clause in the Constitution) that allowed politicians
and public employees to steal public funds, a stumbling block for growth.
Moreover, because Nigeria culture’s emphasis on instant gratification has
carried over into every aspect of public services, the fascination is now a
dead end for government agencies like the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The money and power under corruptions-based management complicate
good governance. Nigeria currently lacks problem solving technically to
revamp a failed economy (Zombies in management) system. Surviving a
defective economy with unsophisticated administrators is not easy. I
believe in order for Nigeria to eradicate poverty, unemployment and
environmental concerns, public administrators must be relevant to their
functions and accountable.
With the recession approaching, Nigeria needs effective management at
all level of operations. Nigeria will need a vibrant leadership with far
sighted perspective in order to reconstruct past management errors that
still reverberate through the minds of many Nigerians.
First and foremost, Nigeria governors need to show professionalism. I
believe the citizens of their States will have no room for this type of
rubbish. Hiding criminals wanted for public embezzlement leave many
citizens more frustrated. I challenge the governors to show their inner
messages and stop seeing others as the problem.
What’s up Jonathan? Can you deliver on your promise by getting Nigeria
a free and fair election? Nearly 68 percent of Nigerians polled said they
have a shaky feeling on such promise. Many Nigerians believe your
government is already creating a "fear states".
To further confirmed their worst fear, many pointed out the recently
published claims by Chief Raymond Dokpesi. According to a reliable
source, the Babangida presidential Coordinator is now hiding for safety.
Speaking on the "FEAR" issue, I don’t think anyone needs better
understanding more than the president and his associates. Just simple,
Nigerians hate to surrender. Fear may loom large for Nigerians but may
not be a sign of weakness or lack of courage.
However, Nigerians can fake every thing for economic and political
purposes. In the midst of anger, people often speak impulsively. I wish
both camp (Babangida and Jonathan) can Slow down, which in turn will
help them to disengage and stay calm, and moreover, respect for the
other person. Life is too unclear to judge the actions of others.
Equally disturbing is the fact that many Nigerians are not convinced that
the president will be able to separate personal interest from politics.
Once again, only president Jonathan has the burden of proving that he
can deliver as promised. I wish the president can feel and relate to all
sides and transform his experience to a tool that promotes understanding
To educate and create employment will requires more of the long term
planning than a mere four years term of a president. In other word, it will
need more of Nigerians than just a president. Recovery takes time, and
Nigeria will need to draw upon every available resource to help improve
More than any thing else, I believe Nigeria will be stronger than we may
think if the doors are open for every child. I will expect the next
government to make education a top priority. To create jobs’
opportunities that will help benefits Nigeria democratic processes and
give citizens a sense of well-being.
At fifty, many Nigerians now than ever want clarification of goals for the
country future. Nigerian youths need a leader that they can trust. I
believe Jonathan is in the right place at the right time for this call.
Nigeria voters must consider each candidate’s reliability, integrity, and
compassion to give the children a leader who can make a difference.
Prince Shadrach Banigo Sr.
An economist - U.S.A.
September 28, 2010
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