I confess that I was once very offended with you right through your transient stint as armed forces ruler, 1983-5. First, you seemed to me to be power-under the influence of alcohol at the time—since you made no big difference between the corrupt who had been stealing and sharing public money below Shagari and those that have been recognized to had been resisting the theft. I belonged to the frontline of senators who were well-known to have, on the ground of the Senate, resisted the mass corruption, and yet your military executive detained me (and plenty of like me), and i languished for 4 months in prison without any accusation – even with out being requested any question by using any respectable.
first of all, I congratulate you warmly for profitable the nomination of your party for the presidency of Nigeria.
though you and that i are completely different in ethnicity and religion, we have now many vital issues in fashionable. i am a number of years older than you – which means that if you and that i had been Yoruba boys born in the same Yoruba city or village, we would have belonged to about the identical age-grade affiliation ( with us Yoruba, age-grade loyalty is traditionally a vital issue of life). moreover, you and that i were younger Nigerians in an era, the Nineteen Fifties, when our up-and coming united states of america of Nigeria used to be a source of significant delight to its voters, and an emerging titan eagerly awaited via most knowledgeable people in all places the arena.
The three areas of our federation (East, North and West) had been engaged in an ambitious rivalry for growth and for enhancements within the high quality of lifetime of our folks. They had been able to try this and succeed in substantial successes as a result of our constitutional construction gave them much leeway to regulate their own affairs inside the well-liked Nigerian household. We arrived at independence in 1960 believing that our united states used to be set on the path to changing into the blackman’s world energy of modern instances.
Unhappily, now that you just and i are in our seventies, there may be nothing left of our u . s . a .’s ambitions and delight – certainly, there may be rarely the rest left of our u . s . itself. Relentlessly crooked up, violated, robbed and depleted because 1960, our Nigeria appears now to be stumbling in opposition to its demise.
As you put together to your election, I made up our minds to write down you this open letter concerning our country, as a result of i do know you’ll bear in mind the ache and expectations in the back of my phrases. the aim of most of Nigeria’s rulers considering 1960 has been to weaken and even damage regional and native initiatives in order to acquire all power, keep watch over and influence together on the federal middle. Their success in doing that has enabled them to remove the management of development a ways far from our people, and to institute on the federal centre a viciously corrupt, wasteful and incompetent monstrosity. diminished to the status of beggar clients of the federal robber barons, the state governments, in addition to the native governments, collapsed and fell in line as submissive incompetents and mini-robbers.
within the course of, real and productive undertaking fast declined among our folks, as the very best and most formidable rushed to enroll in the ranks of the sharers of fraudulently obtained wealth from the general public coffers. our schools and universities, our public provider, our police pressure, our militia, our judiciary, all our governmental companies (electoral fee, secret service, important bank, ports carrier, immigration provider, public examination bodies, etc) – all collapsed underneath the burden of crooked control, huge corruption and generalized disloyalty. Poverty descended mightily into our u . s . a . and became the lot of the overwhelming and lengthening majority of our individuals. Our government itself admits that, as of late, about 70% of our citizens reside in “absolute poverty” and that that proportion keeps increasing. With the growing poverty have escalated horrific crimes, a tradition of dishonesty, a rush of our youths to Salafist fundamentalist terrorism, and mass flights of the skilled to different lands – all of which might be compounding the poverty.
from your neatly-recognized record as a pace-setter of our u . s ., i know that you are not handiest aware about this stuff, but that, in popular with many contributors of our technology, you might be seriously pained with the aid of them. I confess that I was very offended with you right through your transient stint as military ruler, 1983-5. First, you looked as if it would me to be power-inebriated on the time—because you made no distinction between the corrupt who had been stealing and sharing public cash below Shagari and people who were known to have been resisting the robbery. I belonged to the frontline of senators who had been well-known to have, on the ground of the Senate, resisted the mass corruption, and yet your defense force govt detained me (and many like me), and i languished for 4 months in prison without any accusation–even with out being asked any question by means of any professional.
and then, you and Idiagbon expended most of your obviously shining capabilities in pursuing nebulous and amateurish programmes like WAI (battle in opposition to Indiscipline), when what our united states of america really wanted used to be (after you had fiercely shot down corruption as you probably did) to vastly divert our monumental oil revenues into investments in the lives of our folks–thru programmes for growth and diversification of schooling, up to date job talents building, entrepreneurial construction, small industry construction, advertising of brand new farming, insurance policies for improving the standard and recognition of our labour power and thereby attracting investments and businesses into our u . s ., policies for advertising of exports, and so on. Put a folks to work and consistently multiply the commercial alternatives to be had to them, and the enchantment to prosperity through aggressive endeavor will steadily suppress indiscipline in their land. Fanciful programmes like WAI can have no lasting merit or future – as i am hoping it’s important to be aware of by way of now. this is why the man who ousted you, Babangida, was once in a position moderately easily to wipe out the entire patriotic good points of your regime.
moreover, I though t it was once a pity that you didn’t appear to recognize that the over-centralization that was being given to our federation was once the foundation of our ills as a rustic. You have been fallacious in considering that punishing the corrupt leaders would spoil corruption abidingly. What is needed is to vary the device into which corruption has been built. In our u . s .’s case, we needed (and we need) to cut back the magnitude of our federal executive and empower our state and local governments, which might be nearer the individuals, to undergo most of the burden of construction. Then we wish to give reputation and recognize to our quite a lot of nationalities in structuring the federation – which must imply that our better nations would every represent a state, and contiguous groups of our smaller nationalities can be assisted to type states, just as the Indians sensibly and profitably did within the Sixties.
via refusing to move that route, Nigeria has abysmally depressed its nationalities. for instance, my Yoruba nation came into Nigeria in 1914 as simply the fastest modernizing nationality in Black Africa; and we entered into independence with Nigeria in 1960 as the advance front-liner and percent-setter in Africa. these days, we are a battered, negative, and disoriented nation, and most of our achievements have been wrecked, thanks to our being part of a Nigeria that destroys its peoples. each different Nigerian nationality has an identical tales to inform. My brother, i’m, by means of nature and by means of upbringing, averse to in basic terms lamenting an evil development; I act to change it. My potential urge, at the same time as I write this, is to exert myself with others like me against pulling my Yoruba nation out of Nigeria if Nigeria will not alternate course – and that’s something that we Yoruba are completely in a position to achieve if we are pushed to begin upon it. And the same is true of another individuals and countries. in short, let’s now not ignore or minimize the risk of Nigeria’s dissolution.
i do know you’ve what it takes to alter and retailer Nigeria. I want you good fortune in your election – and i wish Nigeria good fortune.
Culled from Sahara newshounds