Recently, the political conversation in Nigeria has tilted toward the bloodshed that we have seen more than enough of in many parts of the country, and especially in Benue State where it has been reported that Fulani herdsmen are sacking villages and killing people. Before now, the conversation had been on the economy and restructuring. As I have said before, it seems plausible to me that three damaging things may have happened from the time of independence. One, our colonial masters, the British may not have properly understood what they constructed into an independent country in 1960. Two, the military, with all due respect may have found out after seizing power, starting in the 1960s that they may not have been the best we had at repairing any defects we may have observed and experienced after independence. Yes, they may have stopped a hemorrhage, but they obviously didn't seem to have the skills to continue treatment for as long as they did. Third, the general effects of the Biafra civil war may have not been properly sorted out. So, given these three potential sources of damage, we probably need reconstruction or what people call restructuring. This is going to be a major issue that will consist of many political and economic strands. For the sake of time, I will give only a very brief introduction to a concept I call the PACE strategy for personal and economic development. PACE stands for Position Appreciation, Confidence and Enterprise. Any serious political candidate may need to pay attention to how we must appreciate our current position in who we are and where we are as a nation. Our nation may be struggling, but it is full of potential that can be used for energy and strength. We must then build our confidence on this, to transform our nation into place of great enterprise, progress and happiness. Dr. Olasupo has identified some of the real McCoys that can help to build Nigeria into a global economic power. It is not difficult at this time to agree with him as he has said that for now we have President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former Vice President Atiku Abubukar as the leading real McCoys. Even so, never discount the others. Nigeria is full of potential. I am Magnus Kpakol, and that is my view.
Posted: Jan 29th, 2018 @ 04:33:50 AM