Nigeria is the hope of Africa. Nigeria also has to be the hope of Nigerians. It will be a grievous and calamitous tragedy for Nigeria to fail and break apart. Now, nobody should just say that this will not be our portion, because it can be our portion if we continue with sectional or regional unreasonableness. In the national anthem, we say arise or compatriots, Nigeria's call obey. A compatriot is someone from the same country as someone else, or someone from the same group. Therefore, Nigerians must see themselves as a people belonging to the same group. They may have various backgrounds but they as Nigerians are committed to a call to become great through unity in diversity. What is needed most in Nigeria today is strong economic growth driven collectively by a people that are committed to sharing equitably in the burden they carry and from the proceeds of their productivity. This is what will raise the level of living and the quality of life for all Nigerians. Equitable and mass participation in the economic development process, what people now call inclusive growth is what we need. Let us be ready to appreciate that which is good, no matter what prism we look through. The strong sustained economic growth rate since 1999, shows that our leadership has been doing a pretty good job. The ability of President Jonathan to contain the conflict in the country should also be commended, because it could be worse, as we have seen in some of our North African countries recently. And when, we sing and say "the labor of our heroes past shall never be in vain", we should mean it. Let us recognize people who have done well, whether they are from our tribe or not, because they are from our group, Nigeria. Asari Dokubo talks emphatically on self determination. I agree with him. Our communities and states should do more and then may get help from the federal government, and not wait for the federal government to do it all for them. This will not be possible. People like Asari Dokubo are well meaning Nigerians with strong views. All views from all Nigerians committed peacefully and constructively to a great Nigeria must be respected. It is by listening to people that we might get it right. Nigeria must through dialogue and honest understanding design a formula, that is, a constitution that guides our path to high economic productivity and greatness. What we need in addition to dialogue is to promote private enterprise that is given an enabling environment by the government. When people speak of inclusiveness I am hoping that they recognize that it encompasses equality of opportunity, equitable distribution and protection by government in private peaceful transactions. A private sector that is oppressed, despised and suffocated will not succeed. Therefore what we need is strong communities, a strong private sector and a government that understands all this. That means we need strong institutions across these dimensions. I am Magnus Kpakol and that's my view.
Posted: Sep 24th, 2014 @ 01:52:13 AM