Selling an Entrepreneurial View of Nigeria


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I was graciously invited to a political meeting
recently in Abuja. I hadn’t been to such in a while and of course, my political
interest in Nigeria is waning, but not my interest in Nigeria herself. In such
meetings where there are quite a number of individuals with heavy political
credentials in their own rights, it is often difficult to get a space to speak,
or to express oneself as much as one will like. I will not mention which
meeting and who was there because I have no authority to put their meetings out
in the open. However, I have great respect for anyone who is struggling, at
their own expense, to get Nigerians to come together to discuss the future, as
against those who insist that the end has come for the entity. I managed to get
a word in, but the things I said – and those I couldn’t – have weighed on my
mind, prompting this article. There is a need to expand on my thoughts at this
critical juncture of Nigeria’s socio-political evolution.

My key prompt for the intervention made at the
meeting, was the expected skewness of the discussions at some point, towards
issues of tribe, ethnic nationalities, religion, and all the issues that have
divided us. A few of the commenters also believed that Nigeria faces an
existential crisis to the extent that the biggest question before us is whether
we want to remain as one. Few people questioned the legitimacy of the country
as it is. Whereas it is true that many Nigerians are disenchanted with the
current situation of things – especially security and the economy – I felt it
was important to interrogate how those issues have translated into mass calls
for disintegration and whether leaders from all the constituent parts of this
nation were leading especially the young people who looked up to them aright,
or helping the less-experienced folk to find hope where none seem to exist, or
whether indeed it was these political people that were infusing fear and
despair to worsen the situation.



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