Messrs Shehu Balogun, Darlington Ehondor, and all others that have contributed on all the viable discussion threads within Vanguard Online Community, thank you for your excellent posts! These are the types of well-thought-out comments that I'd love to continue to see on the various threads within this Community. Let's make Vanguard Online Community a discussion forum that has something to offer, where those in "power" can visit to get an unbiased view of how Nigerians see their current and would-be leaders, especially, with regard to their effectiveness, honesty, probity and transparency.
This is the time for true change, and I don't mean a change in leadership alone, rather, a change in mindset. The ordinary Nigerian is, by nature, a sycophant, and I'm sorry if this offends anyone; I mean no disrespect, only wanted to make a factual statement. She/he has been indoctrinated since childhood to respect her/his elders, whether or not these elders are good, honest and trustworthy. They have been taught to covet and adore wealth, whether or not this wealth is legitimately acquired. It makes no difference to the ordinary Nigerian whether or not the fellow who returned to his village, built the only mansion and fed the whole village, became wealthy through the embezzlement of public funds, drug dealing, kidnapping, etc. Indeed, it makes no difference to the ordinary Nigerian! She/he refuses to see the other side of the coin. One good example is Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Are all those supporting his presidency, blind to his various misdeeds? Have they paused to calculate how a military officer, whose other employment was as President of Nigeria, ended up becoming a billionaire in US dollars? What was his yearly salary in the eight years he "served" as Nigeria's President? What about Olusegun Obasanjo? Abubakar Atiku? Some of the State Governors, like Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia State? How did they all become "super-rich?" Are Nigerians still rolling out the red carpet wherever they go? You bet they do! These are corrupt public servants that should be serving jail time and not running around free and seeking re-election. Yes, Nigerians are not only sycophantic and obsequious, they are also cowardly! Please feel free to offer any opinion to the contrary. I challenge anyone to tell me that I’m wrong in making these statements. I'd love to be proven wrong, but, alas, the truth must be told, no matter how unpalatable it may be.
Therefore, it is high time something is done to re-educate our young people (perhaps, it's too late for the older Nigerian, whose way of thinking is already set). The youth of Nigeria are the leaders of tomorrow and we must do our best to educate them on what nation building is all about. The most viable medium at our disposal is a public forum such as this one, and we should endeavour to effectively utilize it for this purpose. Thankfully, many young Nigerians now have access to the Internet and are more likely to access these discussion threads, to share their views on the current leadership in Nigeria, the state of the nation, the economy, job creation, and the quality of those that should be allowed to seek public office. This is the only chance we have to survive as a nation, because a continuation of the status quo is unacceptable. In fact, it would inevitably result in the disintegration of this artificial union of various ethnic groups, also known as Nigeria. Therefore, let's transform this online community into a virtual town hall, where key issues impacting the country are discussed, dissected and analyzed. We know that the best leaders are not those we see and read about every day. No, they are not those that are fighting and intimidating one another for seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate; they are definitely not those campaigning for governorship in various states. And, most certainly, they are not those vying for the number one position, the presidency! True leaders avoid the stink of hell-hounds! For this reason, you don't hear about them in the madness that is Nigeria's current political scene.
Your comments are encouraged.