Last week the New Nigeria Youth Movement met in Ghana to deliberate on recent events in Nigeria. The meeting venue was deliberately kept
secret to avoid ‘disruption’ akin to the last one billed for Port Harcourt. I
could not make the trip but joined them on telephone conferencing. We had
earlier adopted new security measures because we are not sure of whom our
opposition is: Whether it is the Old Nigeria cabal or the new ruling clique
bent on establishing sectional control.
The New Nigeria Youth Movement voted unanimously to allow this writer return as spokesman for another term. This was an exceptional
decision considering that I was past the age limit. To validate this appointment
a minor constitutional amendment was effected to allow Nigerians up to age 50
years to be members.
We deliberated on the following topics:
1 Review of Shadow Parliament decisions in New York
2 The New cabinet of acting President Jonathan
3 Review of statements from America on Rotational Presidency and also’ Division call’ from Libya’s President Ghadafi
4 The Way forward for the Nigerian Revolution.
The body congratulated organizers of the New York Shadow Parliament for their progressive resolutions and expressed support for the issues raised.
However she frowned at attempts by fifth columnists to truncate and distort the
original Assembly concept by refusing to endorse a continuity body. Without a
shadow cabinet arising from the deliberations the whole idea has no life and
would suit only appointment seekers as well as political office jobbers instead
of providing Nigerians an alternative body to help rebuild a new Nigeria. “They
want us to heap our hopes on those who are even in themselves hopeless thereby
extending the misery index of Nigerians for another span”. For this reason the
New York effort will no longer represent the New Nigeria as earlier taunted. To
this end the body decided to set up another Assembly. Suggestions of New York,
London or Ghana were bandied by members and a sub committee was set up to
decide and report to the body by April .The new Shadow Assembly will draw
merited representatives of Nigeria Abroad Associations all over the World
including from Nigeria to deliberate without fear or favor on the crucial
issues that would lead to liberation of Nigeria. She therefore calls on all well meaning Nigerians to
come together and move fast to realize
what is good for Nigeria without looking up to the present government already heavily enslaved by party
strings and tainted by those bad practices that gave Nigeria a bad name. On
concessions already being made by the new administration, they cautioned that
Nigerians should not ever give the government a quarter or these concessions
will evaporate into thin air.
The new ruling junta cannot claim better political credibility than their mentors except they implement the tenets of the Nigerian
revolution and that will surely also keep them out of power. So overlook their
politically motivated reforms unless these are systemic and structural. However members applauded the Senate for
deciding to approve independent candidacy for President but frowned at their
approval of only limited and myopic changes for immediate electoral gains in
the constitution. It is like robbing Peter to pay Paul because independent candidacy
or voting rights for Nigerians abroad under today’s draconian laws will not
work. As expected Nigerians are only being taken for a ride unless we go ahead
to dictate the pace without minding our own gains or position but remaining non
partisan for the sake of generations yet unborn.
The recent call by President Ghadafi that Nigeria be split into two was rejected. It was viewed as unnecessary so long as the new generations
of Nigerians are learning to work together in a new Nigeria framework
spearheaded by this movement. Any other framework will only vindicate Ghadafi. As soon as we look up to the old Nigeria for
succor then such solutions will continue to resonate.
On America supporting rotational Presidency in Nigeria, the body dismissed the position as untenable and ill advised. Rotational Presidency
brought Nigeria the last instability and international disgrace of leadership
mediocrity and corruption which this generation of Nigerians will not allow it
to happen again. Democracy is the basis of the ongoing Nigeria revolution that
Nigeria can be better governed and we believe it is also the fruit of President
Obama’s Africa policy so how can America turn around to support undemocratic means
of succession in Nigeria thereby perpetuating corruption and impunity in the
name of stability? Is it better to have peace and stability of the graveyard or
have we given up hope for a forward looking Nigeria? These were some of the
questions raised by members who insisted on working for a merit driven Nigerian
society no matter who stands on the way.
The body maintained its stand that nothing sustainable can arise from the new cabinet of President Jonathan as long as the political
system remains unchanged and sustained by a wrong value system. It is all about
individual calculations and any one who dares to take a deep will have himself
or herself to blame sooner or later. On the other hand if the new cabinet will
work for unselfish constitutional reform then they may further the desirable
cause of the revolution for their own good.
On the way forward, the body assured Nigerians that progress is being made already as the major players like Save Nigeria Group[SNG], ENOUGH
IS ENOUGH, Civil society groups, Nigerians Abroad and others are now
coordinating efforts to build a consistent agenda in this regard despite
infiltrations and opposition from the junta. If Nigerians must avoid disappointment
they must join hands to build a formidable body capable of leading Nigeria to
the Promised Land.
Mr. Nworisara, a former student activist, aspired to be President of Nigeria in 1992