Criticisms and condemnation by people and the FG has trailed the recent declaration by UNICEF that our nation is among the countries with the worst women mortality rates (2nd) with one woman dying in every ten who tries to give birth. Maybe you do not know, that means we are second after war-torn Congo, a nation recovering from war. This has become a nation where women who are pregnant die in the process of giving life to another. As if in a reply, the woman who gave birth to a set of sextuplets died yesterday… she bled to death in a hospital.
The FGN may reject it, but then what is our counter statistics? What shall we say about the other statistics that has been said about us?
That we are Africa’s largest exporter of crude oil without a refinery for that oil. A nation brimming with mineral resources, but then highly import-dependent. We remain one of the countries that make lots of money, but its people continue to live in abject poverty. Besides, for every 30 seconds while reading this, one Nigerian child dies of malaria, a disease whose drugs are found on the streets.
Once again, Chinua Achebe’s book. “the problem with Nigeria” comes to mind again. “There is no problem with Nigeria. There is absolutely no problem with the land, the weather and the mineral resources. The simple problem of Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. It is the inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility of personal example, which is the hallmark of true leadership. ” [ paraphrased].
Leadership. Leadership. Leader-shift. There has to be a shift in our definition of political leadership in Nigeria. we have tried throwing money at our problems, we’ve gisted and joked, we’ve done everything except doing something to change the situation.
Some of us are busy running around, preparing for the future; some others are busy creating the future those people are preparing for. Right now, the future is being designed already. Some people are already defining the way we will live by determining who will rule, some are creating businesses and generating ideas, but then what are you doing?
Imagine if we had 36 correct governors and 1 great president . . .
imagine if they decide even at the expense of their life and comfort determine the average Nigerian has access to education, good roads and all the basic needs of life.
TODAY: I want to encourage you to invite fifty (50) of your own friends on facebook to join this group. Our strength is in numbers, and we need to find people who believe in this dream of a new Nigeria.
In spite of damaging statistics, in spite of the myriad of challenges on our road to a new Nigeria. we believe unreservedly that Nigeria will still be one of the most desirable places on earth.
Our responsibility is fifty each, let’s start now…… register with thefuturemovement here