To repeat, it’s simply in our best interest to add our contribution and give Nigeria's new government close marking everywhere we can to help them now.
Let’s look at another set of signals of some of politicians strategy that, if seen, should be worrisome to us all.
On January 11, 1966, a conference of the Commonwealth heads of state was called to hold in Lagos, Nigeria. The late Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, attended it and published his impression about Nigeria. Here are the highlights of what he wrote:
“Lagos looked like a city under siege. Police and soldiers lined the route to our hotel. Barbed wire and troops surrounded it. No leader left the hotel throughout the two-day conference.
“The night before the meeting, Nigeria’s head of state gave us a banquet. I was seated opposite Nigeria’s finance minister. The conversation he and I had is still fresh in my mind. He was going to retire soon, he said, and now had to look after his business, a shoe factory. As finance minister, he had imposed a tax on imported shoes so that Nigeria could make shoes. I was incredulous. I went to bed that night convinced that Nigerian leaders were a different people playing to a different set of rules.” (See FROM THIRD WORLD TO FIRST by Lee Kuan Yew).
There should be no more of this kind of intellect. No more this kind of vision. Rather, leadership with more insight, articulation and new start at better thought-provoking rewriting of Nigeria’s history – a future full of promise. An activity system that looks different from any previous loser-systems. Attempts at delivering value in a distinctive way. More resources to spend on winning the value equation and attaining the biggest margin between social returns and cost.
This means that the citizens can believe that this breed is uniquely positioned to create value for them.