January 30, 2023

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2023: Emergence of compatriots and process of reinventing Nigeria 

TAIYE ODEWALE stories that final week Friday in Abuja, leaders of ideas throughout the six geo-political zones gathered for the re-invention of the entity known as Nigeria below the aegis of compatriots

Transient Historical past of Nigeria 

The geographical entity known as Nigeria right this moment, largely got here into being by amalgamation of the southern and northern protectorates on January 1st 1914 by Sir Fredrick Lord Lugard through the period of colonialism, who by the way was the primary Governor – Common of Nigeria.

The title Nigeria given by a British journalist, Flora Shaw, was derived from ‘Niger Space’, which means, an entity geographically outlined by the movement of River Niger and different landmarks like River Benue, the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos and so on.

Like different nations of the world, after about 100 years of colonialism, which began with the conquest of Lagos Colony in 1861 to the institution of southern and northern protectorates in January 1900 and eventual amalgamation in 1914, right down to independence of 1960 , Nigeria grew to become a sovereign entity on the world map on the template of federation of peoples embarking on journey of nationhood which sadly lay throughout the final 62 years, has been a  ‘stranded journey’  attributable to myriad of things. 

The necessity for re – invention 

Apparently, after actively taking part within the  journey both as drivers or passengers at strategic ranges with out desired pace and progress in the direction of growth – pushed nationhood and even with out being on the appropriate course or course, some involved fellows, felt that the misdirection should be re – directed for the journey to be significant and purposeful.

They felt that the Nigeria mission itself, must be re – invented in placing the journey of nationhood heading in the right direction of fairness, equity and justice for all these on board no matter their non secular, ethnic or political persuasions.

In doing this, they got here collectively as likeminds throughout the six geo political zones of the nation below the aegis of ‘The Compatriots’, with the only real function of becoming a member of arms to re – invent Nigeria.

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Explaining mission to Nigerians

In unveiling themselves to Nigerians vis – a – vis their mission of re – invention of the nation, the compatriots on Friday final week in Abuja addressed the press and submitted that they have been out for nothing however to hitch different compatriots in re – directing the drifting ship of Nigeria as a nation.

From the Nationwide Chairman, Obong Victor Attah, Deputy Nationwide Chairman, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Chief Working Officer, Mr Tom Iseghohi, to eminent members like Professor Pat Utomi , Senator Sefiu Kaka, Hon Mulikat Akande Adeola, Hajia Inna Ciroma, Rtd Generals Zamani Lekwot, Saleh Maina, Rev Bitrus Dangiwa, Hon Nkoyo Toyo, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Hajia Nene Lanval, Ambassador Godknows Igali, Engineer Bello Suleiman, Dr Kabir Chafe and so on, hope elevating speeches cum remarks on survival of Nigeria nation got.

First to make submissions in that respect was the Chairman, Obong Victor Attah, the previous governor of Akwa Ibom state who mentioned at age 84, he has nothing to supply Nigeria and Nigerians than selfless service.

He mentioned: “Nation – constructing is a course of and as Frantz Fanon places it “every era should uncover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative capability.

“It’s on this context {that a} group of nicely – which means and eminent Nigerians chopping throughout regional, ethnic, non secular, ideological and political affiliations, have determined to come back collectively to midwife an initiative geared toward selling nationwide cohesion, good governance, peace and prosperity.

“Nobody is prone to dispute the truth that Nigeria is passing by a important part in its historical past as a single political entity. The  drawback just isn’t merely a tribal, non secular, regional or class difficulty. The magnitude of our present challenges or crises is self – evident even to probably the most hopeful of optimists.

“Every day, Nigerians face crippling waves of insecurity, acute and continual scarcity of electrical energy provide, lack of excellent or ample social and financial infrastructure, particularly Heath care, potable water provide and transport programs.

“A damaged instructional system with over 20million of our kids out of faculty, skyrocketing inflation, weak industrial and manufacturing base; an unproductive however thriving nationwide bourgeoisie , poor monetary companies, a corrupt, bankrupt and riotous political class; a brutal and ineffectual army – safety advanced, a creaky and slothful judicial system; a dysfunctional and self – serving public service in any respect ranges, elephantine corruption, thoughts – boggling value of governance, spiraling unemployment and grinding poverty and worse nonetheless; a corrosive and catastrophic collapse of ethical and moral norms amongst different staggering failures.

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“This definitely just isn’t a pleasant nationwide portrait to sketch nevertheless one may want to take a look at it. None of us right here can deny the proof of our personal eyes. 

“The query now due to this fact is how can we modify this horrific narrative! The compatriots are satisfied that Nigeria possesses the human and materials assets to develop and prosper as a cohesive and vibrant political and financial group.

“We imagine due to this fact that the necessity for elementary

social and political reforms has turn out to be pressing and crucial, failing which the Nigerian nationwide mission might slide from stagnation to say no or collapse.

“A place to begin for the rebuilding of our state, the financial system and society would doubtlessly require a brand new mode of political engagement by the elite and the plenty alike. With out this, it’s onerous to see how we will keep away from the false dawns of our current, and not-so-recent, previous.

“Nigeria clearly wants new modes of political practices – a brand new type of politics that has the folks as its focus; its chief function being the fabric and non secular well-being of its residents with emphasis centered on wealth creation, standard participation, social justice and fairness, environmental renewal in addition to ethical regeneration.

“Historical past has proven that multi – nationality, multi – ethnicity and even multi – racial and spiritual composition might be become a supply energy by a nation.

“Members of this group have determined that , although tribe and tongue could differ, we don’t have to sing discordant tunes.

“We now have due to this fact  resolved within the spirit of our Nationwide Anthem to Come up to dedicate the remaining days of our lives to the service of Nigeria with the imaginative and prescient to re – invent a brand new and higher Nigeria for each Nigerian  with the next core nationwide values of (a) Sturdy and united Nigeria ( b) Fairness, justice and equity for each citizen (c) Realization of full potentialities of each Nigerian (d) Safety of the rights of each Nigerian wherever he/she deicides to reside (e) to help within the growth of the tradition of social accountability within the Nigerian social formation with a view to increasing the political house , which can incubate harmonious partnerships between governments and the civil society and so on.

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“We now have resolved that Nigeria might be and should be reworked from “an aspiring nation to an amazing nation”. 

Attah in a nutshell on the briefing mentioned core nationwide values of sturdy and united Nigeria, fairness, justice and equity for each citizen, realisation of full potentialities of each Nigerian, primacy of peaceable co – existence between and amongst Nigerian communities, correct sense of nationhood and customary nationality, are the main target of their mission.

Dr Baba Ahmed’s remarks

In his personal remarks, the Deputy Chairman of the group, Dr Hakeen Baba Ahmed mentioned: “We’re non-partisan and we’ll stay non-partisan. Meaning that we’ll guarantee energetic participation in political processes and electoral issues. 

“Our function will likely be to guarantee that we assist to create a conducive environment that can facilitate the emergence of a frontrunner who’s voted by Nigerians, credible individuals and peaceable surroundings. 

“We don’t have an curiosity in who turns into the Nigerian president, besides to say that we hope the particular person will likely be chief that’s supported by majority of Nigerians. Our focus is especially survival of Nigeria with attendant development and growth pushed by rules of fairness, equity and justice amongst all residents.” 

The Chief Working Officer of the group, Mr Tom Iseghohi, made additional clarification of their mission by saying that their job is to hitch different compatriots in holding the nation collectively and making  it work for generality of Nigerians.

Expectedly, different compatriots on the press briefing, spoke in related method however the query is: will the compatriots, succeed on their mission of re-inventing Nigeria? 

Time will certainly inform.