A Call To Dialogue


Born in the 70’s I grew up hearing stories about the past greatness of my dearly beloved nation.

For several years, I listened to my father discuss the woes of Nigeria, and how a potentially great nation failed to fulfil its promise. My parents (just like yours) would exhaustively describe Nigeria – pre and post crude oil, and my father, being the man he was would state that the advent of crude oil is the reason for the charlatans in our politics.

Professor Wole Soyinka would later describe their generation of Nigerians as a “wasted generation”.  I believe his description of their generation was borne out of too much complaints and no reaction.They complained about everything: infrastructure, government, systems, everything. In order to suppress their disdain, they will talk about the giant ground nut pyramids of Northern Nigeria, the massive cocoa farms of the West and the palm oil producing Eastern Nigeria. I believe this palliative gave them pseudo-comfort; even though the dreams of the founding fathers may have eluded them, yet they knew life in a decent Nigeria.

I remember sitting with my father to digest the president’s October 1st speech or the daily network news at 9pm, he would talk with nostalgia about the ‘good old days’, how the nation was on a path to greatness and suddenly everything fell apart and the centre could not hold. My father often pointed fingers at the incompetent hands that administered the nation with anger in his eyes and pain in his soul; like you and me, he loved our nation passionately. That love then turned to absolute disdain, he could no longer see Nigeria functioning efficiently any more. He had seen so many years of decadence and had gotten to the place (like most of my readers today) where he doubted if anything good could come out of Nigeria.

Now I can go on and on with a litany of reasons for why we are where we are, and easily too. US president, Barrack Obama succinctly said, “Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles, and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our choices and our actions. Anybody can do that. Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demand more”. I totally agree.

As the new generation of Nigerians, we cannot afford to transfer the battle to reshape Nigeria to the next generation like our parents did.  We must find solutions within our present predicament to build sustainable government and not just electoral transitions that lacks any real dividends for the electorate. We need to build transparent and virile institutions: strong parliaments, honest police, independent judges and journalists; a vibrant private sector and civil society; these are the pillars that give life to any democracy.

Notice that I did not mention once that the government should build these strong institutions; the onus lies on you and me. We the citizens of Nigeria must roll our sleeves and build these institutions. I know a few of my readers are wondering how possible it is for the average citizen to build  them and the truth is it virtually impossible for an individual to do all that I have stated, but if we all choose to seize the moment and begin a dialogue about our future, we can build our democracy bottom up. History has shown us several ways by which we can change a nation; coups, civil wars, civil disobedience etc. Our nation has experienced several coups and a devastating civil war which have only served to deepen the crisis.

The time has come for us as a nation to embrace one of the most potent weapon of reformation which is meaningful dialogues.

Through ardent dedication to meaningful dialogues, we will constitute the new majority that will define our future and that of our children’s children. This new approach of having conscientious dialogues will help us demystify many myths about our nation and the tribes that make up this great nation.

Dialogue will aid in identifying our common aspirations and shared identity. Dialogue is a bold way of casting aside our past and embracing our collective destiny.

I welcome you to Nigeria Dialogue – a hub for progressive intellectuals who intend to challenge systemic and institutional realities in Nigeria. This is a platform for forward thinking Nigerians to proffer inputs into sustainable economic, infrastructural and social development through meaningful dialogues and measurable actions’

Together we will build the new Nigeria that we all crave for…welcome to tomorrow!

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7 comments on “A Call To Dialogue

  1. Arise o Compatriots!!!
    Let the journey of reshaping our great nation begins.

  2. kayode oguntuase on said:

    great mind always passionate abt a great nation of father land, naija. this has a long term dream growing the in the mind bankymoore. just wanna comment dat this a pursuit a vision soon be accomplished! hitching to on board.!
    our nation needs not a politicking but a sustainable framework of system that work auto run the personality or political party not withstanding. a system with a vision for the father land not a field of relegated pple fighting relevance.

  3. DeGarson Oghenekevwe on said:

    …the action we sons of God are to take is to serve all, not in names/entitlements/parastatals of the rulers of the world, and not as subjects of the rulers of this world… for it is not so among you/us, Jesus said, our leadership paradigm is not of the world, we know love works, forget the nuclear arsenals and guns, love conquers all, love entails details so technical, Harvard and all it’s professors and their supercomputers don’t know the ‘tenth’ of love, it’s beyond emotion, love is God, the spirit and truth, the ‘new’, true, and everlasting temple/place and time in which we worship/duly appreciate/evaluate/express God/love…hence God is spirit and truth, spirit and life, his own word, hence God is the temple in jerusalem, God is more real, more exact, more organized and more magnificent dan all d cathedrals and presidential or palatial quaters and educational institutions of the world…focusing on the bullSh**t blinds the mind of doubtful hearts to the concreteness of God, the reality…dude, read psalm 47…are we not sons of the most high(el elyon-the strongest strong one, and in short the only strong one)? how can we be sons & daughters of the king who rules all the universe and the earth, and all heathen/unbelievers (muslims-buhari’s, shekarau’s, etc), and then we think the heathen rule us? that’s sooooo messed up…that’s like prince williams thinking some rebel/militant in manchester rules him because he’s in manchester city, that’s as stupid as obama thinking he must subscribe to communism because he is in china, or that the queen of england must believe in jordan’s monarchy because she’s in jordan, or that mandela must believe and participate in sharia leadership paradigms because he is in Iran or libya…or dat Gadhafi must believe in democracy because he find himself in USA…get God’s kingdom and righteousness fully, clearly and accurately, and get the vision of God’s kingdom/government and will/constitution/righteousness impressed/written on the hearts and minds of men…John 17:11&22, we know our theocratic process, to nothingness with democratic processes, and sharia, and monarchy’s process, stop believing in babylon’s mediocrity and stupidity…brothers&sisters, make we no fall God hand…make we no fall popsi hand

    we gat the tablets of humanity’s hearts and minds to impress/write on with the vision of oneness, we have to make the vision of oneness plain/clear, it’s the accurate/precise and concise/full disclosure/revelation of love/God…

    we must make the declaration/manifesto/manifestation/demonstration of oneness/God’s kingdom/integrity, it must entail every detail of God’s dream/vision/mission for all Humans, it’sbigger than 9ja

  4. Babz Otenaike on said:

    Insightful, Nostalgic and forward looking. As a Nigerian outside Nigeria I definately think your are on the right track; in terms of getting the Nigerian consciousness on the train – that would be the challenge.

  5. Kemi Kayode on said:

    I must say many of us dream of that tomorrow we’re already in.We need optimistic die hards to fashion our country into a pacesetting glam.I’m proudly Nigerian and I pledge.
    I look forward to building this nation and I indeed welcome us to the future…

  6. Aderonmu omoyeni on said:

    Let’s stand&build a Better Nigeria……. Total determination&enduramce is the strong key to thousands of km race.

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