OHO on the Marble

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“Ideologically, Nigerian elite remain essentially centrist in political positioning; they are neither liberal nor conservative extremists; and neither truly socialist nor truly democratic, which leaves ample room for carpet-crossing, political maneuvering and elite shifts, mainly “a little to the left and a little to the right” as need be. The absence of ideological leanings meant that for Nigeria’s elite, patriotism, national interest and history ended well before Francis Fukuyama proclaimed “the end of history.”

“The spate of decamping represents a political trend of realignment and alliances.Those in the ruling party who can form an alliance with the opposition must inevitably decamp.”

“Nigerian leaders redacted history from our academic curriculum, only to reinstate it in 2016. Those who seek to rewrite Nigerian history for expediency sake will succeed, if we, who are most affected, stop telling our side of the story and stop writing and updating our history. The Nigerian-Biafra narrative and history will remain controversial till the end of times.”
“If we must be honest, we must accept that most Igbo elite have largely joined the self-indulgent fray and as “leaders and practitioners of democracy in Nigeria pay less attention to democratic institutions and their values and instead, focus more on the instant gratifications accruing to the national elite from the democratic process, even if such doles are devoid of content and context.”
” I have, however, come away with the selfish notion, that no country in the world deserves my attention, residency and service as does Nigeria, where God in His infinite wisdom placed me, just as He placed Chinua Achebe and the rest of us here. Great nations and empires are built by men and women who believe in making lives for their posterity better and indeed, in bequeathing a worthy legacy.”
” I have, however, come away with the selfish notion, that no country in the world deserves my attention, residency and service as does Nigeria, where God in His infinite wisdom placed me, just as He placed Chinua Achebe and the rest of us here. Great nations and empires are built by men and women who believe in making lives for their posterity better and indeed, in bequeathing a worthy legacy.”
“As collectivized monopolies, the DISCOS toe the malign policy of multinational pharmaceutical companies that insist on recovering their research and development costs, before permitting affordable generic brands to be produced in the public interest. People dying as a consequence of such warped policies do not seem to matter. Such a disposition presents Nigeria’s organized private sector in bad light.”
“In a democracy, like ours, the greatest danger we face is for those who can help bring about change or who can speak up to refuse to get involved, or to become complacent in speaking up publicly on critical national questions. We owe it to posterity, to evaluate our leadership and our challenges continuously.”
“I also believe that the numerous problems we face nationally are self-inflicted and of our own making. If our public policies and governance efforts are weak, it is because our institutions are weak. If our institutions are weak, it is because we prefer them that way. Policy challenges do not happen in a vacuum; and they are certainly not always externally induced, as they are products of domestic and partisan considerations.”
“The strength of government at any juncture in our democracy will hinge on sustaining the building blocks of democracy, through the rule of law, power sharing, proper representation, checks and balances, and sustaining legitimate institutions. Add to that leadership and elite accountability.”
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