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NIGERIA CAN BE GREATER – Let’s rekindle among the citizenry a sense of nationalism and the spirit of unity in diversity – Emeka Anyaoku


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DISCOURSE: One of the mandates of TERRIFIC HEADLINES is to promote discourse for the common good, enlightenment and education of the society. As the review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) continues, we believe we could assist the development processes by inviting attention to some salient compilations by notable figures who have seen it all. We searched our records to bring out for discourse by conscientious commentators whose ideas might be helpful, as the nation continues its quest for peace and peaceful cohabitation. One common issue as observed by Terific Headlines is that most people join campaigns for political adjustments without necessarily know the meanings of the issues under focus. Mention: Restructuring and check how many reactions you would receive. To many, restructuring means dismemberment of Nigeria. But that is not the true meaning of the word. It accommodates more that going separate ways. Reconstructing more than witnessing the death of Nigeria. Below is a piece by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the 3rd Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. LEADERSHIP – THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA – EMEKA ANYAOKU — My first example is Prime Minister Muhammad Mahathir in Malaysia. At the time our country attained its independence in 1960, by virtually all economic and social indices—education and health, roads construction, agriculture, etc–, Nigeria was at par or even a notch above Malaysia that subsequently became Malaysia in 1965. It is common knowledge that Malaysia now the world’s largest producer of palm produce obtained the seedlings for its palm plantations from Nigeria which was then the world’s largest source of palm produce. Today, Nigeria imports palm oil from Malaysia. And in the wider scale of development including industrial, agriculture, and human skills, Nigeria now ranks below Malaysia. All this was mainly due to the leadership of Prime Minister Mahathir. To recall an illustration of Mahathir’s dedication and resilience as a leader, in 1981 when as Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General I visited his office, he showed me a stand with aluminium panels on which the progress of projects being executed by the various Ministries of his Government was periodically recorded. And when eleven years later he received me as Secretary-General in his same office, he showed me how he was still regularly monitoring the performance of the Ministries but now using a computer on his desk. My second example of good leadership is Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. When he…

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