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NIGERIA MUST SURVIVE SERIES (2) ELITE AS THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA & THE NEED FOR INTROSPECTION

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Dialogue could resolve potentially dangerous situations. The saying goes: It is better to Jaw-jaw than to war-war. It simply means talking at length, instead of engaging in actions that could lead to disastrous consequences. This presentation is made as part of our responsibility of setting the agenda in motion for the promotion of peaceful and harmonious coexistence.  Famous British Prime Minister, Winston Church is on record as stating in his 29 October 1941 speech to the boys at Harrow School that “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.’’ Discordant tunes have featured on the political turf in the recent past on the need to reexamine the grund norm (constitution) that binds the relationship of one Nigerian citizen with the other. Words and phrases like ‘’resource control, federalism, restructuring have been vociferously canvassed or opposed. That situation should be expected because we cannot all have the same opinions.  Another inspiring quote credited to this great statesman is: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.’’ This translates into forbearance Churchill’s stance is understandable. He was one of the driving forces that inspired the UK to keep fighting against Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Winston Church was in the British Parliament for 62 years. He was an MP from 1900 to 1964, and was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led the country to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. He represented a total of five constituencies. This preamble serves to affirm that “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”. It also shows that we, the citizenry can manage our complex problems peacefully without going to war. It was Nelson Mandela who posited that: “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. ‘’But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” Again, this explains our desire to support all peace moves for the common good and for Terrific Headlines to serve as a bridge between the government and the citizenry by conveying messages from both sides, again, for the common good. THE ISSUES: Nigeria’s first democratic journey was terminated on January 15, 1966.It could be safely argued that we, Nigerians have been part of the ills that have…

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