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OPINION: SAYINGS OF THE WISE, WHAT TO DO FOR NIGERIA TO BE GREAT AGAIN

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‘’Yet if we can invest in a different vision of peaceful coexistence, I think we can change the world, because every problem has a nonviolent answer.’’  — RigobertaMenchu  Obafemi Awolowo, in his book ‘Thoughts on the Nigerian Constitution’ stressed the need for Nigerians to be honest in their appraisal of events and admit their failings and limitations. Awolowo asserted that: “what we lack very much is a sufficient number of powerful leaders with the calibre, character, and qualities, requisite for uniting and keeping happily together the diverse elements in our nation, and for the courageous and effective assault on the multitudinous and intractable-looking problems which beset us. ‘’Whatever we do, we must not permit ourselves to run away from this stark reality. ‘’Besides, the much talked about tribalism must be recognized for what it really is. It is more of a psychological and economic problem than a political one. As a political epiphenomenon, we can certainly minimize its evil effects”.  The foregoing translates into the fact that unless true leadership is offered, the polity may not witness remarkable progress.  To be able to achieve greater development and even-handedness, all of us, no matter our places of origin and religion, must work harder and avoid making utterances that have the tendencies of eroding unity, mutual trust, and progress. In their present positions, our royal fathers and leaders of our socio-cultural organization must act with wisdom and lead the way to stemming the tide of current challenges, and others that would be encountered periodically.  COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY My first lesson is that in today’s world, the security of every one of us is linked to that of everyone else. That was already true in Truman’s time. The man who in 1945 gave the order for nuclear weapons to be used – for the first, and let us hope the only, time in history – understood that security for some could never again be achieved at the price of insecurity for others. He was determined, as he had told the founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco, to “prevent, if human mind, heart, and hope can prevent it, the repetition of the disaster [meaning the world war] from which the entire world will suffer for years to come”. He believed strongly that henceforth security must be collective and indivisible. That was why, for instance, he insisted, when faced with aggression by North…

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