Various gatherings around the world reveal the level of global insecurities, indeed it can be said that the level of globalization, awareness and economic realities have resulted into simultaneous increase in uncertainty, complexity and volatility – this have caught global attention. We saw re-balancing attempt that led to the G7 – G20 – G40 which in my own opinion have yielded no significant results. In the midst of these perplexities we noticed the global power and authority in the hands of the western bulldogs being overtaken by the Asian Tigers, also possibly the Latin American economies in terms of GDP and world trade share.
We are witnessing a strong increase in global grid, the global economy getting more connected and stronger – the introduction of the social media cannot be overemphasized. The planet pricing is alarming – natural resources and commodities only amounting to only 10% of global GDP, this resulted in serious need of resources and also environmental security. What a global state of chaos!
As if all of these are not enough, there comes what my professor back in school called the “new normal” – TERRORISM. I struggled with her in my mind during that lecture in my final year back in the University Of Jos, Professor Nmadu now the DVC of the University of Jos saw the reality before us today some years ago. In her words; “Terrorism is now a new normal, a global order, and anybody who wants to succeed in the 21st century must factor it in” I disagreed vehemently with her, it was a bitter pill to swallow and an unacceptable reality, well the more I thought and pondered about it, the more I agreed with her. She was so right!
Bring it a step closer, terrorism have gone beyond a Nigerian factor (Boko Haram) to a global order, I see naive Nigerians secured in the reality that we are not alone in this ordeal, we feel a little cool and more relaxed. Well, it is true but it is just a wrong way of seeing things. Truth be told – everything Nigeria is facing right now have a global trend. I think it is time we stop rationalizing our situation rather fight it head-long. Little wonder why Nigerian did not think twice before voting for the APC “change” mantra administration led by General Muhammadu Buhari, everyone was tired of the status-quo. We heard both the young and old chanting “change” who would blame them? Many wished terrorism, insecurity and corruption was a nightmare they could wake and realized it’s gone.
I have no doubt that what the government in Nigeria has only succeeded to break the teeth of insurgency in Nigeria, it may not be able to bite for now doesn’t necessarily mean it is dead. Terrorism is not tackled over night, terrorism cannot be tackled by guns – it is an ideology that can be eliminated by another superior ideology.
Nigeria is a great country of over 180 million populace, popularly called the most “populous black nation” in the world, blessed with diverse natural and mineral resources, a nation full of great potentials, a landscape worthy of global tourism, blessed with diverse ethnicity – rich in culture and life. Unfortunately what is more obvious from a distance and very repelling is the level of corruption that has crippled the economy. This corruption ranges from young and old, tall or short, leadership to followership; it has eaten deep into our being. This ordeal have brought us to the point of hopelessness, it seem as though the labor of heroes past is a waste and nothing to consider. We see an economy structured for the rich to get richer and the poor ending poorer.
There’s a revolution we so long for, it is clear from our actions, it is buried deep within us., it is so sad that we seek it from the wrong place, we demand it from the wrong people. My mentor will say: “Nigeria can never experience a political revolution, rather an economic revolution”, In the same manner my professor in school said; “Entrepreneurship is the most powerful economic force known to human kind”. These two assertions have birthed the idea of the solution to Nigeria’s problem. Politics is just too lucrative in Nigeria to be capable of any change.
Economic revolution is what I call “taking power away from the government houses and putting them on the streets” it can also be called entrepreneurial revolution. Taking a careful look at Nigerians I see a people full of contempt, people who find it easy to adapt, a people full of high enthusiasm for life, we are steep in poverty yet enjoy our well laid beds at night, we are a so people full of hope, we always believe tomorrow will be better despite when we cannot see any trace of it – once we have the blessing of another day to work to make ends meet, then we are more than okay.
When I saw the last revolution that took place in Ukraine, I was marveled! It gave me a graphic picture of what a revolution looks like, these guys left the comfort of their homes for days and weeks, sleeping on the streets, not worried about their lives, many were wounded and killed by the law enforcement agencies, yet it only made them stronger – their minds were totally made up. Putting that side-by-side the protest that took place in Lagos led by the SNG against the GEJ administration over the removal of subsidy, it was so obvious what we value as a people. The protest started dead! It was obvious it couldn’t be sustained. Nigerians love life, no one wants to die, nothing can stop the Igbo man from business, I saw people using the opportunity of the gathering to make sales live on TV, a Yoruba man is so fearful – nothing matters to him than the safety of his family, needless to mention about other tribes.
It is time entrepreneurial bells ring aloud in every corner of Nigeria, it’s time every graduates start thinking what they can contribute to the economy rather than what has the economy has in stock, it’s time every corporate entity throw their Corporate Social Responsibilities into entrepreneurial empowerment for the youths, it’s time every Nigerian think of what they can produce rather than consume. Personally, I have made up my mind never to consume if I don’t produce. That spirit made China the biggest economy in the world today, making the Asian tigers threats to the European countries. They just produce everything and we only consume. It’s a reality that we import common “toothpick”. Observation has it that when an African especially Nigerian gets to Europe all they think is what can bring the next dollar, they’ll always say “every dollar counts” so they get all the menial jobs around, but when an Asian especially a Chinese get to Europe he ask what do they need, that’s why the Asians own all the corner shops in America and the entire Europe. We must also create a culture of meeting needs not just because we want the next penny but because we desire to bring something to the table, that’s how products and services are created.
Government is privatizing everything, and it’s so close. I believe in less than 10 years from now 90% if not more of all government managed organizations will be privatized. Over the decades the private sector has been efficient while the public sector have struggled to be effective. We have to be ready for this – this is the change we desire, this is all we need to have the Nigeria of our dreams.
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