President Muhammadu Buhari, at an APC rally in Edo State yesterday, reminded Nigerians of his coup speech 30+ years ago.
“We are a nation of great human and material resources especially the youth. Please sit down, reflect and remember what I said 30 years ago. We have no other nation like Nigeria, no matter where you go. We may as well remain here and salvage it together.” President Muhammadu Buhari – Thisday 9/7/16.
That speech 32 years ago, triggered the mass emigration of Nigerians.
At the APGA THINK-TANK, NIGERIA, we condemn the reminiscing, and remind that this is not 30 years ago.
The President’s regime then does not bring back good memories. Period.
The President is doing a serious misread on the current orientation and situation of Nigerians everywhere.
A President who is still nostalgic about his coup speech from 30+ years ago, is not what Nigeria needs now.
Dele Sobowale was right. Do not give this President emergency powers. He is still lost in a time warp.
The APGA THINK-TANK, NIGERIA condemns such dreadful and intimidating commentary to fellow Nigerians by the Presidency, as:
“No matter where you go, you may defy the Sahara Desert or the Mediterranean, if you are lucky and not killed by drought. But what you get there, the mere color of your skin will be a problem for you,”. President Muhammadu Buhari – Thisday 9/7/16.
And what has the President put in place to stop the new emigration.
Unfortunately also, the President and the policies during his regimes (the present one included) are directly linked to economic hardships, and the emigration of Nigerians secondary to same.
We call on The President to do a serious reality check on his approach to governance.
It is our opinion at the APGA THINK-TANK, NIGERIA that comments as above are geared to intimidate and dampen the noble and adventurous spirit of the Nigerian citizenry, which seek to make something of themselves despite difficult presentations in our polity, economy and environment. The President’s comments are not visionary. They also do not endear Nigerians to the APC leadership because the commentary is not true.
It is our opinion that the ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) should call their President to order. His speech does not uphold the democratic ideals which he swore to defend.
The APC hierarchy may not have a hopeless, gloomy vision for Nigeria and Nigerians. Nigeria may not be inflicted with an administration which does not see beyond the horizon. We are then puzzled at why the President is engaged in all the foreign travels? Wider vistas?.
Certainly No! Given the above response.
We condemn all comments by the Presidency which inhibit individual ambition, prohibit intellectual progress, promote fear of adventure and enthrone racism, as above.
All Nigerian adventure may not end with becoming Fulani Cattlemen and driving cattle through the serene Middle belt and Southern Nigeria villages, slaughtering innocent Nigerians on the cattle path with Matchetes and AK-47’s, without any intervention by the Nigerian Law and Order system for the common citizenry.
The latter is a very backward medieval adventure not entertained by any modern societies.
Our President can do better. And Nigerians know better.
At the APGA THINK-TANK, NIGERIA, It is our opinion that this President never recovered from being ejected out of office 30 years ago.
We, at the APGA THINK-TANK, NIGERIA will like to remind the President that Nigerians adapted, moved on and actually celebrated their survival from his erstwhile hard policies. Lest he forget, Babangida, Shonekan, Abacha, Abdulsalami, Obasanjo, Yar’adua, Jonathan were here. Some success including the creation of new States and redistribution of Nigeria’s wealth to the new State Capitals, the building up of the Abuja Capital City, the massive and innovative enlargement of the economy through the Arts and communications, also the maturation of a generation of Nigerians (they exactly turned 30+years old, married, had children) occurred during Buhari’s leadership absence.
Further, secondary to his now infamous policies, Nigeria 30+ years later, actually has a formidable Diaspora in eighty-eight (88) cities of the world. These are People who emigrated as a result of the direct policies of the 1984/85 Major-General Buhari Government. From their different Diaspora base, they look back at their country reminiscing on what could have been, if they had a Government that appreciated their acumen and hardwork.
That generation the President left 30+ years ago, are the models for contemporary Nigeria. Fellow Nigerians are proud of their relations living in far away countries as Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Britain, Czechoslovakia, USA, Canada , Brazil, Ukraine, Australia, Korea, China among others, because they bring the bacon home, catering for the welfare of Nigerians unaccounted for in the Federal budget and gazette. Millions.
These Diaspora are returning to Nigeria clutching their exposure, Golden fleece and an expansion of Nigeria’s horizons. Everybody welcomes them for their courage to sojourn in far lands despite the adversity.
Not the President.
And they remit $21 billion dollars annually. The President still refuses to see or acknowledge that. At the APGA THINK-TANK, we ask, who’s got a problem?
This Presidency would overlook them, and rather acknowledge Mark Zuckerberg who came to visit ‘his likes’ in Nigeria (Amazing! Even Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged his likes in Nigeria). But our President would not.
The President would rather go on to say, “We’re not used to people like you visiting”. This is not some kind of ostentation.
Well, someone should re-position the President’s lenses.
Wetin dey for sokoto, dey for shokoto.
We must remind the President that Nigerians everywhere in the world, and in very harsh climates too, have challenged the physical, academic, cultural, economic status quo, and won. They found a way to fit in despite difficulties.
That is the Nigerian spirit.
“Naija” , they hail themselves, on meeting at different World airports.
Those Nigerians whom an ethnic and parochial lens ignore, have competed under severe pyschological and physical conditions to open new avenues in such exotic environments as the Academia in different World Universities, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States. They are also found in The European Premier Football leagues, Computer Systems Technology, Health Management Systems, Economic and Stock Exchange databases, and are a part of the brain trust wherever allowed.
These Nigerians made their different host countries acknowledge their existence, re-instituted transportation systems via airlines to Nigeria because of the viable Nigerian population. And fellow Nigerians from the homeland admire them. Have you watched the European Leagues when a Nigerian is playing?. The crowds gathered at the Restaurant inside the Murtala Mohammed Airport do not lie. They cheer the sole Nigerian abroad representing their dream. They want to make it like their brothers and sisters abroad. Is the President watching or listening?
But, The President refuses to acknowledge or meet them during his travels.
This feigned Ignorance continues our stunted Nigerian growth, and ends in pure trauma for all.
We would remind that most members of your cabinet are former Nigerian emigrants who availed themselves of the opportunity during theri emigrant experience, to graduate from foreign universities with exposure in international affairs, and are now being tapped to give your government a much needed facelift. You may not denigrate their experience.
While we agree with the President that Nigerians must be aware that they were the only ones who could salvage the country, we totally disagree with the comment that “…there was nothing for them elsewhere.”
All Nigerians know that something lies for them elsewhere. That is how the ‘Tokunbo’ got to Nigeria.
Did the President also hear of the just ended US visa lottery program? More than 50,000 Nigerians from our best schools, with at least five (5) credits from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) were granted visas to live and work in the US? Brain drain in front of our korokoro eye. Those emigrants currently form the black educational resurgence in the US universities. Unfortunately, they are not coming back to Nigeria. We just lost them to the Black diaspora. Just like that. Due to poor leadership appreciation, focus and orientation for Nigerian products.
At the APGA THINK-TANK, NIGERIA, we ask The President, have you heard of HB-I visas?, given to anybody with an acumen by the US Government? They tap human acumen wherever they find it. Nigerians have benefited immensely from same despite, drought, drowning and racism. Nigeria has one of the highest levels of High School graduation among the developing countries. Where are these Nigerian products being absorbed in Nigeria?
We are not talking about the Use of English.
A Government which seems to negate sections of its polity, especially its qualitative citizenry, cannot thrive.
We will like to remind the President that the human and infrastructural decay under his watch cannot go on. His home base in Northern Nigeria is under serious threat of drought, famine, human decay and eminent chaos, hence the visit by the US Secretary of State to warn on the impending doom. Also the emergency dialogue with the Northern Governors on what their policy and development focus must be. Southern Nigeria remains a hot bed of unappreciated Human excess and pollution, what is the Buhari Government doing about it?.
It is our opinion that this Government must change its view of the Nigeria, and Nigerians.
The APC Government deserves a serious 1-year in-service on the the progress of Nigeria from 32 years ago, and how the APC Government fits in. If, at all.
Unfortunately, if the President is watching, Nigerians have started migrating again.
Sad. Very sad.
Somebody should wake him up to our reality.