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- Every country has its ‘lost generation’. Some were stolen away by war, some by economic downturns, and some by visionless governments. Nigeria is perhaps the only one stolen by too much power, money, leisure and privilege. When Britain’s colonial administrators lowered the Union Jack in Lagos on October 1, 1960, Nigeria was Africa’s great hope. Its pool of talent, mass of fertile land and newly discovered oil promised economic transformation and a role leading independent Africa onto the global stage.
- Fifty years on and despite our vast wealth – abundant natural resources, talents and human capacity (at home and abroad) with which we are endowed , we as a nation continue to struggle with the most basic needs (food, shelter, water and sanitation, electricity, etc) – paralyzed by : wide spread poverty, endemic corruption; high levels of unemployment; impoverished education, decaying health and social care systems, chaotic transport, communications and other essential infrastructure; less than adequate institutions of government at all levels; broken down system of law, order, security of life and property; weak, fragile and unstable economy, financial systems and institutions etc.
- Today, gun wielding policemen still openly collect bribes; hospitals and universities are struggling as much as ever; crime is rampant – kidnapping, has now turned into a cottage industry…. For the common man, things have never been so bad; for the politician, things have never been so good.
- Many Nigerians have completely lost faith in the country’s ability to govern itself not just because of the problems facing the country but due to a fundamental lack of faith in the leaders at the helm of affairs. Without confidence in the system and its leaders, democratic principles are eroded, further jeopardizing the country’s future.
- Angered by failures of corrupt and poor leadership; frustrated by economic policies that did not deliver, impatient to recover from lost civil rights; worn out by conflicts, Nigerian people are now striving for a fresh start. The start must come from a new team committed to acceptable and sustainable reforms. The mood now in Nigeria is changing as people begin to speak out more confidently against corruption, human rights abuses and criticise the unpopular policies of government. In every corner now in Nigeria, there is no debate on what is critical to the future of the country: CHANGE
- What is certain in Nigeria today is that almost everything needs to be fixed. Nigeria today has all the ingredients for both success and failure. Skewing the role of the State towards serving special interests; division of its citizens along ethnic and religious lines and trapping generations in poverty all stubbornly remain in place. Changing the nation for good is no longer a question of choice but that of will and courage.
- The challenge, perhaps, facing all Nigerians (at home and abroad) is whether there is enough will and courage among Nigerian citizens to unite, commit and resolve to radically reform, modernise and move the nation forward –not looking backward to the failed policies and practices of the past.
- As a nation and Sub Saharan Africa’s leading energy producer, we are in danger of squandering another opportunity to upgrade our infrastructure, revive public services and secure the good of the individual.
Our Commitment to Change Nigeria
The nation goes into general elections in April 2011, with trust in politics, politicians and the leaders at an all-time-low. We can understand why: years of broken promises; corruption; the feeling that politicians have become too remote from the people, etc. Many Nigerians have completely lost faith in the country’s ability to govern itself not just because of the problems facing the country but due to a fundamental lack of faith in the leaders at the helm of affairs.
The challenge, perhaps, facing all of us as Nigerians is whether there is enough will and courage amongst us as citizens to unite, commit and resolve to radically reform, modernise and move the nation forward –not looking backward to the failed policies and practices of the past. It’s no longer a question of choice but that of will and courage! This document sets out our side of the bargain: the things we want to do to change Nigeria. We cannot do it on our own. We will only get our economy moving, mend our broken infrastructure and society, reform our rotting political system if we all get involved, take responsibility, and work together. Click to see each of our Five (5) areas of Commitment to Change: