Anyaoku: Nigeria in denial of the seriousness of its challenges

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Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, who clocks 84 this Wednesday, yesterday, expressed concern that Nigeria is living in denial of the seriousness of the challenges confronting it as a nation.

He noted that the issues, ranging from Boko Haram insurgency, Niger Delta crisis, Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes, the Southern Kaduna crisis, wide spread kidnapping, declining cohesion among the components of Nigeria, the collapsing quality of education, and above all, the unsuitability of Nigeria governance structure, are of strong concern to him.

Anyaoku maintained that what Nigeria needs for its governance process are federating units, because it will give the country greater capacity for development.

He urged the National Assembly, which is embarking on another round of constitution amendment, to look at the fundamental issue of a suitable governance structure for the country.

The former commonwealth boss maintained that Nigeria as presently structured would not get anywhere in terms developing its human and material resources.

“I am seriously concerned that Nigeria is in denial of the seriousness of these challenges.”



11 Comments
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  • OJAY

    This issues of restructuring governance in Nigeria has become a rethorical song which all Nigerian leaders have paid deaf ears to. In fact, nothing can change the statusquo so long as our leaders & those backing them are benefitting immensely from it.

    We can never get any where with such parlance in the Nigerian as “federal character”, ” local govt of origin” in appointment & all those nomenclature that tends to divide us rather than unite us.

    This is why PMB’s daughter remarked that she’s proud to be a Fulani in an interview just after her wedding rather than saying she’s proud to be a Nigerian. This shows how fractionalised we are. Even PMB will proclaim Fulani before Nigeria as the place to be proud of because he knows Nigeria is just a contraption.

    • EyeServis

      On point bro!
      You hit bullseye with your comments. Its still a mystery how those we thought are enlightened members of our society bought into the fraud which our first family sold us in 2015.

      A major beneficiary of the federal character, state of origin, quota system, local govt of originz silliness sits on top of the tree at the moment. How then do you expect him to change it?

      Fellow Nigerians join me in stewing in our own peculiar mess!

      • Victor

        It’s only a mystery and a fraud to you because Buhari is President. When obj became President those who lost out started shouting restructuring. When yaradua started showering money on militants and their friends restructuring amnesia set in and continued with Jona, who by the way had 6yrs to restructure. Jona only organised a conference towards the end as an election gimmick. I bet if Anyaoku himself becomes President tmao everyone shouting now will start praise singing and those who loose out will start a new round of calls for one thing or the other.

        • EyeServis

          Your comment simply underlines my point. Doooo

        • Felix Austin

          Your comment, as Anyaoku has said, is in denial of the seriousness of the challenges Nigeria is facing. Sleep on Lotus Eater!

        • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

          Chief 84yrs become president. Haba Yoruba nu mo agba. Are we not talking of identity here.

    • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

      Chief, do you not know that even the creator reckons with you first and foremost on your GPS birthright. Why condemn a woman who knows her rib. Do be a foolish democrat Kaje. Shikena.

  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    Omo wa oto lo so.(our son you have spoken the truth). Eku eto ju wa.

  • Ogbonnaya Okike

    Great talk, but it is a very big task to bring Nigeria in order so that it can move an inch. Nigeria down in a very deepest part of ocean. The truth is that the corrupt leaders donot want to hear that or see anyone say it out.

  • vincentumenyiora

    [He noted that the issues, ranging from Boko Haram insurgency, Niger Delta crisis, Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes, the Southern Kaduna crisis, wide spread kidnapping, declining cohesion among the components of Nigeria, the collapsing quality of education, and above all, the unsuitability of Nigeria governance structure, are of strong concern to him.

    Anyaoku maintained that what Nigeria needs for its governance process are federating units, because it will give the country greater capacity for development.]

    Clearly what the observation is about is in all its ramifications correct – i.e. is if you want to grow and develop, folks! Talk about boko-hram’s effect in the North I hear that THEY ARE STILL EXPANDING ALMAJIRI EDUCATION, WHICH IS CONTRARY TO WHAT THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION IS DOING FOR NIGERIA in reality Almajiri is by extension or stealthily a subterfuge for boko-haram! Nigeria’s Independence was acquired by leaders on grounds Let us wrestle it from the Colonial Masters and then we settle down to thinker how to go about our differences hence in my observation I said rightly that:

    African leaders proposing for Self Rule first mobilized their people for such on basis of religion, tribal and ethnicity so as to wrestle Independence from the Colonial Governments, they had less/little time. even now, to practice or understand the harder part of DEMOCRACY which includes willingness/readiness to accept results after elections whether favorable or not all because of the ways and manner elections are conducted yet in the Continent! For Nigeria, it must be said that the solutions are there but you have profligates at the helm of affairs in that country – almost coming from the bush without an iota of what politicking for a country of your size and admixture is, folks! If the founding father were still around or handed over (the political baton) properly as in other developed or developing economies, obviously they would have learnt the rudiments. What you are practicing in the country is nothing more than DEMOCRAZY! And behold the solutions you you need to solve the problems you have had been handed in but for that inordinate ambitions playing on the minds of that few known to be acting on the influence of bigotry!

    The problems I think you have in Nigeria was left all these years and have now devolved into that zone of human nature of not willing to see facts and reason rationally and so leads us into the boundary of the word ‘xenophobia’ and the major culprits are seen in the leaderships which are the least informed in the actual sense of the word to deal with the kind of complex questions often thrown up in or present situation – they are not trained, for example for Nigeria, to truly comprehend what is at stake and so you are left to wallow, as it were, and living on borrowed time tell you the truth! Look at this typical example; Prof. Osinbajo is the Vice President but before President Buhari goes off into the plane he consults with Abba Kyari in that last minute bid/efforts – now tell me what that means or inference that is? When Jonathan was Head of State he had Reuben Abati no doubt and has press Secretary office but then how many Igbos, housas Ijaws and Tivi journalists were in his press office same as in the present day Head of press Shehu, how many of the other ethnic groups are engaged in that office to show that you’re all ‘One Nigerians’ as the jingle portrays it to the people!

    And you had even earlier than 2014 Conferences and Conferences about how to deal with the problems in Nigeria to no avail and behold President M. Buhari has been rightly advised to look into the last Meeting and see what can be done to alleviate the anxieties and ambitions in the people yet nobody wants to listen to the cries some of it came even from Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Alhaji Maitama Sule; last week from the ‘Turaki’ Atiku, even from the more radical – Tanko Yakassai! It therefore, leaves you in such situation where you want ask the question: Are they all well informed Why are all these calls to restructure Nigeria falling on deaf ears and yet you have need for restructuring for Nigeria! Behold I submitted a compatible solution earlier to both the offices of (SGF) and the Senate President’s on 2nd February 2015 yet nobody has said something and you have problem in Nigeria as being observed by Chief Emeka Anyaoku in this article!

    My issue with Nigeria and their political leaders is that I have handed-in something that could help even in the obvious bad and anxious situations in Nigeria but for that deficiency in the leadership ability to comprehend prose! They probably understand what I have explained in the new solution; Yes, they are using my Option A-4 for the elections why not the new solution handed in on the 2nd February 2015? They should look up my website; http://www.virgo-enterprised.com and see what is in offer!

    Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people!
    Prov. 14. 34; Pa 132. 9

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