Nigeria: Ezekwesili Calls For Change Of Nigeria’s Present Political Class
”For Nigeria to survive, it must overthrow the existing order especially the 57-year-old political class and entrenched pattern,” these were the strong words of Nigeria’s former Education Minister Ms Oby Ezekwesili, when she spoke at the Big Ideas Podium with the theme “Nigeria: The Economics of Failure’’ of the African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage) in Enugu on Tuesday.
A visibly angry and passionate Ms Ezekwesili, who is also the convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign said Nigeria’s present existence, is not sustainable and that something radical must happen for it to keep being a nation.
“Nigeria presently is not sustainable. Something radically different must happen.
“Political restructuring will not solve our problems because the content will remain the same and the outcome this time around will be disastrous. We need economic governance as the basis for any political grouping the country may need.
“For Nigeria to survive, it must overthrow the existing order especially the 57-year-old political class and entrenched pattern. We need world-class human capital not a nation of global trolls.
“A well constituted non-partisan group of intellectuals must help Nigeria fight this war because it cannot be a war fought without knowledge.”
Ms Ezekwesili said it was time Nigerians stood up to disrupt the known status quo, by not allowing a few people determine its fate.
“We can’t continue to allow a few people who have hijacked our government to decide our fate, the citizens must rise to disrupt the status quo. A well-constituted non-partisan group of intellectuals must help Nigeria fight this war because it cannot be a war fought without knowledge.
“Politics is not the matter but the economic well being of the citizens is the issue. We need to have focus, target, and timeline on how to solve most of our economic challenges as well as put collective and concerted efforts to bring them to reality.
“We can borrow a leaf from countries within and outside Africa that had been able to grow their economies, create wealth and prosperity for their people,’’ she said
Ademola George for Caracal Reports