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Wanted in Naija: Leaders

October 19, 2010

Excerpt from The Crisis of Leadership by Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai. His stirring essay confirms the conversation is changing. (Emphasis are mine).

“As the world moves firmly into the digital age, electing Blackberry users, – young people like Obama and Cameron in their 40s and the likes of Sarkozy in their 50s – communicating with friends and constituents via Twitter and Facebook, we must firmly reject those that want Nigeria to remain in the 20th century – and move forward to restore dignity and hope in our young generation. They must see a country that can work in their lifetimes – where electricity is stable, crimes are solved and criminals brought to justice, and capability and hard work are the primary tools for success in life.”

Failing to do that within the next decade will lead to the total failure of Nigerian state as we will not be able to handle the influx of 4 million hopeless and angry 18 year olds added every year during the period to our army of under-educated and under-employed. And in this avoidable scenario, none of our great grand-children will be opportune to see a Nigeria celebrating its century of Independence, and that will be a sad testimony to us all, those born just before or around the end of colonization.”

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