#SoundOff: Buhari’s US Trip – Nigeria’s Beggarly Mentality Versus Foreign Aids

#SoundOff: Buhari’s US Trip – Nigeria’s Beggarly Mentality Versus Foreign Aids

General Muhammadu Buhari and Barack Obama. (State House Photo)

A run down history reveals that any country that has been serious about development has done it by itself.

Remember the American Revolution, French Revolution, Chinese Revolution under Chairman Mao, etc. Where is the Nigerian Revolution?

Every country puts her own destiny into her own hands. Nigeria has the human resources to do it. Forget about our natural resources, we have the ingenuity to be great. We have Nigerians in all fields of human endeavours scattered all over developed countries. A lot of professionals at the zenith of their profession. We can do it ourselves if we try.

What we lack is selfless leaders that would bring us all together and inspire us, solve all grievances, force a referendum, make merit the mainstay instead of favoritism and quota system; and revert the revenue allocation sharing formula to what it was those during the pre-crude oil days.

We need a leader that would make every Nigerian feel that he or she has a stake in our nation. We don’t need leaders that would ask us to sacrifice when they are smiling to their banks with billions of our money in foreign currencies while we suffer.

There is no leader that could do it in the present Nigeria. No country would solve our problems for us. We have to step up and do it ourselves. We can’t discuss with them on same level if we still go cap in hand begging for aids when our leaders embezzle the whole of our commonwealth. We have no plan, no strategy, no vision or will to do it. It is shameful!

These countries we go around begging for aids know that we have money. They see how ostentatious our leaders live. They see politicians bank accounts in their countries. It is like going to your neighbor to borrow N1,000 while driving a Corvette. Which neighbor would take you seriously?

Few days ago, the world saw the 39-man Nigerian Presidential Delegation to the United State of America, and marveled at why our country would “allow” such levels of redundancy and waste. It would be scandalous for Americans to see President Obama travel to a foreign country with more than 10 officials.

Chukwudi Nwokoye is a lawyer (LL.M.) and a former United States Marine who hails from Anambra State of Nigeria. He is on Facebook and can be emailed at [email protected].

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.


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