The drawback with Nigeria just isn’t as it’s popularly imagined. The drawback with Nigeria has little to do with management deficits. The drawback with Nigeria has to do with lack of intellection. Don’t be deceived by the profusion of PhDs and even professors. In response to Bishop David Oyedepo, himself an educationist, Nigeria has extra PhDs than [all] European nations added collectively, however they aren’t value stuff.
Thus the drawback with Nigeria could also be surmised as follows: Nigerians need to construct an excellent nation by studying and writing journalism. Journalism is about reportage, not considering. To be a fantastic journalist is actually to be on the warmth, sorry on the beat, that’s, in everlasting haste. And even we journalists confess to that a lot. One of journalism’s greatest and brightest stars gave a common definition of the craft: “journalism is the first rough draft of history.” The key phrases are ‘first’ and ‘rough’ and ‘draft.’ If one cared for Confucius, he stated as follows, Nothing finished on the foundation of haste or “draftness” might endure or prosper.
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Now, the reverse of journalism is the twin of the classics and the scriptures. Classics and scriptures are works that transcend their occasions and authors. Insistently, historical past exhibits, 1. That each one nations constructed upon or round the classics or scriptures endured and have prospered; 2. That each one nations constructed upon and round journalism, that’s, lack of ability to assume by means of as a consequence of haste or no matter, are in dire and undeveloped and maybe undevelopable straits.
Now, we will whisper as follows. In case you gifted Buhari entire and full as a freebie chief to America, France, and so on, the efficiency variations, if any, shall be marginal. The query is, why? The reply is, as a result of these societies are constructed alongside the strains of the scriptures and the classics. Their societies are well-thought-out. So, no chief is granted the franchise to be a “singularity.”
However from 1966 thus far, Nigeria has been as turbulent as canoes crusing the storms. The causes are easy: We now have not thought something by way of. We’re about constructing with journalism what might solely be constructed with the scriptures.
And nothing illustrates this greater than the discussions one runs into in the matter of Atiku selecting an Igbo Vice President. Expectedly, a world of journalistic feedback fill and foul up the air. However first the backgrounds. In response to the many, benefit should drive the political course of and there’s little that zoning can ship.
Nevertheless, following our researches, we will assert that that is the most ignorant postulation in historical past. Now this. Dr. Okay.O. Mbadiwe, who, by the means, is American-trained, is a superb and seminal wordsmith. He as a lot as we all know is the first to talk in these phrases: “Zoning to Un-zone.” What he meant isn’t unclear, he by no means elaborated. However as with the phrases of poets, it says greater than its writer could also be conscious of.
Atiku (L), Mbadiwe (R)
Now, a classy studying or maybe extra appropriately rereading of American historical past reveals the following. America is the most [consciously] power-political zoned nation in historical past. Actually, it’s the ceremony of zoning that allowed America to bid for world greatness and have it befall her as ripe fruits, the earth. Thus the genius of America is that they zoned to un-zone. This embedded state constructional maneuver, of “zoning to un-zone” is thus in being embedded not sighted by the many too many, that’s by those that learn and write journalisms.
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The level is that historical past is merciful to us. Usually, all of us die off earlier than the penalties of our acts or omissions manifest. And once we are gone and our sons are on edge they marvel what it’s that hit them. No, it’s the penalties of the silly or short-term wisdoms and greed of their fathers. It’s the penalties of appearing journalistically when one should have acted traditionally or, higher, scripturally.
To tie up, we counsel that if the vice presidential slot is headed for Igboland, Ndi Igbo, and thus Nigeria, can be greatest served by giving Ebonyi individuals the right of first refusal. The causes for this and the improvement of states in historical past have been investigated in some element in our new guide, The College-Media Complicated: As Nigeria’s Foremost Amusement Middle.
In that e-book, we developed the idea and instruments of 1. Solvent Inhabitants and a couple of. The Constructional Ballasting of the Ships of States. With these instruments, so many “embedded realities” which were in the darkish at the moment are introduced beneath the solar and made self-evident.
The level is that, in case you don’t, like America, ballast your Ship of State, your nation will flip up like the Titanic. That’s inevitably too doomed, too quickly, identical to Nigeria. That is an iron lore. And it might be meet to report that no one who has learn the guide has disagreed with us, an inch.
Following is an excerpt from the guide. It’s associated tangentially however provides sufficient hints, we consider. And lest we overlook, we’re able to debate this matter with any events anyplace, any day. For full disclosures, let it’s noised overseas that this correspondent has no connections with Ebonyi save for being Oru, not even Igbo. Joyful studying.
“I cannot get tired of telling this. Dr. Akanu Ibiam/Ebonyi, Dennis Osadebe/ Delta, Dr. Okpara /Abia, Fred Anyiam/ Imo, Ellah/Rivers, Chief Abangwu/Enugu were all Zik’s men. What you immediately notice is that these names represent the major sub-ethnics of Igbo, and they were one and all political intimates and club followers of Zik. After Zik, the truth is that no Igbo politician that I know of has the time to so “cross the streets.” Politics since Ekwueme has taken the colouration of being virtually a household enterprise or a department workplace of “Myself, my Sons, and Connections Incorporated”. Igbo have merely failed to succeed in out to themselves, but they tabulate that their – excluded – brothers owe them a factor or two, together with loyalty? It might be allowed for a person dream as such that the world owes him all, however that isn’t the approach the world is run. Inclusion is the first rule of the recreation of all politics.”
“Since Zik, what attempts have any prominent Igbo politician made to reach out to the geographical outliers or frontiers of Oru na Igbo nation, etc? Yes, immediately it was post-war, the accursed Federal Government of Gowon began playing divide, rule, and ruin. Yes, the geographic frontiers Igbo were sometimes tempted and perhaps seduced, but it was our duty and greater benefit to show forbearance regarding the small failings of our men, our own brothers and sisters; to never berate them in public, and to never add fuel to the raging Gowonistic fire game of dividing and ruining Igboland.”
“Perhaps, if our leaders were seized of historical examples, what happened to Germans and Austrians would be lesson enough.”
“After World Conflict II, some Austrians declared they weren’t Germans.
Antony Beevor additional states:
“Then came another shock … Our Austrian comrades suddenly ceased to be Germans. They called themselves ‘Austritsy’.”
“The point in it all is that it is human all too human to want out when comrades are beaten to it. That is, our historical education should have prepared us for this, so much that we do not need to shock or be shocked. And we could only copy or better improve from the German response template. What did the Germans do? They forbore, knowing that Germanness is a thing no German can flee from. They knew that they, the German Germany, in having the greater numbers, thus had the greater duties not to call out on their kind, the Austrians. The Igbo insightfully teach owu okeny na eri ariri/it is the greater one who sacrifices to save the whole. It is not just charity and fellow feeling. It is all these and more. It is even most importantly strategic that the most powerful make the most sacrifices for the good of all. And it is all imbedded in Ofo na Ogu, only if we cared to unbundle it. The point is, our fathers have written the scriptures. Why do we behave like pagans or convert to lower religions?”
“Thus, for German Germans, the greater duty was to be so worthy a German people that the German Austrians would want to ‘return home.’ After all, the Austrians have no other place to go. Will they start being Russians, Israelis, or Igbo?”
“Today, the German cultural template, despite Austrian reticence, is pan-German. For example, German periodicals publish German bestsellers and Austrian lists are all integral parts of it.”
“Germans by no means shout or speak down on the Austrians for inventing a non-pan-German autography. Identical to America and England, they too have gotten one individuals separated by a standard language; and identical to the Igbo mental historical past predicted and all historical past appears to affirm, it’s the Oru, whose equivalents for Europe are the People that saved the heartland or the European civilisation at its hour of biggest risks, aka World Conflict II. Subsequently, being ‘separated by one language’ shouldn’t be a actuality; it’s a flourish. They’re two aside, however collectively in that apartness. That should be our goal and our recreation. And this we will win with all our Oru na Igbo peoples.’’
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“What are we saying? Our redemption will not come from Igbo heartland as has been predicted by the mirrors of history and Eshi imbedded conjectures. Our Aristotle or our Alexander the Great would likely emerge from these outlier or frontier geographies. This is the iron lore of history. It is the most likely thing to happen, and we cannot serve ourselves best in a matter if we act in ignorance of historical, perhaps of even existential, tendencies.”