I am not a politician and I don’t play one on television either, but I have come to realize that nothing happens in this world without some politician having a say so. I have also come realize that you do not have to be a politician to influence policy, as long as you are politically active overtly or covertly and you lend a hand in electing the good men and women that you believe will further the political agenda of positive change for the causes you believe in
I have been given the task of leading a committee to re-elect President Jonathan, by the PDP US Chapter, under the Chairmanship of Bernard Thompson Ikegwuoha.
This is a political action committee under PDP US for Jonathan and the objective of the committee is:
To build a grass roots movement of Diaspora Nigerians under the PDP umbrella so that we can successfully influence policy changes in Nigerian politics in the following areas.
1. Enacting legislation to allow Nigerians in Diaspora to vote for National, State and Local elections.
2. Keep the government focused on power generation and infrastructure development.
3. Restructure of education.
4. Restructure the Judiciary.
5. Focus on good government and fight against corruption.
6. Move towards true federalism.
As the chairman of the committee, I would like to invite every Nigerian, and friends of Nigeria to join hands with me, in order to effect the changes that are so necessary to move our country in the right direction. Therefore, under this platform we will also endorse Senators, Governors, Representatives and local government leaders that are committed to implementing our agenda
One year ago, I began planning how my company can build 4,000 megawatts of power in Nigeria. The president heard about my idea and contacted me. In less than six months, Capital Investment Group, under my leadership, has been able to persuade the Federal Government of Nigeria to allow state and local governments to generate their own electricity. This is an indication that President Jonathan is our man, because he is willing to listen to good ideas and he is passionate about changing our country for better. This is the first step in moving our country towards true federalism, where every state and local government will be able to control their own resources, their own law enforcement and not be dependent on the federal government allocation for funds. If I can achieve this feat as one person, can you imagine what we can all achieve together if we join hands demand the best for our country. There is strength in numbers.
Nigerians have been described as one of the happiest people in the world, but it is obvious that Nigerians are not happy with the state of affairs of their country.
I do not need to repeat the problems of Nigeria to Nigerians. However, If Nigerians at home cannot effect the changes necessary to move the country forward; it is incumbent on those of us in the Diaspora to lend a hand in a positive and supportive way to seek the changes that are necessary.
The quote below came from the honorable Chairman of PDP USA, Bernard Ikegwuoha
“Politics can truly be used for good; however, it needs men and women with strength of character, clarity of purpose, measure of trustworthiness, and certainly not opportunists, for it to achieve its desired goal -to improve the quality of life for the people, and better the society.”
Nigeria’s number one problem is apathy. We all like to sit on the fence, and complain about everything without making any attempt to do something about it.
That is why Nigeria, a country of 150 million people generates only 3,500 megawatts of power while the city of Los Angeles generates 7,200 megawatts of power for its 4 million residents. Yet, you don’t see Nigerians on the street every day protesting lack of electricity.
After so many years of being one of the apathetic Nigerians, I resolved a few years ago, that I have to do something rather than complain about the problems.
We do not have bad leaders in Nigeria, we have weak and apathetic citizens, who can’t even stand up for their rights and fight for what they believe in.
The so called bad leaders are counting on Nigerians apathy, that as long as they make it difficult for good people to penetrate the leadership of Nigeria, the bad eggs that are in leadership can continue to rape the country for as long as they want. That is why each and every one of us must stand up today and say, “thus far and no further, and it starts with joining our movement for change. According to Martin Luther King Jr., “all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to keep silent and do nothing.”
I came to this conclusion because it finally dawned on me that Nigeria needs my help. The same goes for every Nigerian at home or in the Diaspora.
President Kennedy once told Americans, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”
So the question is what have you done for Nigeria lately? What will you do for Nigeria soon? What can you do for Nigeria Today?
Our country is at a cross roads, and our ancestors are calling on us to right the ship. It’s been fifty years since we assumed the running of the affairs of our country, yet we have little to show for it in terms of basic necessities.
No Electricity, No Running water, No Good Roads, No Reliable educational system, lack of security, Lack of adequate health care, you name the ill, and Nigeria is plagued with it. (Please feel free to add yours) Yet we are celebrating 50 years of independence. I am not sure whether we should be rejoicing or crying?
This piece is not designed to blame anyone but myself, for failure to do anything to help Nigeria in the last 50 years. Anyone reading this who is a Nigerian should not try to blame any of the leaders past or present either. You should be blaming yourself for failure to act.
Just like William Shakespeare said in one of his epic stories, “the fault therefore is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” I would like to paraphrase and say, when it comes to Nigerian’s problems, that “the fault therefore, is not in our leaders that our country is ………..(you can fill in the blank) the fault is in ourselves as citizens for failing to appoint, elect or make our leaders accountable.”
Now the time has come to stand up and be counted. Imagine a Nigeria of your dream, and resolve right now to do something to achieve the Nigeria of your dream. The first step you need to take is to join some movement. You need to join a party, PDP, ACN, NPP, join something, and resolve to help elect the good leader you believe will help change Nigeria for the better.
You must realize that Nigeria will never change unless you and I seek the changes we want. We cannot effect these changes unless we are part and parcel of the policy making machinery.
According to a wise saying, “if you are not sitting at the table, you are on the menu.”
So if you want Nigeria to change, you better be part of the people making the policy, or have some influence on the people making the policy so you can steer them to the change you want.
That is the essence of this political campaign to re-elect President Jonathan and endorse other candidates that we believe are willing to implement our agenda.
Therefore, I call on all Nigerians and friends of Nigerian to join me in seeking a new dawn for Nigeria. Let us join hands and make the changes we want. Let us join hands with each other and seek basic necessities like power, water, good roads, good education, independent judiciary, true federalism, justice, unity, peace and security for all Nigerians
Let us join hands to unanimously re-elect President Jonathan because I believe he is the leader we can look up to effect the changes we need for our country.
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