“Nigeria is still a country and not yet a nation.”-Anyaoku.
Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, on Monday urged Nigerians to find ways to actualise the country’s potential.
They identified several factors including good leadership, effective social policies and proper use of innovation as ways to create sustainable economic growth for the country.
They spoke in Lagos at the launch of Moghalu’s book “Build Innovate Grow (BIG): A vision for my country.”
Guests at the event included a former Director-General of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke; a former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe and former Cross River Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Eyo Ekpo, among others.
Anyaoku, who chaired the occasion, commended Moghalu for identifying and suggesting solutions to the country’s problems in BIG.
These problems, he noted, had ensured that Nigeria “is still a country and not yet a nation.”
He said: “We have far too many fissiparous tendencies in our country and we spend a lot of time in castigations and vituperations about who among us is the greater wrecker of our country than the other, whether in terms of individuals or groups such as ethnic or religious groups.”
According to Anyaoku, the solution lies in restructuring.
Anyaoku added: “No country can be reckoned with abroad in a situation in which its domestic situation is as fragile and fundamentally unsettled as Nigeria’s is today. And as I have said on many occasions, the key to stabilising Nigeria and guaranteeing its deserved economic progress lies in restructuring the country’s current governance architecture back to a truly federal structure composed of more viable federating units as was the case in the 1960 and 1963 constitutions.”
But Sanusi suggested a different approach to tackling the country’s ills, such as a re-examination of the country’s ineffective social policy framework.
The former CBN Governor, who was represented by the Sarkin Kano, Alhaji Shehu Mohammed, commended Moghalu for the economic and social roadmap presented in BIG.
Sanusi said: “If any country needs a bold vision of how to turn its underachieved potential into reality, it is Nigeria. Few are more equipped and prepared to offer such a roadmap as Kingsley Moghalu.
“We can’t have good governance without good leaders and good leadership. Those attributes are essential for nation-building. Meanwhile, to create a thriving Nigerian economy we must have a stable and cohesive nation.
“As Kingsley writes in BIG, our country surely needs to revisit the role of its women and youth in our society. It is time to end gender discrimination. Women and youth must be mainstreamed into governance and the democratic process.”