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Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy

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Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy

Nigerians relocating avoiding responsibility – Dr Martins Uhomoibhi

By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja On Nov 13, 2022


Nigerians leaving for greener pasture are running away from responsibility, former Nigeria Permanent Representative to The United Nations, Dr Martin Uhomoibhi, has said.

Speaking at the First Annual Convention of the Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria (OSAN) in Abuja at the weekend, he said only Nigerians would develop the country.

Uhomoibhi, who was the guest speaker at the event, urged Nigerians to rather get involved in the democratic system, make their voices heard and get the positive change they desire.

“Escaping from the country is your choice. But it is wrong to say that the grass is greener outside. You are accusing God, because I know from experience that there is no country more blessed than Nigeria. But when you are not taking responsibility for your own failure, you are passing the buck and that is what you do when you do with the japa syndrome. You are blaming others. What have you done in your own little corner and that is ultimately what determines the trajectory of the nation’s growth.”

He also said Nigeria’s problem is spiritual but it needs conscious efforts by the citizenry to get better.

“I have expressed that Nigeria is at the crossroads economically, politically and socially. Indeed, some will even say that we are facing an existential threat. In my encounters everywhere, I have never shied away from saying that the problem that faces Nigeria – the contest that goes on in Nigeria – is not canal, it is spiritual. The challenge of Nigeria is not canal, it is spiritual.

“From my field experience, I know that the battle that we fight is not canal, it is spiritual. The confrontation is between light and darkness. Talking from an empirical experience – one who has held offices and still, perhaps, holding one or two, I know that if you are not strong spiritually and if you do not value the privilege that God has blessed you with, of being who you are, there are consequences. That Nigeria, my country, still exists today is a shock to many people. Shocking! Plan A failed. Plan B is failing. Plan C will fail. Nigeria is an enigma. Nigeria has remained strong. Nigeria is not in the hands of anybody. The destiny of Nigeria is not in the hands of whoever, it is in the hands of Him and us. All we need is to work with Him to preserve the entity and unity of Nigeria. The problem of Nigeria is not God, the problem of Nigeria is Nigerians.

“The day that Nigerians decide and agree that these potential that are locked and bound in this country must be actualised and become reality, the work is done. Americans built America. Britons built Britain. Who will build Nigeria? Nigerians must build Nigeria. Would there be a South Africa today without a Mandela? Mandela was in jail for 27 years. That was how South Africa became free. Would there be a Rwanda today without Paul Kagame? No. Where are our Mandelas? Where are our Kagames in the Nigerian space? They are there but they are hiding. They are in their bedrooms lamenting and wailing; some are actually also praying. If you choose not to allow yourself to be used by God, or you made wrong choices, how can you blame God for that? You can pray from now till next year, but God will say ‘I have done my bit, where is your part?’ There is a problem of leadership, there is also a problem of followership. There are inconsistencies and contradictions in our constitutional framework. The judicial space is in a deplorable condition at this time, and the democratic process is challenged.

“In the middle of the problems our dear country is facing, do we fold our arms and wait, vegetate and die? The answer is obvious. No! Therefore,Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria (OSAN), which boasts of professionals of integrity who have respect for diversity having been properly groomed by the Roman Catholic Church in our formative years, must build a vocal fraternity to strengthen our nation that is floundering between the dark and the deep.”

He urged Nigerians to ensure they vote and protect their votes in next year’s election.

He added: “Nigerians should vote their conscience. Get your PVC. Don’t be sleeping in the bedroom when elections are taking place. And vote. By that I mean you would take responsibility for whatever decision you take. This journey is about you. When God sees you on the last day, he is going to call by your name, but he will not say Prof, or Bishop or Pope. He will call you by your name. The name they called you while you were in your mother’s name. What did you do with the talents that I gave you? You will account for it and he will accept no excuses from you. So please get your PVC and vote your conscience and make sure your votes count.

“Our system is not against youths. I am a historian, so I would talk from the experience of history and I have lived sixty plus years in this country as a Nigerian except for the years when I go to represent our country outside.

“At the age of 32 General Gowon became the Head of State of this country. Dietee Spieff became Governor of what is now Rivers, Bayelsa etc. At what age was he? 25 or thereabout. Obasajno was Head of State and President of this country at what age? So much as I appreciate the benevolence of the not too young spirit. We must stop the habit of passing the buck. Power in history, and I speak authoritatively on this, it is not given. It is taken. I gave an example when I was talking.

“If Mandela did not come out to do what he did not come out to do what he did, where would South Africa be today? But he was in jail for 27 years. So lamentation and wailing is not a solution to our problem. What is required is for people to get out from their hiding places and be part of the democratic process that is ongoing and ensure that their voices are heard and they are taken into account.”

Source: https://thenationonlineng.net/nigerians ... uhomoibhi/

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Re: Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy

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Since he has benefited from the same corrupt political class of today, I am not surprised he shares this opinion. Nothing happens without a reason. He should ask himself, “WHY ARE NIGERIANS TAKING THE RISK AND LEAVING THE COUNTRY”? Especially the middle class. I cannot even comfortably travel from Lagos to Ibadan by road without risk being kidnapped. Yet this old man wants me to build the country they have destroyed.


- While I believe it is the collective responsibility of all citizens to build a nation, it must be noted that any society can be classed into leaders and citizens. The leaders, when corrupt, incompetent and heartless, make terrible decisions which affects the followers. The followers, realizing this, get frustrated and also try to survive by any means necessary. Hence the calamity we have today in the country due to irresponsible leadership.

- A country is like a family. When the father and mother are irresponsible there is a high likelihood that the family will end in disaster. The children wayward and Neighbours and extended family members will take advantage of them.

-Not everyone wants to play a gamble with their lives and the lives of their children anymore. People want guaranteed futures for their kids where ASUU won’t go on strike and the Federal Government spends billions in Buying SUVs for Niger Republic. Nigerian youths today want a guaranteed future for them and their kids. They feel they will get it outside and MOST DO GET IT OUTSIDE.

-For the middle class, the issue is not just wealth or money making. The issue and motivation is quality of life, public safety, and security. Secondly it is about the future of their children. My discussions with many who have left reveal that merely seeing their kids going to school, playing freely and happy and healthy and thriving in a sane society is enough satisfaction for them.

- It is his generation and the likes of him that have kept Nigeria in this mess it is today. They are the spiritual problem that Nigeria is suffering from as he claims. They are the demons. IF AND WHEN GOD DECIDES TO KILL ALL OF THEM. THEY WILL SEE NIGERIANS RETURN IN DROVES TO COME INVEST AND BUILD THIS COUNTRY. The past two Xmases, I know how many Nigerians who returned home from overseas that died, merely because they came back to their own country.

- When the same youth and middle class of the country are killed and harassed, it is his same generation who lead the the country that hide it and do nothing about it. They watch when the police extort, murder, corrupt and rape.

- It is his generation that has not made votes count. They have been ruling and thieving the country to a grind and halt.

- Nigerians leaving are not leaving to not return. They will return on their own term. They will always be Nigerians. I am Nigerian in NIGERIA, and I am not leaving. However, for those who leave they aren’t tearing or burning their Nigerian passport and renouncing their citizenship.

- It is also a lie, America wasn’t built by Americans alone. Britain wasn’t built by the British alone. Even Nigerians did not build Nigeria of today alone.

-Nigeria’s problem is not spiritual. Nigeria’s problem is doing the wrong thing again and again and hoping for positive results because there are no strong and guaranteed monitoring systems and consequences to hold leaders and followers accountable.

- IN SUMMARY, HE SHOULDNT WORRY. IF AND WHEN GOD DECIDES TO KILL ALL OF THEM, NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA Will come back and build the country. NIGERIA, when safe and secure with good standard of living, is a jolly good and very free place to leave and enjoy life.

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