Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the United States of America, Prof. George Obiozor yesterday canvassed for the restructuring of the nation’s body politic “in order to effectively contain the adverse effects on efforts towards nation building, na- tional integration and national development.” Obiozor, who was speaking at the second edition of “The Big Ideas Podium”, a policy debate organised by the African Heritage Institution in Enugu, with the theme “Towards a New Leadership for a Broken Nation”, lamented that no generation of leaders, military or civilian, had been able to create an atmosphere of credibility to ensure Nigeria’s claim to a political future as a nation.
The former Ambassador who spoke on the topic, “the Imperative of National Crossroad Leadership”, said, “none has been to evolve a unifying national ideology that was embraced by fellow political elites or by the entire Nigerian populace across the country”. According to Obiozor, within 56 years of the country’s exis- tence, three systems of govern- ment, parliamentary, military and presidential, have failed to solve the country’s national leadership problem or guarantee the nation’s long term existence as a nation.
“Instead, Nigeria continues to be a country of relatively acceptable past, a troubled present and an uncertain or doubtful future. In fact, ours is a country whose past is better than its present and the future is a guessing game at the national and international levels. “We must reform, restructure or perish the idea of one Nigeria surviving the present critical challenges. This too, can be averted by a dynamic leader- ship that can although too late, change the course of Nigerian history by doing what is right which is the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report,” he remarked. Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who was also at the event, remarked that the nation was at present at a crossroads and requires transformative ideas to pull it back on track in view of the numerous problems confronting it.