Never have I felt compelled to take upon my self, the responsibility of motivating and reaching out to Nigerians in promoting thoughts which are needed to awaken the dormant giant, Nigeria(inactive but capable of becoming active) and her equally oriented youths.
It’s no longer news that Nigeria is a nation blessed with abudnant human and natural resources. In reality none of these reflects upon the life of an average Nigerian, who will continue with the usual ”suffering and smilingâ€™â€™ way of life unless we stand up and fight for whats ours. It is true that persistent pain constantly becomes painful pleasure so long we pay minimal price. How long, as Nigerians should we continue to tolerate undesired, self-centered, incompetent and selected rulers? Aint we tired of a dull lackluster life?Â
The time to act is now! A stich in time saves nine. We have to make change on who should represent us come 2011. I supposed we have learned our lessons as youths by now and shouldnâ€™t allow our country to become a mega flop as it is consistently becoming ridicule among several other African Nations- It is Ghana today, you donâ€™t want us get slammed by Cameroun or even Benin or Sudan, yeees!… Giant of Africa? I donâ€™t clamour. That sums it all up. Thanks to President Umaru Yarâ€™aslow and his kitchen cabinet.Â
Ok! Itâ€™s not all doom and gloom however. They might have seized our monies; resources, deprive us of the necessities of life or healthful environmental influences (you and I know all this things so I wont discuss the pros and cons of the issue) but they couldnâ€™t steal our voices. I believe the most desirable asset any human could posses is that which he came into this world with- human resources. Nigerians are known world over to thrive exceedingly in their chosen careers which could be academic, social, religious, sports, entertainments, et cetera. I have to justify the afore-written facts by stating a couple of examples: Sanya Ojikutu, a Nigerian in Maryland, USA, who recently developed ShareBuds MXâ„¢ Twin Stereo Earphones, designed to offer a fun, easy and superior way for two people to listen to and share their favorite playlist together on an iPod or Mp3 player .Another is Philip Emeagwali(aka the father of internet), the unsung hero behind the internet, voted historyâ€™s 35th greatest African. Mate stop dreaming, thats just the few ones you might know. You probably havenâ€™t heard of the Nigerian behind British enegry, so go figure. Its no news that our own Nollywood is the 3rd largest film industry in the world, or havenâ€™t you heard that P Square are ruling the entire African continent like a cyclone, storming every city in a do me I do you style and now on the verge of turning America up side down?…
Yes! the lack of infrastructural development, embedded corruption, failure at a decent scale of electricity generation, lack of water and a dire need of capable Nigerians to lead the nation prompted me to humbly yearn on behalf of a man who obviously wont leave no stone unturned if afforded a rare opportunity to lead our great nation with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians at his heart, to our desired destination.
Professor Pat Utomi is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and a Senior Faculty of the Lagos Business School -Pan African University, he is Director of The Centre For Applied Economics at the Lagos Business School. He has served in Senior positions in government, as an Adviser to the President of Nigeria; the Private Sector, as Chief Operating Officer for Volkswagen of Nigeria, and in academia. He is the author of several Management and Public Policy books including the Award Winning Managing Uncertainty: Competition and Strategy in Emerging Economies. His academic background covers a range from Policy Economics, Business Administration, and Political Science to Mass Communication. As an entrepreneur he has founded or co-founded companies that are active in fields including financial services, ICT, and media.
Finally, we have someone whose potentials are unlimited and vastly experienced in dealing with issues regarding growth & development, economic empowerment, political stability of a nation, we need not search too far for our own Obama, we couldnâ€™t have got a better person. Please HELP me spread the word- Pat Utomi for president 2011. It is no joke, just vote and make it count. By voting the right person that have the feelings of Nigerians at heart into power, we are bound to be beneficiaries primarily and by extension making Nigeria a home for all, where justice and equity reigns.
In order not to get misconstrued I have decided to mince words for now. Your opinions are highly welcome hence we are in this together. Remember the national pledge!
Now! if Pat Utomi isnâ€™t the right person to do it then, I donâ€™t know who is.
Pat Utomi 2011! Come on guys lets do it!!Â
God bless Nigeria!
About the author
Afolabi Shola, a student striving to become enlisted in next generation’s lists of information system security analyst. He has flair for diverse and unusual challenges and a passion to make a real impact in an environment where standard is the keyword.