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WORKING OUT OUR OWN

DEMOCRACY, POLITICAL
STABILITY, ECONOMIC
GROWTH, AND CORPORATE
EXISTING BY THE
PREMIERED SYSTEM OF
GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA

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To All Nigerians,

On this occasion of our 59th Independence Day anniversary and celebration, it is not out of context to
seek for a new sense of direction and creativity for our great country Nigeria considering the
deplorable state of the nation vis-à-vis the increasing rate of:
1. Crimes and criminality – armed banditry, kidnapping, one chance, yahoo-yahoo, yahoo plus,
oil and pipeline vandalization etc.
2. Insincerity, Lawlessness and indiscipline
3. Insecurity of life and property
4. Bribery and corruption
5. Unemployment, poverty and neglect, hunger and starvation;
6. Inflation, economic recession, depression, and repression
7. Poor medical care and check-up, sicknesses and diseases
8. Political violence, strike, defection, inter-party alliance, apostasy, breach of trust and oath of
office, lack of submission to the rule of law, constitution, party guidelines, and constituted
authority.
9. Ethnic clashes, disputes and tribal conflicts
10. Falling standard of education, research and development;
11. Irregular supply of electricity and water
12. Non-regular payment of workers’ salary and allowances;
13. Collapse of banks and allied financial institutions, industries, corporate organizations, Nigerian
money and Capital market itself;
14. Rising cost of living: building materials, electricity bills, hospital bills, school fees, staple foods,
fuel, kerosene, gas, diesel, house rent, land and house ownership etc.

Nigerians and indeed our political leaders must better appreciate the fact that true love is not in mere
definition, but in demonstration. How our founding fathers formulated a formidable structure, law
and system of government to keep us together and move the nation forward in the early decades of
our national independence or before shows true love and selfless service in action. Clearly, we saw
that whatever they did, were informed and motivated by love and sacrifice. All of their policies,
decisions, actions, programmes, projects were love-induced, love-inspired, love-motivated and love-
provoked. This is a challenge to men and women of our generation. There is need to revive and
promote true love and selfless service in our country as we commence another year of independence
celebration and journey.

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Hopefully, this year would be an eventful one. We hope to make this year an eventful year. We
determine to publicly declare the premiered system of government for the better today and greater
tomorrow of Nigeria. The Premiered system of government is designed to help us discover and better
understand and appreciate the love, effort and sacrifice of our founding fathers/heroes past and to also
provoke us to possess, reciprocate and demonstrate similar love through the appropriation of the
premiered system of government and its provisions in solving the nation’s socio-political and
economic challenges.

INTRODUCTION
The Premiered system of government and its provisions cover wide areas of our national lives and
body politics
(1) It gives the beginnings of our socio-political and economic problems, crisis, sufferings and
pains and describes the indispensability of
(i) the old regional system of government and its provisions, and
(ii) the twelve (12) states and two hundred and ninety nine (299) local government
councils (1967-76) and its arrangements.
(2) It highlights the roles, faith and belief, goal and objective, labour and sacrifice of our heroes
past.
(3) The plague of corruption, concentration of power and wealth of the nation at the centre,
Federal character, quota system, state of origin, catchment area, zone and zoning, age, sex and
academic segregation (B.Sc./HND), North and South dichotomy, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo
dichotomy, Christian and Muslim dichotomy etc.
(4) It also relates how we can secure our future and the future of our children and children’s
children, and Nigeria our dear fatherland.

However, the premiered system of government begins with regional system of government and its
provisions and secondly, the twelve (12) states and two hundred and ninety nine (299) local
government councils (1967-76) and its arrangements. Although, decades of years have passed in-
between, but the number of years is irrelevant, thus the premiered system of government is a
continuation of the socio-political and economic activities and development or legacies of our
founding fathers which began in the early decades of our national independence and stopped. The
rate of progress that greeted our great country, however, continues sto be efficacious in our memory
and among us. In a way, the premiered system of government is an embodiment of the system of

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administration, settings, faith and belief, goal and objectives, yearning and aspiration of our heroes
past.

UNIVERSAL NEED FOR THE PREMIERED SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA


Earlier on, an open letter was sent to Mr. President – Mohammadu Buhari dated 6th July, 2019 to
intimate his Excellency on the indispensability of the premiered system of government in solving the
nation’s socio-political and economic crisis and in taking the nation to the next level. Also, copies of
the letter were sent to the Senate, the House of Representatives, some media houses, Labour Unions,
and the association of Professional bodies in Nigeria for consideration.

However, the whole effort is to open the eyes of all Nigerians to the old landmarks or things left
behind. To help Nigerians particularly the younger generations to demonstrate the right attitude
toward unwholesome settings or system of government in the country: To respond to the
incomparable love, selfless service and sacrifice rendered by our founding fathers and their noble
objectives and settings which are discussed or written in the book of history. To raise up dedicated,
devoted and God fearing men and women of integrity who would take Nigeria to our Land of destiny,
weld us together by abolishing indecent and uncivilized settings that undermine our unity and
oneness, peace and harmony, love and progress.

In presenting the premiered system of government for the better today and greater tomorrow of
Nigeria, I will like to state the reasons why it is inevitable:

1. BREAKING BARRIERS
The Premiered System of government and its provisions are meant to break barriers such that
hinder the rate of our corporate existing, economic growth and political stability. Barrier is
anything that obstructs the rate of movement from one place to another. It can also be defined
as any setting, policy or law that makes progress difficult or impossible. Barriers are meant to
slow down, stop, prevent or block progress, success, or rate of development. Nigeria is a
victim in this regard.

In 1970, when the country finally came out of civil war that lasted for three-and-a half years
under the leadership of Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), the primary objective of his government
was to rebuild the ruined economy and cities that were grossly affected by the civil war. To
reconcile and reintegrate Nigeria nation by building institutions that will bind or keep us
together, unite us and move Nigeria forward. Incidentally, when it got to the point of public

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administration, and integration, the barriers crept in. Tribalism, sectionalism, tribal prejudice,
selfishness, religious sentiment sneaked in and bastardised his good intention.

Speaking generally now, the government policy on incessant and arbitrary increase in state
and local government council, concentration of power and wealth of the nation at the centre,
federal character, quota system, state of origin, catchment area, zone and zoning, age, sex and
academic segregation (B.SC/HND), North and South dichotomy, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo
dichotomy, Christian and Muslim dichotomy has scaled down the pace of development and
progress to the point of standstill for over forty (40) years now. The consequence of any barrier
is economic misfortune, mishap, crisis, suffering, hardship and pains in the lives of people
and the nation at large.

Nigeria nation and her citizens have continued to suffer violence, humiliation, retrogression,
unemployment, economic recession and depression, poverty and neglect, inflation, collapse
of banks, industries and corporate organizations etc because of bad setting: incessant and
arbitrary increase in state and local government, concentration of power and wealth of the
nation at the centre, federal character, quota system, state of origin etc. Anything that makes
rate of progress or development difficult or impossible for the nation and citizens is a barrier
that ought to be broken or removed completely.

2. SECURING OUR FUTURE, CHILDREN AND CHILDREN’S CHILDREN AND


NIGERIA NATION
The premiered system of government and its provisions are meant to secure our future and
the future of our children, children’s children and Nigeria nation. Quite a lot of Nigerians
today are found in the habits that undermine their future, destiny and Nigeria future.
Uncountable numbers of our youths are caught in the web of armed robbery, kidnapping, drug
and human trafficking, prostitution, yahoo-yahoo, cultism, yahoo-plus, bunkering and oil theft
to mention but few.

There are so many young, dynamic, energetic Nigerian graduates who have what it takes to
effect positive change in our generation but are just roaming about the streets aimlessly. Lack
of (bursary and scholarship awards, loans and grants, good living academic environment and
good diet, good medical care and check up), inadequate rest, irregular supply of electricity
and water in campuses, has influenced, so many Nigerian students in our tertiary institutions
to go into armed banditry, prostitution, yahoo plus, yahoo-yahoo, cultism, kidnapping etc.

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Similarly, there are so many Nigerian workers and professionals – Doctors, Engineers,
Scientists, Lawyers, technicians etc. with great potentials, qualifications, who are highly
gifted, talented, respected and duly regarded by the people, whose influence can make Nigeria
great but sleeping underdog, ravaged by poverty and neglect. Non-payment of workers salary
and allowances, lack of jobs, and money, hunger and starvation has ruined or shattered some
people’s life, hope, dream, vision, and ambition; and not to be reckoned with in the society or
family any longer.

Moreover, lack of supports from government, banks, individuals and corporate organizations
has affected the vision, dream, ambition and destiny of many Nigerians. Thus, there is need
to secure a better future for ourselves, children, children’s children and Nigeria our fatherland,
to have developmental programmes/projects for our children, teens and youths and to lead
good and godly legacies for them.

3. THE PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION, ETHNICITY, SECTIONALISM,


SEGREGATION, RELIGIOUS SENTIMENT AND BIGOTRY
The premiered system of government and its provisions are meant to remove the plague of
corruption, ethnicity, sectionalism, segregation, religious sentiment, favorism, godfatherism
etc from our body politics and national lives. Corruption, ethnicity, tribal prejudice,
sectionalism, discrimination, segregation, religious sentiment has become a plague in Nigeria
society. Plague is a large population of dangerous and harmful substances, a disease that
causes death and that spreads quickly to a large population of people. We don’t need to be
told that Nigeria is pervaded with corruption, ethnicity, sectionalism, godfatherism,
favoritism, segregation, religious bigotry and sentiment. We are plagued because of bad
setting.

Apart from bad settings, there are several other ways by which plaque of corruption, ethnicity,
sectionalism, etc can sneak in. apart from the mistake of ignoring the wise counsel and
warnings of the late elder statesman and philosopher – Chief Obafemi Awolowo of blessed
memory, Nigerians have allowed the anti-progressive elements and evil perpetrators to
dominate the nation’s politics and economy. The plague of corruption, ethnicity, sectionalism,
favoritism, godfatherism, nepotism, segregation, religious bigotry has rendered our great
nation ordinary and disrespected. It has made the glory, fame and honor of our great country
and Nigerians to fade, making us a reproach to some western nations.

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The same challenge we have today was what happened in the day of Napoleon Bonaparte, the
leader of the French Revolution of 19th century, Charman Mao of 20th century in China. The
corruption and rate of tribalism, religious bigotry and sentiment and general decay in their
day was so alarming and widespread that it was almost difficult to trust one’s own shadow.
Yet they took up courage and resolved to change their society and move their country great.

4. GIVING, CARING, SHARING AND DARING FOR ONE ANOTHER


The Premiered system of government and its provisions are meant to revive the spirit of
giving, caring, sharing, hospitality and charity. Our heroes past delved extensively on
hospitality, giving, caring, charity, sharing and daring for one another and did lay the template.
In the early decades of our national independence and before, Nigeria had some Nigerian
businessmen, industrialists, and philanthropists who did not only speak about love but
demonstrated sincere and genuine charity and hospitality, giving, care, daring and sharing to
reduce the level of poverty and penury, unemployment, hunger and starvation, sicknesses,
diseases and death. And the government did encourage and supported them by creating
enabling environment.

These great men of affluence, industrialists, and philanthropists used their money, talent and
gifts to establish industries (small, medium, large scale industries), private institutions, and to
provide employment and business opportunities; and to generate revenue to the government.
They also made several donations to health, academic and research institutions, communities,
agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gave out scholarship and loans or grants,
awards of academic excellence to Nigerian students. They also provided good working and
living environments, good salary and allowances to their workers.

5. SELFISHNESS AND SELF CENTREDNESS OR GREED


The premiered system of government and its provisions are meant to remove every iota of
selfish and self-centredness or greed from our society and system, so that we can be of help
to every citizen of Nigeria that comes our way. Quite a lot of Nigerian billionaires and
millionaires, industrialists today are blindfolded by their wealth and affluence, while
uncountable numbers of under privileged Nigerians around them suffer. Instead of investing
in worthwhile business that will generate business and employment opportunities for
Nigerians and revenues to the government, they prefer to acquire landed properties, keep fat

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bank accounts and operate multi-national investment outside the country. If Nigeria must
move forward, there is need to put in place a systemic and lasting structure that will remove
every iota of selfish and self centredness in our body politics and national lives; such that will
encourage and attract foreign investors and compel Nigerian billionaires and millionaires to
invest in Nigeria.

6. THE PUBLIC SERVICE’S COMPOSITION


The premiered system of government and its provisions are meant to restore accountability
and transparency, orderliness and discipline, equity, justice and truth to public service. The
public servants are body of workers who are specifically employed to work for the
government, while the private workers on the other hand are employed by different categories
of people, company and organizations. There are so many people in public service, but just
few are dedicated to duty or have genuine interest for the service or nation.

In those days, the public servants were enthusiastically loyal to the Federal Republic of
Nigeria. Those who served actually did it with natural affection and interest and not by the
gains or benefits they would derive. Then, the public servants were rewarded, promoted, and
recognized by education, qualification, profession, merit, competence, years of experience
and performances. Someone’s service could easily be recognized and handpicked for national
honors and merit award. Then, the public servants had easy access to government provisions
and privileges – education and training, skill acquisition, free medical care and checkup, loans
and grants, regular supply of electricity and water, and good means of transportation and
living environment etc.

But today, the public service has been turned upside down. People only want to serve without
national interest, experience, and love. No wonder many of government workers are nothing
to write home about. People who are untrained and inexperienced are made officers or head
of departments, sections and parastatals. Many public servants spend years to study, work in
service, sitting to acquire vocational training, knowledge, skill and experience, but some
cannot even spend a quarter of that period and yet they are promoted or placed on equal or
higher level. This accounts for the too much problem – indiscipline, insincerity, divisions,
fighting, ethnic clashes, politicking, lawlessness, corruption, lack of accountability and
transparency, mediocrity etc we are dealing with in our society today.

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When workers are inexperienced or untrained, they cannot be productive, not to talk of doing
great exploit for the nation. The public service is in great dilemma because incompetent,
inexperienced and untrained workers have found their ways to the top as Directors, Permanent
Secretaries, Heads of Batallion and garrison, departments, sections and parastatals of
government. Nigerians must now take recruitment, enlistment, promotion, postings, and
employment and appointment seriously while revitalizing the old order-merit competence,
years of experience, education, vocational training, skill acquisition, apprenticeship, dignity
of labour and performances etc.

Moreover, the few public officers who are truly serving the country must take the bull by the
horn to revive and restore accountability and transparency, equity and justice etc and to
discipline erring officers, not minding whose ox is gored. There is need to sanitize the public
service of all bad eggs, corruption, insincerity, ethnicity, injustice etc.

7. SECURITY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY


The premiered system of government and its provisions are meant to see how accident,
disaster, untimely death, tragedy, crimes and criminalities, insecurity of life and property,
armed robbery, kidnapping, yahoo-yahoo, yahoo-plus, embezzlements, looting, lavish and
reckless spending of government money etc. can cease or reduce to its barest minimum. In
Nigeria of today, it is not out of way to agitate for the premiered system of government and
its provisions:

First and foremost, in terms of security of life and property, how safe are we? How secure
is our lives, children, property, economy and Nigeria as a nation? Several efforts have been
made by this government to address the security challenges but to no avail. There is suppose
to be many policemen, many commands (Central, Regional, Provincial), and commissions as
well to avert incessant killings, fear, panic, worry, anxiety, lawlessness and indiscipline,
armed robbery, kidnappings, yahoo-yahoo, bunkering, oil theft, bribery and corruption etc.
that pervade the country.

Secondly, what service do you need as a citizen that police should not be able to provide?
What assistance do you need that police should not come and deliver to your door steps? The
police are supposed to be everywhere, and in charge of every facet of our economy, politics,
life, property and activity. No sector of the economy, arm or organ of government ought to
suffer lack of security attention. Every parastatal of government ought to be adequately

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guarded, protected and controlled by policemen, and fully empowered to right the wrongs in
the society.

8. FAMILY BONDS/TIES
The premiered system of government and its provisions are meant to prevent or guide against
the rate at which marriages are collapsing as a result of untold hardship, pain and suffering
and crisis, internal wrangling, stress, strife etc. There is no doubt, some Nigerians are enjoying
(not enduring) their marriages, but vast majority of homes or marriages are rocked by untold
hardship, poverty and neglect, hunger and starvation, unemployment, internal discord,
wrangling, fighting and quarrelling, stress, strife and sedition become the order of events in
some marriages or homes. There is no peace, joy, love, happiness, godliness, kindness among
spouses and children at home.

Achieving economic growth or political stability or greatness as a nation without peace and
harmony in the family, homes or marriages is an effort in futility. Also achieving peace and
harmony in marriages without adequate support of government in terms of good welfare
packages becomes a very difficult task as well. This is essential area that the Nigerian
government has not addressed.

It is expected that our homes and marriages should be peaceful and the parents living happily
with their children and vice versa. Marriage or home should be where joy, peace, happiness,
godliness, love reigns and not where wrangling, fighting, quarrelling, rancor, stress, fatigue,
sedition, strives all the time. How then can we get peace, joy, happiness, love, kindness,
godliness restored to Nigerian families, homes and marriages? Quite a lot of marriages are at
the verge of breaking. Thus we need to seriously work on the existing structure. To work
toward welfare, security and freedom: To guide against the activities of anti-progressive
forces and settings obstructing our rate of development and economic growth. To provide
formidable structure that will restore peace and harmony, happiness and joy, love and
godliness to our homes, marriages and Nigeria nation.

9. EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT


Education is what cannot be done without in any progressive and forward-looking society –
Nigeria inclusive. The main reason we need teachers, lecturers, instructors is to impact

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knowledge to us. Literacy will enable one to stand for his right, and there is no way you can
stand for your right without someone standing by your side to defend or educate you.

In Nigeria, learning and teaching has been bastardised. It has continued to suffer serious
setback particularly in public schools due to lack of infrastructural facilities, working
equipment, and teaching aids. The condition of service for teaching and non-teaching staff is
poor. The problem is compounded by government policy on concentration of power and
wealth of the nation at the centre, federal character, quota system, state of origin, catchment
area etc, lack of ability to improvise the modern day technology by some lecturers to their
teaching curriculum.

For instance, how can a lecturer or research fellow teach or conduct research successfully at
this modern age without ICT and its devices? Of a truth, the nation’s socio-political and
economic growth and development today demands information technology (IT) in diverse
fields. Unlike the olden days, the teaching profession, research, training and development has
been relegated and underfunded. The commitment by the government to improve the most
valuable industry worldwide is required.

10. POLITICAL STABILITY, GROWTH, MATURITY AND MATURATION


The premiered system of government and its provisions are aimed at sanitizing our political
institutions, to let national interest and love for one another and Nigeria nation grow stronger
most especially among political class. Truly, we have a lot of issues to contend with and to
avert as well. The principal contention and main battle is the problem with the political class.
Presently, all the politicians (even though they have no meaningful specific to offer) want to
become the president which we ought to address once and for all. Prevention of a disease is
better than cure.

Secondly, majority of our politicians are after titles for self seeking, self-recognition, self
serving, and self aggrandizement. Quite a lot of them are title conscious and not mantle –
conscious. In 1999, the Military government handed over the mantle of leadership to the
civilian government. Since then, Nigerians expect positive results but to no avail. The craze
for title is generally on the increase at alarming rate. The politicians continue to jostle for
positions, titles with little or nothing to show for it. Title consciousness is insufficient, it has
to join with mantle consciousness in order to fulfill the goal and objective of our founding
fathers.

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However, the Nigerian politics has refused to move forward because more emphasis is placed
on title rather than mantle. It is time for Nigerian politicians to justify the mandate to serve
the nation and to firmly uphold the mantle of leadership or office.

11. CONSISTENT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND RAPID INDUSTRIAL


DEVELOPMENT
The premiered system of government and its provisions are meant to revitalize loyalty and
total allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to prevent fraud, extortion, cheating,
duping, stealing, reckless and lavish spending of government money. Quite a lot of Nigerians
today are fraudsters. A fraudster is one with a disposition to defraud, cheat, dupe, steal or tell
lies. In Nigeria of today, we are found of cheating, duping, extorting, defrauding, stealing or
duping one another, company and government. Many Nigerians find it difficult to be loyal
and honest when asked to buy materials for office use. They inflate the price or forge receipts,
thereby making illegal money for their selves.

What about those who maintain company or government vehicles, office equipment, furniture
and fixtures etc who present some vehicles, machines etc bad. They receive money to repair
or replace and only to divert the money or refurbish that same equipment or machine or
vehicle which they had already claimed it is bad? They go on to reuse or place it for sale. How
about those who collect blank receipts from customers or suppliers to defraud company,
government or individuals?

Again, some contractors/suppliers in connivance with company or government officials


supply inferior items or goods, so that they will be asked to re-supply the same item.
Moreover, there are some political leaders who connive with contractors and consulting firms
to inflate the contract value or fail to execute the work and yet received payment for work not
done. Thus we need victory over those factors that make Nigerian workers, political leaders,
contractors, etc to defraud, dupe, cheat or steal government money.

In light of this, the premiered system of government is meant to put an end to every divisive
tendency and selfish ambition operating in our midst. To provide blissful atmosphere that will
enable Nigeria nation to move forward such that will enable Nigerians to make use of every
of our gift, talent and ability and other potentials of ours to facilitate economic growth and
political stability of our great country Nigeria.

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Therefore the concept of premiered system of government, is based on the commonwealth
nature, life and living of ours and the system of administration/settings of our heroes past
whereby each region were given powers to control the nation’s wealth in its domain to provide
numerous valuable advantages for its citizens in the overall development and progress of the
country including security of life and property. Thus working out our own democracy,
political stability, economic growth and corporate existing by the premiered system of
government will require the following significant steps:

I. A NEW COMMONWEALTH CONSTITUTION


Nigeria is our homeland or native land. There is freedom in one’s own homeland than
outside of it. Lives are secure at home than elsewhere, but the reverse is the case
because of defective setting. Outside, the world sees Nigeria great, whereas, and of a
truth, inwardly we are completely disjointed. Although, it is good to attract command
or respect outside the country, but Nigerians today are more concerned with our
internal consolidation and unification.

The way we structure or organize ourselves (economically, politically and socially)


matters a lot in getting us to the next level and in getting the attention and respect of
other African nations and the world at large. For instance, because we follow
American structure dogmatically, that is why Nigeria does not command respect of
some other African nations and the more reason we are being misled or misguided
Nigeria, a potential giant of Africa is being taken for a ride because we continue to
copy America in everything.

As a nation and people we must aspire to be different and not to be photocopy but
original. We cannot afford to be other people or nations. Our forefathers understood
the purpose of our UNION. Beside, Nigeria is a nation with history, culture, destiny
and solid background. We are meant to be giant of Africa and peculiar nation and
people, thus we cannot continue to be copyist.

Furthermore, it is dangerous as well for our journey to be purposeless and without


focus or direction. We must know where we are heading to and stop following the
current or popular tide of other nations. Thus we need a new commonwealth
constitution to guide us.

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II. A COMMONWEALTH REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Nigeria as a nation was founded on the platform of faith and love, righteousness and
honesty. Historically, it was made up of three regions and the regions were
structurally, constitutionally and administratively arranged in such a way that each
region independently pooled its resources (human and natural) together to provide
numerous valuable advantages for its citizens in the overall interest of the country.
However, the challenge of cultural diversity and political disharmony among us arose,
which the civilian government could not manage. It subsequently led to the nation’s
civil war (1967-70). No nation is above challenge. Thus we fought the civil war and
came out gloriously to one nation back. Every minor or major disagreement is meant
to further strengthen or promote relationship and to bring out new things. The civil
war gave birth to twelve (12) states and two hundred and ninety nine (299) local
government councils, created by the Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) Military government
on the platform of faithfulness and love, honesty and righteousness to both reconcile
and build one united indivisible nation.

However, the Nigerian problem was renewed when nineteen (19) states were created
in 1976 by Gen. Murtala Mohammed military government. The seven (7) additional
states created in which four (4) states were created in the North, two (2) in the West
and only one (1) in the East generated controversy and complaints. The arrangement
was considered to lack merit, faithfulness, love and interest for the unity and oneness,
peace and harmony, love and progress of our great country, having just come out of
civil war. Thus the Eastern people of Nigeria felt marginalized and subjugated.

Similarly, his government gave special privilege and right to the northern part of the
country above the two other regions. This unfounded attitude of his government
jeopardized the love and interest of many Nigerians and the new Nigeria intention of
his predecessor and forced many public servants to quit service. This was how
marginalization, subjugation, discrimination, sectionalism, ethnicity, segregation,
dichotomy, partiality, favoritism, godfatherism etc. crept in and bastardised the good
intention of military rule in Nigeria.

Since then, Nigeria population has increased proportionately and there is


unprecedented increase in state and local government councils’ creation, however the
wrong value system and setting continues to work against the nation’s corporate

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existing, economic growth and political stability. Building an egalitarian society
devoid of ethnicity, sectionalism, favoritism, godfatherism, religious sentiment,
segregation (B.SC/HND), North and South dichotomy, Christian and Muslim, or
Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo dichotomy is very important to taking Nigeria to the next
level.

Hence, we are looking in earnest for a new Nigeria of our dream and a new
Commonwealth Republic of Nigeria where the choice of leadership in governance will
no longer be based on zone and zoning. Also, we are hoping for a new Commonwealth
Republic of Nigeria nation where employment, enlistment, admission, promotion,
appointment, posting etc will no longer be by state of origin or who you know, or
federal character or quota system, etc.

III. A COMMONWEALTH NATIONAL GOVERNMENT


It is true that we live together, intermarry, and transact business together in the same
market, or work in the same office, or play football and do other sports together. It is
also true that we attend the same school or worship in the same church or mosque
together, and call on the same God, but there is no mutual trust and love, friendship or
cordial relationship. We behave to one another as people of different foreign
nationalities living in a particular country on matters of national interest because we
have divided minds against one another. Culture has power to remould, reform,
reshape, rebuild or deform a nation and people, and the more we go deep in
relationship the more we become united.

In light of this, solving the problems of cultural difference and political disharmony
requires sacrifice, strategy and concerted effort. Just like in American political history,
where the nation’s president emerged from one particular state three (3) consecutive
times, in the same vein breaking socio-cultural barriers or working out our own
political stability, growth, maturity and maturation will require the benefit of allowing
one particular region out of the twelve (12) united commonwealth regions to produce
the nation’s premier (i.e. president) three (3) consecutive times.

The choice of Lagos region for this crucial task is unmistakable. Apart from being
Nigeria’s former capital, and leading commercial region in the country, it is a region

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that is highly treasured by all Nigerian. Every tribe or section of the country (large or
small) are fully represented most especially the three major tribes in Nigeria.

IV. ABOLITION OF CONCENTRATION OF POWER AND WEALTH OF THE


NATION AT THE CENTRE, FEDERAL CHARACTER, QUOTA SYSTEM,
STATE OF ORIGIN, CATCHMENT AREA, ZONE AND ZONING; AGE,
SEX, ACADEMIC SEGREGATION (B.SC/HND), NORTH AND SOUTH
DICHOTOMY, CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM, HAUSA, YORUBA, IGBO ETC
DICHOTOMY.
The biggest challenge in today’s Nigeria is not the challenge of lack of (money, food,
job, housing, electricity, water, good roads, good medical care and check up, social
amenities and essential commodities etc), even though they are big challenge. But the
biggest challenge is lack of effective administrative structure and settings. The nation
is lacking a formidable administrative structure and setting that will keep/hold/bind us
together, unite us, foster deeper love and effective communication, aid economic
growth, industrial revolution, political stability, growth and maturation; such that we
can handover to our younger ones now and later. This is a critical issue that calls for
concern.

The public service’s settings and composition has continued to influence crimes and
criminality, lawlessness and indiscipline, insincerity, mediocrity, lack of
accountability and transparency, bribery and corruption, embezzlement, lavish and
reckless spending of public funds, unemployment, poverty and neglect, political
instability, violence ethnic clashes, discouragement, compromise etc. The abolition
of concentration of power and wealth of the nation at the centre will help to restore
peace and harmony in every aspect of our national lives, economy, arm and organs,
sector and parastatal of government and to enjoy the blessedness of living in peace
and harmony. Not only that, it will make all the relevant authority, arms and organs of
government to duly cooperate for the progress of the country and good of Nigeria.

Also, as regard the abolition of federal character, quota system, state of origin,
catchment area, zone and zoning, age, sex and academic segregation (B.Sc./HND),
North and South, Christian and Mushin, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo dichotomy, corporate
existing involves the UNION of all the various tribal groups, sections, and political

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class into one fold, one family, one nation and one destiny. Moreover, the system of
administration, justice delivery and management settings make corporate existing
effective or ineffective.

In order to keep our corporate existing or UNION intact, we must be ready to pay the
price, do away with any policy, or setting that are undesirable, inimical, and alien to
the Commonwealth Republic of Nigeria. Federal character, quota system, state of
origin, zone and zoning, North and South, Christian and Muslim, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo,
Tiv, Jukun, etc dichotomy has made a lot of Nigerians lose interest in the things that
concern Nigeria nation.

Moreover, joblessness, poverty and neglect, hunger and starvation, lack of shelters,
electricity and water etc are the most common depravity and illness promoting crimes
and criminality, insecurity of life and property, lawlessness and indiscipline, bribery
and corruption, which also cause anger, quarrelling, fighting, fatigue, depression, loss
of focus concentration and the ability to think right and make right decision. These are
critical issues that ought to be addressed rather than laying emphasis on federal
character, quota system, state of origin, catchment area, zone and zoning, age, sex and
academic segregation (B.SC./HND), North and South dichotomy, Christian and
Muslim, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo dichotomy.

V. A MERGER OF EXISTING THIRTY SIX (36) STATES AND SEVEN


HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FOUR (774) LOCAL GOVERNMENT
COUNCILS INTO TWELVE (12) UNITED COMMONWEALTH REGIONS
OF NIGERIA NATION AND TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE (299)
PROVINCES NATION (1967-76).
The choice of twelve (12) united commonwealth regions of Nigeria nation and two
hundred and ninety nine (299) provinces nation (1967-76) is unmistakable. The
concept or message of regional government, or regional police, or the twelve (12)
states and two hundred and ninety nine (299) local government councils and its
formidable arrangement is evergreen. As it was meaningful to our fathers, so it is to
us today. Securing a better future for ourselves, children and children’s children and
our great nation – Nigeria will require the re-actualisation of the old regional system
of government whereby each region were given the power to control the wealth of the

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nation in its domain including security of life and property in the overall interest and
development of the country.

Similarly, it will require the revitalization, reactualisation, re-integration and re-


incorporation of the former twelve (12) states and two hundred and ninety nine (299)
local government councils (1967-76) and its arrangements into regional government
as shown below:
i. Benue – Plateau Region - Jos
ii. East Central Region - Enugu
iii. Kano Region - Kano
iv. Kwara Region - Ilorin
v. Lagos Region - Ikeja
vi. Midwestern Region - Benin
vii. North Central Region - Kaduna
viii. North Eastern Region - Maiduguri
ix. North Western Region - Sokoto
x. Rivers Region - Port Harcourt
xi. South Eastern Region - Calabar
xii. Western Region - Ibadan

This arrangement will drastically reduce public spending on political appointees, and
economic wastage; it will also reduce bribery and corruption, foreign debts. We will
be able to measure the strength, capacity, competence of our political leaders and rate
them for higher elective posts. Also the arrangement will help to aid rapid economic
growth and industrial development.

Most importantly, for the central government to continue to carry the nation’s burden
alone is somewhat awkward. It will continue to attract economic misfortune;
depression, inflation, recession, bribery and corruption, looting, lack of accountability
and transparency, maladministration, poverty, unemployment, insincerity, mediocrity,
wastage, embezzlement etc. Besides, the workload on the president alone is too much
and if care is not taking, it will reach to a point where secession would be a welcome
relief. Thus there is need to shed the burden or work load on the president and the
burden of work at the centre to secure Nigeria nation and its identity.

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VI. A FUSION OF ALL THE NINETY ONE (91) REGISTERED POLITICAL
PARTIES INTO TWO STRONG, STABLE, PURPOSIVE AND UNIFYING
NATIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES
The importance of proposing a two strong, stable, purposive and unifying national
political party for our great country cannot be underestimated. First and foremost, lack
of genuine interest and love for the country, political party, masses, and to serve the
people and the country in truth are part of the challenges we are faced with in Nigeria
politics. Our forefathers lived an open, transparent, real, sincere life. They showed the
way of love, honesty, loyalty and total allegiance to our fatherland. Quite a lot of them
had zero tolerance for those who profess what they are not on the inside or who hide
their true colour.

In contrast, uncountable numbers of our politicians today are pretenders and


hypocrites, embodied with twisted bodies and double standard or dealings. They hide
the truth as if it can be hidden forever, and they make us see things from other
perspectives different from the right or real perspectives. They present lies to us as
truth and vice versa.

Secondly, a two political party system is necessary for effective communication and
robbing minds together. Out political stability, growth, maturity and maturation
largely depend on joint cooperation, relationship and good partnership of political
parties and leaders. If a nation succeeds in political party arrangement and formation,
it has succeeded in virtually everything and vice versa.

Thirdly, it is quite unfortunate that serious attention is rarely placed on the issue of
incessant shift of base from one political party to the other, apostasy, inter party
alliance, lack of submission to party guidelines and constituted authority that corrupt
our political system. Thus the two political party system will expose and eliminate
those who live and work against our political stability, growth, maturity and
maturation, and who also work against the unity and oneness, peace and harmony,
love and progress of our great country. It will remove all forms of masquerading,
insincerity and double standard in our body politics.

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VII. AN ESTABLISHMENT OF CENTRAL, REGIONAL AND PROVINCIAL
POLICE SERVICE, COMMAND, AND COMMISSION
In Nigeria of today, it is not out of the way to agitate for Central, Regional and
Provincial police service, command and commission respectively. First and foremost,
the concentration of police activity, operation, command and commission at the centre
has promoted and escalated in security, fraud, mismanagement of public fund,
embezzlement, looting, lavish and reckless spending of public fund, lack of
accountability and transparency etc.

The police are messengers of government and instituted to help her citizens. They are
helpers of the people and are suppose to be everywhere protecting life and property.
One of the duties of police is to run errands on behalf of the government or higher
authority and they are meant to serve the people because we are serving the nation.

For almost one decade or more Nigeria has lost many innocent lives and property
worth trillions of Naira to Boko Harram insurgents and Hausa-Fulani
herdsmen/gunmen. Thanks for the Joint Task Force (JTF) and the people who do not
lose courage or focus to keep fighting back the terrorists. However, such dependability
on the Joint Task Force (JTF) or military would have been needless if we have Central,
Regional and Provincial Police service, Command and Commission in place.

Our heroes past were able to achieve a lot or break new grounds, effect positive change
in their day because there was regional police under their command.

Fear, panic, worry and anxiety are real and common occurrences in our daily lives and
activities which we cannot deny. All of us have felt butterflies of it in one way or the
other, most especially when elections and electioneering campaigns are coming, or
while going to bank, office or market to transact business, journey, or going to sleep
in the night. The nervousness and fear that come when we may have to cast our votes
with soldiers around, and on roadblocks will drastically reduce if we have Central,
Regional and Provincial Police, the security network would yield good results and get
the entire country covered with security.

In Nigeria, we are fond of condemning, criticizing and castigating ourselves using hate
speech. Any hate, unfair and unloving speech passed on fellow Nigerian, tribe, religion
or Nigeria nation should be officially handled. The capacity to control and carefully

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select what to talk about Nigeria nation, anyone, tribe, religion or political party
matters in building one united indivisible nation. Thus we need police everywhere to
protect our lives and property and to save Nigeria of agony of hate and unloving speech
and judgemental utterances.

VIII. A NEW COMMONWEALTH ACT OF PARLIAMENT


Often times, we don’t know the value or what landmark represents, thus we undermine
its significance, relevance and the reality of it, not until later years. The trends of things
in our body politics and national lives have opened our eyes to realize the significance,
relevance, authenticity and reality of the old regional government and its provisions.
To also conclude that landmark is always good regardless of time, space, experience
and circumstances. Hence the need to call our attention to see the light in the old
regional government and its provisions, and the former twelve (12) states and two
hundred and ninety nine (299) local government councils (1967-76) and its
arrangement for incorporation and integration.

Our founding fathers formulated and handed over a particular type of government.
They made available to us a regional type of government for experimentation even
though it was practiced under the parliamentary system of government. After they had
formulated and handed over, it is expected of us that we should further act or use our
creative powers to make further discoveries out of the good treasures handed over to
us. Unfortunately we neglected it and follow after other nation’s idea and system of
government.

The nullification of the two landmarks – the regional system of government and its
provisions, and the former twelve (12) states and two hundred and ninety nine (299)
local government councils and its arrangements, no doubt plunged the nation into the
series of socio-political and economic crisis of ours today. It was the regional
government and its provisions that secured a name and place for Nigeria nation in the
comity of nations, and which gave us edge and favor above other African nations in
the 1950s and 1960s. Similarly, it was the twelve (12) states and two hundred and
ninety nine (299) local government councils and its arrangements that helped to end
and reconcile us together after the dreaded civil war.

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Landmark is not easily forgotten, corrupted, erased or removed. Hence the need to
revive, revitalize and restore the old regional government and its provisions, and the
former twelve 912) states and two hundred and ninety nine (299) local government
councils (1967-76) and its arrangements to meet our yearning and aspiration or
demand today.

IX. ABOLITION OF THE OFFICE OF FIRST LADY


The office of the First Lady is like a tempestuous hurricane or euroclydon wind that
blows over nations and causes serious damages to life and property. The office is
tempestuous, dangerous and harmful to our economic growth and political stability.
Bribery and corruption has become a plague and serious epidemic in Nigeria society,
particularly among the political class. Nigeria is plagued so much by bribery and
corruption because of office of the first lady in operation. Although, there are several
ways by which plague of bribery and corruption can bequeath a nation, the office of
the first lady has opened wide gate for bribery and corruption to succeed among the
political leaders.

Without any iota of doubt, the office of the first lady is another barrier that scales down
the pace of development, which we ought to remove or phase out. In Nigeria, we know
that landmark is not easily forgotten or erased. Our heroes past were able to do great
exploit, or break new ground, or achieve a lot of progress because their wife played
virtually no feasible roles. The office of the first lady has continued to influence
bribery and corruption, crimes and criminality, lawlessness and indiscipline etc. Also
we know that dishonesty, insincerity, lack of accountability and transparency are
contrary to progress, economic growth, and political stability in any society. Thus the
office should not be allowed to exist.

X. A UNIVERSAL ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND COMMONWEALTH


GENERAL ELECTION
It is believed that in the events of socio-political and economic crises, new ideas are
inevitable. They seem to always walk in agreement to pave way for transformation,
reformation and advancement. The country’s socio-political and economic structure
and situation today demands for new leverage in our electoral system or process that
will reduce cost and crime rate, eliminate corruption, bankruptcy, regret, compromise

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and discouragement, fear, worry, anxiety and other forms of irregularities that often
go with elections and electioneering in the country as enumerated:
1. The present ways of conducting election, or selecting and electing our political
leaders into various political offices commencing from the primary are somewhat
awkward. Quite a lot of our political leaders have been offending, slighting or
chancing us through their selfish and greedy tendencies. Such greedy and selfish
ambitions and tendencies must pave way for selfless love and service in that they
must make remedy for their past errors before given the opportunity to serve or
contest.

2. The way we carry out electioneering campaigns and rally is somewhat awkward
and outdated. A sincerely organized election commencing from primary to
electioneering campaigns and rally, and to general elections should be devoid of
bribery and corruption, rigging, thuggery, internal wrangling or discords,
violence, wanton destruction of lives and properties, fear, panic, regret, and death,
or one occasioned by selfish ambition, deceit or lying, but meaningful results.

3. The influx of 20th century technological advancement and breakthroughs in the


field of information technology (IT) and its usage should in no small measure
influence positively and promote political growth, stability, maturation and
justice delivery. The traditional way of conducting election is by general election
where individual vote counts. While the traditional way of carrying out
electioneering campaigns and rally is by going from one state to another, one city
to another city, one town to another town etc. Such traditional method or practice
is somewhat burdensome, cost and labour intensive, risky, crime involving and
time demanding, absolutely unnecessary.
Our fathers did carry out election and electioneering campaigns and rally through this
method because of the level of technological advancement. Then, there was no enough
facilities whereby they could reach, communicate or convey their message, ideology,
manifestos, goal and objectives to their followers, members and supporters, and the
society at large, most especially the people in the rural areas. But in the modern Nigeria,
the use of electronic method, ICT and its various devices to conduct election and
electioneering campaigns and rally particularly for presidential (premiership) election
cannot be overemphasized. Thus, the improvisation and use of universal electoral
college to elect the premier (i.e. president), and commonwealth election to elect other
eligible political officers stand out as a very important and unique strategy to advance
democracy and get tangible results.
Just like electoral college in the USA, the Universal Electoral College (UEC) involves
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politicians who will elect the premier and his vice, having themselves voted for by their
respective institutions, body and union. Also the commonwealth election is an
equivalent of general election whereby the eligible voters in every constituency and
ward elects other political officers (Governor-Generals, Lawmakers, General
Administrators).
The two methods (Universal Electoral College (UEC) and Commonwealth Election)
are fast becoming indispensable because of their goal and objectives. Since both are
having a common ground in that they involve a process of getting the best candidate at
a reduced cost and crime, and at the same time restore and maintain orderliness and
discipline, free and fair election, accountability and transparency, faithfulness, equity,
justice and truth in our body politics and the society at large.
In light of this, in the Universal Electoral College (UEC), the members of the
parliament (national, regional, province) on the one hand, and the representatives of
labour unions, professional bodies in Nigeria, accredited civil society groups, Nigerians
in Diaspora, including the past presidents on the other hand, will cast votes on behalf
of all Nigerians to elect the premier and his vice. A representative is simply put as one
who acts, speaks or votes on behalf of the people, constituency and ward. Since they
are elected by different categories of people, body and institutions, we can delegate
them to take votes in our behalf to elect the premier of Nigeria.

Similarly, since we are transitting to regional government, the universal electoral


college can be adopted to elect the Governor-Generals as well. In this regard, only the
members of parliament, representatives of labour unions, professional bodies,
accredited civil society and the past governors in that particular region will cast votes
to elect the Governor-Generals and the General Administrators.

The sense through this method and arrangement is to curtail or control electoral
malpractices and fraud, crime, rigging, violence, thuggery, bribery and corruption, fear,
worry, anxiety, panic, regret, bankruptcy and death that go with electoral process,
voting and electioneering campaigns and rally and to advance our democracy. The
improvisation and use of universal electoral college and commonwealth election, two
political party system and two-point-two safety agenda or Save Nigeria agenda will not
only revolutionise the game of politics, electoral process, voting and electioneering
campaigns and rally, it will enable us stand fast in one mind and spirit, live together as
brothers and conduct ourselves worthy of a nation and people.

A CONVERTERLATOR ECONOMY FOR RAPID ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ALL


ROUND DEVELOPMENT

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Without iota of doubt, the state of the nation has continued to cause pains and sorrows. How the
nation’s natural and human resources are wasted, squandered, and economy sapped. There is need to
employ all our synergies to accomplish our desired goals, harnessing and synergizing the nation’s
abundant natural and human resources with sincerity of purpose and for the overall development of
our great country is the surest way of exploiting and exploring the dividends of democracy.

Secondly, the commonwealth way of life and living of ours family ties and bonds have continued to
deteriorate. We live in a society where everyone keeps to himself and mind his/her own business
regardless of what happen to the next neighbour. This is the side effect of capitalism and
concentration of power and wealth of the nation at the centre – whereby some few people hold tight
to the economy and power to oppress and suppress the large populace.

Today, there is general increase in the rate of unemployment, poverty and neglect, economic
depression and recession, inflation, bank collapse, industry, naira and capital market collapse etc
because only few people hold tight to the economy and power. Thus it is needful to have a new system
of administration and management technique that will ensure even spreading of the nation’s economy,
wealth and power.

Fighting, wasteful spending, mismanagement of public funds, consistent decay and deteriorating in
infrastructural facilities and general collapse of banks and allied financial institutions, industries, and
Nigeria currency and capital market requires converterlatism. The word converterlator is a
mechanical devise that converts something of lesser economic value (e.g. waste products) to
something of economic value or product (e.g. fertilizer). The machine is referred to as converterlator
machine.

Therefore, it is imperative to device a system whereby the nation’s numerous huge abundant human
and natural resources could be gainfully explored and effectively utilized. The real and deep meaning
of converterlative economy (converterlatism) is to stop wastage and underutilization of both human
and natural potentials of ours. The state of the nation get worsened and the economy sapped because
we fail to translate some of the nation’s human and natural resources, infrastructural facilities across
the country to economic reality.

CONCLUSION

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This strategy becomes the overall approach method or way of describing how we can build a systemic,
lasting or formidable structure such that will keep, hold or bind us together, unite us, foster deeper
love and effective communication, promote economic growth, industrial revolution, political
stability, maturity and maturation, and such that we can handover to our younger ones now and later.

The fact that the premiered system of government and the provisions are quite fit into the present
socio-political and economic reality in the country calls for urgent attention. The provisions contain
a very idealistic thought which can only be realized in a blissful environment, thus require concerted
effort and sacrifice of all Nigerians.

Following this arrangement and provisions, Nigeria would be nationally one people and one destiny.
In a far greater way an industrial giant not only in Africa but the world at large. Not just Nigeria alone
would benefit from the new system of government, and administration but other African nations.

Finally, the journey to our land of destiny fulfillment has just commenced and it is only you and I
that have gotten the compass and wheel. Let us secure our future and the future of our children,
children’s children, and our great nation – Nigeria; To abate any habit, policy, or setting, forces and
powers that destroys our corporate existing, economy, political stability and growth; seeking to
destroy our glorious destiny and the glorious destiny of our children and Nigerian nation. Join the
race. God is in the race and in God we trust. Happy Independence Day celebration to all Nigerians.

Yours faithfully,

Samuel Olaleye
The Co-ordinator, International Movement for the Unity and Progress of Africa (IMUPA)
Nigeria Chapter.

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CONCLUSION

Nigeria is our fatherland and there is freedom in one’s own fatherland than outside of it. Also lives
are secured at home than outside. But the reverse is the case in our own country because of bad
settings. Outside, the world sees Nigeria great, whereas, as of a truth, internally we are completely
disjointed.

Although, it is good to attract command and respect outside the country, but Nigerians today are more
concerned about our internal consideration, fortification and unification. The way we structure or
organize ourselves matters a lot in getting us to the next level and in getting the attention and respect
of other African nations and the world at large. Let us secure our future and the future of our children
and children’s children and Nigeria our fatherland now. The journey to our land of destiny fulfillment
has just started join the race. It is only you and I that have gotten the compass and wheel. God is in
the race.

Yours faithfully,
For: International Movement for the Unity and Progress of Africa (IMUPA) Nigeria Chapter

Samuel Olaleye
The National Coordinator.

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