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Kelechi is a Nigerian with an unquenchable dream of a Better Nigeria.  He believes Nigeria can transcend the level of ethnic and religious bigotry.

For him, a better Nigeria is where meritocracy rules. He desires that someday, every Nigerian will stand tall  to fly the Green and White flag  for the world to see. 

He is passionate, patriotic and pragmatic. 

He was the Editor-in-Chief of Unilag Sun, a renowned campus newspaper of University of Lagos. Also, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Masscope, a campus magazine.

 Currently he is the Managing Editor of Mass Communication, University of Lagos departmental website www.unilagmasscomm.com 

He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Lagos.

A true Communicator for Christ! Journalist of Conscience! Change Agent and Solution Provider!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

YOUTHS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND 2015




Would anyone just tell me we have youths in this country? Is anyone ready to tell if truly passionate, dedicated and morally upright young people abound in this country? Or maybe nobody is feeling the way I feel currently.

I put a question to Wikipedia- “define a youth”. It wasted no time in telling me that ‘it is the time when one is young.’ Not satisfied with the first answer so I sent my eyes down the page. Then I came across this quote attributed to Robert Kennedy:

“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.”

At this point I needed no argument. I needed no plea to continue reading that page. Kennedy aptly put an answer to my question. I was glad I read such a comment on the attributes of a youth. A youth is always imbued with courage. Adventurous in output. He speaks up not caring whose ox is gored.

 According to Nigerian National Youth Policy (2001), a youth is a young person of ages 18-35 years. This is the age grade pegged as youth cadre in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As at July 2012, Nigeria’s population was pegged at 170, 123, 74 million with 49.3% as youths. Truly the youths of Nigeria make up the large population of the country.

Despite the population of the youths, why is Nigeria still where it is? Globally, the youths are the most visible, agile citizens, back bone of development in any given society.  They are the live wire of any serious minded nation. Agents of change they truly are.  Can these be said of the Nigerian youths? Are the voices of youths really heard? This remains to be seen.

Can youths through their numerous social networks change the fortunes of Nigeria for good? A capital YES! But is this the case? A sadly NO!! The craze for quick wealth, social media acquaintance and‘tweet fights’ has been the bane of the Nigeria youth. This is why you see a 20- year-old chap working assiduously to own a Range Rover 2014 model. To him that enhances his status symbol, earns him ‘respect’ and gives him a voice amongst his peers. 

A Nigerian youth no longer care about the situation of the country. He wants to move out of the country for ‘greener pastures’. This could be by hook, crook or stowaway in order to achieve his objective.  A youth who is ready to dress like one of her pop star at the expense of any means. The hairs of all nations adorn our heads without regards for our ailing nation.

Oh the social media. It has become the revelation of this age. The cynosure for the youths. An avenue meant for mobilisation, empowerment, shaping opinions and influencing change in a society. Only a few realises the usefulness of such platforms.

A typical Nigerian youth face book/twitter page neither constitutes a platform for constructive criticisms of the nation nor a movement for change. What he does is to abuse with impunity persons and their opinion. Pleasure is only derived from engaging in tweet fights which end up with no result. Issues such as blocking, friend requests and personal opinions  increase the traffic of tweets, posts and counter posts.

Can a Nigerian youth learn from the Arab Spring? According to Carol Huang in a write –up ‘Face book and Twitter: key to Arab Spring uprisings’, “With the use of social networking sites, activists organised and publicised the unprecedented protests that gave rise to the so- called Arab Spring, which has so far seen long time governments in Egypt and Tunisa fall, regimes in Syria, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain clash with opposition and leaders in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE offer more benefits to their populace.

Popular twitter hash tags: #Egypt #Jan25 #Libya #Bahrain was all created. Social activitists engaged other social media users in order to bring about a wanted change. “
Can a true youth be engrossed in ephemeral use of social media while the nation unemployment rate surges? 

 A nation that sees nothing wrong in buying what was freely given by the Almighty. Power stability still waited for as the 8th wonder of the world to come. Roads have turned death traps. Human beings with blood flowing through their veins die with reckless abandon just as dry leaves fall off trees.

The education sector still remains in the miry clay. A student cannot get through college without observing the yearly ASUU festival. Special centres become the pride of high school leavers. Mush room crèche, nursery and primary school adorn our cities. Or is it the continued corruption applied as Mary Kay on the faces of various government agencies.

Due to the sleepy youths of Nigeria, the nation is witnessing the power thirst of septuagenarians and octogenarians. Can any public relations expert defend the appointment of a 60 year old as the head of the youth wing of a political party? Leaders believe a price tag is attached to any youth and therefore sees no need to acknowledge him and his wealth of intelligence.
2015 lurks around the corner. Youths of this country cannot afford to sleep. A nation cannot be left in the hands of people who have slept, ate and drank the waters of the corridor of power since time immemorial without a remarkable achievement. Let us have more Malala Yousafzai speak for the future of the unborn generation, the betterment of this current dispensation.

Our continuous sulk of government ineptitude in a corner of our rooms and timelines of social networks would not help. The need to kill the apathy towards elections and its build up should be jettisoned. Adequate representation of the youths in political circles will save us the blushes of having octogenarians lead our nation.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” The change we hope to see in Nigeria starts with you and I.



Tuesday, 1 October 2013

NIGERIA @ 53 : Our Dream Country




Nigerians at home and in Diaspora today marks the country’s Independence Day. 53 years ago, a nation was born. The union jack lowered.
Bright hopes of a better future (after the exodus of the colonial masters). October 1, 1960, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief. Freedom! Oh yes freedom from the colonial administration.
A child born in 1960, by now must have grown to a matured man or woman. Expectedly married to his/her heartthrob. Hopefully blessed with children. Luckily an early grand parent. This is no mere feat. So Nigeria deserves our celebration. She has passed through several challenges but remain together. To mark this year’s celebration, public analysts and social commentators have continued to speak on Nigeria’s progress thus far.
To me, I believe there is hope for this country. The nation is yet to attain the heights of greatness but has the potentials. The country will only achieve such with the right set of leaders. Leaders of conscience. Those who will stem the affairs of the nation meaningfully.  Insightful, visionary, charismatic, creative and goal getters- these are the ingredients of our dream leaders.
Also, a nation with followers of conscience, defenders of truth and constructive critics. We are tired of partisan politics. Tired of destructive criticisms. Enough of PHD syndrome. Spare us the break from incessant name callings. Altruistic citizens we need.
 This is the magic rob for Nigeria to grow. This is the APC to lift Nigeria from the doldrums.  Nigeria can truly assume the office of GIANT OF AFRICA if strong institutions are built. Systems that can operate at high optimum.
At 53, we still need to solve these:
Security:  Nigeria’s security level remains at the lowest ebb.  Just on last Sunday, harmless students probably having their siesta were shot dead. The gunmen broke into their rooms and killed students, forced others to leave their campus and injured persons of various degrees. The killings grow by the day. The security officers of the Nigeria need to up their game. Enough of rampant killings and incessant kidnappings. Save Nigerians from high walled homes, bullet proof cars and gates not forgetting fearful barks from stern looking dog.
Education: Ask for a nation that wants a better future, it is a nation that invests in the future. The future is in the students. Our education sector definitely needs a revamp. Currently, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike. ASUU Strike has spanned for 100 days. Students left at home. The earlier we pay attention to education the better.
Power: A large percentage of the citizens possess generating sets. Everyday, several tons of carbon monoxide released from millions of exhausts. Yet to boast of a reasonable hours of electricity. Companies run on generating sets thereby increasing cost of production translating to hike in prices. In this regard, The Jonathan led government roadmap for power is restoring hopes in Nigeria. The earlier this is done the better for our nation.
Tolu Ogunlesi, a Nigerian columnist for the Punch Newspaper puts it aptly:” The power sector reform programme demands the highest levels of transparency. The sort of controversy that attended the Manitoba transaction must not be allowed to happen again. In the spirit of enlightened self-interest, the best thing the President can achieve by mid-2014 is to guarantee a minimum number of hours of electricity per day, across the country.”
In his opinion titled Nigeria: Another Independence Day is here… The Punch September 30, 2013, he says:
 “Nigerians are quite forgetful and forgiving people; if you give them a visible improvement in power, there’s nothing to say they won’t forgive and forget the misstep that was the attempt at removing the fuel subsidy. They might even be the ones to plead with you to contest for a third term in 2019.”
  53 YEARS no be beans as used in local parlance for a respectable height attained. Truly Nigeria need not deal in diapers. The moment of change is now.
YES WE CAN!!!

Monday, 30 September 2013

NIGERIA @ 53 : Our Dream Country




Nigerians at home and in Diaspora today marks the country’s Independence Day. 53 years ago, a nation was born. The union jack lowered.
Bright hopes of a better future (after the exodus of the colonial masters). October 1, 1960, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief. Freedom! Oh yes freedom from the colonial administration.
A child born in 1960, by now must have grown to a matured man or woman. Expectedly married to his/her heartthrob. Hopefully blessed with children. Luckily an early grand parent. This is no mere feat. So Nigeria deserves our celebration. She has passed through several challenges but remain together. To mark this year’s celebration, public analysts and social commentators have continued to speak on Nigeria’s progress thus far.
To me, I believe there is hope for this country. The nation is yet to attain the heights of greatness but has the potentials. The country will only achieve such with the right set of leaders. Leaders of conscience. Those who will stem the affairs of the nation meaningfully.  Insightful, visionary, charismatic, creative and goal getters- these are the ingredients of our dream leaders.
Also, a nation with followers of conscience, defenders of truth and constructive critics. We are tired of partisan politics. Tired of destructive criticisms. Enough of PHD syndrome. Spare us the break from incessant name callings. Altruistic citizens we need.
 This is the magic rob for Nigeria to grow. This is the APC to lift Nigeria from the doldrums.  Nigeria can truly assume the office of GIANT OF AFRICA if strong institutions are built. Systems that can operate at high optimum.
At 53, we still need to solve these:
Security:  Nigeria’s security level remains at the lowest ebb.  Just on last Sunday, harmless students probably having their siesta were shot dead. The gunmen broke into their rooms and killed students, forced others to leave their campus and injured persons of various degrees. The killings grow by the day. The security officers of the Nigeria need to up their game. Enough of rampant killings and incessant kidnappings. Save Nigerians from high walled homes, bullet proof cars and gates not forgetting fearful barks from stern looking dog.
Education: Ask for a nation that wants a better future, it is a nation that invests in the future. The future is in the students. Our education sector definitely needs a revamp. Currently, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike. ASUU Strike has spanned for 100 days. Students left at home. The earlier we pay attention to education the better.
Power: A large percentage of the citizens possess generating sets. Everyday, several tons of carbon monoxide released from millions of exhausts. Yet to boast of a reasonable hours of electricity. Companies run on generating sets thereby increasing cost of production translating to hike in prices. In this regard, The Jonathan led government roadmap for power is restoring hopes in Nigeria. The earlier this is done the better for our nation.
Tolu Ogunlesi, a Nigerian columnist for the Punch Newspaper puts it aptly:” The power sector reform programme demands the highest levels of transparency. The sort of controversy that attended the Manitoba transaction must not be allowed to happen again. In the spirit of enlightened self-interest, the best thing the President can achieve by mid-2014 is to guarantee a minimum number of hours of electricity per day, across the country.”
In his opinion titled Nigeria: Another Independence Day is here… The Punch September 30, 2013, he says:
 “Nigerians are quite forgetful and forgiving people; if you give them a visible improvement in power, there’s nothing to say they won’t forgive and forget the misstep that was the attempt at removing the fuel subsidy. They might even be the ones to plead with you to contest for a third term in 2019.”
  53 YEARS no be beans as used in local parlance for a respectable height attained. Truly Nigeria need not deal in diapers. The moment of change is now.
YES WE CAN!!!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT NIGERIA

It was with detestation I read all the essays, posts, reactions and counters of Nigerians centered on an action
of a state government. Just an action of government caused the barrage of words adorning
pages of newspaper, websites and various social networks.

Oh my God! I am sure the pen manufacturing companies are yet to recover from the sales recorded from our
writers. Not also leaving out website administrators nationwide who are yet to enumerate the numerous links created.


Whether it was 19 Igbo 'destitutes' or 72 destitutes, I feel a better way of handling the issue would have saved the stress of  reading books of truth and bitter truth. I marvel at the spontenity of Nigerians who are always ready to go the whole hug in carrying the historic Samsonic tearing of a lion against people who say things they term tribalistic against their 'tribe'.


Nigerians we hail thee! Compatroits have retired to their water beds. They seem to never wake from their slumber.Since 1914 till date. Nigeria has been bedeviled by the dreaded monster tribalism.

The monster 'Tribalism'


Tribalists indeed are in control. 1914 till date has been their timeline. How I wish the amalgation never took place. From the word go, its been 'me and my tribe affair'. Territorial boundaries consciously and unconsciously created. Forgetting it is 'One Nigeria, One People' that ought to be.

That is why an 'Hausa' man found in either Ogun, Osun,Lagos, Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo States are treated
as vistors. Or when a 'yoruba' man who might have spent his life time, money in the shores of Abia, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Enugu States he is regarded as a visitor with limited entitlements.

These set of people are not allowed to contest for electoral positions. Yet taxes are collected from these people regarded as visitors. O ma se o!

You hear of Catchment Area. Is this not the pathway to tribalism.Every year potential college
more students are denied because they are not from that area. Is this not disheartening?

No matter how qualified you are, if you do not come from a specified tribe forget it. Should this be?

Oh! The Almighty Zoning Formular. This formula that has always bedeviled the political circles. This formula that has caused a revolution in our vocabularly cabin.
 I am sure you have not forgotten the 'do-or- die'. If you have, I am sure you can never forget this: 'if we do not rule, we will make the nation ungovernable'.

Or is it the ringing tone of this era: 'he is our son and we must complete our tenure', 'if we don't win we will go back to the c****s' and all sort. Will these ever lead us anywhere? Are we destined to succeed like this? Or is this not creating more enmity, bad blood and adrenaline gingered personalities who are
battle ready?

A tribe not in power is ready to engage Mr PHD (Pull Him Down) to rubbish the administration in power.
A tribe is ready to maim in order to remain in power. Serving with love is never the case. The political class when defending their actions are always ready to draw inferences from the west.

Yet the oneness in the west cannot be replicated over here. Oneness that involves showing of love to everyone, taking everyone as brothers and sisters regarding every nook and cranny for all and sundry.

The way forward

Despite all these name calling, bad blood between tribes,segregation, mediocrity, zoning, quota system and all sort there is a way forward.

The day we begin to take every Nigerian despite his tribe as brothers and sisters, the day we have a truly united nation. The day we jettison mediocrity for meritocracy.

The day we determine to give our lives for the betterment of Nigeria then we might say there is light at the end of the tunnel. I believe in Nigeria. I believe Nigerians can truly be united.
Although we might have started poorly, yet the glory of the latter house can be greater than the former.

THE POLICE OF OUR DREAM


                             "The police of our dream is one devoid of the extortion of commercial vehicles. The police that give us confidence to sleep with both eyes closed. A police force that will answer emergency calls within a split second is our dream. A formidable system that will be able to outrun and outgun society miscreants." 

The greatest urge to change nationality was utmost in my mind and minds of most Nigerians on April 19, 2013. Wonder why? Ask Boston Police officers!  The panache, professionalism, undying spirit, unity and zeal engaged in fishing perpetrators of Boston Marathon Bombings.

 When zeal meets action, results are inevitable. The result was achieved. The culprit apprehended within 72 hours! Could this be true?  So why don’t we have bandits apprehended quickly. What we get are same lines of consolation each time a crime is committed spiced with curses! With a population size of over 160 million people and land size of 923,768 square km Nigeria definitely needs security of top notch quality. Security issues need not be treated with kid’s glove. The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) was founded in 1930. Eighty-three years on and the police are yet to gain the confidence of Nigerians.

  According to the Human Rights Watch report on the Police Force, citizens have a bad impression of their perceived brutality and corruption. Yes brutality the 1999 Odi Massacre in Bayelsa that cleared the whole community, the killing of 200 people in Benue in 2001. What of the killing of 130 people in the 2008 sectarian violence in Jos. What of corruption? Yes corruption! A security apparatus allegedly corrupt cannot successfully secure a nation.

  Is this the police of our dream? A nation that loses confidence in its security has resigned to fate. The police of our dream is one devoid of the extortion of commercial vehicles. The police that give us confidence to sleep with both eyes closed. A police force that will answer emergency calls within a split second is our dream. A formidable system that will be able to outrun and outgun society miscreants.

 What stops us from making friends with the police? After all the slogan is: the police is your friend. The friendship we crave for is one built on integrity, trust and sincerity. I could give a helping hand to investigations without being roped in as a prime suspect. I could walk freely on the streets without being harassed as a ‘roger’. These are not empty dreams.

  Are police officers properly trained to combat crime, handle sophisticated weapons, and investigate crime reports? Not until January when Channels Television revealed the problems in training colleges, but must we wait for exposure on national television for a transformation? Must we subject prospective police officers to untold hardship for 13 months in training colleges?  How do we expect them to behave when they get out?

For a Nigerian to have confidence in the police conscious efforts must be made to positively transform this indispensable entity. 

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Revamp Nigeria's Air space


Man and Science. Man and Technology. Man and Innovations. Who dare rule out man’s insatiable desire to explore their environment? Man since creation days always have the innate desire to make life easier through his innovations.

Travelling by air is adjudged the fastest means of transportation. In Nigeria, the stress of plying death trapped roads is eliminated through air travels. Alas! The hope of Nigerians in finding succour in air travel is waning by each day. Our airspace now typifies the quickest means of death.  A journey from en route the Nigerian airspace invokes emergency pastors, and imams. Passengers turn to their gods to grant them journey mercies. Last prayers are said in case of emergency.    The aviation sector in 2012 experienced turmoil. Aspirations, dreams were cut short by the various air crashes in 2012.

When man invented the plane, it was meant to bring comfort. He made it with the aim of alleviating stress. It was made for the airspace. The law of gravitation was not it route. Falling like leaves fall from the tree is unacceptable as it applies in our dear country. It was not meant to roast human beings. Has man’s invention taken over man? Man now lives at the mercy of his creation. What a pity! It’s creation was not meant for offloading in residential places.  

A passenger plane from Abuja on Sunday, June 3, 2012, crashed into two houses at Iju, a suburb of Lagos metropolis, killing all 146 passengers and seven crew members on board. The houses are located on Akande Street, in the densely populated area. Levi Ajuonoma, Spokesperson of NNPC, Aikhomu Ehime son of Maj. Gen Augustus AIkhomu and 152 others lost their lives.  Oh Death! Where is thy sting? That day left sour taste in our mouths. Citizeens who probably might have not boarded an airplane died in that unfortunate incident.

The Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai and five other passengers, including the governor’s security detail survived the crash in neighbouring Adamawa State (Suntai still undergoing treatment in Germany). It reportedly crashed about 38 miles to landing in Yola, Adamawa State.

Still fresh on our minds is the recent air crash involving the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA) General Owoeye Azazi and four others while on board a Naval Helicopter at Nembe-Okoroba in Bayelsa State. The unfortunate incident brings to fore the porous transportation sector running in Nigeria.

The roads presents pot- holes of various shapes and depths, robbery and kidnapping traps and inescapable body pains. The problem of bad roads and insecurity on our highways, robbery and kidnapping activities act as disincentive to travelling by road the air presents fast means of transport but how safe is it?  The water ways are not utilized, the tracks lie fallow leaving marketers to display their wares.

As 2013 fast approaches, the need for proper enhancement of various transportation is key to avoid perpetual roasting of our citizens.

Happy New Year in advance!

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