Bola Tinubu Volunteers Movement felicitate with Nigerians on 59th Independence Anniversary – Our Collective Failure To Build A Virile Nation
This is a clarion call from Nigerian to Nigeria from the platform of Bola Tinubu Volunteers Movement (BTVM). Nigeria is a country where its citizens must enjoy the wealth and assets of his forefathers rather than from suffering from it. The hands of affluent people must not be limited to their calibers but also to less privileged who are sinking in the flood of poverty must find their way to see the life others are enjoying.
If celebration could be provide solutions to Nigeria problem, we’re qualified enough in the world. The strength of a building determine its foundation, the deeper the foundation the stronger the building. To fight the war facing Nigeria, our leaders must make themselves a bunch of broom that millions of flies cannot withstand.
Today, On 1st October 2019, Nigeria marks its 59th Anniversary as an independent and Sovereign Nation. A argot of better Nigeria, is a milestone in the life of an individual and typically calls for celebration. This ergo, explains the flush of enthusiasm in the build up to this year’s Independence Day Anniversary. Our political leaders have rolled out drums across the Federation for an elaborate and lavish Celebration.
The Bola Tinubu Volunteers Movement (BTVM) (Osun State Chapter) considers this humongous galore as part of political leaders traditions which must occur every year. But the sights of some past leaders were drew to the bank of Nigeria money where they can pocket the property of citizen instead of serving them.
This is at variance when placed side by side with the plight of the suffering Nigerian people, who are living in abject squalor, endemic poverty and unable to afford basic education for their children and a measure of good life for themselves and their families.
Indeed, this is not an auspicious moment for a beleaguered nation, beset by this catalogue of denigrating sociopolitical conditions, to be beguiled into a reckless and profligate adventure, in the guise of Independence Day celebration. Rather than a jamboree, the Nigerian government should use the occasion of Nigeria’s 59th anniversary for self-assessment and sober reflection. It is, therefore, in the interest of our collective humanity that we use this period to identify and analyse how we have managed (or mismanaged) fifty nine years of our life as a nation and, with the lessons determine how best to, for a better future by avoiding the misadventures and pitfalls of the past administrations.
We are deeply bothered that at 59 years, Nigeria, a country of about 145+ million people, still toddles due to countless socio-economic and political problems. With such a huge and promising global market share, the invidious of many other nations, access to health facilities/services is largely expensive – about 40% of rural dwellers consider cost to be the greatest challenge to accessing health care. Our hospitals suffer from scarcity of funds for operation, obsolete equipment, power failure, incessant doctors’ strike and poor working environment. As it were, only the rich can afford better healthcare services in mostly privately owned hospitals, and the alternative of going overseas for minor Medicare.
Where are we going?
Nigeria’s sociopolitical and economic growth was stunted and bastardized by the numerous years (28 years) of military dictatorship which truncated Nigeria’s path to greatness. However, in the immediate past 16 years of opposition to five years of this present government has unfortunately, not helped matters with all sorts of characters hijacking the democratic process and occupying privileged positions through questionable circumstances, including large scale electoral manipulations.
The result of this is massive corruption and large scale looting of public funds. A review of the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which, according to Amnesty International “measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in countries and territories around the world,” reveals that Nigeria is consistently ranked top on the list of most corrupt nations in the world, hovering around 0.6 and 3.0 confidence range for over a decade.
Nigeria, which some years back produces a minimum of 2.2 million barrels of oil per day (OPEC) allocation, and the eighth largest producer of oil in the world, cannot even properly account for the estimated $300 billion realized in oil revenue since 1960 talk less of expecting more production. And the political leaders who presided over this plundering of our common wealth still walk the streets freely.
The Bola Tinubu volunteers movement (BTVM) (Osun State Chapter) states in un-mistaken terms that Corruption is inextricably linked with underdevelopment and poverty. It is not surprising, then, that despite Nigeria’s abundant natural resources it is classified as one of the poorest countries in the world. In the 2009 Global Hunger Index (GHI), Nigeria scores 18.40 and is ranked the forty – seventh of eighty – four hungry countries in the world.
Nigeria’s situation is equally designated as “serious”; the same level as neighboring Benin Republic, though ranked slightly higher than Benin in the Index. The GHI, according to International Food Policy Research Institute, the publisher of the Index, is measured on three indicators: “prevalence of child malnutrition, rates of child mortality and the proportion of people who are calorie deficient.”
Life expectancy at birth is taken by experts as a measure of the overall quality of life in a country. The 2018 World Bank report on Nigeria reveals that 29.6 percent of Nigerians live on $1.25 per day while 83.9 per cent live on $2 per day. Also the 2019 World Bank development report further reveals that Nigeria’s per capital income is $2,748, lagging far behind some African countries such as Cameron with $10,758 and Ghana with $10,748. Inflation rate in the country is at 10% compared to South Africa’s 7.3%, Kenya’s 7%, Egypt’s 9.1%, and Angola’s 11.8%.
Are we progressing?
Though there is appreciable increase in the number of enrollments recently into schools with the introduction of the Universal Basic Education, there is still a very high rate of illiteracy in the country. Statistics have shown that about 60% of Nigerians are still illiterate. A recent report by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) has stated that Nigeria has more children out of education than any other country in the world.
We should ask ourselves some questions about Nigeria from Nigerian….
A very regrettable development in the nation’s is educational system. Less than 50 percent of Nigeria’s rural population has access to safe drinking water. This explains the recent outbreak of cholera in some parts of northern Nigeria. While only 34 percent of the households have access to electricity.
The current government came up with policies aimed at ensuring the complete turnaround of the economy to a much vibrant and viable one which would place Nigeria high up in the comity of nations in the near future in its Vision 20-2020 and masqueraded with several-Point Agenda. The present administration of President Muhammad Buhari has stated its commitment to the pursuit of these policies in a bid to attain the goals envisaged in the Vision 20-2020.
However, such sound and ambitious plans and projections have, over the years, been hampered by a myriad of obstacles, primary of which are corruption, lack of focus, insincerity, selective execution of policies and noncommittal attitude of government to deliver basic services in some cases. Eventually, these policies are either scuttled or sidelined or completely discarded.
President Muhammad Buhari in his unmeasurable strength provided job for million of youths irrespective of political platform and their monthly payment is constant. This soft idea has decrease the rate of arm robbery and unemployment in the country and he’s planning to employ more graduates according to his recent speech.
We (Nigerian) cannot disconnect the current achievement we enjoy from APC else we want to dwell in the past and trust me, the past is not a good place to live. The Bola Tinubu Volunteers Movement (BTVM) (Osun state Chapter), therefore calls for a pragmatic and revolutionary approach to the political and economic issues that have hitherto kept the country in the unenviable condition of stagnation:
* The current government shall continue to tackle corruption headlong. Lips service approach to corruption issues must be discarded forthwith.
* The total reorientations of our values and ethics has become pertinent and expedient. Merit must take precedence over tribe, religion and political affiliations. Without this, the country cannot go beyond just the usual rhetoric and political braggadocios
* The next presidential elections must be the collective responsibility of all Nigerians and should be a watershed and complete break from the past. We should come out to register during the upcoming voter registration process and subsequently vote for credible individuals irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation. The era of hijacking the political process by all comers and rascals must come to an end. Nigerians must abhor voter apathy before, during and after the next general elections. All well meaning Nigerians should give their ALL to ensure the new Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) leadership, having shown an honest WILL to guarantee free and fair elections, succeeds this year and future elections in the polity. Nigeria still needs Option-A4 voting pattern.
* Our political party system should be strengthened to avoid a near One Party State. Nigerians should clamour for the emergence of a strong and viable platform as an alternative to the ruling party. Opposition parties must re-strategize, re-invigorate and develop a pragmatic road-map of action to effectively engage the ruling All People Congress (APC).
The opposition in power for the past 16 years remained a far cry of the expectations of the people to 5years of unmeasurable achievement of (President Muhammad Buhari).
* We demand that President Muhammad Buhari will find a lasting panacea to the problems of the fractious Fulani’s herdsman and the issues of Boko haram plus Niger Delta Region. The current amnesty is a fragile arrangement that holds little possibility for a permanent solution to the underdevelopment and degradation in that region. The President should equally address the deliberate marginalization of a section of the country so that the unfortunate 3-year Civil War can be put behind us and to ensure the desired and elusive Unity and National Integration.
* This government shall continue to embark on an immediate and sustained action against the incessant kidnappings in Nigeria, especially in the South West, South East and South South regions. We must not compromise adequate security of lives and property, anywhere in Nigeria, in our collective effort to build a virile nation. The police force should be decentralized to pave way for State and Community policing in line with what is prevalent in other climes.
As we reflect and reminisce, the Bola Tinubu Volunteers Movement (BTVM) (Osun State Chapter) enjoins all Nigerians to join hands to move the country forward by being politically conscious and aware, economically proactive and socially responsible. We are wishing all Nigerians and friends of Nigeria a blessing Independence Anniversary Celebration!
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Bola Tinubu Volunteers Movement (BTVM)