It is almost exactly a month to elections in Nigeria and many questions loom in my curious mind. The key question I ask myself is, why is it that our leaders prefer to visit Chatham House rather than the SAIIA or even the SAHRC for example? The second question I ask is, why is it that after almost 59 years of independence we have failed to produce a single female governor in any state in Nigeria?

Another question I posed to myself is, why is that there is not a single Nigerian leader that is talked about in the same manner as Kaunda, Mandela, Nyerere, Lumumba, Nkrumah, Cabral or even Gaddafi? Are we the children of a lesser God? Also, I ask on this day why is it that after 20 years of democracy Nigerians in diaspora still can’t vote in spite of the tens of billions in remittances? I also ask why is it that diaspora should are shy to speak and there is no link between diasporans across countries to ensure they speak with one voice?

Why is it I ask that Nigerians are rarely visible on South African mainstream media unless it is to do with negative reports about human trafficking and drugs? Why I ask is it that no Governor from Nigeria has made any meaningful impact in 20 years except for Fashola and Donald Duke? Whither Nigeria wither? I finish my questions by challenging Nigerians to ask not what Nigeria can do for them but what they can do for Nigeria.

Long Live Nigeria Long Live. As Yar’Adua said in Pretoria after the controversial Nigerian elections in 2007 first recognized by Thabo Mbeki as ‘good’ Nigerians have come to a consensus that we are one indivisible country and that democracy has come to stay. On that day in Pretoria, the sitting arrangements from left to right was Ambassador Gbenga Ashiru, Andy Uba, Bode George, President Yar Adua, Chief James Ibori and Bukola Saraki. Ibori did the Muslim prayer and Saraki did the Christian prayer. God Bless Nigeria, God Bless Africa, God Bless us All. We must get the leaders we deserve and we must lead like Mandela and Kofi Annan!

Adetunji Omotola wrote from Johannesburg.
He is an Africa Analyst and a Public Speaker and Wine Consultant.

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