If we were a serious nation-state the issue of proper development should preoccupy our discussions and practical actions every minute. Our country is down on all indices of national development; that is the truth. The trauma is all over us, and the funny thing is that we feel the pain but prefer to behave like the ostrich which buries its head in the sand and thinks that nobody is seeing the body.
The country is not developing, at least in the right direction, and the consequences are there with us: bad roads, inefficient hospitals, castrated industrial sector, ill-conceived educational sector, lack of food security, burgeoning unemployment, and general state of insecurity. The government’s biggest liabilities are the result of its own greed. Officials have never been shy about dipping into public troughs but the present lot is, by common consent, especially avaricious. There are many ways to remedy our current situations in the country and one of the most important steps is selecting and electing the right people for leadership positions in the country.
The ‘right man’ is someone who really knows his onions when it comes to diplomacy, statesmanship, and all-round politics. Someone who has always had a deep interest in good governance and gender equity in the political sector and that right man is Dr. MarkAnthony Nze. There is a lot to be said about the New York-based media guru, but there is no denying the fact that he is the direct epitome of what Nigeria needs for resuscitation.
A man of many qualifications and achievements, he holds a doctorate qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership from London College of Professional Studies, Ilford, England, and he is also a Doctor Of Business Administration from Universidad Panamericana, (Panamerican University), Costa Rica.
As a youth, Dr. Nze has always been at the forefront of good governance and as someone who knows the importance of having women in politics, he has always advocated for gender equality and fairness irrespective of gender in Nigeria particularly and Africa generally
He has also used his expertise as a mass communicator to fight for oppressed Nigerian masses, marginalisation in government, and restructuring in the government stepping on a lot of toes in the process and receiving a lot of threats. Undeterred and determined he has always stood on his stance on the fact that no region in Nigeria should be marginalised.
Nepotism is corruption. It distorts and dislocates. It is a destroyer of creativity and dampener of morale. Discrimnation pulls at the bonds of social connectivity and leaves the society with perpetual tension and conflict, and that has been our experience.
And as a detribalised Nigerian and one who doesn’t favour nepotism, he strongly campaigned for the late President Yar’dua at the grassroots in his hometown, Owerri and its surrounding environs.
He is seen as a role model to a lot of people and many have come to believe in his leadership skills and honesty in seeing a better and restructured Nigeria.
Today, the harm done by mediocre leadership cannot be quantified. Even in simple things like creative lawmaking, we are not there. Today, political defection is becoming a source of a new concern and that is because those who were supposed to make laws that would stand the test of time, chose instead to make rules to favour themselves.
Nigeria needs good men like him, men who are honest, men who understand leadership. Nigeria needs virtuous men in diaspora like him to return home so that they can help to transform the country for the betterment of the country.
Although Dr. Nze is not interested in mingling in active Nigerian politics, he genuinely wants a better Nigeria, a country with much more opportunities irrespective of state, tribe or ethnic group.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK