By Okenwa Nwosu
“I believe that every part of Nigeria will benefit from remaining one country in the larger union it is today if we can successfully re-engineer (restructure) our country for success instead of our current failure. A great future for Nigeria is possible and doable. We just need to select the leaders that have the vision and the capacity to make it possible. This is where we must now spend our time and energy.” – Kingsley Moghalu
This is the first time that I have taken the time to read through what Dr. Moghalu has to say about the conundrum facing today’s Unitary Nigeria, as well as the summation of his proposals for getting his compatriots out of the deadly morass in which they are currently mired. He grew up in the post-Civil-War era and thus is entirely unaware of the negotiated 1st Republic that was the foundational basis for the Nigerian democracy and nationhood. The much of history of Nigeria he knows is restricted to the era when the post-colonial state had already gone off the rail tracks after the Civil War.
I am sadly disappointed, however, that Kingsley Moghalu would be this empty regarding having a profound understanding of the historical foundation of the country that he has been aspiring to lead at the very top. He seems to be cocksure that “every part of Nigeria will benefit from remaining one country in the larger union it is today if we can successfully re-engineer (restructure) our country for success instead of our current failure”. If he predicates his faith in a unified Nigeria on a successful re-engineering (restructuring), this all-important expose from this politician is totally devoid of ideas concerning the matter. He prefers instead to task Nigerians with the chore “to select the leaders that have the vision and the capacity to make it possible”. Read Moghalu’s lips if you wish to appreciate what this political operative has in mind!
Now, you may behold the cause of the political leadership void that exists within Alaigbo, in particular and Nigeria, in general. Nigerians are wallowing aimlessly in the wilderness because those who lead it and aspire to lead it are as blind as the led.
Any Nigerian who indulges in the analysis of politics Nigeriana, especially at this time of immense danger without a mention of the fraud entailed in the imposed 1999 Constitution, should be dismissed as an airhead and thus unworthy of being listened to by rational stakeholders like the majority of us reading this. Moghalu ought to have known that the reason why many countries work well is not because they are led by pious politicians as philosopher/kings. Countries that operate well are built on solid foundations called the CONSTITUTION. The constitution determines the type of politicians that any country can produce. Whether some believe so or not, all Nigeria’s woes are caused by the imposed fraudulent 1999 Constitution, just as the Apartheid Constitution was the engine that drove the unjust murderous White-dominated regime of South Africa for decades till it was junked.
If the much that people like Moghalu can do publicly is to mouth off “re-engineer” and “restructure” Nigeria, let it be made clear to them that the minimum threshold on the path to the attainment of such a quest is the jettisoning of a fraud imposed as a constitution and the derivation of a sovereign document agreed to beforehand by the ethnic nationalities that comprise Nigeria.
The likes of Kingsley Moghalu must first humble themselves by dismounting their high horses and begin to understudy the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities for Self-determination (NINAS) modus operandi and roadmap for the future.
Dr. Okenwa Nwosu, MD, is a Howard-trained medical practitioner and civil rights activist. The opinions expressed here are entirely his.