Unfortunately, how to initiate or jumpstart the revolution remains both elusive and unclear. Furthermore, majority of initially "sincere" capable Nigerians disappear into the black hole of national corruption and senselessness soon after they join the system.
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However, none of the so called facts that I've seen brandished out here as NIDO's tall achievements so far can really take fire successfully to the farm. These "facts" distil miserably into two main categories - 1) facilitation and securing of Abuja land allocations to NIDO memberships and sympathizers, and 2) involvement of diaspora Nigerians in the government system at home, including sponsoring of a legislative bill to that effect and writing white papers that would probably not see the light of day for years.
There is perhaps no doubt that some members of NIDO have good intentions. But it is not hard either to imagine that many carpetbaggers would join NIDO as a shortcut to share spoils of governance that are distributed without fear or scruples. Under these compromising circumstances, it is easy for conscientious NIDO aficionados to slip into rationalisation of mediocre activities as true national service.
Why would any group of Nigerians regard writing and handing over a white paper on voting rights to Yar'Adua as a prime progressive activity in
At this time, nepotistic receptions for visionless excellencies by NIDO are nothing more than paying of insulting congratulatory homage to national atrophy. Many Nigerians - at home or abroad - would surely find it reprehensible that of all the problems confronting majority of Nigerians at home, negotiating land allocations for NIDO interests is the best act of national service NIDO can perform at these brutal times. NIDO should know that Nigerians will not be in a hurry to forget or forgive those who farm their hopes for damnable personal profits.
NIDO purportedly represents Nigerians abroad including the best and the brightest. This participatory strategy in which plots of land are negotiated with the unscrupulous political class of the day diminishes NIDO, vitiating its best yellow papers and making them remain perpetually in the shadow of self service. Besides, NIDO ought to remember that countless white papers and blueprints have been submitted before to successive insincere governments including from innumerable commissions of inquiries.
IMF loan, census, religious riots, health care, FCT creation, state killings, Abacha and Obasanjo constitutional conferences, OPUTA, Ajaokuta, power generation, power rotation, education, local/foreign election monitoring group reports, Vision 2010, Vision 2030, etc, all preceding NIDO's green papers on voting rights have proved useless.
If the Nigerian government provides vision and a conducive climate for business - Nigerians in Diaspora would return in droves and contribute to true nation building. NIDO cannot and should not be seen to be in cahoots with the current corruptible Nigerian political class. NIDO can't just be securing land allocations and submitting superfluous position papers to frivolous government officials and think it's performing a spiffy national service.
That is not a position of influence or relevance to be in for any NGO, much less a representative organization of millions of Nigerians abroad. NIDO may keep its prolific activities, however, without some form of serious oversight, NIDO will remain helpless against itself and against the Nigerian government it seeks to influence with progressive ideas.
Another way to gauge NIDO relevance in
Monitoring and calling out official chaos, paralyzing corruption and diabolic national policies ought to be the cornerstone of NIDO strategy on helping
One WG could focus on crusade against corruption, another on our performance-challenged national assembly, one WG could be dedicated to monitor the vacuous executive branch, another on the entire inept and corrupt civil service, and on education (quality and curriculum), Niger Delta, Food Security, etc, etc. Merely publishing its findings in the local papers is enough for its effects on the Nigerian leaderships. The cumulative effects of successive findings from various aspects of our system can be quite dramatic in the society.
It is important that NIDO balances its carrot WG activities with stick WG ones. Securing allocation of land plots for members and sympathisers or simply hand over green-white-green papers to government is a carrot activity. NIDO needs a stick activity in the form of monitoring the government.