Saturday, January 19, 2008

Nigeria: The Challenge of Jerry Rawlings of Ghana

Flt. Lt Jerry Rawlings (rtd.)

"Nigeria, with its resources, audacity, will and strength has the potential to lead other African countries to achieve self-esteem."
~ Flt. Lt Jerry Rawlings (rtd.), former President of Ghana

Flt. Lt Jerry Rawlings (rtd.), the former President of Ghana was in Nigeria on Thursday, January 17, 2007, as the guest speaker at the 5th Annual Trust Dialogue, organised by Media Trust Ltd. publishers of the Daily Trust. He addressed a gathering of principal characters of the Nigerian leadership, at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, in Abuja. The notable Nigerian leaders included former head of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), who represented former president Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), as the Guest of Honour, minister of information and communications, Mr. John Odey, who represented Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, former Senate president, Ken Nnamani, was the Chairman of the occasion, and the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari.

Among the dignitaries were, governors Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Mamman Ali (Yobe), and Ibrahim Shehu Shema (Katsina), chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, pioneer national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Solomon Lar, former governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Boni Haruna, and former military governors of Niger State, Lawal Gwadabe and Habib Idris Shu'aibu.

Nigeria needs a revolutionary leader like Jerry Rawlings, to sack the corrupt government of kleptomaniacs and begin the social, economic and political transformation of the Nigerian state for the nation building of a New Nigeria for the leadership of Africa in the comity of nations.

Flt. Lt Jerry Rawlings (rtd.) of Ghana, and Muammar al-Gaddafi (معمر القذافي )of Libya were the best military dictators who later became civilian leaders in Africa and we need such leaders in Nigeria and the sooner we have them, the better for Nigerians.

Pa Nelson Mandela and Muammar al-Gaddafi


Anonymous said...

You are correct. The only way forward for Nigeria is to purge the current leaders (and their seconds and thirds) and establish a strongman to build the infrastructure. Corruption will be met with execution. It is the only way because you must be brutal to get Nigerians in line. This is what I believe to be a fact.

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Most Nigerians have accepted corruption as a way of life and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and allied agencies cannot succeed in the prosecution of the war against corruption if the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) continues to engage in corrupt practices.

I want the present government to be sacked.

Anonymous said...

Everyboard has the right to have a dream but sometimes dreams can be dangerous. Corruption was never eradicated during Rawlings administration.
In fact it was at its peak as most of the people in his then Government became millionaires including Rawlings and his wife. Rawling and his wife built a Palace along one of Ghana's biggest rivers. (from his salary?)
Nigeria has seen self centred agitation for so-called fight for the common man which ended in a brutal war. NO, NO, please do not listen to such leaders who use the masses to gain position to enrich themselves.
What Nigeria needs is a revolution by the masses and not Military.