Nation Building: Defects Of Nigeria Can Be Corrected Without Collapsing Whole Structure – Fayemi

By Chris Udochukwu

Abuja (Precise Post) – Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has reminded that nation building is an endless endeavour and the defects that currently face Nigeria can be corrected without having to collapse the whole structure.

Governor Fayemi who is also the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja, as a keynote speaker at the national dialogue and public presentation of a book titled: “Remaking Nigeria, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices”.

He stated this against the backdrop of raging epistemological melee and dissolution solutions on how to end the problem of Nigeria, the loudest of which is clamour for secession and unending complain about marginalisation.

The Ekiti State Governor said, the issue of nation building is one Nigerians are passionate about. But the question is how best to approach the challenge that hails Nigerians. While many think our challenge is our size, some think it’s many ethnic interest conflicting with one another for domination, others think it’s about bad leadership and nothing else. There are those who blame poverty as the issue while Pan Africanists believe it’s colonialism and intellectual imperialism are the reason why we are still lagging behind.

He maintained that the search for excuses and culprit to blame for our challenges is an insatiable one. Stressing that it’s an illusion to believe that Nigeria can actually reach perfection from our foundation.

Fayemi said the question to ask those who feel the idea of making Nigeria includes unmaking Nigeria is where the inhabitants of a country as big as Nigeria will take shelter if we must collapse it.

We should understand that nation building is an endless endeavour and no generation is ever satisfied with the work it has done. It will take generation after it to appreciate the progress the previous made, he said.

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