The chief obstacles to dealing, capably, with the problems of poverty, corruption and insurgency are leadership crisis and institutional failures of the past. “When correction is in the hands of those who do wrongs”, so once wrote the Elizabethan writer, William Shakespeare, “whom then do we turn to for correction?” Professor Chinua Achebe, the venerated writer of Things Fall Apart, once observed that “the trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely of failure of leadership.”
In summary, while one readily agrees with Professor Achebe, it is important that we add that institutions also matter. The social 20 values of Nigerians can still be redeemed if her leaders will make her institutions work. The family, the education sector, the legal system, the economy, and, of course, our political institutions (especially State and National Assemblies) are in dire need of reforms. It is when the institutions are in good shape that they will be able to give a face or phase of hope to all Nigerians.
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