By Livinus Nnebedum
There are a lot of wounds that should be cured in Nigeria. Some of them have healed; some are healing while we need to avoid further wounds.
It is good to highlight some of the old wounds in Nigeria namely:
(1) June 12, 1993 controversial General Elections that were cancelled. This is an old wound that needs a very strong curing balm. Has it been healed?
(2) Nigeria civil war of 1967 to 1970. Do you believe there were some strong healing balms for these wounds? Some of them include:
a. Use of the Dictum “No victor No vanquished” applied since the end of the war in Jan. 1970.
b. Introduction of NYSC in 1973 by Dr. Yakubu Gowon.
c. Physical meeting of Chief Emeka Ojukwu and Dr Yakubu Gowon in Ojukwu’s Hotel Room at Mont Calm Hotel, Marble Arch in London in late 1970 after the Nigeria civil war
d. Prayer sessions for Nigeria in all the 36 states and Abuja plus outside Nigeria in U.K and US of A.
e. Let us recall that Dr. Gowon was physically present at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (former Anambra State University Uli Igbariam Campus). Dr Gowon presented a public lecture at Igbariam on Wednesday 25th March 2015 in that University.
The aforementioned wounds are the two old and strong wounds. We have several others too numerous to list, that this write-up will not accommodate.
The current burning issues of national concern that should need urgent attention before we continue to search for more curing balms are:
1. Boko Haram issues.
2. Cattle herdsmen activities.
3. Pressure groups activities.
4. Raping of democracy in Nigeria e.g. elections rigging, thuggery in Nigeria politics during elections, democracy war (that is physical fighting during election). You can also call it democracy battle.
Nigeria at the age of 58 years since independence in 1960 is old and matured enough. Let Nigeria continue to apply the “Dictum and Healing instruments” for all the wounds so far created both old and current ones. Most importantly, let us not create further wounds because the healing balms may be difficult to search for and moreover the wounds are too painful, dangerous and destructive. At the age of 58, Nigeria had “climbed an Iroko tree and the child who had climbed an Iroko tree is no longer a child”. This is an Igbo adage. Nigeria now needs visional leaders that can rebuild Nigeria for the re-birth and better Nigerians.
Let us search for peace and progress of this country. There is still need for Inter- Denominational Religious prayers sessions in all the kindreds, villages, clans, communities and in all the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria. Further more, such prayer sessions should continue in all the 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT Abuja. Finally it should be organized at Abuja as a National Inter-Denominational prayer session. All these should be done with spirit of oneness, faith and determination with the fear of God.
Livinus Nnebedum is a Public Affairs Analyst and wrote Anambra State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP)