Former Deputy-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 urged Nigerians to be actively involved in the process of nation building in order to have a better country. Moghalu, who is a presidential aspirant, made the call while speaking at the 11th edition of “The Platform” in Lagos. The programme organised by the Covenant Christian Centre was themed “Get Involved”. According to him, the current problems facing the country would find quick answers if citizens contributed their quota to the nation’s development. He argued that Nigerians were justified to complain about a number of issues based on disappointments by leaders resulting in dashed hopes.
Moghalu pointed out “complaining and managing” would not solve any problem until Nigerians got involved in the process of choosing the leaders they desire. He said that the real power lies with the people and urged Nigerians to use the power to bring about change. “There is no power greater than the power of the people. The power to change belongs to the people. We can get the kind of nation we desire if we use our power”. He however, said it would be difficult for people to get the leadership they deserved if they did not partake in the electoral process. He appealed to Nigerians to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards so that they could vote leaders of their choice. He went further to highlight that Nigeria belonged to everyone, pointing out the passiveness of citizens had unfortunately allowed some few people to claim ownership of the country.
Also speaking, a leadership expert and presidential hopeful, Fela Durotoye, noted that the country had suffered rot in all sectors consistently for about 50 years. He put the problems on poor leadership and followership as well as erosion of the country ‘s values. According to him, the situation could be changed for the better if Nigerians made the decision to make the change happen. Durotoye stated that rather than continue to blame the past generations for the parlous state of affairs, the current generation of Nigerians could brave the odds and bring solutions.“Very soon, the old generations would be no more and the problems might still be here. So this generation of Nigerians should strive to be a great generation. “A great generation is a generation that solves problems not the one that transfers burden to the next generation. A great generation is a generation that acts and the one that passes problem solving techniques to the next one”. He argued that the change that everyone desired was possible if everyone got involved in achieving it. He urged Nigerians to participate in the electoral process by voting and engaging people in government.