\"But I'm not just saying that any crazy idea is acceptable. The real talent isn't just tossing out 'mad' ideas - it's actually developing them to a point where they become workable solutions. Unfortunately, I think that some people are so put off by the apparent 'madness' of the idea that they never bother going on to that next vital step of development of the idea and finding out whether it truly is bogus or whether it has any legs.
So even though conceiving of change is hard work, it is something that has to be encouraged in any society that wants to progress. I sometimes think that it is because Nigerian society is so beholden to tradition and culture that it is in the sorry state it is in now. When the Europeans were asking themselves what lies beyond their shores, and what happens when you mix this powder with that substance, we were busy sticking to our culture. I get the feeling that if Christopher Columbus had presented his proposal to travel across the seas in search of a new continent in any of the old Nigerian kingdoms, his idea would have been condemned as 'mad' and he would have been told to "go and sit down".
But thankfully, there are still 'mad' people in Nigeria - people who continue to ask the questions that everyone either ignores or denounces. I salute you for your courage in persevering in a society where conformity is fashionable and independence of thought is viewed as an abomination. Anyway, I have to go now, because I have this wonderful idea of self-repairing potholes that I have to develop... \"
If indeed what you have painted is true, then there are serious issues involved and so the letter, in my own opinion has been adressed to the wrong person.
If from the ward to local , state and federal levels people are hepless and are being treated as you have painted then there are very very very serious problems. And your article implied a general state of affairs in our country, so if in the north where almost 75% of the people are muslims then the problem is not obasanjo but the people.
As muslims under any form of government, our social charter (as contained in the quran and hadith ) is clear on the issues you have raised. Every friday we are reminded inalah ya muru bil adli wal insan, wa itaizl kurbah ..... We are in the month of ramadan which time we are reminded of acts of charity and fulfilling obligations. (see quran 2:177 for the definition ) of the righteous in the sight of Allah.
My brother do you want to hear the truth? God is not happy with us because we have refused to listen to him and obey his commandments. Shikena. If another president comes tomorrow, they will send a copy of your letter to him with adjustment to the date .
Nice piece but with little added value as to cause or solution. Stephen i have quoted the quran because i sensed a strong northern presence in your article.