Pat Utomi

It sure is a world of paradoxes. In Paris they tried to murder free speech and the world rose in a rhythm: Je suis Charlie. But in Baga, Damaturu etc. they continue to massacre a nation and even Abuja was deaf and dumb. In response Abuja went on the campaign trial and gave us another paradox.

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One of the pieces of baggage of colonization is that colonized people tend to think of their culture as inferior. In calculating elements that contribute to economic growth, improved trade and enhanced quality of life for the people they thus seldom see elements of their culture as assets.

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It is not news anymore that Nigeria is in multiple crises. From the crises of sovereignty and territorial integrity, to the collapse of culture. There comes also, very clearly the crisis of leadership. If you doubt it check out the Obasanjo and Jonathan cross evaluations. Nigeria needs leaders but they seem to be no where in sight.

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xWill Nigeria rise up again? Can the country of promise reclaim the Dream of its founding fathers? And will the Nigerian Diaspora be able to play a pivotal role in the country’s renaissance or are nationals abroad just a group of internet warriors shooting with loaded guns on tweeter and facebook yet unable to make any real sacrifice or contribution to redeeming Nigeria? These and many other questions have come my way these last few weeks as I have met with several Nigerian groups in the United States and in Europe.

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