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Opinions of Thursday, 3 June 2021

Columnist: John R. Jimoh

Rebuilding Nigeria’s faulty foundations

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

One of the tragedies befalling us as a nation is our attempt to build strong structures on weak foundations. In public schools, a JSS 3 student cannot add, subtract or divide fractions, etc. In police stations, you cannot obtain justice without offering a bribe. In government offices, for example, to obtain your National Identity Number, you must come armed with thousands of naira. Corruption is one great power limiting Nigeria’s greatness. Unless corruption loses its grip on Nigerians, all the rhetoric on radio, in the print media, electronic media, etc, will be exercises in futility.

We will remain trapped and as long as we allow greed get hold of our lives, it will be difficult to shake off corruption. My prayer is that God’s fire will visit our foundations for the much needed reconstruction.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), may listen to this advice: that the idea of restructuring like many other ideas has a short shelf life. He should act now before its “Best before” date. Incidentally, the best before date is NOW! Before the agitations for separation reach a point of no return. Eddie Rickenbacher said, “I can give you a six-word formula for success: think things through – then follow through.”

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