Nigeria: Good People, Great Nation
Ok, Nigeria is Re-branded, what next? Yesterday in Abuja, President Umaru Yar’Adua unveiled and launched the logo and slogan of the New Nigeria. The slogan is “Nigeria: Good People, Great Nation” while the logo is simply the word Nigeria with two letters modified. The first “i” is replaced with a tick having a dot on top of it and the last “i” has a small map of Nigeria in place of the usual dot.
I guess the President was reading the mind of Nigerians when he encouraged the citizens not to view the campaign as another ceremony or exercise in futility. He encouraged every Nigerian to be committed to the regeneration of the country.
Even though I am not a fan of the government, I must commend the effort of the government to do something about our battered image as a nation. We have often been misrepresented by a few greedy, good-for-nothing bad eggs, who portray the entire nation as a den of fraudsters! I do hope that everyone that looks at the new logo will identify with the “i”. For me it places the responsibility of creating a new Nigerian on each of us. I see myself as the “i” that has to bring into reality the New Nigeria.
Ok, having reminded you that I am Proudly Nigerian, I wish to propose an additional slogan to go with the first one. Here is my proposal, whenever a Nigerian greet another with the slogan “Nigeria: Good People, Great Nation” I recommend that the response should be “Nigeria: Good Leaders, Great Nation”. That way, we will remind ourselves that in as much as we desire a healthy body, we must also ensure that the head is healthy!
It is time to demand that our Leaders be men of integrity who are always ready to give account of their stewardship. Our leaders should be public servants not demi-gods who are free to flout the Rule of Laws and use ill-gotten wealth to pervert justice. The President should ensure that EFCC, ICPC and other bodies responsible for combating corruption are allowed to do their jobs without undue influences from the Nations corridors of power.
It is undeniable that a leader must lead by example. It is sickening to note that politics is currently viewed by many Nigerians as the most lucrative venture. A school drop-out who cannot afford to eat three square meals can suddenly become a multi-millionaire via election or selection into a public office. This singular fact has discouraged many honest Nigerians and lured many to venture into illegal activities. It is time for the leadership of this country to clean up the logs in their eyes so that their can see well to clean the speck in the citizens’ eyes.
So the equation is not complete as it is. It should be Great Nation = Good People + Good Leaders. No matter how much we Nigerians try to build a New Nigeria, if we continue to allow unqualified and corrupt persons to occupy the positions of authority, we will keep on having the same bad result.
There must be leadership by example! It is time to start minding who gets elected into public office right from the Ward Level. Great leaders who value good name above gold and silver have done wonders for their nations. History testifies of such. Also, Ghana which is our neighbor serves as a good example of this fact. It is time for all Nigerians to stand up and shout “Nigeria: Good Leaders, Great Nation”
Yes, the next step is to Re-brand Our Leaders or Re-Package Our Leaders …. (well the politicans will know the best phrase for this). If you enjoy this post, do me a favor, spread the news! Digg it, Stumble it. Link to it and drop your comments 😉 Cheers.