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Dear leaders of Nigeria

April 14th, 2010
08:20 PM ET
Nosarieme Garrick
Nosarieme Garrick

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following blog post was written by Nosarieme Garrick, 25 year old daughter of Nigerian government employees. She left Nigeria at a young age, and now seeks to promote activism within the Nigerian diaspora. This letter to Nigeria’s leaders is a personal appeal by her, and is not endorsed by CNN or its affiliates. “Amanpour” will pass this letter along to the Nigerian president’s office and we will post the government’s response as soon as we receive one.

Dear leaders of Nigeria,

I am a citizen of Nigeria holding a green card in the US. I left in 1998, after the death of Nigerian Dictator Sani Abacha, along with several others. After growing up in Nigeria, and watching others leave to pursue an education, it just seemed like the thing to do if you could afford it.  Some entire families relocated to the UK, the US and other countries, other families sent their kids alone to foreign school, for a chance at a better education.  Its now 2010, and some of us are itching to come back. I don’t think any of us were ever comfortable with the idea of abandoning our country.

I'm not sure how much longer I want to live abroad. After all, I would like my future kids to know where their mother's from, even possibly go to school there.   However, all the brouhaha that has been stirred up in the news these past few months makes the country seem even more unappealing, than it was when it sent us in droves to foreign lands. I've kept in contact with some of the children in the Diaspora, and we've all discussed coming back home, but you keep giving us reasons to stay where we are. I hear you would like us to come back, but you've lost our faith, we don't believe in our government. Fear not, we are willing to work it out, it is our home, and so we’re ready to help you help us come back. Here are some suggestions of ways for you to make us consider the idea.

Our obvious reason for leaving was to get a better education, which is unfortunate because at Nigeria's independence we had the highest number of university graduates in Africa. The crumbling education system has contributed to the increased crime rate; being that our brothers and sisters back home, have very limited options. Maybe you could reconsider the budget cuts you made on education, and look into the proper training for teachers, in order for them to provide proper education for your children. This could be prepare them for a university education, or vocational training, not everyone needs or wants to go to university. Overseas we're taught that you can't get anywhere without a bachelor's degree, a lot of people have been the exception to the rule, but I'm glad I had the option to get a bachelor’s. Maybe we could provide that option for people back home by putting more money into the university system. Once we start to believe in our education in Nigeria, I doubt that people will feel the need to send their kids to the UK or the US for school.

You should think about consulting once more with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Remember, she used to be your former Minister of Finance? She’s now the Managing Director of the World Bank. According to The Punch Nigeria, she made this statement at the Institute of Directors conference in Lagos: ”One of the untapped growth drivers is Nigeria‘s youth. The time has come for us to focus on them and reap enormous development benefits or ignore them to the nation‘s peril.” See, she believes in our potential, don't let another country make use of us. Even Canada has been trying to lure us to their schools, they value our billions of dollars that we are ready to pay for a proper education. That money could go to Nigeria.

While living abroad, most of us have become accustomed to basic necessities provided by an efficient infrastructure. We come home and we have access to things such as electricity, clean water. These are things that we hear are considered a luxury in Nigeria. Only those who can afford generators, and their own water pump system have access to these luxuries, and even then the cost of diesel is appallingly high. There's a campaign called Light Up Nigeria, where your citizens are begging you to fix the problem of a limited power supply. The problem is crippling all aspects of life, and hindering productivity. This would be the keystone in creating a brighter future for Nigeria. Don’t be afraid to ask for outside help, maybe you could ask Brazil, or South Africa, how they build and manage their dams and use those ideas at home. You have an abundance of manpower at your disposal; don’t be afraid to use it. Look into other forms of energy; we hear solar panels really work!

No one is immune to dealing with the anxiety-inducing traffic caused by badly built roads, so it’s a wonder that you haven’t done a better job of fixing our pot-hole filled roads. We suggest that you make a solid effort in rebuilding and maintaining these roads, as this would ease transportation, and would make life a lot less chaotic than it already is. Look into contractors to build and oversee the maintenance of roads.  I'm quite sure that there are large amounts of civil engineers abroad and back home, maybe you could employ their skill and create some incentive to rebuild these roads and infrastructures.

Some of us joke that going back home even to visit is like playing Russian roulette, we're never sure if we're going to make it back. From armed robbery, to kidnappings, to militant activity, the lack of security really keeps us in our foreign havens. We need to remind you that it is your duty to provide a police force that is competent, skillful, and aptly equipped in order to protect civilians. We want to look at the police officer and feel safer when we see them. We would suggest a tougher examination to join the force, since protecting citizens is a really important responsibility.

Kudos on moving forward with the amnesty program for the militants in the Niger Delta. We hope that you see it through. I’ve visited Bonny once, and I would also be a little upset as well if I lived in deplorable conditions, while black gold was being extracted right from under me.  Thanks for trying to integrate these ex-militants back into society. You know what would be really great? You could work on fixing the damage done to the quaint little fishing villages, mangroves and farms in the region. You could talk to the Friends for the Preservation of the Niger Delta Environment. Take away the oil spills, and the region of the Delta would be a great place to vacation. Just think about the tourism potential, you could just create an industry that employs thousands of people in the region.

Did you know that 70% of Nigeria's population is under 30, and so many young Nigerians are living outside the country? Have you noticed the sudden rise in protests? Just yesterday, there was the Enough is Enough march. We're trying to let you know that we're paying attention, and we're just going to keep doing it more frequently, and more vigorously, until we have your attention. Lots of us are doing brilliant things overseas, but we would love to do them back home, we just need to know that you are ready to collaborate with us and give us the opportunity to do so. Maybe you could create more help for small businesses. For example you could create a micro-lending program to encourage entrepreneurship and spur innovation. We are a hard working people; we just need to be able to work.

The reason a lot of us are so doubtful of your ability to fulfill any of the promises made, is because we have only seen our great nation deteriorate since we gained our independence. I've even heard some say we would have had a better country with more opportunities had we stayed colonized. Doesn't that just break your heart? I'm sure Herbert Macaulay is rolling in his grave. We think you just need to go back to the fundamentals of being a civil servant. Think about your job description. You are there to serve civilians; you are in government to make life better for your citizens. If you doubt that you have it in your DNA to do so, please make way for someone else who does.  We need you to become a transparent government, where funds don't just vanish into thin air, don't think we haven't noticed. Give us the numbers of your budget; show us how much in funding you've received. Don't just tell us you plan on fighting corruption; show us. There is an organization called Publish What You Pay, maybe you've heard of it, you should talk to them, they can help you in becoming more transparent. Look at it as an investment, the better Nigeria becomes, the more investors will flock in. Think about it, how can you convince foreigners to come do business, if you can't even convince your citizens to come back?

Listen, we don't expect you to snap your fingers and fix things. We are not looking for a temporary patch. We are looking for long-term sustainable solutions. We believe that change will come from individuals living in Nigeria, we are simply asking you to aid us in clearing the roadblocks, so that we can move Nigeria closer to greatness.

I hope I have not been too forward in this letter; personally I’m just tired of my dear Nigeria being a joke to the international community. I admire all of Goodluck Jonathan's efforts from adding some new blood to the cabinet, to his push for oil reform and we would all like to help him further our country's development.  Need more ideas? We’re filled with them, don’t be afraid to ask us, we’re happy to lend a helping hand. Right before the elections, Nigerian Youth for Change is organizing a “Million Man March” and we are coming in droves, just as we left.  I think by leaving, we misled you into thinking that we didn’t want to vote. We’re here to reassure you that we want our voice to be heard.  So come election time, present us with a proper leader.  Give us a NEW leader coming with a platform for change, and we will vote for him, at least I know I will. A sincere leader, with integrity, will listen to his or her people, and more importantly one who doesn't have a price.

Na Gode. Dalu. Ẹ se.

Your Nigerian Daughter,

Nosarieme Garrick


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  1. sharon

    I hope this letter really gets to AG Jonathan.....this is exactly how we feel,this is our generation but most of us are far away from our country and still too scared to come back and those of us here are in tears everyday,that's why we are saying "enough is enough" don'tt only light up Nigeria but assure us that come 2011 our votes count...we will support any young,vibrant n promising candidate. We are tired of those old bags that didn't do good when they were in power,those criminals in power.YES! I am anti-IBB for president. Am concerned not only for my future but for that of my children and their children.
    Nosa,it hasn't stopped,so many of us still intend to further our education abroad and most of us that want to stay home/cant afford schooling abroad are already tired of life at this young age

    April 15, 2010 at 4:19 am | Reply
  2. sharon

    As a matter of fact,its 5:23am WAT now n I have being up since 4am,Why? There is no power and Nigeria is so hot so I have bean using a notebook to fan myself while also trying to drive the mosquitoes that are singing in my ears n perching on my body for a taste of my blood or to inflict malaria into my system and ofcourse the disturbing noise my neighbours generator is making is a tournament and I have to be up as early as possible so I can beat the morning traffic jam to work..this is just half of my day and its the same for almost 60% of Nigerians.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:31 am | Reply
  3. Anyasi Nnamdi

    So touching & real.i wish Goodluck see dis & take d advice.we nid 2 move 4wd else more youths are already struggling their ways to UK & US.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:47 am | Reply
  4. Tokunbo

    Excellent piece. The letter aptly expresses my disposition towards the recent happenings in Nigeria as a Nigerian in diaspora too. We are tired of business as usual and I believe this is the time for the youth to rise up to demand focused leadership, we can't fold our arms and hope things would change else posterity would not forgive us.

    I believe a major turning point for the nation will be the 2011 elections, here is a piece I wrote early this year about the coming elections in Nigeria and what mindset we need to have in order to move the country forward:

    http://www.hexystateofmind.com/2010/01/newtons-laws-of-motion-applied-to.html

    Long live the federal republic of Nigeria

    April 15, 2010 at 5:01 am | Reply
  5. Oche Ejembi

    Very good piece indeed. Its good to know that the youth in diaspora are concerned as well$

    April 15, 2010 at 5:13 am | Reply
  6. Akula Vincent

    Well written piece, but the letter captures nigeria's challenges and the solutions only in theory. Solving nigeria's problem has gone beyond just making institutional changes, cant u see? its not working anymore, many leaders in key positions are eating off from Nigeria's peril and they will do anything to see that nothing changes, it will take a revolution, a struggle or war, a period of reconstitution of those who lead us to change the trend, remember that the present clique of leaders were coined from bloody coups in the first 20 years of independence. But must we spill blood before we get good leadership again? No, an alternative is the youth and the future. But Here again, its becoming seemingly hopeless because corruption already flows in the blood of many young nigerians. Everywhere you go in nigeria today, youths want to get rich very quickly, in my university here in Oyo state, youths are already devising newer means of defrauding people, rather than discourage corrupt leadership, everyone is waiting for their 'turn' to embezzle public funds, they crave the opportunity of being in leadership positions not to make changes but to steal and cheat! now think about it, these are the leaders of tomorrow! An entire generation now believe in cutting corners as the only means to a flamboyant lifestyle, i can only wish there were more of us seeking to address corruption amongst the youth. Anyway, all said and done i think it comes down to individual contribution to national growth and development, i'll do my part, do yours and hopefully nigeria will one day be paradise.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:22 am | Reply
  7. Vee Odili

    All these and more have been the cries of Nigerians since decades past. I'm excited particularly because more people are speaking out with more persistence and passion, and are willing to walk the walk and not just talk.
    We are tired of just sitting down and waiting for a 'Moses'. Here's hoping our dear government rises up to the task and doesn't throw this letter aside as they have done to many many others.
    Nigeria breaks my heart because She is so blessed with everything needed to be at par with any developed country out there, but thanks to our 'Leaders' we may be stuck with tags like 'under-developed' and 'third world' for a very very long time to come.
    God help and bless us all.
    Let's save Nigeria.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:23 am | Reply
  8. GEETANJALI

    I acknowledge the pain of loving once own country and having to live outside of,in this letter.
    The current acting Prez Goodluck has come from the same lot of leaders,who are responsible for the situation that is today in Nigeria.It is in vain to have great expectations from these leaders.
    What I feel,(as I got it from the letter,there are 70% of youth of Nigeria,)is new leadership has to be born from amongst these youth.They have to return to country,sacrifice there personal interests and get into the act.That is together they can rebuilt their nation and lead it to where they want it to be !
    Best wishes to you Nosa Garrick !
    Thumbs up to Amanpour for voicing !

    April 15, 2010 at 5:50 am | Reply
  9. Allany

    Thanks Nosarieme for you this fine write up, our destiny is really in our hands. We all love our country,we want our kids to have a better future than we do and we want them to be proud of Nigeria.
    Yes, we are truly tired of sitting here melting in the snow pretending that all is well and with the believe that the work we are doing here is making a difference in our lives. No better place than your root (Home).
    We can still be great again. Long live Nigeria.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:55 am | Reply
  10. luper

    Bravo!!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 6:06 am | Reply
  11. oso

    Nice one Nosa,our leaders have a lot of work to do to re haul the whole mess called nigeria. A mess caused largely my them. It is time to breathe 'fresh' blood to d leadership and jonathan aint a bad start. It will be an honour to be able to actively take part in this. We want to be involved!! And I say we for we who are @ home living d mess daily. We want to take part, we need to take part – enough is enough!

    April 15, 2010 at 6:33 am | Reply
  12. Idris

    Kudos on your article, I thnk any reasonable politician/civil servant that reads this will reflect on situation of Nigeria..Its time for change..Enough is Enough

    April 15, 2010 at 7:19 am | Reply
  13. David

    Excellent! I believe we have all read this piece. Let's digest it and run with it. This country must move forward by all means possible, God helping us. Corruption will perish in this nation. When people understand the true meaning of governance and accountability, there won't be any need to kill to enter into any office of service. Servanthood is selfless, and not an opportunity to acquire and embezzle public funds. Nosa, and all Nigerians of good conscience, I identify with your philosophy. Together, we will move the nation further. Dear President Goodluck Jonathan, we are behind and in support of any sincere move you will make for sustained development. Do not be afraid to do what is right. I hear the Holy Book, the Bible says in Proverbs 25:5, "Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness". We need credibility for good governance. The Lord will help you, our dear Jonathan.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:22 am | Reply
  14. Sopiriala Brown

    You've said it all, I think Nigeria is a failed state, so what ever situation she'd found herself is a blessing in disguise. The unfortunate illness of president Yaradua, is d gate way 2 change in Nigeria, the international community is now paying attention, the autonomous political power which d nothern hemesphere think they possess hav to be broken. Goodluck Jonathan ought to b president and not acting according to the constitution, but because of the rulling party Peoples Democratic Party's sentimental power dictatorship in which the Northerners (hausa's) believe is their birth right and are suppose to dictate on who becomes the president through the influence of some ex leaders, that also hav an eye on comming back. It is time we put a stop to this saga and come up with a leadership that represents the future. Goodluck Jonathan, I wish u the best even as acting president.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:22 am | Reply
  15. Henry Okelue

    Very passionate and touching letter. Too bad the government of Nigeria has chosen not to acknowledge the existence and importance of the Nigerian youth...sad tale. I participated in the "Enough is Enough" march on Abuja, and I remember that both the President of the Nigerian senate and the Speaker of the House of Assembly Dimeji Bankole refused to come out and speak to us, instead met us with a detachment of the mobile police force armed with AK47s and with orders to shoot if we moved a step further. Which country does that? I remember the day I decided to return to Nigeria after living in the UK, armed with a Masters degree and a new insight to life, it felt bitter-sweet, I was homesick, but it also felt like I was headed back to the stone age. Not a good way to feel about the country of one's father.
    I hope Jonathan Goodluck will take this chance to go down in history, though in my gut I have the feeling that I am just fooling myself.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:29 am | Reply
  16. Adekunle Samuel Owolabi

    It's a good thing.. i will support the movement

    April 15, 2010 at 7:54 am | Reply
  17. Kehinde Ajetunmobi

    Like the never ceasing flow of the Niger River, this leter spaeks to the heart of our problems. One cannot help but ponder, how soon? How well? This year will mark Nigeria 5)th year after independence, and yet the people are asking the same questions they asked 3 decades ago. How soon? How well? How long do we have to wait to see the birth of our dreams? The military left over a decade ago , and the lot of the ordinary man has not been any better. The fight against corruption has been laced with immense allegations against those who claim to fight it.
    I am a Nigerian leaving Canada. Not by choice, but by condition. This clarion call is to our leaders- direct the noble part of our motherland, this is the duty that you owe yourself, nation and family.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:06 am | Reply
  18. Chidozie

    Well said Nosa. I hate to break it to you, that you just increased the number of millions of unheaded calls to our leader, but I hope your letter will be the one in a million that will make the difference. But we are not detered for our voice must be heard. We are done asking God what we ought to be asking our leaders.
    The promised future was yesterday.Home or abroard every Nigerian youth must add his or her voice to this call to our Leaders. Enough is Enough

    April 15, 2010 at 8:09 am | Reply
  19. Ayo Abiola

    While on sojourn on government scholarship in the UK, I held my heads high; a great opportunity was givem me for quality education. But as soon as I settled down, the cost of my education seems a waste – the amount government was spending to give me a masters degree for a year if properly used could give proper hostel accomodation to 4000 students in Nigerian Universities – that year, over 300 of us were on similar scholarship and the number keeps increasing.
    After the program, I was keen to make my country get value for this investment, so I returned to Nigeria – not to be part of the diasporans. How mistaken! Sometimes ago, when I needed a letter of recommendation for a Nigerian job from my government education sponsor, I was informed, they dont give such, but would gladly give me a "LETTER OF NO OBLIGATION" if I chose to return to the UK, process a work permit and seek a British job.
    It was then I remebered the words of a colleague who inferred that government had been giving these scholarships to send the brilliant young minds out so they can have a merry time at looting!
    I pray the government respond to Nosarieme's letter and ACT RIGHT.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:10 am | Reply
  20. Tomi ojeranti

    I'm speechless....i now believe there is Hope for us Youths in Nigeria..we MUST make room for change!!...kudos 2 u Nosarieme...reading your letter,i had this at the back of my mind,"are you really talking about Nigeria?...r ur suggestions applicable with our current kind of government?"...there's hope!!...My only prayer is that they(our leaders) listen and act...

    April 15, 2010 at 8:22 am | Reply
  21. elmar

    Nasarieme I salute u all u have said is true but the situation on ground is much worst I live and work in abj just this morning I was telling my husband if I was single I would have left this country our country and leaders have failed us I looked at my two children and tears rolled down my eyes I want something better for them I am writing an ar
    ticule which will be published will send a copy I believe THE FUTURE OF NIG IS IN US THE YOUTH we should all come and stand together
    To fight for our country let's take our future in our hands let all the great grand babas go home it is our time elmar567@yahoo.com

    April 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Reply
  22. Bo

    Oh Nosa! From your lips to God's ears!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:50 am | Reply
  23. Idorenyin Bello

    Thank God you had where to run to,now you want to come back what do you want done?

    April 15, 2010 at 8:57 am | Reply
  24. Maimuna Maiyaki

    Nosa, I think on behalf of the WHOLE country, we would like to thank you, really!

    You have done well and we all appreciate this. I just hope it is not ignored, which is always the norm.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:11 am | Reply
  25. olamide Agbomeji

    This letter really touched me,I just pray that those it was addressed to will digest it and use it as a tool for a better Nigeria.thank you.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:46 am | Reply
  26. Omo Naija

    F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!!

    Please Goodluck, listen to the voice of the youth.
    We hold the key to changing Nigeria!!!

    #enoughisenough #lightuupnigeria #rsvp

    April 15, 2010 at 9:59 am | Reply
  27. Allwell-Brown Asusi

    Nice one Nosa. I'm a Nigerian youth based in Nigeria. Please let our brothers and sisters abroad know that yes we truly need them. Also let them know that the government of Nigeria does not need to impress them before they decide to come back home. Like you said, you have seen the beauty of a working system and you all are willing to apply it at home. Come home and apply it. We are here and have not been robbed or kidnapped, etc. It happens in every society. Even in those that don't put it on their headlines. Nosa, come help your brother. Or do you want to watch me die, from the comfort of your 13 year foster home?

    April 15, 2010 at 10:19 am | Reply
  28. Justice Now

    That was a nice piece, but unfortunately, nothing in the call is new, and for those who are enjoying the rot and the chaos, it is an insult to them. I can assure you that people like Obasanjo will consider such cry from this youth an insult...
    The truth still remains that the only left solution to the Nigeria issue is a total independence and self determinations for all the forced nations within the Nigeria project...
    No one not even the saints can change Nigeria as it is.. We all know that it is doomed by its creator, the British, and they are willing to wipe off any opposing group that complain.. remember their genocide campaign and all attempts to wipe off the Igbos/Biafrans before, during and even after the Biafra war.
    Have you ever wondered why an Igbo group, with a population of over 40 million, has never produced a president since independence? That is to show anyone that the so-called Nigeria as a country is a mirage owned by some.
    In all, what is needed is a quick end to the endless pain and untimely deaths in the name of 'One Nigeria'. A disollution of that failed forced marriage! Anything short will be a call for serious calamity that may not announce its coming., but will affect every part of the globe.

    Sorry, for not making it a fancy talk, but the time has gone for such, facing reality now is more important now than fancy talk!

    April 15, 2010 at 10:34 am | Reply
  29. chamberlin ukenedo

    I have lived in Lagos Nigeria all my life, and I have seen Government come and go. I wont blame those who left Nigeria because they can. I feel bad when I travel to smaller African countries and see how things work in a well organized manner.
    Leadership is a case here because there are so many godfathers who invest in politicians and will not rest until their investment pays off, and if the leader disagrees then the godfather and his cohorts will cause civil unrest and tag it religious war. My advice to Nigerians diaspora is
    "Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win." – Sun Tzu

    COME HOME AND LET US FIGHT THIS TOGETHER....VOTE THEM OUT BEFORE GET THERE.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:35 am | Reply
  30. Kayode Omowuni

    This letter aptfully captures most, if not all, of the malaises bedevilling our beloved nation-Nigeria.

    One thing, however, which I particularly appreciate about and must commend this piece for is that it, unlike most of the other pieces of writing I have read about Nigeria, has taken one step further to proffer probable remedies.

    I say kudos to the young Nigerian whose voice echoes the aspirations of millions of young Nigerians in diaspora who daily feel the need to translate their skills, knowledge, expertise and youthfulness into tangibly benefitting their homeland. It is my hope that this country will be great again, and in our lifetime.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:44 am | Reply
  31. afam

    Very well written letter. We have
    a fundamental problem in nigeria and that is corruption.until that is tackled, there is no goin forward for us as a country

    April 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  32. carlos

    ALL NIGERIA REALLY NEED IS A REVOLUTION! I PERSONALLY SUGGEST THAT NIGERIA SHOULD SPLIT INTO FIVE COUNTRIES! BUT THE GREED FOR CRUDE OIL HAS LEFT EVERY ONE WEAK, AND OTHER AREAS SUCH AS AGRICULTURE, ABANDONED! ONE DAY, THE CITIZENS YOU GOVERN WILL RISE UP AND FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHT! AND THIS TIME IT WILL BE WORSE THAN THE BIAFRA CIVIL WAR!!!! RISE UP DELTANS THE TIME IS NOW FOR US TO CREATE A NEW STATE! THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF DELTA!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  33. Oladayo

    This could be the dawn of a new day.i hope it is.Good one Nosa.ride on youths!

    April 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  34. Big Boy

    Well said Nosa. Do you have a blog?

    April 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  35. Nengi Douglas

    our leaders are aware of the problems like everyone else, they are just not interested in fixing it. Nigeria is plagued by selfishness and the race to the bottom syndrome in anything she does. We need new blood, people who have thrived within the private sector and not this recycled leadership but we also need a positive change in the mindset of people. Nigeria will never change unless each and everyone of her people are committed to positive change. While significantly crucial our problems do not begin and end with bad leadership. That's my two kobo!

    April 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  36. uche okotie

    All well said!hope our so called leaders listen and act....our children dont have a future as it stands lets face the facts.
    WAR is not an option even though it seems like the only answer.GOD help us all!

    April 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  37. Val onyebuchi okeke

    Thanks to garrik.Since 1960 we have been under d influence of a groug of leaders,in anambra my state 92% Of our people are all business men and women,to import foreign goods is always a budden because if your goods arrives to nigeria you'll have to take it on a 6hours journey from lagos to anambra which will cost you 60% profit from the good you imported,my question is why has the federal government abandoned our international seaport and airport budgets,why do we have to suffer,bigger budgets are being made at the northern part of the country thats where our past leaders comes from.Mr goodluck this is our turn to be proud of our leader(you)just like the notherners has always been.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  38. Kristin Unruh

    This letter and all the comments following, succeeded in really pulling painfully at my heart with the poignant integrity of the Nigerian youth which I have come to love so well... my heart has been so yanked and prodded over the past two years for Nigerians, but it still hurts like the first time, each time someone shines the light on the true, and there is no getting used to it...
    Since learning more about all that Nigeria's leaders don't do for their people, it pains me even more since just having heard an old tape of Fela Kuti, who knew long ago that it is actually the covert activities of the CIA which is holding Nigeria hostage to the facade of Western ideas, ideals and lifestyles which are all funded by the ravaging of third world countries resources, and terrorizing abuse of the peoples who are kept confused and brainwahsed by lies and promises from political jargon to religious faith jibberish... all to keep the Western World's Superpowers in fresh fruit and underwear.... They have so much money stolen from countries like Nigeria, in fact Nigeria has been favored of late as the best pillaging frontier via fake governance for many many years now...
    These fake 'powers that be' can't stop doing what they are doing because that's all they know, they know not love and compassion, they will not hear your plea... and they do not change, they do not evolve their understanding, they only eat, and eat, and eat away at others lives to get full... to stay full... but they will forever be hungry.
    What must be done is for Nigerian youth to choose from among themselves who will be their future candidates for real integral and untainted leadership.
    CIA grooms only those who are the strongest with qualities such as GREED for POWER & FAME... and then only those who are the most BLIND to what it means to be a fellow MORTAL human being. So the new leaders will have to be NOT of these qualities, they will have to be You and Your MOST TRUSTED friends, sisters and brothers.
    You will have to enter innocently but wisely into the political arena... and from there, discern your strategies to overcome the insidious accessibility of extortionists from the West, especially those who APPEAR to be Nigerian at heart, because they are black and beautiful LOOKING ONLY. Their words and actions are coming from their Western Elite puppeteers.
    so YES< I urge diaspora youth to return, as one commentator said, to give up your luxuries and personal agendas for the sake of your homeland that you miss so much.
    If you can't be there for your people, who is going to be there for them?
    Take what you got from being away, and bring the best of it back home as your humble offering... your humble offering to your heritage... and to those who couldn't leave if they wanted to except by committing suicide. (however this is not necessary for all too many)
    I hope to visit Nigeria next year after the elections, and I pray not to God that I will find the ppl dancing in the streets, but I pray to THE PEOPLE that I will JOIN them in their VICTORY dancing there!!
    GO HOME, CHOOSE YOUR CANDIDATES, & VOTE.
    WHAT OTHER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WENT THROUGH AND ARE GOING THROUGH IS VIA THE SAME HOSTAGE TAKERS... even in Canada, America and Europe, the hostage takers TAKE.

    DON'T GIVE UP YOUR POWER, TAKE COURAGE IN THE SOLIDARITY OF YOUR GENERATION< & USE YOUR CLEVER and GIFTED INTELLIGENCE TO UNDERMINE THE UNDERMINERS... Bring your fatherland back to what mother Nature intended.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  39. Gbenga Warri

    oh....i wish i just wish....GOD TAKE CONTROL

    April 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  40. charles chigozie

    encouraging it sounds and looks,Nigerian youths should stand up and take their future into their hands-it suprises me how we all complain but lie lame! i say more to your energy Nosa,stop not we are heading somewhere.GOD BLESS US ALL

    April 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  41. OGUNLADE oluwole

    i see a new Nigeria that is the pride of the whole world.

    i believe the thickest cloud of corruption etc is passing away and the showers of rain of good governance and prosperity will soon pour.

    i will encourage fellow Nigerian youths to keep at it, work hard and ask themselves every day. "when this change we are expecting comes, where will it find me....what will i contribute to it"

    BE THE AGENT OF CHANGE!!!
    thank you

    April 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  42. ugoji onyekachi

    it so good to hear that you guys over there are so interested in coming back home.i feel ur passion an desires, but notting just happen.the problem i notice with ur post is that u are like *there government,there education and there this and that*.honey this is your country and you can never have another one.if we dont get involve in the rebuilding of the country by ourself we are going nowhere.if we dont get involved our children will ask us somany questions.what will your answer be.you guys can come and we all can start from somewhere.we can educate the younger generation and give them a proper value system. the generation next are the letter to future let us write them perfectly.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  43. Nyamodi Ochieng-Nyamogo

    This kind of letter and attitude makes me sick to the quick!...No,you "have not been too forward in this letter",you have simply been pathetic,in my fiercely humble opinion!...Nigeria owes you absolutely nothing; you owe Nigeria critically everything!...No sense,therefore,making lofty demands under the security,imagined comfort and serenity of other people's Statue of Liberty!!!...No sense whinging that you have certain wonderful contributions to make,but only on a quid pro quo!...Change is not something you beg for,you simply take it because it is your birth right!...The rouges,plunderers and murderers purporting to run Africa must be confronted at home and,very soon,even violently!!!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  44. Harrison

    All these years, we have been clamoring for a peaceful change, but the wicked satanic leaders in Nigeria have refused us (the youths) a better life. Violent change is inevitable. It is almost here. We might not have our own Gandhi or martin Luther king jnr. But we sure have in restless abundance malcom X, MEND and other millions of hungry and angry youths.....
    those who make peaceful change impossible makes violent change inevitably attractive.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  45. Benjamin Prince

    Well Nosarieme Garrick, I am glad to read your mail to Nigerian Leaders. In all sincerity, I appreciate your view and thought; I am in Lagos, Nigeria and one of the many who refused to fill the US Visa Lottery form, not because I cant but just to stress the fact that Nigeria is my home and will do all I can to build it!

    In response to a friend update on facebook today, I made it clear that all Nigerian Professionals (with honor) abroad should come back home, hence you letter sooths my voice. Come back home, atleast for a working holiday! if sick people know that at such a time some doctors will be visiting Abia state Uni. Teaching hospital, Aba, or FMC Owerri, they will have hope and not die, and the health worker back home will be assured of gaining more experience.

    Government cant do everything, we can contribute our own quota, which can not be done outside the sores of the great NIGER' for the fear of the bad eggs among us. If your coming home will contribute to the development of your homeland, trust me, even the worst criminals can't harm you. Everybody in Nigeria yarns for development and the can police for who so ever will bring it.

    COME BACK HOME, Atleast for a WORING HOLIDAY!

    April 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  46. Israel Konkwo

    At 25, you are full of wisdom Nosarieme and more important care about our dear country, only one country , 'Nigeria', which many young ladies like you never think to remember again because of the western influence flowing in their blood. I believe Nigeria has feature with the kind of your generation. I truely love your idea and hope our leaders are listening.
    Ag President Goodluck Jonathan will definitely do well because he has fear of God in him and as an academics and equally a young politician, as he said before Christiane Amanpour, he can not afford to give excuses with abundant natural and human resources around him. If he works contrary, then the next 10 or 20 or 30 or more years he might live would be a life full of regrets, but I don't wish him so. Dr Goodluck Jonathan we know is not greedy and hope he wouldn't be. Please make Nigeria a better place for all of us and generations to come. Thank you.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  47. Henry

    This is just another high school essay. Every Nigerian is aware of all this story and much more. Staying elsewhere and writing does not help. I'll advise you to come home and help the system out if you are really concern. We are just tired of so much writing without action!

    April 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  48. IbeFitz.

    . . . Nice piece but forget it cos many other better once have been written. Nigerians are blessed with good social commentators but are lacking in people that can do what is necessary to effect the needed change. We all know our problem as a country. We all love our lives so much to be able to do what is necessary to save this country from gang of ALIBABAs parading themselves as our leaders. Our salvation i'm afraid to say will not come on a platter of gold. We all have to do what i called constructive destruction. If you wish to know what i mean by CONSTRUCTIVE DESTRUCTION ask the former president of Ghana. God bless the federal republic of Nigeria and eliminate those who out of selfishness n greedy are hindering the progress of this country. . . .

    April 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  49. Fitze

    . . . Nice piece but forget it cos many other better once have been written. Nigerians are blessed with good social commentators but are lacking in people that can do what is necessary to effect the needed change. We all know our problem as a country. We all love our lives so much to be able to do what is necessary to save this country from gang of ALIBABAs parading themselves as our leaders. Our salvation i'm afraid to say will not come on a platter of gold. We all have to do what i called constructive destruction. If you wish to know what i mean by CONSTRUCTIVE DESTRUCTION ask the former president of Ghana. God bless the federal republic of Nigeria and eliminate those who out of selfishness n greedy are hindering the progress of this country. . .

    April 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  50. Iki Woods

    Nosa said it perfectly...We are better than this. Nigeria and Nigerians have survived for decades under a courrupt and selfish Govt. I only hope the leaders can think, what if I allowed Nigerians to focus energy not on survival but on growth...what a country I would be living in! That's the key...our leaders are accustomed to short term goals and benefits, and not looking beyond their noses. Kudos Nosa...I support you.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  51. Rolex

    What a fact about Nigeria's state.85% nigerians ar aware about our problems/challenges.wat i know is dat d time of +ve changes &revolution is fast approaching,d prepared &determined youths,children even adult wil all rise 2 d task.NIGERIANS watch OUT....

    April 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  52. BoBo

    The future of Nigeria is in youth and they are already living it.Our fathers have betrayed us and we refuse 2 pass it 2 our kids...I think d name Nigeria shld define everything dat is so bad and complicated

    April 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  53. Philemon Elisha

    This is a good one girl. I pray the AG President will read this and act accordingly. This letter has touched every rotten part of the Nigerian nation. This can only come from one that has a proper understanding of the Nigerian story. With this it seems to me that change is coming very soon. The people are becoming more enlightened and ignorance is been shattered. A brand new Nigeria is about to be born. Wasted years are about to be restored, lost hopes are about to be rejuvenated, uncertain dreams are about to become more certain and God is changing the face of Nigeria. Change can only come when a group of people develop a collective hatred for the things that have not been working. Is obvious that majority of the citizenry dislike the state of the Nigerian project. Is time to change it.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  54. Anwunobi Ogom

    Thumbs up Nosarieme. Well-spoken. These days few people have the courage to speak up. I know that Nigeria will change for the better soon. I do hope that the high rate of activism in the country that gives the impression that change is underway mark the beginning of that change. We shall indeed see the dawn of a new day!

    April 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  55. Adebayo Ogungbure

    A nice piece. I hope it will not be erroneously viewed as an appeal to emotion by Nigerian leaders.

    I believe that change will come to Nigeria!

    April 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  56. segun

    well said!if i must add i was in Nigeria late last month and i realized that Abuja seem to be another country in Nigeria because from the roads down to security and tourism with the exception of power(electricity) which is still better than some cities, i couldn't help but to appreciate my Nigeria."where am i going with this".its simple things are been done in some part of the country while in some parts nothing is been done speaking about transparency on the budget that's a good idea, also is a good leader,minister or governor who must and should be held responsible for his or her own states.simple advice to this leaders make visits(announced or unannounced) to the sites of construction, make visits to where ever you are making changes or implementing laws or whatever and personally ensure that it is been done.such was El-rufai! please reduce unnecessary travels outside Nigeria and your states and get the job done!

    April 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  57. STEVE

    IF NOT US, WHO?, AND IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
    ITS TIME TO RISE UP AGAINST THE POLITICIANS. THEY SEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVERSEAS AND YET COMPLAIN WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH FUND TO TAKE CARE OF THE POOR, BUILD SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, ROADS, ETC. WHEN THEY GET SICK, THEY GO OVERSEAS AND WHEN WE GET SICK, THE GRAVE STARES AT US.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  58. Tamunotelima Olungwe

    Dear Nosarieme,
    Thank you so much for that letter. I could not have enumerated our most obvious problems better than you did. Like you, I left our dear motherland in search of higher education a couple years ago and I always had it in the back of my mind to return home to serve my Country, but as I get more integrated into this American society and listen to my mom (back home) tell me daily how there is no electricity, the desire to live in Nigeria dims.
    I do not want to give up on Nigeria as many others have done and still do, but there is a lot of work to be done and until our Nigerian leaders take a stand for accountability to their citizens and transparency in spending, thousands of our talented youths will continue to flee until we are in complete "brain-drain".
    Dear Mr.president,
    If you get to read this, I am a medical student in the United States with a dream to serve my Nigerian mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers and to do this, I need to come home so please do not take this letter lightly.
    Once again, thank you Nosa and God bless you
    Sincerely,
    Telima Olungwe

    April 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  59. Ogala

    2010 Prayer for Nigeria
    Oh God of Heaven and Earth
    Thank you for your love for this nation. It has kept us together as one ever since
    This year O’ lord
    May you sow in the minds of Nigerians that they can actually have a good life in Nigeria
    Let them know that they can have a life better than struggling to only eat at least twice in a day
    Let them also know that nothing good comes easy; it has to be fought for!
    Teach them to fight for a better life
    Teach them to know that they are very important; that without them, the led, there would be no leader
    O’ Lord, some people have sworn that Nigerians can never enjoy Nigeria as long as they are alive
    O’ Lord, you also taught us not to kill for we are not terrorists, so please help us recall those kinds of men and women; all of them!
    Thereafter, O’ Lord, guide us to find a good leader
    In your infinite mercy, may you O’ Lord, pardon the sins of every Nigerian that died before the new Nigeria
    Do not let them go to hell for they have spent all their live in a local branch of hell on earth.
    This we ask thee this year through Jesus Christ our Lord
    Amen

    April 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  60. babatunde

    lovely piece, its a heart felt expression of what she perceives to be wrong in with Nigeria, but i would have appreciated it if Nosa really keeps abreast with the Nigerian trends im sure she should have friends and family within Nigeria who would, there are so many nameless and faceless individuals who are hell bent on sabotaging Nigeria's progress, she should also address president obasanjo president Ibrahim babangida and so many Nigerian leaders who are still contributing to our quagmire. to cut the long story short Nigeria's problem is political, we need a solution to it, if not the good roads the universities the power supply will never work, and another thing, they are beyond president good luck.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  61. Ilse van Heerden

    This sounds exactly like South Africa!! What a shock to realise that my country is now similar to Nigeria. After Eugene Terreblance's murder many whites believe that black South Africans will go on a killing spree straight after the world cup. They also believe that the government has been in cahoots with Robert Mugabe to build up a weapons cache. Widespread fear, being sick and tired of the government's inability, rather reluctance to do something about the very high crime rate, crumbling buildings, power outages – will this all result in bloodshed in the streets? It will if we believe in Malema's "one bullet one boer" slogan. Because too many people are disgusted with what has become of the powerhouse of Africa and are ready to fight back. How about an in-depth look at what the government plans for South Africa after the world cup to allay people's fears?

    April 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  62. Umar

    The girl is honest

    April 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  63. AISHA

    BRILLIANT!!!
    and so true....ı really cant waıt for a better Nıgerıa.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  64. ismail

    How do you expect someone that can't fight corruption in his own house fight corruption in Nigeria.
    On September 11, 2006, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seized $13.5 million dollars (US) from Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife acting president Goodluck Jonathan.
    In the same year August, the EFCC had obtained a court order to temporarily freeze N104 million she had allegedly tried to launder through one Mrs. Nancy Ebere Nwosu. The EFCC said it had reason to believe the seized funds belonged to the public. In a sworn statement, Mrs. Nwosu implicated Patience Jonathan, the EFCC said.
    If wants us to take him serious, he should prosecute his wife for starters.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  65. buzz

    My future kids will leave on Mars and it savory marshmallows.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  66. Edio

    This piece was really LONG , BORING and ANNOYING. Nosa, do you think these leaders don't know the problems of the country? Listen to their election campaings. The real issue here is GREED and nothing else. So stop whining about your constant light and water, or kidnappings are "immaginary" overseas??? If u really want to help nigeria, COME BACK HOME and stop waiting for some fairy tale nation, simple!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  67. elizabeth

    this is a brilliant piece..it moved me,i just pray the dead consciences of our leaders will be moved even if its by an inch..i felt the pain in this letter and God will listen to the cries of the youths of Nigeria.God bless Nigeria and God bless the youths of Nigeria..CHANGE IS COMING HOME!

    April 16, 2010 at 1:17 am | Reply
  68. Toyin

    I think the problem of Nigeria like any other Sub Saharan African country has to be looked upon from another angle. The destruction of the African Civilization has overwhelming destroyed the social fabric of our society. There are no true Nations in Sub Saharan Africa. I am Yoruba, from the South Western part of Nigeria; we are a majority in the Republic of Benin and a Minority in Nigeria, likewise the Hutus, Tutsis and any other tribes in Africa, scattered amongst different countries. The way the continent was carved out by the Europeans, never really favored the Africans themselves. The number one common problem in Africa is tribal conflict. Imagine putting England, France and Germany together and calling it, say Nigeria, do you honestly think the Germans will allow the English to rule them? I think not! The solution is simple, the reconstruction of the Sub Saharan countries along tribal lines under a united front. One Passport, Currency and Military. I call it ACIRFA!

    April 16, 2010 at 1:35 am | Reply
  69. Break Nigeria Now!

    Did any of you people notice something? A show of absolute no trust of believe in the so-called Nigeria, as the so-called rulers often demonstrator, Imagine the fact that this so called acting president could not talk to his people not to talk about sitting with a 'Nigerian' reporter and give interview, but was willing to do anything to give interview to 'oyibo' media, what do we call such?
    Disrespect and continued insult on the same people they claimed to be serving or ruling, (Because, they are never serving anyone...) No leader will have such disrespect to their people. So-called Yar'Adua choose to talk to his people though dubious BBC. Now Jonathan talk to 'his' people through CNN. For Nigerians who could not watch international channels, tough luck, the government is not for the poor like you guys...
    For the uninformed that are dying with hope, rather than facing reality.. Nigeria is a DEAD case.. think of ways of parting 'peacefully'

    April 16, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  70. star

    well said my sister.. another thing is for us youths to be serious.. at least someone has opened up but for us to show that we really are ready for change we need to support our government and work towards this change. i don't mean that we should be violent, no.. we should also take our studies/carriers serious, but if we also join them in being corrupt in our different units i don't see any progress. we also need to keep praying for our leaders as well as the country itself. even in our universities, they dont engage in research... i am currently not in nigeria, and whenever my teachers talk about awards and discoveries, niigeria is never in the list.. we are always in the negative list, never in the positive one.. to be honest very soon ghana would be extremely better.. we need change and very fast.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:27 am | Reply
  71. Justine Peter Joseph (JPJ)

    It's really interesting to see Nigerians in Diaspora having this kind of initiatives and willing to come back. I personally do not have the opportunity to travel out of this country "Nigeria" I would have since not being here and I strongly believed I would have gone beyond the level I am today. I would to make this contribution by discussing it categorically.
    YOUTH AND EMPLOYMENT
    Like thousands of Nigeria youth out there, am a graduate from one of the Nigerian University for several years now and still rooming about looking for job to no avail so also many thousand graduating and completing their National Youth Service corp months after months. The painful part of it the situation were some government agencies ask the unemployed youth to buy their way to serve their country at the expense of their own peace, government agencies partner with banks to duped the unemployed youths through the sales of SCRATCH CARD before they could get employment they are not sure isn't this amazing? I have both scratch card worth almost 15 thousand naira, yet no job till date, so also many others. People who got jobs during their days at a platter of gold with not even a diploma certificate and rise to top management positions, are the once that will seek for graduate with fist class them their self do not have. I think it time the Government begin to take seriously issues affecting the Nigerian youths else the future of this country will fade away and generations suffers. All these are things that brings about arm robbery, Kidnapping, and militancy.
    FALLING EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN NIGERIA
    It is no news today that Nigeria's educational system is not standard, I can remember vividly that this was amongst problems identify by the 8 years of Obasanjo's government and after 8 years of problem identification, we still have 11 years of failure to find solution, I thought they there is a saying that says "problem identified, half solved" This particular sector have a Minister heading the ministry and permanent secretary with chains of directors and staffs who are supposed to work for the betterment of the educational sector in Nigeria. Billions of naira is being allocated annually, that of 2010 stood at Education: N249.08bn even though seems small noting have being achieved from this allocation over the years. The law makers, the executive arms, in fact every Nigerians is fully aware of the problem with the sector and nothing , I mean nothing is being done to remedy the situation rather the ministers, senators, members and well meaning Nigerians will send their own children abroad to school at the expense of the poor mass Nigerian who can not afford such. Why and how can they think of addressing this problem when their children do not even study in this institution? so the problem continuous and those are suffering of it continuous suffer and perish. The failure of this sector is the government, co's they know and are fully aware of the problem but pay less attention since it does not effect them nor their families. Many Nigerians are even running to Ghana for education, this is to tell the level of degradation of our education system. I strongly believe is a problem that can be address if our government and people are serious, we should learn to take a lead from successful countries like the USA, Canada, Britain amongst others.
    POLITICS OF INTERSET
    The one and major problem with the Nigerian politicians is that, they have failed to understand that politic is to serve and that "True Democracy" seek first the "Interest of the People". I want say that there have not being any country were any document is stronger than the constitution, but in Nigeria apart from the fact that politicians seek for self interest and regional interest, there is also Party interest and all these are not done for the interest of the people but for the interest of the Political Class. Nigerian Politicians and parties do not look at credibility before picking a candidate as a flag bearer, but look forward to favoritism from the potential leader after fraudulent election process. And this is why they do all they can to put their candidate and not the people's choice. I fair if we have a true DEMOCRACY practice in Nigeria co's I am sure Democracy did not encourage regionalism, neither does it seek personal interest. This problem is what is going on presently and they are attempting to make a very wrong decision that may cost this country a lot of things if not corrected before 2011.
    Conclusively I will like to say the Nigeria is blessed country and all this are some of the reasons why some of us cannot regret been a Nigerian, but our leadership, is the key disappointing aspect of the country and that is why most Nigerian smuggle their self out to other countries for better life. Corruption which I believe is key reasons for this attitude need to be put to dead, in fact some thing need to be done fast.

    April 16, 2010 at 3:34 am | Reply
  72. Rasheed

    Well, Nosarieme Garrick you had written well, she seriously wrote on what Nigerians are yearning for. Lot had been said about these, past years but they fell into deaf hears of our corrupt leaders. The solutions to Nigeria's problem which all Nigerians will agree with me is the problem of leadership. President Barack Obama of the United State will fail as a leader of Nigeria.

    There are so many corrupt elements here. You can keep writing about solving electricity,water, education, infrastructure and what have you, thats good, but my dear all those things will be a tall dream for many years if this lingering problem of leadership is not solved. I am a Nigerian, living here and I do not for once believe in Nigeria or the government, you simply strive and survive yourself here, its the survival of the fittest, only the strong survive. every leaders in Nigeria is corrupt even up to the leaders not in government , the very one campaigning now. So i dont believe in anybody, the future of Nigeria is bleak,gloomy and in non-existence . I only pray God come down from heaven and lead Nigeria to greatness.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:49 am | Reply
  73. Nena

    Like you, I ran away from Nigeria in 1996 with all my siblings (parents sent us) and thank God the MANAGED to afford it. Like you, I was itching to come back home and show the world the stuff I am made of and yes, I and my siblings made a little mistake in that decision.
    With the kind of work I do – Ladies Hat making and Home decor accessories, I constantly need electricity.
    The other day Ghana celebrated 10 years of uninterrupted electricity and here we are calling ourselves the "Giant of Africa" without electricity.
    I can comfortably tell you that last year, for over 10 months, we didn't have electricity in my area, not even a blink and it has been like this for years and yet we live in the "Giant of Africa".
    This is so shameful! This year alone, we have had blinks of electricity – sometimes 10 minutes in the morning or evening, sometimes up to 25 minutes and when this happens, children across the road scream – "Up Nepa"... Again, this is shameful.
    All my days in the many years I spent in England, electricity never went off even for a second !!!
    Lack of electricity is the one thing I really HATE about living in this country. It slows my work down and every profit I make from my business is spent on diesel/ fuel for my generator.
    Another is the interest charged by banks for consumer loans. Never have I ever seen a country that charges its citizens 27% interest on car loans. Well if you have never seen, Nigeria is one!
    First, Union bank plc and I agreed on 15%, I started to pay that. Within a few months, they sent me a letter asking me to sign that I have agreed to pay 20%. They claimed the central bank of Nigeria made a new rule. I refused to sign the letter but the charge was forced and I had no choice. After a few months, they wrote again that it had been increased to 23%. I didn't sign but it was also forced, then now, they forced me to sign that I have agreed to pay 27% interest on my car loan meaning that I will be repaying forever !
    It is clear that the Nigerian government HATE its citizens because there is no other explanation for the way they treat us.
    If Jonathan would forget about Yaradua's seven point agenda and just concentrate on a Two Point agenda – Giving Electricity for its citizens so that small businesses can prosper and reducing loan repayment interests to One digit and make it a law so that people know, Nigerians would be able to manage the other problems that they have.
    Nigeria is a country with a ROTTEN reputation worldwide and in fact, the Green Passport is now like a DEATH sentence.
    If, the government were doing their part, people would not be tempted to be fraudulent !!! I don't think anyone in their real senses would like to grow up to become a thief if they had at least the basics of life.
    Here, government officials are Totally Rotten and Corrupt in their deeds and thinking including EFCC (the body responsible for hunting down corruption), lol.... Nuhu Ribadu ONLY attacked Obasanjo's enemies. Why didn't he hunt down the biggest criminals that Nigeria has – former presidents (Babangida, Abacha family and the rest of them)? They still walk around freely in this country. What a nightmare !
    All these going on has made the entire Nigerian youth hopeless and as I write now, the many people I have been speaking to tell me they no longer want to be part of this rotten society and would not mind if Nigeria divides into four or five countries.
    If the youth do not mind division of their country – There is a SERIOUS problem and the government should work on it FAST !!!!!!

    April 16, 2010 at 9:07 am | Reply
  74. Nena

    In October this year, Nigeria will be a FOOL at 50 !!! SAD

    April 16, 2010 at 9:16 am | Reply
  75. Taiwo Hilliest

    I found your article very interesting with a lot of good observations and suggestions that we Nigerians are sadly all too aware of. I do feel however it's worth remembering that it was the same Nigeria that presumably provided your parents with the opportunity to earn sufficient resources to be able to send you abroad.

    I also firmly believe that change can truly only be achieved from within so if you really want to come back to Nigeria then do as I and many other Nigerians have done, bite the bullet and do what you can to elicit positive change from within Nigeria rather than waiting for some form of utopia which is not likely to exist in the very near future.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  76. IsaacA

    Thank you baby, I know one day God is going to take control, Rawling was a child like you who change Ghana to what it is today. I have a child of thirty, 26, 23, 20 years old willing to go home but what can these kid do if there is no hope in this place. So most of us that have all our kids in overseas may not be able to bring them back home. So what is life if your generation ends up in America or Britain or in just another man's land. Thank you girl I wish the acting president can see the pain that our children in another man's land is going thru.
    God bless you girl and God bless our Nation Nigeria.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  77. Tony

    Good piece no doubt, but i can bet this treatise will ruffle no feather, you can write all the english in the world to bemoan our faith but will only succeed at best in having a change in leadership amongst the cabals. the truth is that the cabal in charge of our commonwealth are only sharing the spoil of office and will never let go unless it is forcibly taken from them either through violence or mass action.

    IBB is a force to reckon with today because he staked his life several times during the cause of his career in the army on several occasions to participate in coup de tat and finally got to the top and became a cult like figure, so to him, Nigeria is his farm and as long as he lives it will continue to be harvest time, he has planted stooges all over the political, social and economic land scapes, some are politicians, some are in the academia, some in commerce and industry and others are just everywhere. in the coming months and time they will soon take over the media telling us why he is the messiah we need to salvage the nigerian ship, all with the sole intention of fettering their own nests.

    Are we conquered? I will say No. what do we do? we just got to get into the trenches and change the status quo, How when we don't have guns? let's register in the next voters exercise, have our cards and vote at next elections! but votes don't count in Nigeria as they will rig? The truth is that most don't come out on election days to vote and the few that votes don't wait after the exercise to ensure that they are counted and results declared before going away, that is what it means to defend your votes. But why do i need to do that when i have performed my civic responsibilty? This is Nigeria and we must cause a political revolution, we must change the leadership from the old brigade not to their children but a new set of leadership that will be accountable to us, that knows they will be voted out at next elections if they fail to perform, it will not be easy, let no one deceive himself. But if any person know a better way to collect food from the mouth of a lion without a fight should please tell us, this is an open forum please.

    The people in charge have no conscience please, so crying to their sensibilities will not change a dime, at most they will call you and give you a piece of the cake and that's it, but to expect them to give up their priviledge position where they make money not true toil but through connections and turn by turn chop chop, then that must be hallucination.

    so all those Nigerians in diaspora, come home and join forces with the local ones to cause a change, if you can't come home, then support some one locally to participate in elections, make available the knowledge you have acquired in foreign land on how to galvanise the sleeping and apolitical mass towards participating in the next elections Obama-like, encourage the youths to register and vote and defend their votes, where elections are still rigged, there should be mass revolt to force those who steal votes to relinquish the mandate, no goverment can sleep peacefully where the masses are on the street protesting, but where people surrender to faith and say we can't do anything, then, nothing will happen.

    The issues are beyond tribe or religion, those championing tribal causes are only after their pockets, let's support credible leaders irrespective of where they come from, let's look beyond PDP and their zoning that benefits no one except those in their party, i dont know how the average northerner is better off because yar adua is the president or how the average southerner is better off because obasanjo was in power, it is simply the friends and associates of these people that benefit.

    it's time we join our mates in using science and technology to develop our country, we should be rubbing shoulders with india, brazil, south korea, malaysia and their like and not where does the leader come from.

    who cares if the President, Vice president, Senate Leader come from the same Local Government Area so far they can ensure there is constant electricity, roads are well maintained, there is security, there is food on the table, schools are dishing out quality products, etc.

    let's do away with quota system and federal character as they only breed indolence and discourages competition which is the harbinger of efficiency and progress.

    April 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  78. Yakubu MAGAJI , From Bauchi State- NIGERIA.

    THE AUTHOR OF EDITOR's NOTE TO LEADERS OF NIGERIA
    MISS NOSARIEME GARRICK. ( Please Mr. Jonathan GoodLuck hear the cries of this little girl). The desire of this young girl in USA is her kindness.

    Response,Reaction and Questions by Yakubu MAGAJI Bauchi state-Nigeria. My dear Nosarieme ?.I am deeply touched, moved and I'm sick of bleeding-heart and therefore have had sleepless nights all these days for Nigerians both within and outside the country.,I have been absolutely blown away by your incredible EDITOR's NOTE to the LEADERS OF NIGERIA.
    Miss GARRICK!!, I find it difficult uptil now to sleep,especially when you said "I am not sure how much longer I want to live Abroad and that your obvious reason for leaving the country was to get a better Education ).Nigerian Leaders have big questions to answer my dear.
    It is trully a fact that, knowledge is power,nevertheless,the poor man's knowledge is despised and his words are never heard in Nigeria.There is nothing better for a man than, that he should have real passion for Education,so that he will qualify to work with foreign investment companies for the transfer of technologies,which will inturn allows the supply and or feeding the country's national industries,small businesses.companies,enterprises etc.with foreign investments,integration of world economic countries,and certain sense of strategies ,ideas in order to promote exportations with other countries with the biggest priority to education and technologies on somany fields,so that the Nigerian leaders will double their efforts to creat jobs for the Nigerians.Because unemployment in Nigeria should never have been a price worth paying.
    I have this question to ask for those who holds this view,"I believe that change will come to Nigeria one day ".How long shall we wait ? as NASORIEME had asked ?.Because no country in this world can survive,without good governance,and the EVIL MEN understand not judgment,how long shall we wait ?.when is that dawning day ?.
    In an interview by a journalist to the president of Mali yesterday,the question put to him was (What can you say are the achievements of the African continent after 50 years of Independance ?.) You know what was his first and last answer ?"He said the most important thing is that we are free from our colonial masters). I said to myself ,this is a clever way of telling the African people stupid.
    Can you believe me that,the whole percentage of our(African continent) international commercial transaction is less than 10% in the world ?.and a president from Africa is telling us that we are free from the hands of our colonial masters and that, that is the most important achievements in Africa ?.that sounds ridiculous, undemocratic and undeplomatic for a president to say that is an achievement for a contininent like Africa.
    Mechanised farming,Education,hospitals,roads,water services,social justices,good governance,housing or residences, efforts in economic recoveries,transparency in the manupulation of our financial statistics,development of young potentials to a good level of education,eradication of poverty,,foreign investments,exports of our goods,Reduction of foreign debts,foreign technologies can play a vital and important role in developing our country,tax-payers money has to be soley used for public services and not for selfish interests etc. These are some of the things that NOSARIEME GARRICK is asking the LEADERS OF NIGERIA to do for the young people in Nigeria and in other parts of the African continents. This is the patriotic duty of the Nigerian Leaders that have got to do ,to give the country a better future,so that Nigeria and its citizens will feel like a community.
    But the Nigerian LEADERS have been corrupt to the bone for decades,the Govt. has lost all moral credibility and authority to govern the country.A high school Deploma does no longer guarantee jobs in Nigeria,that is what NOSARIEME wants the LEADERS to know. Show me where actions has ever replaces words in Nigeria ?.They will always talk rather than doing it. 98% of Nigerians have no access to electricity supply,or water services.or those things mentioned above.For all these developments to take place, there must be good governance,all govt. Institutions,agencies,public services,companies,business enterprises etc,are legalised corrupt Institutions in Nigeria,so that the Evil men no longer understand and recognise judgments.Glaring corruption charges against individuals ,institutions,Agencies,public servants etc,are no longer being investigated and punished,that is why Nigeria is ranked the most corrupt country in the nations in the world.
    Politicians in Nigeria will always promise you the whole world and Heaven and will never deliver anything. Today there are more Nigerians in poverty than ever.Liars, cheats,crooks,they ask journalists to ask them what they think we want to hear.they leave Ministers of Finances and become managing Directors of World Banks,so that the young qualified ones will have no places among the council of states. When Mr.Obasanjo first came to power, every Nigerian thought he was the messiah,but what happened after his being born again as the minister of the Devil ?He turned out to be the worst president Nigeria has ever had,so NOSARIEME our daughter, dont trust any politician,Govt. officials,and think whether the LEADERS have time to go through your plights,not until all the Leaders are dead.nothing good will ever come out of Nigeria.They are all pro, Shagaris, Babangidas, Sani Abachas,Umaru Dikkos,Obassanjos,Yakubu Gowons,Yar Aduas family, all are one and the same.They are the council of Elders,Executive,the Judiciary and the senators.
    I am really very sorry for our generations in Africa as a continent.So I will advice that you stay in the US my dear, even if you are working in the toilets and bathrooms stay there, is better our dear daughter.

    Yakubu MAGAJI
    Bauchi State-Nigeria.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  79. Moji Word

    Dear Nosarieme Garrick,

    If you truly mean or anyone truly agrees with what Ms. Garrick states here, then I would expect to see that ONE on CAPITOL HILL in Washington D.C. at 9AM sharp on April 23, 2010 demonstrating with the rest of us Nigerians who are saying "Enough is Enough"!

    There is truly no more time to be wasted here and/or excuses to be made by ANY Nigerian who are found venting, blogging, vlogging, facebooking, and hiding behind these tools, but to simply step out and do one's part and hope one will be pacesetter for the rest.

    The facebook link to the event detail is: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100119000030952&ref=mf

    Please join us or email me at: pwm@mojiword.com

    April 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  80. Chi Josh

    I'm a Nigerian 'still' living in Nigeria but 'hoping' to get out of Nigeria. A 'failed state' if i may use the term. i bet even in Heaven one might be denied entry due 2 the level of corruption and embarrsment incured by our leaders. I pray AG GOODLUCK would help transform the Nation. God help Nigeria!

    April 17, 2010 at 5:29 am | Reply
  81. Chi Josh

    Oh! Nigeria? Good People Bad Leadership. I bet one would even be denied entry into heaven for the level of corruption and embarrasment incured by our Leaders. I just pray God is not tired of our case self?! God Save Nigeria!

    April 17, 2010 at 10:20 am | Reply
  82. Mike-Sisa Nkwazema

    Thanks a million my dear Nigerian Sister, Nosarieme Garrck. Your submission is indeed, detailed and speaks Volume. However, the problem with Nigerians and "The Leaders" in particular, is the crave for MONEY and POLITICAL RECOGNITION. The height of it all being CORRUPTION. How could our Leaders prepare their Running Budgets, and Disbursements made from the Tax Payers' Money and Accruals from the Material Resources, but still Projects are not executed? Instead, the Budget Fund is shared among Accomplices. If only the so called Leaders would read your Piece and have a Human and Godly rethink, otherwise, God knows when a Nigerian Leader will know what Leadership means. Besides, when the Youths see how Billions OF OUR Naira are being squandered by them, they have no option than to start thinking about various Vices to "MEET UP" and "BELONG" to the Society. Don't stop preaching this Cause.

    April 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  83. Ewubor Victor

    What a nice letter to the rent collecting leaders of our beloved country.
    How many of such well-meaning compatriots are littered in the diaspora with a view to coming back home someday to contribute to the achievement of a vibrant (socially and economically) country.
    But the hopes and aspirations of many of them being dashed with unravelling events. Those rent seekers that plunged the country into the present sorry state that it currently is, coming back ones again to the political sphere. How much longer can we tolerate them?
    For you our Nigerian diasporians, we need you intensely. History has clearly shown that oppressors will never give up their cliche, unless they are restled to a stand still and defeated. We can no longer watch haplessly while they continue to manipulate the system for their selfish ends. Nigeria belongs to us. It is not owned by those whom at a time in the past saw themselves as above the law with no reverence to those they rule and now stepping back into the polity having stepped aside for 17years. Is it a democracy that they never allowed to nourish that they are now a fan of? This is a clarion call to all well meaning Nigerians-home and abroad to deny them this chance to rule us again. 2011 is around the corner and they are strategizing and muscling up. They mean no good for us as a people. We must however, restle this nation from their clutches for thunder does not strike twice on the same location as the maxim goes, else we are doomed as a nation.
    Please and please, my fellow compatriots, it is not just enough for us to stop at this blog level. Critical situations demands drastic measures. We have to go beyond this level and join in the numerous campaigns of Save Nigeria Project.
    We can't afford not to succeed.

    April 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  84. Fact4Fact

    I have read quite a bit of the comments here all or most of which are in response to the first article. What truly bothers me is our allegiance to stupidity. Why is it that we blindly think that Nigeria can work? How many places on the planet do we have something like Nigeria working and progressing? Look at the countries and nations of the world and try to understand them very well. How they are organized. Why do you think that pretty much every tribe in Europe is an independent nation no matter how small? In places like Italy and Switzerland the member tribes agreed to be members of the union and to separate if they choose to. Ever wondered why in all Africa we teach our children in foreign languages and speak them in other to communicate with members of other nations[tribes]? Is the language of instruction in Luxemburg a foreign one? And how big is Luxemburg? Nigeria and the rest of African countries cannot work without some fundamental changes in the way we are governed. Do not be fooled to believe that some African countries are progressing; Nigeria was there at one time, Ivory Coast had it, it will always be temporary unless the method of governance is re-alligned. We might wish all we want that it is just a matter of getting someone "good". We can repeat ourselves all we want but I am sorry to tell you that most, if not all African countries sit on a wrong foundation if growth and progress is our expectation. I could believe all I want that the foundation for one story building could carry a 20-story high rise but that would only render my intelligence questionable. Repeating the same thing that continues to yield failure time after time says a lot about our collective intelligence, perhaps as a race among peoples.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  85. Walter kamson

    There are three things wrong with our country that we need to fix right away.1) Hausa/Fulani domination of the cure decision making of government and policies,including their handpicked friends from other tribes in other to give the world the impression of inclusiveness in leadership roles. 2) Putting round pegs in square hole in the name of quota to fill civil service position. This will never work because it never worked in countries where such was practiced. 3) Electoral fraud/corruption. Both have been left to grow into an hydra head and cutting these twin heads will take more than Dr. JG. I can tell you he too takes orders from somewhere in the North of the Niger river when it comes to cure decision making. You can quote me on that.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  86. Brooks

    I can't find on the Amanpour website that clip from the movie showing the kiss on the train in the tunnel. Where can I find the video or a link to it?

    thanks

    April 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • amanpourcnn

      http://www.pangeaday.org/filmDetail.php?id=13

      April 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  87. Ike Agwah

    Lady, your article or rather complaints really reflects the problems Nigeria is having but not once do I think it will help solve the problem. The Nigeria's problem is the Nigeria's leaders gain. They profits from citizens sufferings and struggles.

    The Nigerian leaders knows all these and can fix it if they want but greed and selfishness comes in the way.
    Until God bless us with a good leader, we will continue to face these problem.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  88. Wunmi Olatunde

    You said it all girl....

    April 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  89. Sani

    I am so skeptical about this man,however i hope he will surprise me.He really does not look energetic enough for me to change the cause of this decay in my country...............................however as i said i pray he improves power and confronts unemployment especially for youth.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  90. Genevieve

    Young Lady, nice rhetorics and probably overstretching what we already know Nigerians are good at doing...speech making...no action...free loaders in UK and USA....always asking for what government can do instead of what they can do for their country....
    Sure you can say all these...and probably have the gradeur opportunity to "check out" of Nigeria because you probably come from a rich home...so what about the poor kids in Nigeria who do not have your oppoortunity? You can stay in US speaking across thounsands of miles...across oceans and seas...but trust me, you will not make any meaningful impact by running away...if you are interested take a trip back home and join disadvanatged youths like you to do something. The so called USA you mentioned had same challenges over 100 years ago..but the people did not run, they stayed back and continously fought for freedom and the voice of masses became power...My dear, there is always a price to pay for good governance and freedom that you seek for our beloved country....and that price is not paid freeloading in USA and UK....if you want to make meangful contribution...go back home!

    April 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  91. vincent palmer

    From the interview granted to my dear Nigerian president by mrs amanpour
    whom he said knows better than him the president.i think the man is not ready to rule the contry.the country is in a dissary that nobody knows where to start.infact i am short of words.he studied zoology in university.
    god only will have pity on us.where do we start?crime?electricity?corruption?i cry for nigeria.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  92. Jay

    @ Genevieve: I sense some bitterness towards Nosa and her nicely articulated letter. Like Nosa I am currently stationed in Canada but unlike Nosa I have no desire to return or do anything for my country... at least not for now. I visit Nigeria every 2 years and I and compelled to live in doors for the period of my visit. The deplorable state of the nation is nothing to be proud of and the wasteful spirit of the people forbids any sensible investment in ones talents or gifts.

    You are probably stuck in Nigeria an ordeal to which I empathize but I saw my father called home from the UK in his early 30s to serve his country – he lives in poverty today. He was summoned home under the title of patriotic nation building but his greatness was betrayed by a nation that eats her own. I saw my mother work tirelessly to make Nigeria a better country only to battle illness after illness in a country without health care and the basics of life.

    The only links I have to Nigeria as I write are my aging parents. If Nigeria will get her act together they better do so before my parents move on to eternity otherwise I will be raising a generation of "one time Nigerians" in this here land and just so you know, I wont lose any sleep over it.
    So please do what you can Genevieve and don't judge us for our choices. If the tables were turned, you would have checked out like Andrew.

    All the best Gene.... please keep us posted on the nation’s progress. We have much to offer but nothing to waste.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  93. MrsJabo

    @ Genevieve: Comparing NIgeria to the USA is like comparing apples to oranges! If we moved all the Nigerians to the USA, do you think we can maintain all the facilities there? I dont think so, in fact I know so... Its not about the amenities, its about our mentality. We are rich in everything but poor in the mind and thats true poverty. We have so much potential but we havent done anything with it.
    We need the views of those on the outside looking in and those on the inside looking out. Can we just focus our attention on moving our country forward and stop pointing fingers.. its so backward to do that. You want all those abroad to come home.. what about those already at home? If you had the chance to leave wouldnt you leave? Why try and make those who left feel guilty? So because we left we cant have ideas? Or we cant help from where we are...

    Well done Ms Garrick!! Keep up the good work. Kudos to you

    April 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  94. dan iskha

    congrats on ur green card!!!!!
    Electricity is the major problem with Nigeria.....our leaders havent got a clue.....however am afraid you are very naive to think anyone will read ur letter within the nigerian government and also am tired of nigerians in Diaspora who continue to suggest ways to move our beloved country forward............. from a far.
    I have lived in London for 19 years and go to naija almost every year and have seen many things improve over this period. as a matter of fact there are many things Nigerians could teach the west.
    Action speaks louder than words. so my dear if you want to make a difference ....stop the moaning and fall in..afterall you are a future leader of Nigeria.

    April 26, 2010 at 2:11 am | Reply
  95. Beatrizun

    I agree Nosa however instead of pointing all fingers at our leaders, Nigerians should look inward, how many people have condemned the government and done worse when given the opportunity to create a change? It's up to us the youth to determine that no matter what happens we won't compromise the bright future of our unborn generation, and ensure that we will stand for what is right. It's not about saving up today and contributing to the country's down-turn, it's about sacrificing today and laying the proper foundation for tomorrow. I pray that Nigeria will become a better place, a place where we'll all be proud to call home. Our future lies in our hands.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:01 am | Reply
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