It is no longer news to Nigerians now that there is so much hunger, poverty, skyrocketing loss of jobs, increasing unemployment, increasing inflation rate arising from increasing prices of goods etcetera, in the land today.
The poor indices our economy is manifesting today is almost at a record level with no end in sight.
While it is also a common place knowledge that the economy is today suffering from a burst in our usual cycle of oil boom, the reality is that the average Nigerian is suffering and the difficulty is becoming unbearable in the land requiring that something urgent than the usual has to be done.
It was more of a joke when IMF recently declared that Nigeria’s economy is already in the steep slope of recession. Many took it as an IMF prophecy of doom until the minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, stylishly confirmed the reality.
One major reason it is pertinent for all and sundry to think above politics in these hard and austere time is because, nobody, irrespective of class, ethnic or political inclination is in essence, immune to the negative effects of the current state of our economy.
In addition, nobody will also enjoy the nemesis that will befall the Nation if we all fold our arms to see things go worse.
In the light of this, it is pertinent to call on Nigeria Professionals to urgently come to the country’s aid and proffer solutions out of our abysmal situation.
It is time to stop playing politics with our destiny, it is time to stop the blame game, our vibrant and experienced experts within and beyond the shores of Nigeria who have excelled in their various chosen fields must come out to rescue the Country.
It will be an error to say that Nigeria doesn’t posses a reservoir of such talented and experienced minds who have been using their metus to develop other nations.
Nigerians will never forget the indefatigable contributions of prominent Nigerians such as Prof Chile Obi, Prof Wole Soyinka, Prof. Sam Aluko, Prof. Ayodele Awojobi, Prof H. Oluwasanmi, Prof. Umar Shehu, Prof. Idika Kalu, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Charles Soludo, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi etcetera, towards the development of our economy in the previous administrations.
At this crucial time where our economy is faced with so much uncertainty, we are urgently in need of men and women of experience and capability to rescue our economy from total collapse. Palliatives and populist alternatives from the Federal Government alone will not solve the problems.
Dr. Kayode Ajulo
Egalitarian Mission for Africa