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Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy by STOICREALIST: 6:01am On Nov 14, 2022
I have found this topic interesting and would like to disagree with a lot of his points. Interested members should also constructively criticize his points raised.

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Nigerians relocating avoiding responsibility – Dr Martins Uhomoibhi

By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja On Nov 13, 2022

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Nigerians leaving for greener pasture are running away from responsibility, former Nigeria Permanent Representative to The United Nations, Dr Martin Uhomoibhi, has said.

Speaking at the First Annual Convention of the Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria (OSAN) in Abuja at the weekend, he said only Nigerians would develop the country.

Uhomoibhi, who was the guest speaker at the event, urged Nigerians to rather get involved in the democratic system, make their voices heard and get the positive change they desire.

“Escaping from the country is your choice. But it is wrong to say that the grass is greener outside. You are accusing God, because I know from experience that there is no country more blessed than Nigeria. But when you are not taking responsibility for your own failure, you are passing the buck and that is what you do when you do with the japa syndrome. You are blaming others. What have you done in your own little corner and that is ultimately what determines the trajectory of the nation’s growth.”

He also said Nigeria’s problem is spiritual but it needs conscious efforts by the citizenry to get better.

“I have expressed that Nigeria is at the crossroads economically, politically and socially. Indeed, some will even say that we are facing an existential threat. In my encounters everywhere, I have never shied away from saying that the problem that faces Nigeria – the contest that goes on in Nigeria – is not canal, it is spiritual. The challenge of Nigeria is not canal, it is spiritual.

“From my field experience, I know that the battle that we fight is not canal, it is spiritual. The confrontation is between light and darkness. Talking from an empirical experience – one who has held offices and still, perhaps, holding one or two, I know that if you are not strong spiritually and if you do not value the privilege that God has blessed you with, of being who you are, there are consequences. That Nigeria, my country, still exists today is a shock to many people. Shocking! Plan A failed. Plan B is failing. Plan C will fail. Nigeria is an enigma. Nigeria has remained strong. Nigeria is not in the hands of anybody. The destiny of Nigeria is not in the hands of whoever, it is in the hands of Him and us. All we need is to work with Him to preserve the entity and unity of Nigeria. The problem of Nigeria is not God, the problem of Nigeria is Nigerians.

“The day that Nigerians decide and agree that these potential that are locked and bound in this country must be actualised and become reality, the work is done. Americans built America. Britons built Britain. Who will build Nigeria? Nigerians must build Nigeria. Would there be a South Africa today without a Mandela? Mandela was in jail for 27 years. That was how South Africa became free. Would there be a Rwanda today without Paul Kagame? No. Where are our Mandelas? Where are our Kagames in the Nigerian space? They are there but they are hiding. They are in their bedrooms lamenting and wailing; some are actually also praying. If you choose not to allow yourself to be used by God, or you made wrong choices, how can you blame God for that? You can pray from now till next year, but God will say ‘I have done my bit, where is your part?’ There is a problem of leadership, there is also a problem of followership. There are inconsistencies and contradictions in our constitutional framework. The judicial space is in a deplorable condition at this time, and the democratic process is challenged.

“In the middle of the problems our dear country is facing, do we fold our arms and wait, vegetate and die? The answer is obvious. No! Therefore,Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria (OSAN), which boasts of professionals of integrity who have respect for diversity having been properly groomed by the Roman Catholic Church in our formative years, must build a vocal fraternity to strengthen our nation that is floundering between the dark and the deep.”


He urged Nigerians to ensure they vote and protect their votes in next year’s election.

He added: “Nigerians should vote their conscience. Get your PVC. Don’t be sleeping in the bedroom when elections are taking place. And vote. By that I mean you would take responsibility for whatever decision you take. This journey is about you. When God sees you on the last day, he is going to call by your name, but he will not say Prof, or Bishop or Pope. He will call you by your name. The name they called you while you were in your mother’s name. What did you do with the talents that I gave you? You will account for it and he will accept no excuses from you. So please get your PVC and vote your conscience and make sure your votes count.

“Our system is not against youths. I am a historian, so I would talk from the experience of history and I have lived sixty plus years in this country as a Nigerian except for the years when I go to represent our country outside.

“At the age of 32 General Gowon became the Head of State of this country. Dietee Spieff became Governor of what is now Rivers, Bayelsa etc. At what age was he? 25 or thereabout. Obasajno was Head of State and President of this country at what age? So much as I appreciate the benevolence of the not too young spirit. We must stop the habit of passing the buck. Power in history, and I speak authoritatively on this, it is not given. It is taken. I gave an example when I was talking.

“If Mandela did not come out to do what he did not come out to do what he did, where would South Africa be today? But he was in jail for 27 years. So lamentation and wailing is not a solution to our problem. What is required is for people to get out from their hiding places and be part of the democratic process that is ongoing and ensure that their voices are heard and they are taken into account.”

Source: https://thenationonlineng.net/nigerians-relocating-avoiding-responsibility-uhomoibhi/
Re: Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy by Hezzyluv: 6:09am On Nov 14, 2022
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Re: Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy by ednut1(m): 6:11am On Nov 14, 2022
Look at the person talking lol. His kids surely have second passports he is here talking crap. How is he sure people relocating wont later come back from to contribute The japanese, chinese, indians, and even whites have done it or still doing it. Abeg mr man rest

Re: Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy by JASONjnr(m): 6:36am On Nov 14, 2022
What nonsense?

Attributing Nigeria problem to spirituality....


How he took time to blame everyone except the government is plane foolishness.....

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Re: Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy by babakb: 6:40am On Nov 14, 2022
Nigeria is overpopulated already, so those that can Japa legally should do so.

Yes, we need to keep exporting our human talent, even me at 38 is still in Japa mode grin grin grin

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Re: Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy by robinso01(m): 6:56am On Nov 14, 2022
Abeg, if you fit japa, just do am now and you no go regret.

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Re: Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy by Phraences: 7:11am On Nov 14, 2022
His children are probably abroad. Nonsense. They should stop advising us and advise the Govt instead.

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Re: Nigerians Relocating Avoiding Responsibility-ex Nigerian UN Envoy by bushjeph: 8:41am On Nov 14, 2022
You can imagine the mindset of a man representing nigeria in UN? So he ll be telling the white men that Africa problem is spiritual. Chai.

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