Remarks Attributable to Hon. Oseloka H. Obaze, MD/CEO Selonnes Consult and the PDP 2017 Gubernatorial Candidate in Anambra State
Year 2019 was an extremely difficult and challenging year for Nigerians. No nation enjoys peace when her component parts are distressed and her people suffer deprivation. That is the present day reality for our country. As 2019 comes to a close and we look forward to 2020, Nigerians must continue to reflect on the underpinning values of our nationalism, which is being torn apart gradually. Nationhood is about inclusivity that elicits patriotism and loyalty.
The present leadership and ruling APC Government continue to exhibit the inability to be accommodating and to foster confidence building measures required in a just and egalitarian society. It has shown its aversion to the rule of law by undermining the very constitutional principles and values that promote good governance and democracy. Nigerians are being denied the true values of democracy. Such leadership hubris need to change.
As things stand, the workings of governance mechanisms in the three tiers, mimic an operational model with systemic redundancy and intentional design deficiency. This should not be the case in our nation. The state of the nation calls for greater resiliency.
2020 is the year for Nigerians to reflect deeply on the state and wellbeing of the nation and begin to forge the national consensus required for keeping the country whole, by restructuring and thus averting any form of crisis that might prove inimical to our national security. Nigerians must also continue to speak up against any form of injustice, impunity and governmental overreach as we continue to pray for Nigeria in distress.
Meanwhile, I wish Nigerians a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Oseloka H. Obaze
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.