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The July Ekiti governorship election will be a gateway to Nigeria’s 2019 election. 



The Ekiti election will be a barometer, if not an indicator to measure the well being of democracy in Nigeria. It will say more about Nigeria more than a brand manager will shovel on CNN, New York Times or Washington Post.  If the election becomes successful it adds a feather to the country’s cap, but if not the poor branding of the country will be in a slippery slope.



Even before the election, the pandemonium emanating from Ekiti State is not encouraging. We are now reading in newspapers and viewing on television on the ordeal of Governor Fayose .  There is no way to verify what really happened but the optics is not good for the country.



At this moment in the country there are so many issues that are threatening to the stability and security of the nation. Lives are being lost in the encounters between the herdsmen and farmers, the economic growth is anemic and people’s optimism is giving room to doom and gloom. But Nigeria must be better than this and this is not the time to allow rolling thunderous darkness to engulf the political landscape.



The image of a country speaks volume of a nation and has more consequences that meet the eye. The economy of a nation is also affected by its image and perception because of the globalization of the world economy.  There is no investor who desires to put his money or capital in a troubled area that will not yield a maximum return. Whether we are aware of this or not, nations are in competition with each other for the attraction of scarce investors and investments. When investors hear barrage of bad news coming out of Nigeria, it may detracts investment impulse and the geographical location in Nigeria notwithstanding.

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Rudimentary economics 101 taught us that the resources and capitals are limited in supply, therefore locomote to environments that are conducive for growth and blossoming dividends. This assertion implies that competitions for resources are paramount and the best prepared gains the victory for the incubation of the resources. The best possible way to gain advantage is to have PEACE and STABILITY.




What I am about to say now may sound like an esoteric intellectual exercise, but it is the reality in this era of trade and industrial globalization.  The winners of the election are not actually the person that won the election but the individuals that make sure that peace and tranquility reign for the interest of his citizens and country.




The citizens of Nigeria are in dire need of basic needs of existence, and the matter is not getting better because the population growth is greater than the economic growth.  While the population of Nigeria is growing at almost 3 percent, the economy is decelerating at the abysmal rate of less than 1 percent.  That is unsustainable for country cannot provide its teeming population of youths with livable employments. 




If Ekiti governorship election degenerates into malpractice and violence, then Nigeria loses because it will impel potential investors to turn away and go to favorable destination.  But most importantly, it will eviscerate the already dimming image and put a branding that is antithesis to our desired outcome.



emekaEmeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

"African Citizens Must Stop Voting for Old Aged Men Above 70yrs Into Leadership" - Kofi Annan


Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general has blamed poor state of goverance in Africa due old aged men in power.  The former UN Boss made the observation in Namibia  at the just concluded  world changers  summit .

His words:  “Africa has great values to depend upon, Africa could be independent, but we have too many old men at the presidency, some are above 70yrs, and what do you expect them to do?”.

This shocking view was made to inspire Africans to choose a more younger and better men and women into power rather than old men. Ghana is a typical example where the peace maker hails from. check the list below to see the number of African leaders Kofi Annan is talking about.


Annan further stressed that: ‘African politicians must learn to retire at a minimum age of 70yrs, but rather we have packed old men in our leadership, how could we move forward. Some are even above 80yrs and still ruling’


Kofi Annan was encouraging youthful goverance and leadership in Africa. But he is not the only one singing the forbidden song .  ​Renowned philanthropist, ​Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim has also in the past challenged the young people to rise to the challenge of governing the continent and relinquish  old aged leadership.



Mo” Ibrahim  said, “You see people at 90 years and about to start new terms, you guys are crazy or what (he said referring to youths in attendance). “We see people in wheelchairs unable to raise hands standing for election. This is a joke; you are free to laugh…the whole world already laughing at us."

"The US, the most important country in the world, like it or not…Obama who is half African anyway was 46, 47 years. If ​Obama was in Kenya, ​what would he be doing, ​he would ​be driving bus​ maybe.​ “And he was not youngest president. (Bill) Clinton and (JF) Kennedy were even younger. ​Why these big countries lead… men in their 40s entrust their nuclear weapon, economies, all resources. And we only pick up men at 90s to lead us; to lead us where? To the grave?"


Credits: howafrica, daily post

“Let Us Build A Medical Center in Umuoji” -  Chief (Dr.)  Ide Okoye

 

At the concluded July 2018 Umuoji convention held in New Jersey USA, the current president general of Umuoji Improvement Union of North America Chief Ide Okoye pushes a bold and ambitious agenda.

Dr. Victor Ide-Okoye  -  “Ide of Umuoji” “Ichie Idejuogwugwu” called on all Umuoji natives worldwide to rise to the task of building a great and prosperous Umuoji. His clarion call was centered and focused on the tall order of building an “ultra modern medical facility for our beloved town Umuoji.”


Since the energetic and enterprising Ide Okoye was elected president UIU/North America he did assure that his effort and administration will be grounded in community development and transparency.


Speaking to AFRIPOL in September 2017 interview on his agenda, he proclaimed: “We have a slew of things on our agenda. We plan on visiting some of our branches, opening more branches, creating a UIU North America Youth Wing, and embarking on more Medical missions in Umuoji and possibly build another health Center in Umuoji. Also making sure that we do what is necessary in terms of security to keep our folks in Umuoji safe.”


At the convention in New Jersey USA, Ide Okoye put forward the agenda of building a Medical Center in Umuoji in order to alleviate the suffering of our people in Umuoji that lack medical infrastructure to attend to their health needs. The building of a well equipped medical center will enhance and sustain the health well being of Umuoji community.

Okoye emphasized in the speech he delivered at convention on the benefits of providing affordable and proximity medical center to those residing in Umuoji and beyond. He urged every able men and women of Umuoji to contribute in making the task a successful endeavor.

His words: “Today we are raising money to build a modern medical Center in Umuoji, our home town. Back home in Umuoji Anambra State, Nigeria, when most of our people become sick, the first thing they do is to go to nearby local store (chemist) and buy medicine to self-medicate. Often times, these self-medication ends in disastrous consequences.”

 

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He further stressed: “Most recently so many young Umuojians are dying from very minor and curable ailments and the way to stop premature deaths is to erect a Modern Medical Center and properly equip it.”

 

Dr. Ide Okoye called the task of building a Medical Health Center in Umuoji a “noble project” and implored for a collective effort of making it a reality.

 

 

 


Image may contain: Emeka Chiakwelu, smiling, standingEmeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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