Purposeful Change

The malaise currently affecting Nigeria does not require superficial mouthing and declaration of change and agendas, but conscious and subconscious change of our collective physical, psychological and metaphysical being and sense of purpose - that is called purposeful change. Present and past governments appear to be getting stuck with declaring intentions and commitments to change and transform without being able to take the steps necessary to actualize those declarations and agendas.

Today as yesterday, Nigeria's advancement to a better future is clogged with hollow and ineffectual wish lists that only leave the ordinary citizens frustrated and traumatized in the end. What this nation, this promising land of opportunity needs is genuine and committed desire to change course, to match forward, to stay focused and to reach that promised land of "milk and honey" through clear vision, effective strategies and committed leadership and followership.

Anyone old enough to have lived under two or three administrations in Nigeria will know that the problem with Nigeria is not a lack of great ideas or wish lists, but a lack of the commitment and sincerity to change purposefully and to produce meaningful outcomes. One of humanity’s greatest minds once said: "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." (Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519). The big question is - are Nigerians ready for a purposeful change?