Renowned scholar and diplomat, Ibrahim Gambari weekend, observed that Nigeria is currently going through the most difficult time in her history since independence in 1960.
He however said that it is not time to despair but to find a way out of the man-made quagmire we have found ourselves as a nation.
Gambari who spoke at the occasion of the 80 birthday anniversary of former Minister of Defence, General Domkat Bali in Abuja, noted that the majority of the problem confronting the nation is as a result of the structure, adding that if a structure is not working, “we have a responsibility to make adjustment to that structure”.
According to him, even the United States which has longer years of practicing democracy has amended their constitution, why is it that we are afraid even in our grief that a system that is not working should be adjusted to meet the demands of the time and the aspirations of our people.
He suggested that one of the keys ways to get out of the fix “is to begin to talk to one another and not to talk at each other and there is no way there can be national consensus except there is national dialogue and national conversation.
“There is no nation without challenges and there is no leadership without challenges but what distinguishes leadership are those ones that accept responsibilities, who inspire confidence at the time of great distress of the people, a leader that inspires not just physical security but human security that makes the people feel sense of belonging.
“We all know what the problem is and it is time to move from diagnosis to action and we cannot leave the action to others, the issue of our security problems remain on all of is taking responsibilities. For instance it is wrong to think that the problem of Boko Haram is the problem of the North East because the future of Nigeria is tied to the future of every part of the country”.
He continued that “we have serious reasons to be worried as a country, our country is not in good shape, the countries we are at par at independence are far ahead of us in terms of national cohesion and physical infrastructure so we must identify and analyse the problems that are bedevilling us”