Our History

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The true character of the people of Nigeria has been much misunderstood and misrepresented.

The truth is that the people of Nigeria are no different from the other peoples of the earth and our history is no different in terms of the eternal struggle between the forces of darkness and the forces of light. In common with the rest of the world, we have a mix of the good, the bad and the plain ugly. If anything we are more good than bad which explains why we are more often sinned against than sinning. What cannot be denied, however, is that since independence in 1960, it is the forces of darkness that have been making the headlines for the rest of us and they have been growing from strength to strength.

Thus, even as the country has grown richer from the blessings of its natural resources, wealth and power have become more and more concentrated in fewer and fewer hands at the expense of more and more ordinary Nigerians. At the same time much of the human resources with which the country is endowed has been left either to waste at home or to flow out of the country to be used by the more developed countries. The gap between the richest and the poorest citizen has grown in gross disproportion to the industry and to the talent of both.

Reasons For The Distortion Of The Image Of Nigerians

This situation has been brought about because the operating system that the country has been running on is one configured by the forces of darkness: Foul play over fair play; patronage over competition; might over right; mediocrity over excellence and opportunism over integrity.

It is the value system according to which Nigeria should run that represents the fundamental divide within Nigeria: It is not left versus right or Christianity versus Islam or North versus South or one ethnic group versus another ethnic group because the forces of darkness and the forces of light are to be found on each side of these lesser divides. The great divide is between the forces of darkness and the forces of light. All the other divides are but shades of difference.

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