In 1961, former United States President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, drew attention of Americans to the creation of a military phenomenon that endangered his country. In a blunt and honest speech to his countrymen, President Eisenhower said America's future was being mortgaged to what he termed as the military-industrial complex. Today, Nigeria faces a similar risk.

In the 2006 Nation's Cup BBC preview, an article so beautifully described Nigeria in few words. It stated that only Nigeria can defeat itself. A few days later, a Sierra Leonian friend of mine asked what that statement meant. And I explained to him the the Nigerian story. Just what is the Nigerian story? It is a story of a nation with unbelievable abilities, a nation blessed, a nation strategically positioned to lead which, however, is stuck in its own puddle that it can't take the next step until it frees itself.

Development communication was my favorite course in the journalism school. I enjoyed the theories of development. From what I had learned, sensible evaluation of a society's development is possible after a period of about a decade. That is just what I did with Nigeria on a recent trip from the United States. It was tempting to look at aesthetic development, such as the millions of cell phones adorning Nigerian hands; but if one examines the fundamentals, Nigeria is on a spiralling backward journey. The basics are in a bad shape. Even under a democracy, Nigeria could not shed the garment of misrule. The stranglehold of military power brokers has not been loosened, and the attendant problems stick like glue.

What really would it take to insult a Nigerian? I have read numerous reports about how Ibrahim Babangida, that deceptive soldier, is making moves to return to power. Now, that hurts me. As for many other Nigerians, I wonder if it really does cause any pain.

Since the inception of, concerned Nigerians have been writing, asking a broad of range of questions about why we stand against Ibrahim Babangida. Many were encouraging, some discouraging, some disdainful, many complimentary, some admonitory, some thought-provoking, many butressing, some confronting, many inquisitive, some adversarial, some opportunistic, some presumptuous, some mischievous, many gleeful and some discourteous. Name it, we have read it.

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