5th September, 2011
Pioneer President and Chairman, Governing Council of the National Institute of Marketing, Chief Lugard Aimiuwu has described Nigeria as a giant with clay legs.
Aimiuwu who was the guest speaker at the 12th edition of the annual Mike Okonkwo Lecture, blamed the countryâ€™s woes on bad leadership, adding that the people also contributed to the woes by failing to harness the countryâ€™s potentials.
â€œWe are often regarded as the giant of Africa because of all the natural resources we possess, ranging from crude oil in the Niger Delta; coal in Enugu, even gold in Osun State and so many other mineral resources, to mention a few. If you plant a finger on our virgin land, a whole body will germinate.
â€œNigeria is not the monkeys that jump in the forests, itâ€™s not the dogs that run on the streets, neither is it the green grass that grow on the football pitches but Nigeria is you and me and we have failed Nigeria. We are supposed to be the concrete legs on which Nigeria stands and in a situation where we engaged in corruption and not ready to work, Nigeria will just be standing on clay legs,â€ he submitted.
In his lecture titled: â€˜Survival of the Nigerian State: The Economic and Political Implications,â€™ the marketing guru also described how bad leadership had eaten deep into corporate organizations that ethnic mistrust now occurs even at the office level.
â€œNigeria as a result of bad leadership is self destructive,â€ but quickly added that Nigeria can be transformed from that self destructive, ugly thing into a constructive, beautiful, flying, cross pollinating butterfly that everyone adores. “Nigeria is a beauty begging to fly,â€ he said.
Aimiuwu said tears ran down his eyes one day on board an Ethiopian Airways plane when he was invited to the cockpit by the captain to come and see the green vegetation that Nigeria was blessed with. He said tears ran down his eyes because he knew that Nigeria was blessed â€œbut the leaders were exploiting the treasures and not developing these natural resources.â€
The lecture, organised to mark the birthday of the presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, Dr. Mike Okonkwo, also witnessed the presentation of gifts to winners of the annual Dr. Mike Okonkwo essay competition.