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Nigeria’s dream of becoming great has faded away, Farounbi laments

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A former Nigerian Ambassador to Philippines, Dr. Yemi Farounbi, yesterday, said that Nigeria of yesterday was better than today, adding that Nigerian youths need to participate actively in politics for our tomorrow to be better than today.

He said that Nigerian government needed to look and revisit a book written by Adegoke Adelabu in 1952, titled: “AFRICA IN EBULLITION,” a handbook of freedom for Nigerian nationalists, to make the nation move forward.

Farounbi noted that Nigeria had a dream over 60 years ago of not only becoming the giant of Africa but also a powerful nation in the world, adding that the dream had faded away over the years.

The veteran broadcaster said although Nigeria of today was not created by the youths but was left for us by the British government, the reason Nigeria of yesterday was better than today must not be the same reason our tomorrow must not be better than today because we are now more enlightened and in a digital age.

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“Children of government top functionaries went to the same school with the children of ordinary Nigerians before, but it is now a different ball game.

“One of the problems of Nigeria is that we didn’t prepare for our population growth as our population is growing without adequate preparation for it. Jobs would have been waiting for a fresh graduate, but things have changed now.

“Nigeria needs men who are competent to deliver it from captivities, and we must together make our tomorrow better than today,” he said.

He, however, said that for Nigeria to be better, the youths need to participate actively in politics.

Meanwhile, the grandson of the late Adegoke Adelabu, Adebayo Adelabu, said that 90 per cent of the content of the book, cover all it takes for good governance in Nigeria, adding that Nigeria lacks vision.

He said that what the nation needed to make it great were fiscal federalism and devolution of power.

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