II. SOME SPECIFIC HAVOCS OF IMD ON NIGERIA
First, the worst havoc of IMD is that it has produced and continues to produce so many leaders and elites whose actions question the eternal, fundamental truth that "all animals are created equal." For the past three decades, IMD has reduced and continues to reduce the thinking faculty of so many Nigerian leaders and elites far below that of animals. No lion, for instance, would steal from fellow hungry lions only to feed a pack of wolves - it will not happen. No rat would labor for a squirrel - no matter what. Stupid animals, as we call them, still have that common sense, conscience and a sense of moral goodness to feed and save their own kind! Now, what do you say about a leader, a human being for that matter, who robs his own people ONLY to feed Swiss people and their cohorts with the loot? How can a human being reason far below "stupid animals"? Unbelievable!
Second, IMD has MURDERED SHAME in an OPEC, oil-rich Nigeria to the point that so many Nigerian leaders and their crony elites who fly to other progressive OPEC countries (e.g., United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc.) for medical treatment or vacation, do NOT feel bad enough or shameful enough upon returning home to develop the economy of Nigeria as seen in those OPEC countries. The bitter truth is that looters have no shame at all or feel any remorse for keeping our people and the entire black race down. This is so shameful.
Third, IMD continues to produce so many unpatriotic leaders and elites who hate Nigeria and consider Nigerian people incapable of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs. Because of the hatred and disdain looters have for Nigeria and Nigerians, they PROUDLY abandoned quality education Nigeria used to enjoy before the mid-80s ONLY to send their children to schools in foreign countries - even though they know that over 90% of those children will NEVER return to Nigeria again. Shamelessly, they hire foreign Engineers to build Nigerian roads, bridges, streetlights, etc., instead of building and maintaining world-class research institutions of learning to produce such caliber of Engineers.
In fact, it is well known that looters and their crony elites hardly visit the High Schools or Universities that produced them, let alone donate one Kobo to improve those schools. That most university Professors are selling their notes/handouts to students do not bother them. That teachers often go on strike for low pay does not bother them. That so many university graduates can hardly write or display some mastery of what they studied in school do not bother them. That their alma maters look like the house of pigs with NO doors, windows, desks, chairs, libraries, etc., do not bother them. Why these looters are so busy destroying the cradle of civilization (Africa) and the black race is beyond human comprehension. It is so sad!
Fourth, IMD has permeated the general population and shamelessly normalized some behaviors that are clearly abnormal, immoral, shameful, obscene and unGodly. Indeed, blatant lies, deceit, buying and selling exam questions, buying and selling university degrees, and all sorts of corrupt practices have become normal ways of life to so many Nigerians. The fact is that truth has died among so many Nigerians. Trust is dead among so many Nigerians. So many business and social partnerships in Nigeria are on the verge of total collapse because of trust issues. Now, you wonder: What kind of relationship will people have in society if truth and trust die? What is a happy life without truth and trust?
Fellow compatriots, there is a state of emergency in Nigeria. Nigeria is in trouble - big trouble. Indeed, candidate (and now President) Buhari was correct when he made the following statement about five years ago: "If Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria". A very wicked ideology, IMD, is the engine of corruption and looting all over Nigeria. IMD has eaten far deep into the bodies and souls of so many Nigerian leaders and their crony elites that the ONLY thing that matters to them is how to rob fellow Nigerians only to hide the loot abroad. This senseless, wicked ideology must be courageously rejected and boldly destroyed NOW if Nigeria could be saved and the people enjoy their OPEC nation.
III. THE SOLUTIONS TO IMD: COMMON SENSE
Patriotic leaders with common sense and courage approach crises by legislating and enforcing sensible laws through an impartial administration of justice. Unfortunately for Nigerians, IMD makes a whole mockery of the Nigerian laws and the whole judiciary. As such, often those who rob the country only to hide the loot abroad are NOT brought to justice - they are head and shoulder above the laws of the land. Similarly, passionate, caring leaders love their countries and their people. Unfortunately for Nigerians, most leaders and their cronies hate Nigeria and Nigerian people with everything in them and continue to rob and starve the people to death. It is in recognition of these two shameful, harsh realities in Nigeria that the Umez Foundation is searching for a solution where success could be found, namely, the HEARTS OF MEN.
Accordingly, I appeal to the hearts of ALL Nigerian leaders (looters and the good ones) and the general public through the lenses of COMMON SENSE and COURAGE to declare war against IMD. Let me start with "common sense" because the lack of it is the foundation of IMD.
King Solomon asked for wisdom - the common sense, he did NOT ask God to help him rob his people. He knew that common sense (defined as "good sense and sound judgment in practical matters") would make him an effective, dynamic leader that would serve his people well - after all, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul." Similarly, Plato argued that only the "philosopher kings" (i.e., lovers of wisdom, who possess "the intelligence, reliability, and a willingness to live a simple life") should govern because their aim is to discover a beautiful city and maintain it for their people. Indeed, to the progressives, common sense is sacrosanct, hence, "a handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning."
I defined common sense FIRST because most Nigerians tend to believe that mere possession of university degrees and chains of titles mean common sense. This is bunkum! Academic degrees are nothing other than certifications for completing some formal training - they have little to do with "good sense and sound judgment in practical matters." Indeed, an intelligent person is an intelligent person - formally educated or not. Again, "a handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning".
While no one denies the importance of formal education or the ability to read and write, one must know that if chains of academic degrees and bogus titles mean common sense, no leader in Nigeria (with all these degrees and titles) would ever rob and starve his OWN people ONLY to feed Swiss people and their cohorts who laugh at him and consider him less human.
Similarly, if chains of academic degrees and bogus titles define common sense, Nigeria could have been an industrialized nation by now, marching shoulder to shoulder with other developed nations or at least occupy a solid, firm ground with other OPEC nations cited above.