Nigeria’s former minister of State for Education, Hon Kenneth Gbagi has accused Nigeria Diaspora in the UK of being too complacent about issues in Nigeria and complain quite too much.
Hon Gbagi disclosed this while speaking at the BEN TV London Nigeria centenary open lecture held at the London Mayor’s Office, the City Hall. Gbagi while addressing the delegates at the lecture said it was time every Nigerian challenge any act of injustice and corruption perceived in the interest of Nigeria. Gbagi said ‘sitting here in the UK without taking the fight to the people in Nigeria while moaning about issues in Nigeria is failing your nation and generation’.
Speaking further, the former Education Minister said ‘the course of injustice in Nigeria must be fought, facts about corrupt people must be exposed’.
Reacting to complains about insecurity in Nigeria, political instability, corruption and other vices raised by delegates at the lecture, Gbagi said ‘every issue you have raised about Nigeria is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, other nations of the world have same experience. The difference however between Nigeria and these other nations is that the people of these other countries fought, protested and spoke against perceived injustice until they got result’.
The convener of the Nigeria centenary lecture, Alistair Soyode, Chairman of BEN TV and of Nigerians in Diaspora Leadership Forum, said that Nigeria belongs to all and everybody must contribute to promoting the course of good government and development in Nigeria. ‘If you call somebody in Nigeria now, they will give you a story, certainly you will be given a story. How does the story you get on Nigeria, from Nigeria make you feel…..to stay in Nigeria, to stay together as one or as apart’?The centenary lecture attracted Nigeria Diaspora in the UK from all walks of life. The lecture was part of BEN TV enlightenment programmes ahead of Nigeria centenary celebration in 2014 and democratic engagements towards 2015.