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Chatham House Shenanigans!

ByMuyiwa

Jan 18, 2023

It’s electioneering period in the country and we know all political aspirants in the race are doing everything to garner international support and attention.

However, speaking of how our Aspirants and even our INEC Chairman have been going back and forth to mark attendance at the so called Chatham House in the UK, I would like to know, to what end was all of that? still part of seeking international attention?

Whose idea is it? and where is it written in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that after our independence as a Nation, our Presidential aspirants and even INEC representatives must travel all the way to other country particularly England to explain ourselves to them how we intend to run our dear country in another four years?

And when has that even become part of the criteria to hold a leadership position in Nigeria?

Are they the citizens that would eventually be at the receiving end of whatever comes out of the General Elections??

I mean, who started that nonsensical idea? Yet we claim we have gained independence from these people?

Yes, our bilateral relation may still be cordial but how many times have they brought their Aspirants over here to start running their mouth on the podium and be divulging all their plans.? Despite having our citizens in strategic positions across their Country.

And yet we parade ourselves as an independent Nation, the supposed giant of Africa at that?

Imagine challenges the budget for such unwarranted trips could have sorted in the country right now!

I don’t know how other Nigerians feel about the whole Chatham House Idea, personally I feel it wasn’t necessary.

It reeks inferior complex from any angle you want to view it from! It makes us subservient to some group of people, in a demeaning way.

It shows how we have perpetually remained ‘tied to the Apron’ of those who once took undue advantage of our relationships in the past and would stop at nothing to continue doing so.

It is high time to reset our priorities as a nation and quit seeking unnecessary validation from those who never and will never have our good interest at hearts.

The strategic position of Nigeria to other African countries is like that of a big brother, let’s strive to be exemplary figure to them and stop acting like a chicken hearted big brother.

Selah.

Muyiwa

Muyiwa is an information management expert and Development Blogger. He is passionate about human angle stories to all social issues in Nigeria and Africa.