Not enough has been done in practical terms by Nigerian successive leaders to foster a deep sense of patriotism and oneness among the various nationalities that make up the country. We still lack quality leadership needed to guide the country on the path of peaceful coexistence, economic prosperity and security of life and property. A cursory reflection shows that we are far below where we ought to be if we take into consideration the human and natural resources with which the country is blessed. The current structure of governance in Nigeria gives too much power to the centre. At the same time, the states and local governments have been reduced to appendages that go cap in hand to Abuja to seek for their survival from the Federal Government. We must return to true federalism in order to become the nation that we want to be. Selfishness and disregard for the common good have made it impossible for the Federal Republic to function as it was meant to be at independence. We should strive to have selfless leadership and patriotism.
• Most. Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos