The Nigerian NYSC scheme was established in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after its Civil war. The pre-civil war innocence that Nigeria lost in the midst of bloodshed and untold hardships also played out in human relationships, thereby threatening the 'One Nigeria' dream. This necessitated the need to create an avenue for both human, cultural and geographic exchange. The scheme also aims to inculcate in Nigeria’s youths the spirit of selfless service to the community, irrespective of their social, ethnic or religious affiliations...
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Friday, 3 January 2014
I am too much of an Awolowo man not to see that the process of moving into independence in South Africa and in Nigeria followed exactly the same pattern. It was based on a negotiated settlement. The liberation struggle did not create the end of apartheid. It was a negotiation and Nigerians negotiated exactly the way Mandela negotiated.
“You can hype it if you like, but the pattern was exactly the same. You move from one meeting to the other, discussing politics and economics, and they successfully convinced Mandela to buy the pig in a poke of an economy and they also successfully succeeded in convincing Nigerians to buy the pig in a poke of an economy.
“The only man in Nigeria, who stood up against it, was (Obafemi) Awolowo. He was quickly jailed and all his men scattered across the prisons in Nigeria. Some driven abroad and the educational system that he had put in place was smashed.” Ofeimun said