Sodiq Oyeleke

A United Kingdom-based  writer, Mr. Dele Ogun, has said that his 25-year research on Nigeria showed that citizens of the country are ‘fatherless’.

He said this during an engagement on his latest book, titled, A Fatherless People: The Secret of How Nigeria missed the Promised Land, in Lagos.

While dissecting the book, Ogun noted that Nigeria had never been fortunate enough to have good leaders.

He argued that those still ruling the country got their orientation from the British colonial administrators as military officers or civilians.

This, he said, had made Nigeria unable to solve her numerous challenges. Ogun warned that the country might not develop until those thoroughly trained  began to emerge as leaders.

He said, “A Fatherless People is the story of how Nigeria missed development since the departure of the British colonial administrators in 1960, in spite of her abundant human and natural resources. It traces the historical antecedents of Nigeria and its people.

“The book seeks to make sense of the event in the country of many paradoxes. At a time old colonial state boundaries in the Middle-East are being redrawn by violent conflicts and Scottish nationalists are campaigning to break away from their 300-year-old union with England (even as Britain itself seeks to exit from the European Union), this book raises important questions about the outlook for the continued existence of Nigeria as one country.”

Participants during the discourse include a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Otunba Femi Pedro; a professor of Law at the University of Lagos, Abiola Sanni; former Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Prof. Wole Atoyebi, and the President of Friends’ Club, Mr. David Lola Majekodunmi, among others.

They variously commended Ogun for his initiative and efforts.