CNN’s Fareed Zakaria
By Amaka Eze
Presenter of Global Public Square on CNN, Fareed Zakaria, has called on Nigerians to take on the task of achieving economic growth and the development of the country as a national project.
Zakaria, who made this remark at ‘Airtel’s Night of influence’ which took place in Lagos on Sunday Night, spoke on the theme: “Africa’s Political Economy: The Challenge of Leadership.”
According to him, no country is free from challenges, even as he urged policy makers and government in the country to ensure that they do the right things at all time.
Zakaria added: “The government has to provide education, adequate power and basic infrastructure to grow a nation’s future; investing in a future means investing in children and their education and developing the country for tomorrow.
“Nigeria needs political institutions that can organise the economy because any country that depends on its people is forced to enrich them; African leaders must strive to represent its people, and the people, its government.”
Zakaria further stated that since the advent of technology, a lot of people are now actively involved in governance.
According to him, “The world over is now a global stage, set for global advancement; unlike when America and Europe were at the forefront of events. Africa, Asia and Latin American the marginalised are now at the centre and now have the same potentials they hitherto was available to the super powers and therefore have the same potentials to drive development in their domains.”
He said: “The monopolies of states have being broken, with the aid of the internet, satellite and cell phone revolution.
Things change when people are able to see, touch, feel and read. The cell phone supports communication, thus breaks barriers that couldn’t be broken some 15 years back.”
Zakaria further explained that Africa was on the move, stressing that Nigeria as the giant of Africa had great potentials to thrive.
“Political stability, economic convergence and technology breakthrough are the three major factors that aid the breakthrough of any nation; as their human capacities continue to increase,” he argued.
On his part, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had commended Zakaria for coming to Nigeria, noting that his was a wake-up call to all political leaders and public office holders.
“This interaction will further boost growth of the nation, driving its socio-economic development,” he said.