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Young Nigerians are starved of heroes that’ll inspire them – Chimamanda

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AWARD-WINNING writer and Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie has bemoaned the fact that young citizens were finding it difficult to have heroes for mentorship in the country. 

  Adiche made the comment in her keynote address at the Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos State.

  The conference, themed “BOLD Transitions” is scheduled to hold between August 19 to 26, 2022.

  “We are starved of heroes. Our young people do not find people to look up to anymore,” she said during the event.

  She urged Nigerians to be open to self-criticism as this will engender good leadership in the nation.

  “As long as we refuse to untangle the knot of injustice, peace cannot thrive. If we don’t talk about it, we fail to hold leaders accountable and we turn what should be transparent systems into ugly opaque cults,” Chimamanda noted.

  “My experience made me think there’s something dead in us, in our society; a death of self-awareness and ability for self-criticism.

  “There’s a need for resurrection. We cannot avoid self-criticism but criticise the government. We cannot hide our own institutional failure while demanding transparency from the government.”

  “A bold transition must embrace audacity and innovation. They have called me troublesome. Although, it is never enjoyable to be called troublesome. I never set out to provoke for its sake. But I refuse to silence myself for the fear of what I might inadvertently provoke. It has always been important to me to say what I believe, to call out injustice.”

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  “Federal and state security dragging journalists to prison is tyranny. A journalist ill-treating his domestic staff is tyranny. The rape of young boys and girls is also tyranny. It is tyranny when state governments do not pay pensioners until they slump and die as broken people. The physical harassment of lawyers and some judges is tyranny. The use of the law by some people to oppress the poor people is tyranny.”

  She however, advocated an uncorrupted judicial system and called on the NBA to leverage technology in judicial process and the administration of justice in the country.

  She said, “Nigerians are disillusioned because they know of the decline of professionalism in some sections of the legal profession. As the NBA continues to fight the abuse of power, it must also look inward not to be corrupted.

Some of the personalities who graced the event on Monday include the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar.

  All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer, Bola Tinubu did not attend but was represented by his running mate, Kashim Shettima .

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