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26 Oct, 23 tweets, 7 min read
1. My dear son, this is my seventh and final letter to you on Nigeria. I hope I’ve stirred your consciousness. #NigeriaNotes
2. Given the incredible resources of the country, Nigeria ought to be great. I’m not talking about natural resources, I’m talking about the human resources. #NigeriaNotes
3. Our youths should never have visa problems, they should be in high demand, recruited before we’ve finished minting them. #NigeriaNotes
4. There’s something about the average Nigerian. It might have been barstardized by environmental context, but the spirt of the Nigerian is a can-do spirit. #NigeriaNotes
5. A Nigerian landing in England for the first time will attempt to give a British man direction to Buckingham Palace. He has the confidence of ignorance. #NigeriaNotes
6. He’s up for any task. Nothing fazes him. Your generation has turned that spirit into a verb. Your parents’ generation only knew it as a putative noun. #NigeriaNotes
7. The easiest illustration of the effect of environmental factors is how Nigerians struggling with existential realities at home excel incredibly abroad. #NigeriaNotes
8. They’re exemplary in their fields - from commerce, to space science, to arts, to politics, to technology, to medicine, to finance, to legal… Name it, there’s a Nigerian. The only difference between them and those struggling at home is home. #NigeriaNotes
9. We have a culture of carnage. We hollow out the dreams of our sons and daughters. It’s how we conduct mass burial. #NigeriaNotes
10. What is killing our youths, all of us, is our politics. No matter the brilliance of your policy, politics will determine execution. Politics is acquisition of power. #NigeriaNotes
11. But power is agnostic. You can either use it to do enormous good, or you can use it to destroy lives. Politics triumphs over policy. #NigeriaNotes
12. The people we put in government determine our destiny. Government is deterministic. Get into government if you don’t want to have fond but disappointed recollections of this struggle twenty, thirty years from now. #NigeriaNotes
13. Don’t make the mistake of your parents. They got into administration, abandoning politics to the rough and hewn, who of course made it in their crude image. The barrier to entry is now cultural, and their refinement negates that. #NigeriaNotes
14. The system is stacked against you as it were. Perhaps your most important priority therefore is changing the rules of engagement to give you leeway into power. #NigeriaNotes
15. From that position you can leverage your considerable talents to implement sound management science. Push for electoral reform as a first line item. #NigeriaNotes
16. What future do you see for Nigeria? Define it. Come up with a hoary vision, the type deemed impossible. You have your life work cut out. Execute with the fierceness of youth. #NigeriaNotes
17. Be focused. All roads must lead to the future. In your lifetime Nigeria must arrive in the 22nd century. #NigeriaNotes
18. Set high standards. Enough of the spirit of mediocrity. Don’t buy into the spirit of gradualism. It will whittle your resolve. Be in a hurry, cut to the chase, use your creativity, cut a path to the future. #NigeriaNotes
19. Are you going to have Judases in your midst? Of course! The law of probability dictates it. Will there be sell-outs? There will be. But woe unto them. Bring societal recrimination to bear on them. It’s a regulatory agency. #NigeriaNotes
20. The purity of the spirit of your movement must be maintained. It’s why it has to be a consciousness, not an agitation. #NigeriaNotes
21. I will always be available to you. That’s what fathers do. But I’m proud of you son, you and your sister! #NigeriaNotes
22. Create your future. #NigeriaNotes
23. Your Dad, LA. #NigeriaNotes

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25 Oct
1. My dear son, let’s discuss a little bit of policy this morning, let’s look at the educational system. Your generation is going to take over soon, and you’ll need to design policy. #NigeriaNotes
2. The high-level unemployment you’re seeing is an indication something is not quite right with our educational system. #NigeriaNotes
3. Of course, it will be wrong to ascribe all the factors to the educational system. The economy plays a huge role in employment creation, but the fact remains a good educational system creates jobs. #NigeriaNotes
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24 Oct
1. My dear son, the elephant in the Nigerian parlor is the subject of federalism. It’s a pity it’s rather been reduced to two things – control of natural resources and the question of state police. #NigeriaNotes
2. So framed, the idea becomes foreboding. The issue of control of natural resources raises the question of economic viability of certain regions; the question of state police raises the specter of the feasibility of a dismembered Nigeria. #NigeriaNotes
3. Truth is, when you study the mineral map of Nigeria, Nigeria is a mineral dump. We have 52 minerals. There are actually more minerals in the North than in the South. #NigeriaNotes
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20 Oct
1. My dear son, today I want to address a fundamental issue. It’s so fundamental it’s affecting our approach to governance. You see, we have a choice. It’s either we run a country, or we run a nation. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
2. Running a country is about administrative chores – files, bureaucracies, meetings, parastatals, memos, departments, mindless directives... Running a nation on the other hand focuses attention on the people. There’s empathy. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
3. You can run a country and not a nation, and we seem to have a predilection for ablutions of governance to the detriment of concern for the people, whereas it ought to be about the people. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
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19 Oct
1. My dear son, when I was young, I used to hear the phrase “fejerun”. That was a Lagos slang. They came up with it same way your generation came up with #sorosokenodeydisguise. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
2. It’s the picture of a man manually powering a bike strenuously uphill. Unlike a motorized bike, it is said to run on human blood, hence “fejerun”. “Eje” is blood in Yoruba. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
3. To me that’s the picture of Nigeria. We’re powering uphill, and the reason Nigeria is a strenuous effort is because we like to turn logic on its head. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
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18 Oct
1. My dear son, let me tell you your main advantage over my generation. You’re digital natives, we’re Neanderthals. There’s a digital divide, a middle wall of partition separating my generation from yours, to use a Pauline-speak. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
2. To build the future of Nigeria you have to bring digital tools and digital thinking to the game. It’s how Elon Musk changed the game in the car industry. He replaced the dashboard in the car with a tablet, brought Silicon Valley thinking to car manufacturing. #NigeriaNotes
3. Technology creates culture. Our political culture needs radical change. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
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17 Oct
1. My dear son, I was very proud you took part in the demonstration yesterday - very proud you didn’t consult me, you and your sister. She’s at the barricades in Lagos. #NigeriaNotes #EndSARS
2. I was discussing with my law school set on our WhatsApp platform the other day and I told them our generation just witnessed a phenomenon – we just watched our kids take over from us. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
3. My generation doesn’t exactly get it. There’s no visceral connection. That’s because we’re used to taking another road to fight these issues, and we’ve gone too far on that road to appreciate your approach. We’ve invested our lives. But we identify with you. #NigeriaNotes
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