LAGOS: UMUHIA-Ikwuano Federal Constituency aspirant, Sir Chudi Onyeama, urged prominent Nigerians based outside the country to return and revive the country’s political fortunes.
In an interaction with media in Lagos, the former Umuahia Development Association (UDA), singled out Philip Emeagwali, the engineer, mathematician, geologist and computer scientist who is based the United States.
He is one of two winners of the acclaimed Golden Bell Prize, which he won in 1989 for his use of a Connection Machine supercomputer to help analyse petroleum fields.
“Nigerian egg-heads such as Philip Emeagwali and other talented people should return home to be part of the effort to find lasting solutions to the scores of problems plaguing this country. It is obvious that our problems are not because of a shortage of resources or personnel. It is our inability to put round pegs in round holes in issues of leadership,” Onyeama said.
He said while overseas, he contributed to empowering his disadvantaged peers back in his home country.
“These issues revealed a lot of problems in the condition of our people. The responsibility lies with us to take our destiny into our hands by getting involved and making a difference. This explains the need for those of us in the Diaspora to return home and contribute our part as nobody can develop Nigeria other than its own people. After more than 30 years abroad, it is high time I made my skill available for the transformation of the appalling human conditions of my people. Other citizens of Abia State should also play a part.”
Onyeama is seeking election to the House of Representatives. –
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY