December 14, 2014
RESIGNATION FROM THE ENOUGHISENOUGH (EIE) NIGERIA BOARD
I write to thank you, staff and members of the EiE Nigeria board, for the opportunity to serve the organisation, first as Chair of the board, and then as a member of the board with a chance to contribute to EiE’s tech projects and general tech needs.
When I responded to Chude’s “Where is the outrage?” eMail before the 2010 protests, I nursed feelings quite close to what occupies my mind today. At the time, Nigeria was at an all-time low and action was required to save her. Following the March 16, 2010, protest in Abuja and the April 13, 2010, protest in Lagos, the group’s decision to institutionalise the process by setting up this organisation is one I remain grateful for.
In 2011, we decided to work as a non-partisan organization because of the need for a neutral organisation that can call any of the players in our governance space to order without the accusation of bias. It was a wise decision, and even though I feel very strongly about using every available means to save Nigeria from the current security, education and other woes, I respect the decision of the organisation to remain non-partisan. Nigeria needs an institution like EiE Nigeria, and I wish the organisation more strength as it fulfills an all-important role of working for good governance in Nigeria.
Due to what is nothing short of the “fierce urgency of now”, I write to notify you of my decision to resign from the board of EiE Nigeria, effective immediately, in order to pursue partisan interests that I consider important for the sake of the Nigerian project.
Having been a witness to the 15-year opportunity that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had to work for change in Nigeria, and how corruption, selfish interest and other vices have led us to another all-time low with security, education and much more, I consider the need for an alternative critical. I am not a member of any political party and have no interest in public office but beyond my one vote for the APC Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, on February 14, 2015, I will complete – and be involved with – projects to convince others not to reward failure and incompetence during the 2015 general elections.
Thank you for the awesome work that you, and the EiE Nigeria team, do! I look forward to a Nigeria where my children can go to school anywhere in the country and return home without the fear of slaughter or abduction. I look forward to a nation where my president will be a true Commander-in-Chief who places national interest above personal interest, small mindedness, deliberate division and lazy governance. Once again, thank you for the opportunity to serve on the EiE Nigeria board.