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Nigeria is “starved” of heroes to inspire its citizens, particularly the young people.Chimamanda Adichie, the award-winning author, made this observation on Monday while delivering her keynote address at the ongoing annual general meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos State.
Nigeria has recently been confonted by several challenges ranging from leadership, economic, socio-political issues and insecurity.
In her address, the writer said it had become difficult for young Nigerians to get heroes to mentor them, just as she enjoined the citizens to embrace self-criticism to foster transparency and good governance in the country.
Said she: “We are starved of heroes. Our young people do not find people to look up to anymore.
“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.
“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 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”.
The conference with the theme ‘Bold Transitions’ started on August 19, to end on August 26.