Nigeria has had many “economic summits”, but the economy continues to plummet with no green shoots of recovery in sight. Any growth witnessed is tied to the fluctuations in the oil price in an economy over-reliant on crude exports. And it is usually “growth without development” as little of that economic growth, usually cornered by the elite, trickles down to the majority, who continue to witness dropping living standards.
In this context, ethnic demagogues have risen to challenge the corporate existence of the country. So even if nothing concrete, in terms of economic progress, comes from the summit, the words of poet Dike Chukwumerije may go some way in challenging the prevalent narrative about Nigeria being just an ethnic boxing contest between the “tribes”
The poet and author is the son of the late senator and former information minister Uche Chukwumerije. He was born in Lagos and read Law at the University of Abuja.