Â Nigeria is a country that has lost many steps in the direction towards greatness. The dreams of the founding fathers were aborted before they were hatched, and since independence in 1960, things no longer hold as they should. A mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
So that from the Niger Delta, to the South East, from the South West to the Middle Belt, Jos, especially, and up North, unwarranted violence seems to be the norm rather than the exception. How then can these seemingly intractable eruptions be nipped in the bud for a truly great nation to emerge? How can current leadership failings be made to be accountable and be alive to its moral obligation of doing what is right by the people so that the soul of the nation can be saved?
Â These are some of the engaging issues one of Nollywoodâ€™s pragmatic movie directors Dickson Nnamdi Iroegbu is providing a compass in this campaign efforts. With his Dickson Iroegbu & Associatesâ€™ company, Iroegbu believes it was time artists like him used the glamour of movies to deal with issues that affect their societies in a realistic manner. For him, the â€˜Save Our Plateauâ€™ project with its 3-prong approach of a collection of poems Save Our Plateau, a musical effort and a movie (soon-to-come) will help bring succour to the many troubled spots and their inhabitants in the country with Jos and its communal crisis as starting point.
Â In a rare collaboration among stars and his colleagues in Nollywood, Iroegbu will be launching his new book Save Our Plateau in four cities across Nigeria. The starting point will be his home state Imo sometime in mid August. He is vigorously enlisting the full support of His Excellency Chief Ikedi Ohakim to serve as Chief Host and presenter of a lead paper on how leadership is to rescue the nation in these trying times. From Imo State, the launch train will berth in Lagos, where he practices as a moviemaker. Heâ€™s also depending on the support of Governor Babatunde Fashola to raise the profile of crises in various parts of the country, and how best to solve them through preemptive campaigns.
Â The Jos launch of the book will come up sometime in September. It is expected to be complimented by the government of His Excellency Jonah Jang of Plateau State. This leg of the launch is crucial as it is the heart of the crisis that gave birth to the campaign project designed to give the nationâ€™s leadership its healing balm. With the Jos crises still simmering with sporadic killings on the rise, it is Iroegbuâ€™s view that the Jos leg of the project is given prominence so the people can be reached, and affected in a special, positive way.
Â Also in September, Iroegbu will take the launch to the capital city Abuja to climax the Save Our Plateau project. It is his hope that President Goodluck Jonathan will be part of the special activities lined up to bring succour to the various troubled parts in the country. For Iroegbu, President Jonathan represents the elusive generational change Nigeria has yearned for these many years. President Jonathanâ€™s support to the Save Our Plateau project, in Iroegbuâ€™s view, would lend credence to all efforts to arrest restive spots in all parts of the nation.
Â For the moviemaker, change is the inevitable anthem the nation must embrace to right the wrongs of the past, and confidently step into the future where hope beckons. Proceeds from the launch will be used to rehabilitate victims of these crises and step up further campaigns to stop them before they even start to snowball into comsuming conflagrations.