THE NIGERIAN THINK TANK GROUP UK
FOUNDED NTTG(UK) 2015
The quick success of our group in such a short space of time was greeted with such huge ingress of people, that was the beginning of plurality of interests; some of which were direct affronts to the objectives of the group. The determined resolve to avoid more office holders was soon swept aside and jostlers took hold. However, because the issue at hand was now firmly narrowed down to the elections at the time, a semblance of unity in diversity was skilfully piloted until the elections. Thankfully, against all the challenges, the momentum behind a united Nigeria was sustained.
We at Nigeria Think Tank Group, United Kingdom (NTTG UK) sang, danced and back-slapped that despite the Americans and other watchers prophesying doom for the country, we held our resolve that the country will come through electioneering as one entity and not fragments.
With elections over, a merciless, precise surgical dissectomy was performed on BODO-UK such that all the identified honest, impartial and committed patriots were isolated into BTTG and later into the more appropriately named and fit for purpose NTTG UK.
In all of these, NTTG members have refused to bow to intimidation because they always believed firmly that Nigeria is just too important to them and so we still believe!
The year 2015 will go down in the history of Nigeria as that which Nigerians in the UK with support from others; resident in Nigeria, demonstrated the huge benefits in rising above ethnicity, religion, class and other divisive parameters in approaching the challenges that plague our country Nigeria with realistic and effective solutions.
Starting from a small meeting of five men on Camberwell Road, London in December 2014, it was quickly realised that for the task ahead, the group needed a different set of rules from what normally obtains within Nigerian groups. Thus it was resolved that issues of position should be relegated to the back burners while individual dynamism, service and dedication were to be celebrated. Members were then asked to market the group to Nigerians in the UK who could "Place Nigeria above politics in the politics of Nigeria".
At the next enlarged meeting, BODO-UK (as we were known then) reinforced its focused nature with the limited appointment of only a pair of Co-Chairpersons. Every other need was met on an adhoc basis according to available skills. And so, the news went to town that a progressive group of Nigerians in the UK have analysed and concluded that the old Nigerian factor must give way patriotic approach with the courage to take on the divisive issues that plagues Nigeria. The response became an avalanche of a sort. Venues quickly became too small for meetings and meetings became too short to accommodate the willingness of members to express their resolve to change propaganda and espouse the qualities of the rare gift called unity in diversity.
"In all of these, NTTG members have refused to bow to intimidation because they always believed firmly that Nigeria is just too important to them and so we still believe!"