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Before I decided to post this article, I was summarizing a music/artiste related article titled ‘Reading: A Major Part Of The Hustle’ where I touched a few points on the need for artistes to read and research more on the art but an extensive discussion with someone I met recently made me trash that script. There was this sudden feeling of disgust for my country… I apologize if you find this offensive.
I’m sure some people raise their eyebrows when someone says Nigeria is a failed nation but it’s true – NIGERIA IS A FAILED NATION.
The thing is – a lot of us are very busy trying to survive, hence, we do not have time to ponder on these things and when it hits us, we really don’t want to dwell in the thought because there’s not much we can do… I guess.
A lot of us in Lagos praise Gov. Fashola for his determination and drive to give Lagos State a facelift. I also appreciate his intention but the FACT is Lagos is just one out of 36 States in Nigeria and if you’d mention Cross Rivers State, Abuja (and where else?)… It’ll never make up for true progress in the governance, economy and sociocultural unity in Nigeria as a whole.
Nigeria will be 53 this year with absolutely nothing to show for it. Matter of fact, the only thing this present administration has achieved (indirectly) is the Super Eagles winning the Nations Cup. And didn’t the presidency ruin it by allocating plots of land to the players? On who’s account? I am happy the Eagles brought the cup home but the whole land allocation thing shows how stupid our leadership is. The cash prize and National honours are great but the land allocation part is funny to me and I’m not “hating” – I promise. It will just amaze you to realize that whoever doled out those plots of land can also dash out oil wells at will.
The last time I checked, Nigeria ranked 12th among producers in the world and the 4th biggest exporters of oil, exporting over 2 million barrels each day. I can categorically state that 95% of our primary export is Crude oil while the rest 5% splits between cocoa and rubber… Have you been to Dubai? And somebody wants to blame the Niger-Delta for revolting.
Nigeria is blessed but bad governance and ignorance over the years has enslaved the people mentally and physically. The basic needs for man to survive are not available and the few that we have are not properly managed. A small porthole on the road can keep thousands of commuters on a spot for several hours; no street lights, no drainage… and the government would rather recruit road/traffic officers to further add to the frustrations of the people instead of fixing the problems.
Electric/Power supply in Nigeria is a no-go area. Governments will come and make promises to fix power issues in Nigeria but – all na lies. The truth is they don’t have a true plan or idea of how to proffer any solution. Our leaders travel every time to other parts of the world, they see and enjoy what other countries are doing but they’ll never adopt any of those things in this country, instead they’ll give “perfect” excuses as to why it cannot be done in Nigeria and how “Rome was not built in a day”.
Did you hear about the dead bodies recently discovered in Ezzu River, Anambra State? I’m sure most of us will agree that the news of the event is the last we’ll hear about it. We don’t have a good investigation bureau… I mean who will investigate and how? The Nigerian Police is clueless… most of their men don’t know what ‘Forensic Science’ means, not to talk of its application. I was watching a clip posted by Channels Television about the Nigerian Police College and I shook my head – “We are finished”. I immediately understood why these guys pass out to the society with anger and frustration.
As far as I’m concerned, we don’t have a democratic government. The way the government handled the 2012 Subsidy removal protest is a proof. Soldiers were deployed to deal with anybody that dared… and for those of us that followed the event, we’ll agree that the said ‘Cabals’ are still in business and doing very well till date… Nonsense.
I don’t expect us to be like America, UK or other developed countries overnight but with the early discovery of crude oil in Nigeria, I would have thought that Nigeria would be among the 3rd world countries at 53. We are not… We are a failed nation. If a man cannot walk at the age of 53, he might… No – he will never walk except heaven comes down to enforce a miracle.
The government wants us to believe that Boko Haram is a religious problem… that the Northerners or Moslems are against Western Education but really, a lot of us have Muslim friends from the North and we can testify that their mentality is nothing close to what the government is painting. It’s just a simple strategy to push the blame back to us. As far as I’m concerned, Boko Haram is more of an ethnic problem than a religious one. Save the objection that they bomb churches – rather, open your eyes to see that the ‘big men’ behind the act need a distractive strategy to perpetrate this evil and the present administration is clueless.
In my opinion, America is one of the problems we have in Nigeria. They are our biggest client in the Crude oil market and they know that we do not have refineries, that our leaders are foolish but they’ll rather top up their oil reserve than suggest solutions to our dumb leaders. South Africa may not have a perfect system but you cannot compare that country to ours because really, when did they start taking care of their own business…and if South Africa is too much of a reference, how about Ghana? Some of us still make jokes with the phrase “Ghana must go” but that is a country that discovered crude oil recently and is already turning things around for themselves. It may interest you to know that Ghana’s economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world today. Very soon, the table will turn – they’ll start saying – “Nigeria Must Go”!
Should I talk about our health system like we don’t know already? The private hospitals, even with their financial limitation are better than the government hospitals and the combination of the two is nothing close to average. People die for lack of essentials like – Oxygen, CT scanners… don’t let me bore you with the long list.
Nigeria is supposed to be a Federation like America where each state should run autonomously with less control by the central government but our States are still at the mercy of the Central government. Our Police would have been better because each state will have liberty to empower their security operatives without interference of the Federal government…you know? Like Lagos with LASTMA, KAI etc. but No!
There’s so much to muse about in Nigeria… and the only solution I can suggest is a REVOLUTION… A total overhaul of our mindset and leadership… It doesn’t have to be violent. God help us.