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Nigeria - A Country in Crisis


Nigeria - A Country in Crisis

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*Nigeria - A Country in Crisis

By Folorunso Makinde

When Nigeria got her independence from Britain in 1960, few people if any would have foreseen all or some of the problems facing the country today. A country, which after independence was looked at with great hope and admiration particularly among black people all over the world is now fast becoming something of a nightmare. Recent events in Nigeria may compel many political analysts interested in African politics to wonder what has gone wrong with the self proclaimed `Giant of Africa’, but for those who have been closely following developments in the country since independence, this would not come as a big surprise. If there was any element of surprise at all, it would probably be the speed at which things have been allowed to deteriorate.

Going back in history, Nigeria has had its own share of political upheaval. The first republic did not last for long. Soon after independence, due to lack of tolerance among politicians and their unwillingness to abide by the rule of law and fair play in government, political instability engulfed the country. This led to the fall of the first republic and its government headed by the then Head of State, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa, and heralded in the first military regime in Nigeria headed by General Aguiyi Ironsi. The government of Aguiyi Ironsi was soon brought to an abrupt end when a group of Northern army officers carried out a revenge coup resulting in the death of Aguiyi Ironsi and some other notable southern officers. This was followed by the government of Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon and although improper as it was, the long reign of the Gowon’s regime provided the country with a period of political stability but not without initial political upheaval characterised by the bitter civil war that engulfed the nation when Colonel Ojukwu tried to calve out Biafra out of the former eastern region of Nigeria. This long period of political stability together with the oil boom of the 70s might have tempted early economists and political punters to foresee a brighter future for the country - an emerging black power, a country that would grow so great as to rival world powers like America, Britain and France. However, decades after independence, the main theme now dominating discussion about Nigeria, is whether or not the country will survive. How did we get here? ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)


When the never ending Gowon’s regime was finally overthrown by Brigadier Murtala Mohammed in 1975 and the new regime promised a quick return to civilian rule, people in this most populated country in Africa might have thought they were witnessing the dawn of a new era and much more so when the Murtala Mohammed government started to implement measures that hitherto had been unheard of in the history of the country. Past and present government officials who had thought they had got away with their loot of public purse were suddenly asked to return them. All of a sudden, the people saw in their new Head of State, a faithful and just leader, someone that could be trusted. However, the honeymoon was short-lived. On the 13th of February 1976, Lt. Colonel Dimka and his co-conspirators soon cut short the life of the young General and his widely popular regime in a bloody coup that also claimed the life of some notable army officers. When Murtala’s second in command, General Olusegun Obasonjo took over the rein of power and immediately promised to continue the programme started by his predecessor, people’s anxiety and expectation were raised once again.

The 2nd Republic

The political razzmatazz and the enthusiasm shown by the people during the process of returning the country to civilian rule revealed that thirteen years of military rule did little to dampen people’s yearning for political freedom. However, the return to civil rule programme, which started on a high note ended on a sorry tale of the 12²¤3 saga. The 1979 General Elections promised so much but delivered very little. There was no doubt that the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) led by Alhaji Shehu Shagari enjoyed more support than any of the other four registered political parties that contested the 1979 elections and had better chance of gaining victory in the presidential election, but the fact that the whole process ended up in court and the highest court in the land stated in its judgement that the outcome of the case should not be used as a precedent showed that there were much to the whole saga than were revealed to the people. Once again, it showed that corruption and malpractices were still very rampant in high places. The whole outcome of the `return to civil rule programme’ showed that the foundation upon which the second republic was founded was very shaky and with this shadow of a shaky start lingering on the second republic, it was no wonder it didn’t last for long before it finally collapsed.

The 1983 General Election was a child of the 1979 election debacle. Having got their training from their predecessor (military regime), the politicians put everything they had learnt during the 1979 General Elections into practice during the 1983 General Elections. If there was any difference at all, it was probably in the extent at which they put what they had learnt into practice. The issue of the 12²¤3 that marred the 1979 General Elections clearly taught the incoming politicians that those in position of power could afford to ignore the constitution and the will of the people. It taught the politicians that it didn’t really matter finding out what the will of the people were but they can impose their own will as long as they have the control and the support of the judiciary and the nation’s armed elements i.e. the police and the soldiers. In the 1983 General Elections, what the politicians did was just to follow the trend of the 1979 elections and in fact took it a step further. The 1983 General Elections was a complete failure. Never has one witnessed such a large scale electoral malpractices right across the whole country with falsification of election results so widespread. During the poll count, the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) charged with conducting and overseeing the elections were coming out with the kind of figures that made one wonder whether the elections were actually held in Nigeria or in a more populated country than Nigeria. As a matter of fact, many of the election results were contested in the courts and the Ondo State Gubernatorial result was actually overturned by the court. This confirmed the scale of corruption that was prevalent during the 1983 General Elections.

What are the consequences of all these election fiascos? One of the consequences was that knowing that they could disregard public opinion and in fact manipulate election results regardless of the will of the people, politicians did not feel the accountability inherent in the democratic process. Governments at all levels particularly the federal government became reckless, governments’ spending became extravagant and embezzlement of public funds was widespread together with the practices of using arson as a way of covering their tracks even at the cost of innocent lives. The extravagant spending of course brought with it economic problems which resulted in the country tilting on the edge of economic collapse before the military as the so called `saviour’ intervened in December 1983 to `save the country’ from the impending political and economic catastrophe.

Second Period of Military Rule

The coup that brought an end to the second republic and ushered in the Buhari regime was widely felt to be overdue even though some people claimed that the coup was timed to prevent another coup by those who might be more hostile to the outgoing regime. Whichever was the truth, the fact was that once again, the military were back where they do not belong but the people felt the need for a change which was not made possible through the ballot box.

The Buhari regime felt and rightly so that there was widespread indiscipline and the need to instil some discipline into the populace, introduced `War Against Indiscipline’ `WAI’ as it was popularly called. Many new laws some of which were draconian were promulgated. The regime however, didn’t last for long. In 1985 Babangida and his men toppled the regime. At first the Babangida regime appeared to be enjoying popular support as it promised to return the country back to civil rule. However, after a period of time, it soon became clear that the Babangida regime was turning out to be one of the most dishonest regimes of all time. There were many broken promises, corruption was becoming widespread and there were extravagant spending on a level never witnessed before not only in Nigeria but also in the world. As a matter of fact, the World Bank, which hitherto had always tended to be quiet about internal politics of nations could not resist the temptation this time and felt the need to speak out when it criticised the Babangida regime for spending two billion British pounds sterling without budgeting.

The Babangida regime must have taken after the way the Obasanjo regime treated the 1979 General Elections and the way the politicians in the second republic engaged in widespread falsification of results in 1983, when in June 1992, the results of an election which was widely judged to be free and fair was suddenly cancelled - a blatant disrespect for public opinion and the widely expressed wishes of the Nigerian people. Babangida’s action plunged the country into serious political upheaval. In fact, by the time General Babangida left the seat of power, Nigeria as a country was already on her knees facing serious economic and political problems. ( Continues below….. )

General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Photo Above: General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd.)

Reeling under enormous pressure from almost every corner of the country and even from within the Army establishment, President Babangida as he wished to be called was finally forced to quit power but before he left, he installed in the vacuum of power created by his actions, an interim government which most people knew was a toothless bulldog. It was no surprise that after few months into taking over the running of the country, the interim regime of Ernest Shonekan was facing enormous problems and everyone knew it was only a matter of time before the interim government fall and so it did. In 1993, following a court case in which the interim government was declared to be illegal, General Sanni Abacha dismissed the interim government and took over power.

By the time the interim government of Ernest Shonekan was finally sent packing, the country was already crippled by economic and political unrests. There were widespread industrial actions, incessant and frequent closures of schools and colleges, to mention just a few. In fact the entire situation in the country was tense and it was left to the Abacha regime to pick up the pieces.

The Abacha government that came into being following the dismissal of the interim government turned out to be a government most Nigerians would like to forget if they could. Never since the country’s independence in 1960 has anyone witnessed so much corruption and flagrant abuse of power by those in position of authority. Innocent people were disappearing without any trace; false accusations were being trumped up by government as excuse for arrest and trial of opponents with resultant convictions and imprisonment. The judicial arm of government that were supposed to act as a check on executive excesses and protect the public, became more or less a passive bystander. To top it all, General Abacha planned to succeed himself as the next civilian president. During the Abacha regime, Nigerians witnessed atrocities at a level never experienced before in the history of the country. State terrorism was rampant and corruption was blatant. In short Nigeria throughout the Abacha regime went through its darkest era yet.

The role played by successive governments following the Abacha regime were not much to be trumpeted about. Although the Abdulsalam Abubakar government that took power following the sudden death of General Abacha promised to return the country to civilian rule which it did in 1999 but the death in custody of MKO Abiola the person adjudged to have won the June 12 1992 Presidential Election and the allegations of corruption levelled against the regime tainted the Abubakar’s government.

Looking at Nigeria today, to say the country is going through a difficult period sounds like an understatement when one take a critical look at what is actually happening in the country. Politically, Nigeria is in crisis with those in position of authority lacking the know-how on which direction to take the country. Never since the Biafran war has the voice of disunity been heard so loud and so clear and although the authorities in the country realise things are not well with Nigeria, efforts to address the situation have either been lukewarm or in most cases none at all. There is the problem of sectarian and religious killings perpetrated by Boko Haram, there is the problem caused by the sudden removal of oil subsidies to mention but a few.

Boko Haram

The sectarian and religious killings being carried out by Boko Haram in many parts of Northern Nigeria was long in coming and shouldn’t have come to anyone as a surprise. Boko Haram was founded in Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf and has as its political goal - to create an Islamic State. The leader set up a complex made up of a mosque and an Islamic school. The organisation sees western style education as a sin and many poor Muslims from across Nigeria and neighbouring countries sends their children to be educated at the school. Now, considering that Nigeria’s education set-up is largely based on the western style education and the country itself is supposed to be a secular state, it was no rocket science that both the Boko Haram and the Nigeria state were on a collision course and it was only a matter of time before they collide which they did. In 2009 Boko Haram carried out series of attacks on police stations and other state buildings in Maiduguri and the government responded by capturing the headquarters of Boko Haram killing members of Boko Haram and its leader Mohammed Yusuf. The two have been at war since. The emergence of Boko Haram could be traced to the trend in the country which has seen the gradual erosion of the secularity status of the Nigeria constitution. During the Shagari government, there was an attempt to take the country into the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). After much protest from many within the country, the idea was shelved. It later emerged that during the regime of Babangida, in 1986, Nigeria quietly became a member of OIC. This trend continued and during the Fourth Republic some northern states notably Zamfara declared Sharia as the governing law of the state. Now what is the link between this trend of Islamization of Nigeria and the emergence of Boko Haram? If one follows the recent re-emergence of nationalist extremism in Western Europe, one would see similarities and hence the link between the gradual erosion of Nigeria secularity status and the emergence of Boko Haram. Nigerians in Diaspora would remember when the issue of immigration becomes a hot topic within Western Europe and politicians across the political divides started to talk about curbing immigration. Soon, anti-immigration views became widespread and extreme nationalist political parties with anti-immigration views started to emerge like the British National Party in the UK, National Front in France, True Finns party in Finland to mention but a few. These parties started to gain popularity and before long racial attacks became widespread. Looking at the Nigeria situation and Boko Haram, when the Babangida regime took the country into the OIC, it sent a signal to proponents of Islamization of the country that it is possible to disregard the secularity status of the country. Then there is the issue of some northern states during the Fourth Republic declaring Sharia law as the governing law of their respective states without the federal government calling them to order. We should not forget the incident where a member of the Nigerian National Assembly took an underage bride from Saudi Arabia contrary to the law of the country and when some people protested he clearly stated that the only law he recognised was Islamic law which permitted such union. There is also the adoption of Islamic banking by the current governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. It is alarming that a civil servant will take such a mammoth decision without any authorisation from elected authority that exists within the country. This is a direct challenge to the elected authority in the country and no one call him to order. This should have been dealt with as an administrative issue because such decision was well beyond the remit of the powers of any civil servant. ( Continues below..... )

Baby killed by Boko Haram during their 2011 Christmas Day bombing of churches.

Photo Above: Baby killed by Boko Haram during their 2011 Christmas Day bombing of churches.

Imagine a situation where every permanent secretaries in the federal ministries decided to run their departments as they think fit or adopt and carry out any policies as they think fit without the permission of the elected representatives of the people to whom they are responsible. We should ask the question what would become of Nigeria in such a situation? Mallam Lamido Sanusi should have been summarily dismissed by President Goodluck Jonathan but the latter did nothing. Therefore, knowingly or unknowingly these actions of politicians were sending a clear signal to proponents of Islamization of Nigeria that the federal constitution of Nigeria is not supreme and can be undermined and even push aside in favour of Islamic law and policies. Consequently there will be those who will think that total Islamization of the country can be achieved even by violent means. It should be noted that no one will start a cause or a movement if there is no support whatsoever for it and no one will support a cause if he or she knows or realise that nothing can be achieved from it. Politicians and successive governments over the years have contributed either actively or passively towards the current situation prevalent in Nigeria today. From Babangida who secretly took Nigeria into OIC, to President Obasanjo who failed to defend the federal constitution and the country’s secularity status in the face of attack from state governments that declared Sharia law, together with other presidents and politicians who failed to take steps to address sectarian and religious issues when they were in power, they are all responsible for the situation Nigeria finds itself in today.

Removal of Subsidy on Oil Products

On the issue of the removal of subsidies from petroleum products by the Federal Government, whilst this is economically desirable it is politically damaging and will be socially catastrophic on the populace. Nigeria is a country where majority of the population live below the poverty line, removing subsidy on what is more or less an essential item for the majority of the populace will without any doubt make worse an already difficult situation for the people. For the presidency to even contemplate such a policy demonstrates lack of proper guidance. It has been said that the issue enjoys the backing of the Finance Minister Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Lamido Sanusi - these are not politicians. They are technocrats and this is what they are paid to do - to give advice to the politicians on what they think would be good for the economy but it is the job of the politicians and in this case the President to balance the economic implication with the political and social implications. Technocrats do not face elections, politicians does and the fact that a policy is economically desirable does not necessarily means it is socially imperative. The government’s argument was that Nigeria spends a third of its expenditure on oil subsidy and this money could be well spent in other areas of the economy like roads, education etc. However, we need to ask ourselves how does the government come to spend a third of its expenditure on oil subsidy or who was responsible for this? In a country where the government failed to make provision for a stable power supply, almost everything depends on oil, ranging from power generators to power individual homes, power generators for businesses including privately owned schools and hospitals. We could go on and on. Therefore, any such move to remove oil subsidy would have a domino effect meaning that every part of the people’s lives will be affected. Transport costs will go up, cost of running businesses will go up, cost of living will go up to mention but a few. The danger of such a situation is that for a people who are very suspicious of the government, such suspicion will grow even further. The government have failed woefully to provide any amenities for the people - education is not free, healthcare has to be paid for by the people, many of the roads are death traps, many communities have to resort to neighbourhood watch to provide security for their neighbourhood. As a matter of fact, Nigeria is a country where it can be categorically stated that the people exists for the government and not that the government exists for the people. Constitution are formulated without consultation with the people and so also are the state creation exercises, and the people have to accept and operate under the constitution. Many and in fact all the constitutions since independence have been the product of military regimes, civilian governments only have to come in and try to amend the provisions within these constitutions if possible. One would wonder what was the thought behind some of the provisions of these constitutions - whether it was people oriented or just for the ruling cabals. Why does the president has to choose a minister from each state of the federation when the administrative set up already make provision for a National Assembly with representatives from each state of the federation. There is no 36 federal ministries and yet each minister appointed has to be paid for together with the advisers and the remunerations that goes with their appointments. Then there is the state creation exercise by successive military governments which have become the Achilles Heel of the country as the country now has too many states which has led to the huge increase in the country’s cost of administration. Nigeria is said to be spending over 80% of its GDP on administrative cost. If one considers that the 1979 Sokoto state is now governed by 3 state governors which means that government departments to administer the previous Sokoto state have thus been trebled. No government have been bold enough to address the issue of the huge increase in administrative costs caused by the creation of too many states, however when the government felt that it needs funding it decides to take away the only benefit (if it can be described as such) in the form of oil subsidy from the people who are already impoverished by corruption and mismanagement of successive governments. ( Continues below….. )

Fuel Protesters Burn Tyres in Lagos

Photo Above: Fuel Protesters Burn Tyres in Lagos

One should not forget the arrangement between the Obasanjo’s government and the family of the late Abacha where it was agreed that the Abacha family would return some of the stolen public money and keep the rest. General Babangida is reported to be richer than many African countries and yet no one has asked him to account for how he came about such huge wealth after all, he was only a civil servant all his working life. There is also the reported payment of 100 million Naira made to the family of the deceased founder of Boko Haram by the Borno state government. This is the founder of an organisation that is responsible for the deaths of many innocent Nigerians. When one considers all these and many more, one can only say that it appears the governments in Nigeria are either detached from the people or are operating on a different planet from the people and doesn’t understand the real situation in the country. In such a situation where there seems to be no social contract between the government and the people and the government decides to take away what seems to be the only thing that they receives from the government, it is a dangerous move by the government, an ill-thought policy. In a country where the people are already sufferings from years of corruption and economic mismanagement from successive governments, the last thing they will countenance is to be squeezed even further.

Nigeria is going through a very critical period in its history and it requires the effort of everyone to address the problems faced by the country. The time to sit back and wish for a Messiah to come and resolve all the problems for us is gone. None but ourselves can emancipate ourselves from years of corruption and misrule. We should not let our situation be like the famous story about four people Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody would not do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.


We in the NFR believes that each and every effort is useful if we all direct our combined efforts at the appropriate channel. This is why we are advocating for a state organised conference and referendum. There are many ways this could be done - one way is to collect signatures in each state on issues important to the people and hand in the collected signatures to the state authorities and demand for a referendum organised by the state governments. The outcomes will then be used as the basis for negotiations among the constituents/regions that make up the country. We understand that there are 36 states and the federal capital territory but we believe that in the process of demanding for a referendum there will be alignment of views and demands.

Asking the federal government to organise a national conference is a waste of time as this will never happen. The President’s constituency is the whole of Nigeria and as such the President has a balancing job to do. Some people will want one thing, others will not want that thing. However, this is not the case with state governments. We in the NFR believes that each and everyone of us has a vital role to play and every of our effort count if properly channelled. What we must not do is to fold our arms and hope for a better tomorrow when it is within our reach to shape our today and tomorrow not just for the sake of ourselves but also for our children. The current system and set-up in Nigeria is leading us nowhere. We all witnessed the killings of southern youth corpers in the northern part of Nigeria during the last General Elections; there is the continue problems of sectarian and religious killings in the country; none of our politicians have the courage to raise the issue concerning our military where with every change of government many officers are compulsorily retired not because the country no longer require their services but because the government of the day doubt their loyalty. This is a waste as the country have spent so much resources training these officers. The current arrangement in Nigeria is some people’s idea but it has not worked for us as a country. We do not have to accept someone’s idea and in particular when it has not brought our people unity and progress. Demanding for a referendum is our democratic right but a right is only useful if it is exercised. It is important that we realise this now and do something about it.

Nigeria is at a crossroad. Successive governments - both the military and civilian have failed the people of Nigeria. Many of our politicians are rulers and not leaders - they lack the courage to take the necessary step to get us out of our current predicament and take us to the next level but together we can do something. There is a part each and everyone of us can play to make a change in our country and restore our land to the path of glory.

This is why we are urging all progress minded Nigerians to join us in the process of demanding that each state governor organise a state-wide conference and hold a referendum in their individual state to find out what their constituents want in order that we can determine which way forward for our country.

To find out more about NFR, you can contact us using our contact details below.

Folorunso Makinde
Facebook: Nigerians For Referendum
Email: nigeriansforreferendum@mail.com
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Comment from: Dr. Fortune Ukonu [Visitor]
Dr. Fortune Ukonu"Nigeria - A country in crisis" as a title does not address properly the true condition of the country. It is an understatement if one says that Nigeria is a dying nation. "Nigeria - A Dying Country" is a title that would have better defined the true condition of this self-acclaimed 'Giant of Africa'.

Haven read your note, it is paramount that Nigerians know very well that whatever happened to Nigeria as a country has been a calculated effort by the military under the regime of Ibrahim Babaginda, Olusegun Obosanjo and Yakubu Gowan. Nigerians should hold these military rulers accountable of the present conditions of the country.

Every leader of this nation Nigeria who had the opportunity to write his name on the anals of history squandered it. There is a limit to what a country can endure. Sometimes countries are baffled of how Nigeria is surviving with all the corruption, stealing, and market failures that abound.

If there is any conscience left in Nigerians and there leaders (past and present) past rulers such as Ibrahim Babangida, Olusegun Obasanjo, Yakubu Gowon to mention but a few would have been tried in the Court of Law and if found guilty be sent to prison to serve as example. On the contrary, these past leaders who established corruption as a way of life in Nigeria are walking the street to the extent that they are the kingmakers of Nigeria.

Our politicians, the military, judiciary, police and all the institutions in Nigeria can be said to be corrupt and if that is the case, then there is nobody in the country that can be said to be innocent. Just like the biblical story, if only one corrupt-free Nigerian can be found, God will spare the country.

Accuse a whiteman of stealing, he will go to any extent to clear his name but call a Nigerian a thief, he or she takes that as a complement - a status symbol, a bage of honour with added ward of GCFR, OFR or Chief.

The Nigerian factor (i.e corruption) is a pancreatic cancer that can hardly be cured. Every country on this planet strives to provide for its citizens as a measure of performance and comparative analysis of its development but Nigeria's case is the opposite. what are the key performance indicators anyone can use to say that Nigeria or its citizens are living?

If I say, the person to change or turn Nigeria around is yet unborn will not be an understatement because if Nigeria is to be a human being all she would have required would be a complete blood transfusion. Some people will accuse you of unpatriotism but patriotism thrives on a platform of justice, equity and fairplay. How can one be patriotic in a country Nigeria where a few honest Nigerians with all good intentions are overwhelmed by a multitude of corrupt leaders and followers alike?

How would one feel when one hears that past leaders like Obasanjo, Babangida and so on are the richest black Africans? Is that a precedent or what? How did they make their money? In Nigeria, such questions are not asked as not to step on toes.

Blame should be on the citizens of Nigeria who have been so afraid to say no to the injustices the present and past leaders of Nigeria have subjected them to. There are no electricity, no clean water, no roads, no quality education, no security, no justice, no accountability how muchmore transparency and these are the primary responsibilities of government. Politicians get away with murder willy nilly.

Rather than the government to account to the people, the people account to the government, rather than the government to serve the people, the people serve the government, rather than the government to provide security to the people, the people provide security to the government. These should not be the case.

Our National Assembly for example is bloated with politicians who are more interested in what they can get from the people and not what they can give to the people. Nigeria is a laughing stock in the commity of nations. They are only tolorating Nigeria because there is no other option hoping that change will come. But for how long can they waite for Nigeria while she plays the catch up?

I strongly believe that change will come one day. No Nigerian should not sleep until this change is comes but there will be scarifice from everybody before the changes takes place. God bless Nigeria!
01/18/12 @ 20:16
Comment from: Eddie [Visitor]
EddieCan't Nigerians sit down and determine the way forward or do they think that this madness will continue for ever? Arab Spring is still very much around.
01/19/12 @ 04:30
Comment from: TA [Visitor]
TAOnce upon a time, a great nation was designed and created by the creator of the earth and heaven for a purpose. It had all the trappings of success and was meant to evolve from its natural form to greater heights. But lo, this nation was later re-designed and re-created by the power that-be in order to fulfil a certain inordinate ambition. Today, the rest is history. A part of the rippling effect of the re-designing of Nigeria is what we see today. That Nigeria is gradually going into oblivion is no news, the decay is there for all to see. We are all quick to point out the obnoxious state of our once beloved nation, but on a broader picture we tend to shy away from looking for a way out. Our current situation is not solely the fault of past and present leaders, but a combination of the re-designing of Nigeria and other fundamental problems. On another dimension, I thought we are not even supposed to weaver as our situation and the likes have been prophesised in the Bible. I thought every Christian should rejoice and shout Halleluiah. Perhaps these are the perilous times. If it is, I am afraid the combination of all Nigeria Pastors can’t proffer any solutions.
01/19/12 @ 08:11
Comment from: Jerome Nwogu [Visitor]
Jerome NwoguWe have followed the Nigerian saga since after independence and the story has never had a sweet and meaningful ending.The question now is "how did we get it wrong from the beginning and with the intelligent men and women we have, why does this trifle continue?"In my opinion, I think majority of us lack interest, commitment and dedication to this farce called Nigeria.Those who are really serious about resurrecting the country and putting it on the right track are choked to submission.The end game of every individual who has a little opportunity to be at the helm of the national responsibility is to promote his or her own tribal interest.Why did we let "my tribe" take precedence instead of my 'nation'. This madness will continue until we have a rebirth- a new political structure exclusively for Nigeria and Nigerians.
01/19/12 @ 09:35
Comment from: Dr Fortune Ukonu [Visitor]
Dr Fortune UkonuThink of it, why is that every Nigerian leader or public office holder has a foreign bank account, a house overseas, an open flight ticket, children abroad and network of friends in overseas country? It is because in their heart of hearts, there is that inkling that the country will implode come oneday.

Nigeria's problems are not trully insurmountable or so but the fact is that the leaders particulally and the followers in general have formed that greedy mindset and when a mindset is fixated, the problems that emanate become a cankerworm.

I still maintain that our leaders past and present must be called to account for the mismanagement and misrule of this beloveth country. From all indications, Nigeria is a dying country because its present trajectory is a road to nowhere. Our differences would have been harnessed for strenght and unity but the differences are now a curse than a blessing. The real trouble for Nigeria is yet to come and the magnitude of it wwhen it comes would be undefinable and it will start when crude oil - the 97 per cent source of the country's foreign exchange on which Nigeria's annual budget revovles.

Nigeria is just like a man with many wives who at the end of every month doles out monthly upkeep to his wives which they live upon. Consider what happens when this particular source dries up. Having a foregin account, a house overseas or children and family abroad would not protect Nigeria's corrupt leaders.

The answers today to Nigeria's problems still lie in the hands of the rulers. Make a policy that has a human face, carry the polity along, consult them before embarking on any policy change, account to them of your governance above all be a shinning example and live a transparent life just leaders in develped countries do. What is wrong with that?

Who can start this peaceful revolutionary but would these old politicians rotten to the core with corruption allow this to happen? I doubt it. They shout fight corruption with oneside of their mouth whilst with other side they shout sustain it and perpetuate it.

These leaders are recycled year in year out as if they are the only Nigerians that know the solutions to Nigeria's problems. A dog in the manger, eat the grass it wont, allow the goat it wont either. Because they use the money they looted while in office to placate the electorates there is little or no chance for the younger generations with sharper brains to contribute to the development of Nigeria.

The lend to and borrow money from each other for electioneering campaigns only to be rewarded with juicy postings to lucrative ministries as rewards for sponsoring elections - the godfatherism. These politicians may think their stronghold to public offices cannot be broken as long as money remains the grease that lubricates elections in Nigeria.

Certainly, you can fool all the people but not all the time. The day of reckoning is coming. God bless Nigeria.
01/19/12 @ 10:29
Comment from: Dr. Fortune Ukonu [Visitor]
Dr. Fortune UkonuWhere were Nigerians when the caveat 'immunity from prosecution whilst in office was enshrined in Nigerian constitution? The ripples of exploiting this caveat put in Nigerian constitution is resonating.

Politician, Presidents, Governors and the elites who are in priviledged positions hide under this dangerous caveat in Nigeria's constitution to commit abomination and get away with that and even when out of office, they cleverly cover their tracks with old boys' theory or by making sure their cronies are in office to cover their tracks when they leave public or elected posts.

Why cant Nigerians copy from developed countries' practices? Was French immediate past president not tried and sentenced to jail for corruption? What of Zambia's former president jailed for just a pair of shoes he bought out of corrupt practices? Remember the USA Chicago governor who was sentenced to 14 years for trying to sale Obama senatorial seat? Why cant Nigerians copy good governance? Have you forgotten the British members of Parliament jailed for wrongly claimimg as small as £40 as miscellenous expenses they incurred in performing their "devine" duties which nobody else can perform except them?

What is the practice in Nigeria amongst our "devine" members of parliament, senators, special advisers, presidential assistances and so on? Do you not see how these members inflate the expenses incurred both true and false tripple times with money changing hands like people in the marketplace? They call it sharing the national cake. Does anything or anybody birth an eyelid? They are bleeding the economy dry and the consequences must run whether they like it or not.

How would a country spend about 87% of its annual budget on recurrent expenditure what happens to capital expenditures then? Nobody cares? Roads are not repared Refineries are not serviced, the Niger bridge is on the brink of collapsing everybody waits until it happens otherwise there wont be much money realised from the inflated contract award. Did you not hear that Chelsea bridge in Uk was closed just because it was suspected of rust.

Do you think Nigeria on this collision cause with itself is not self distruct? God bless Nigeria and Good bye my friends.
01/19/12 @ 13:06
Comment from: daniel - usa [Visitor]
daniel  -  usaboko haram is not a faceless enemy. i say this because senator somebody ndume the financer is not faceless, the little boy idiot calling himself leader of b h , posing between two a k 47, proclaiming that the security forces cannot defeat the b h is not faceless all these were perpectuated at a place, state or location. from there they send simingly lookalikes of the population to go into b h actions. well, sink that location, place, or state. then, b h goes with that action. the left over of the b h will see the hand writing on the wall. that i will do if i was a goodluck e j
01/19/12 @ 13:41
Comment from: omafume [Visitor] Email
omafumecome to think of it,or should i say what is the real solution to our problem in nigeria is it government,or what
03/16/12 @ 06:41
Comment from: Ms Nike Newton [Visitor]
Ms Nike NewtonThe reason why Nigeria is going through tough times is as a result of a brain drain. Most of the well qualified Nigerians live overseas and do not necessary engage in their chosen profession. For Nigeria to prosper Nigerians in diaspora have to come back home and support the country. Ms Nike Newton
03/16/12 @ 09:11
Comment from: adi-runningshoes [Visitor]
adi-runningshoeswhat can we do in 2012?
05/10/12 @ 03:05
Comment from: tkas [Visitor]
tkasWhat is the social policy that the government can need to solve the problems of crisis in nigeria?
05/26/13 @ 11:45
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10/13/15 @ 05:42
Comment from: ABDULHAFIZ YUSUF ALWAQAT [Visitor] Email
ABDULHAFIZ   YUSUF  ALWAQATmy almighty God save my great country Nigeria which this crisis especialy Boko haram and other tribe crisis.
01/02/16 @ 03:11

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