Major Problems Nigeria Is Facing 56 Years After Independence – Tony Ogunlowo

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October 1st, 2016 – Nigeria Is The Most Difficult Country To Govern In The World..With 3 Major Tribes & Many Sub-tribes..Change May Be Impossible 

The Real Trouble With Nigeria An article By Tony Ogunlowo

In his acclaimed publication ‘The Trouble with Nigeria’ published 33 years ago, in 1983, the late Chinua Achebe pointed out that the ‘ the trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership’.

Thirty-three years on this is still true but with an added ‘but’.

Nigeria is a very difficult country to govern: if not the most difficult in the world to govern. You have three major tribes with god-knows-how-many sub-tribes. Three major languages are spoken with over four hundred dialects. There are supposedly two major religions – Christianity and Islam – and again god-knows-how-many different heathen gods that are also worshipped.

Again you have over a hundred and eighty million inhabitants, most living below the poverty line and largely uneducated.

So many people to think of; of different tribes, religions, political affiliations and languages under the umbrella of one nation to be governed by one-person – a President.

Being the President of Nigeria is nothing in comparison to being the President of say, Ghana or the United States of America. The people in these countries are not so diversified.

A President of Nigeria has the near impossible task of trying to keep everybody happy which as I have previously mentioned is impossible because the latter in his best efforts (-or not!) to keep everybody happy will be accused of everything from tribalism and nepotism to favouritism.

In the past thirty years we’ve seen the ‘Buhari-IBB-Sonekan-Abacha- Abubakar’ governments and also the’ OBJ-Yar’Adua-Jonathan-Buhari’ governments. Some were dictators whilst others were elected. It doesn’t matter where there is an APC or PDP Federal government there will still be moaning and groaning.

Especially when you still have disillusioned fantasists like Chief Femi Fani Kayode still holding on to the now defunct belief of North-South, Christian-Islam divide. Nigeria has evolved over the years and its current predicament has nothing to do with the North-South, Christian-Muslim divide.

Nigeria is a mess as a result of poor leadership, going back for decades, lack of foresight and the lack of accountability on behalf of everybody – from the humble market porter to the President. It’s easy to criticize, judge and condemn others without taking a good look at our very selves in the mirror. To borrow a Christian phrase ‘first remove the plank from your eye before you proceed to remove the speck of dust from brother’s eye’. We are all guilty of bringing the country down to its knees.

With the exception of the military juntas that have ruled Nigeria since independence every civilian government has been voted in by the people – NPC-NNDP, NPN, PDP, APC….

When you have a political system where 99% of those in government are corrupt and inept, or intend to be, you have a problem. Money and harmony go hand in hand. If there is no money to go around because someone has pilfered it there will be general dissatisfaction and even if God was President he won’t be able to run the country and keep everybody happy.

For those who still remember the oil-boom years ( Udoji awards, car and housing loans for graduate workers etc.) of the 70s and early 80s when money was plentiful and corruption was minimal the Head of State of the day had no problem running the country. There was little or no talk of religious or tribal differences as everyone got on with what they were supposed to do – honestly.

That was then. Nowadays the President has to struggle to run the country. He has to deal with the politically-correct brigade who’ll accuse him of playing the North-South, Christian-Muslim game. He has to deal with corrupt fellow politicians, current and past, who hide behind fancy lawyers and Section 308. But most important of all he has to deal with the mind-set of the people. As a race Nigerians are stubborn and don’t take to change very easily. We want things the way we want it and not the way it’s supposed to be. As a result because we’re stuck in our ways the way forward becomes clouded. Gone are the days when the military boys used to issue decrees forcing us to do things. Now we have democratic governments and everything has to be done by the vote opening the door for us to get up to all sorts, rarely doing the right thing.

If we want change we all have to change. Not just the President at the top of the food-chain but everyone. Ditching our age-old habits won’t happen overnight as Rome wasn’t built in a day but a will to start will be a step in the right direction.

The failure of leadership in Nigeria is not just down to one person, the President, not doing his job, but our collective responsibility to do the right thing.

It’s one thing to blame the country’s woes on the lack of competent leadership over the years but what about the governed people themselves? It takes two to tango. If everybody is doing what they’re supposed to do, the right way, then the leaders would have no option but to follow suit.

We condemn our leaders but at the same time our mind-sets allows them to continue with impunity. Isn’t Nigeria the only country in the world where we celebrate corrupt and inept politicians? You salute them, praise them, worship them and give them chieftaincy titles and your daughters – the same very people who have STOLEN YOUR MONEY plunging your country into recession, lawlessness and uncertainty!

The mind-set of the average Nigerian encourages the leaders to do what they want because the people, as a whole, are not righteousness enough to condemn them. If a small country like Ghana can consider impeaching its President for accepting a gift (bribe?) of a car what does that say of Nigeria? We have laws and a constitution but some people believe they are above the law – like Patience Jonathan (who wasn’t even voted into office) – and the people let them get away with it – even protecting them!

We may have bad leaders but we also have a bad populace. If the populace that puts them in power demands (I’ll stress the word ‘demands’) accountability they must account for their actions. If any politician has a clear conscience why hide behind lawyers and section 308? It’s not until you have something like the Arab spring before leaders are forced to change their ways – vote them out! There are sections of the Nigerian Constitution that can be implemented to impeach a President, a Governor, a Senator or anybody who holds a public office. The sad thing is it’ll never be done. Why? Because we as a people are happy to live of the crumbs of their illicit gains : happy to keep them in power to satisfy our religious or tribal status quo; happy to think ‘someone has chop im own’ from public funds whilst at the same time hoping and praying we ourselves can get into public office and ‘chop our own’.

And when we don chop everything finish wetin go remain for future generations? Nothing!

Now we’re at square one again – no money in the country and a biting recession – and we’re wondering where it all went wrong.

Don’t just blame the leaders, blame yourselves too!

The people who fought and died for this country’s independence didn’t do so in order for a future generation of over-rated imbiciles to come and loot and plunge the country into darkness.

3 thoughts on “Major Problems Nigeria Is Facing 56 Years After Independence – Tony Ogunlowo

  1. what are we celebrating, poverty, recessions, religious killings, Tribalism, segregation’s, Terrorism, hatred, looting? if this what we are celebrating then it worth, but apart from the above things it does not worth celebrating

    • Looking at how the APC is going about the Nigeria economy because of the economic reccession arising as a result of the global oil price drop there is urgent need for urgent critical approach to revive the Nigerian economy Inorder to enable Nigeria grow enviable foreign reserve that will place Nigeria amongst the top 20 economy of the world within the next 5 years.
      Oil is gone.Let us not deceive ourselves and oil cannot make us great because we misused the opportunity when we had the oil boom so let us forget about oil because the west has started looking for other sources of energy outside oil of which has already started given results.By the next 5yrs oil will be next to nothing as there will be other alternative sources of energy even cheaper than oil.
      We must diversify the economy by going into mechanised agriculture immediately which the Federal government must aggressive get involved by owning Federal Farm settlements that will go into massive mechanised farming that will prodice economic cash crops which they will process thereby providing the needed raw materials for our local industries as well as for export and even for our local consumption thereby saving us a lot of foreign exchange.
      It is only Government that has the right funding to go into this type of massive agriculture for now.The private sector will equaly get involved when the Government led the way.
      Diverfifying the economy should be a mere propaganda as usual by government because past giovernments in Nigeria as always talked about diversifying our economy only to end up doing nothing and continue to rely on oil.
      Our state governments and local governments will equally follow suite.
      Right now both our states and local governments are idle.
      Fedreal Government will invest in massive infrastructure especially power for industralization.
      Also now is the time for the Federal Government to recognise the informal sector.
      Government must at this point in time allow foreign inflows of foreign exchange from all sectors of the economy into Nigeria as a way of boosting our economy.Dislodge all the obstacle obstructing our banks from receiving foreign inflows as that will help this economy get the much need foreign exchange especially at this time.Our banks are already suffocating because their licence is under utilised.
      The Central bank of Nigeria will need to so somethingh urgent about bank interest rate and bring down the interest rate on lending because right now the interest rate on lending is so high that it is almost impossible for borrowers to pay for the loan.Right now the high bank interest makes the Lender guilty as a criminal just like the borrower who is unable to redeem his/her bank loan because of the high interest rate.This also has dealt a devastating blow to our banking sector and the economy in general.
      Furthermore the Government must ecourage startups and establish and agency for startups so that we can produce global brands in tech companies which will equally create massive jobs for our unemployed and grow our economy as well.
      The Nigeria music industry and Nollywood must be incorporated into our foreign policy and must be another engine for foreign exchange generation for Nigeria.
      Inview of the economic reccession presently raising tax is a wrong approach as it will trigger inflation just as we are witnessing atn the moment.Government will find a way to reduce tax urgently before our Naira is gone because the the Naira is Nigeria not even the National flag(the Green white Green)but the Naira so we must protect the Naira at all cost.
      Nigeria at this time need to be a tax heaven in order for us to overcome this economic recession quickly and reclaim our position as the gaint of Africa.
      Tax haven countries offer foreign investors low tax rates and other tax features designed to attract investment and thereby stimulate economic activity.
      Tax haven governments appear to be adequately funded: their average 25 percent ratio of government to GDP exceeds the 20 percent ratio for the world as a whole.
      At this point Nigeria needs other countries black money which will act as a great Foreign Investment to Nigeria.
      Nigeria do not need to fret about (OECD)Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developmen for being a tax heaven because we will still comply with OECD five criteria even as a tax heaven.
      All these measures put in place the economy will boom and crime will decrease to the bearest minimum and there will be stability in the polity.
      Let me use this opportunity to urge all Nigerian to be patient with our Dear President.President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC in their task to rebuild Nigeria as they will definitely get Nigeria out of this recession.
      Happy 56th bithday Nigeria.

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