Nigeria: Where Do We Go From Here?

Have you ever wondered why Nigeria is still a developing country despite the natural resources she has in abundance?

Nigeria has refused to grow into one of the leading economies despite the wealth of human and natural resources we possess.
The reasons are so clear that everyone including a blind man can see why.

Corruption and greed can be attributed to the reasons why we are worse than when our colonial masters, The British, left us in 1960.

I was livid the day I realised some metals used to make smart phones and other electronic gadgets are sourced from Nigeria yet we are the highest buyers/users of the mobile phones.

A few years ago, rumours spread round the country about the high demand for mercury found in old clocks. A lot of people went helter skelter in search of this mercury, to sell it off in exchange for a huge sum of money.

The developed countries exploit Nigeria to a fault, they come into our homes, collect these raw materials and assemble these mobile phones and sell them back to us at an exorbitant price.

Corruption has been the bane of our development since time immemorial. Most of the looted money is used in growing economy of developed countries like UK, while the looted mineral resources like oil aid in keeping industries of the West running, providing its citizenry with wealth while we, the owners suffer in poverty.

Corruption has been mapped into our genes, nothing is free any more in Nigeria. In some Nigerian Universities, you must bribe the people at the Exams & Records Department before they compile your results and submit your name to NYSC for the compulsory one year programme.

There is so much corruption in Nigeria that if we were to create a hall of fame for corrupt people, we would run out of where to put new names. There’s always a price, if you tell people you are doing something for free, they look at you as if you are odd and stupid.

We celebrate corruption and we have accepted it, that’s why a Governor can publicly announce he used state funds to buy a wedding gift for a celebrity couple and convey some guests to the wedding in Dubai. Money that is meant to be used to better the lives of the indigenes of the state. The senate president also gave the same couple a ferrari car worth N47million as wedding gift after rejecting a bill for unemployed graduates to be paid N20,000 monthly. You can’t try such in a developed nation like the United States and United Kingdom.

Corruption sometimes can be as a result of jealousy, people could hate and plot against you because you didn’t tip them off/settle them with the money meant for a particular project.

92% of affluent Nigerian citizens made their wealth via affiliation with the government via oil and other businesses. Nigeria is the only country where a poor man can become rich in a twinkle of an eye just by linking up with those in power.

The average Nigerian is negative and proud. A Nigerian who has just N2m in his account will brag and look down on those with N1.9m, that’s just 100k difference but it is enough for him to boast with and marginalise those below him.

I’ve lost hope in Nigerians living abroad because most of them come back with the same mentality, no difference.

Nigerians are filled with the spirit of pomposity and pride, we just can’t help it. It is evident in a country where everything including original club jersey, satellite TV (DSTV), internet, laptop, phone or automobile is still a luxury.
In churches, pastors announce rich men and appreciate their presence. For what if I may ask?
The church is supposed to be the only place where the rich and poor are equal even if it is for 30minutes. Some men and women have specific seats in churches that you dare not sit on those seats.

I could go on and on but my fingers hurt due to overuse.

What can we do to take Nigeria higher and make our economy one of the best in the world? Is it feasible or a lost cause?

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8 Replies to “Nigeria: Where Do We Go From Here?”

  1. Ma dear,its really appalling what’s going on in Nigeria.Until we all change our mentalities for positive change Nigeria won’t get better at all.How about Super eagles that the calabar state governor gave 25million because they won the African cup of nations cup!He also promised 50mil if they win d match with Kenya unfortunately it was a draw.Money meant for state activities!All state governors join suit to lavish them with cash n lands.No doubt they did well,but they are pertinent issues in the country left unaddressed.Professinals increment in salaries even youth corp members is a taboo!Nigeria getting better needs a real Jerry Rawlings who would eliminate all bad eggs/influence to a better Nigeria.

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  2. It aint easy I knw… Living in a country like ours, knowing d wealth,potentials and unique talents we’ve got as well as high grade natural resources.. All we should do is have an attitudinal change toward materialistic and ostentious pursuit.. But finally brethren let’s pray for our dear country , wether we like it or not we are Nigerians cos dats our place of birth. For me I would say d change will come with a rugged revolution in all d sectors of d economy to acheive a better and more united country with basic human amenities and support but Who is going to stand in d gap or frontline to actualize such a great Change. I belive d Youths shuold endevour to b self employed, producers and inventors dan siting back and complaining about what our leaders haven’t put in place for us.. Let always PRAY for our country and tink of what we could do to transform our dear nation dan what our leaders will do for us,,,,, wit such united hardwork and attitudinal change I belive a great/marked difference will b experienced, felt and witnessed in d country.. PEACE and PROSPERITY must reign in 9JA”’ It is WELL..

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  3. David Mark’s gift is within the purview of the constitution as a public servant. If our leaders are corrupts, it means that we all are corrupt (the elects & electorates) becuse they were chosen by us, among us and for us. If the foundation is destroyed what ll the righteous do? Let’s start from ourselves which is the baseline and foundation of corruption. Every Nigerian is a potential rogue, it is opportunity that makes others thieves. We rant and maledict our leaders because all eyes are on them and we haven’t gotten such opportunity. For a better Nigeria must start from the electorates and the common citizen!

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  4. David Mark’s gift is within the purview of the constitution as a public servant. If our leaders are corrupts, it means that we all are corrupt (the elects & electorates) becuse they were chosen by us, among us and for us. If the foundation is destroyed what ll the righteous do? Let’s start from ourselves which is the baseline and foundation of corruption. Every Nigerian is a potential rogue, it is opportunity that makes others thieves. We rant and maledict our leaders because all eyes are on them and we haven’t gotten such opportunity. For a better Nigeria must start from the electorates and the common citizen! Moreso, I still express my unalloyed support to the senate president for striking out the bill for payment of unemployed graduates. Nigerians are hustlers and not known for laziness; then why paying unproductive but vibrant youths. Even our corps members, majority are unproductive and don’t contribute to the growth of our economy. We should think something creative and productive as learned people before sending a bill to the national assembly. I deem it prudent that such bill would be better stated as ‘ bill for massive job creation across the states of the federation’ to absorb unemployed youths.

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  5. This is the same old story we hear every day, no positive changes are been made atall. I pray God helps us cos that’s what we need “Divine Intervention”

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  6. Am feed up hearing all dis kind of story over & over again, since we all know d problem wit our country, I wish to ask what are we doing individually to stop it. It’s easy to say what’s wrong but hard to do d right thing. So I what to tell each & every 1 of Us to pause 4 a second when making a diction & choose d 1 d@ will b 4 d good of d nation & lets stop being selfish when it gets 2 choosing btw Nigeria & U.

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