Nigeria at 60: the problem with Nigeria

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The problem with Nigeria can be likened to a town whose houses are on fire and the people are relaxed and some even gone to sleep. Pure madness of the most absurd dementia. All our faults are right there before our very eyes and we won’t or should we say, can’t resolve the faultlines? That’s who we are.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti had said we were then and we still are today, suffering and smiling, a ridiculous contradiction. That’s who we are, but can we get it right and do the right things to make Nigeria better? That has been the crucial question for seekers of a better Nigeria from independence to date.

Many who were previously seen as icons of good governance and incorruptibility ranging from the civil rights, government, labour and political circles have largely been a disappointment to the expectations of Nigeria becoming a great nation. That is how we have been. How do we change our situation? The question is begging for answers.

On corruption, it is our view that it is obtainable in all countries of the world. It is in how these countries react to their problems that we have missed the point. Corruption is everywhere in the world and not only prevalent in Nigeria.

We just need to create parallel institutions that will continuously check, prevent or make it more difficult to steal public funds.

We had a singular opportunity with COVID-19, a sort of second lifeline to make things better first, by putting our medical structures and facilities in excellent state and secondly, by enhancing our medical industry and increase our human capital development, creating better working conditions for our medical personnel. These Nigerian governments’, that is, national, states and local governments officials who were prevented from going abroad on their regular medical tourism, will not make efforts to do major projects to cause fundamental changes in our healthcare sector to make it meet world best standards.

Let’s look at the issue of insurgency, Nigerians are tired of the cluelessness of the government or what many see as a complacent posture. Nigerians are tired and ashamed by the recent facts regarding the devastating blow delt to Boko Haram by President Idriss Dèby of Chad and his gallant troops that saw them dislodged from Chad into Nigeria which has seen a most dangerous escalation of Boko Haram activities in Nigeria till date! Things seem to have gotten hopeless and we need all the brains and hands to pull Nigeria back from the brinks.

A nation were unarmed social activists and civil society groups and various ethnic groups protesting insecurity, poor governance, discriminatory rights of citizens, injustice, lack of national integration and lopsided employment and appointments are treated like common criminals, while so called repentant Boko Haram terrorists are given Presidential treatment under a bogus amnesty program with a bill at the national assembly waiting to be passed to give them comfort is most despicable.

Nigeria only has independence in its flag, no more. Nigeria has lost its respect and leadership position in Africa and the world. Its citizens suffer indignities from smaller African nations and economies. The story is the same across the rest of the world! This is not the way we should be!

Crossfire Reports thinks Nigeria should stop celebrating Independence Day until we get it right as a sovereign state and the most populous African nation, abundantly blessed with human and material resources! There is nothing to celebrate.