EDITORIAL: Panacea for a staggering giant at 57

by AljazirahNigeria | October 3, 2017 7:00 pm

Nigeria attained the age 57 with a low-key independence celebration in all parts of the country. Interestingly, Nigeria remains the most populous country in Africa, and the 7th most populous country in the world. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, has projected Nigeria to be the world’s third most populous country by the year 2050.

What is worse, fifty-seven years after independence, most distraught Nigerians have continued to query and reject the very basis of the Nigerian State. Though there’s no doubt that Nigeria is the giant of Africa, the truth is that this nation is sleeping deeply in all ramifications.

Today, Nigeria is faced with a whole lot of problems ranging from clamors for restructuring to Biafra agitation. There is no doubt that a very few in the society have access to the real necessities of life whereas, a larger percentage of the people live below the accepted international standard.

Almost every Nigerian you speak to is dissatisfied with the state of the nation; people are angry and blame each other for the deterioration of the nation. The northerners will tell you it is the southerners; the southerners will tell you the northerners have ruled Nigeria for too long. Some have even conceived that the amalgamation of 1914 was a terrible mistake; that we would have been better off if there was no amalgamation.

Outside politics, criminals have also helped to worsen the national mood with almost daily cases of kidnapping and armed robbery. All these on top of a tottering economy that is just emerging from recession.

Education that ought to have been consolidated has been left ill-funded, poorly planned and weakened. Public primary and secondary schools across the country are now empty shells. The universities are in perpetual crisis owing to poor funding.

The Health sector remains a nightmare to Nigerians. Hospitals lack equipment to handle even simple, let alone complex cases. As a nation, therefore, millions of hard-earned foreign exchange is spent through visits to foreign hospitals. Even the President passed a vote of no confidence in the health sector by his own medical checkups and treatment in the U.K.

Any nation that cannot feed its population after fifty-seven years of political independence cannot be taken seriously in the comity of nations. The Agriculture sector of the country cannot be said to have a pass mark.

On the flip side, Nigeria have managed to sustain democracy as a stable government for nearly two decades. The government has also embarked on an open confrontation with the monster of official corruption. While AljazirahNigeria commend this effort, we also call on the government to ensure that impartiality and openness should be a critical factor in the fight.

As the government in power, the Buhari administration has a duty for posterity, to seek to genuinely address feelings of exploitation, injustice, unfairness and disequilibrium in the society, whether these are real or imagined.

AljazirahNigeria opine that there should be a forum for Nigerians to freely discuss how to live together cordially and how best to tap and utilise their resources. Efforts made in this regard by previous governments should be incorporated if found relevant.

The future of Nigeria is indeed bright and it needs the brightest of brains from the north, south, east and west to join hands to move this nation forward. With greater accountability, probity and honesty amongst the citizenry, youth involvement and participation in the affairs of the country will have a positive effect on the economy and political affairs of Nigeria.

AljazirahNigeria urge all Nigerians to be optimistic. We believe strongly and greatly that things are going to turn out for the good in Nigeria, as she clocks 57. We should understand that we have different religions, ethnicity, and culture; we should learn to respect each other, live with our differences and treat everyone fairly. Every Nigerian should be able to live the way he wants in conformity with his culture, ethnic preference, and religion.

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