RIP Nigeria!

2015-03-24 07:19

Will Nigeria resurrect again?

This Saturday, 28th March 2015, Nigeria goes to the polls to either re-elect the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or for the first time in the history of Nigeria’s democracy vote for the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, with former military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari contesting for the third time. With its current state of leadership, political and security turmoil, will Nigeria rest in peace after the election or will there be a resurrection like of Jesus?

With a 170million strong population, Nigeria is on the brink of self destruction due to its leadership crisis and an intense culture of corruption. Corruption reigns supreme in this oil rich country. For me Nigeria is the most corrupt nation in the world. Sure, Transparency International lists Chad, Haiti, Laos, Yemen, and Cambodia as some of the top corrupt countries in the world. But none of these nations is as wealthy as Nigeria — which takes in $81 billion annually just from the sale of oil. No, not even one of them. Nigeria steals and squanders more money than any other nation, making it the world’s most corrupt, by that measure.

Nigeria produces an estimated 2.4 million barrels of oil each and every day. With oil recently selling at $93.61 a barrel, that’s $224 million in income daily, $81 billion annually, just from the sale of oil. Yet many hospitals can’t afford to buy an ambulance, schools can’t afford classrooms and chairs, a huge lack of good roads and clean drinking water. Exactly my reason why Nigeria is the most corrupt nation on earth.

99% of the politicians in Nigeria are actually not politicians, they are businessmen camouflaging as politicians. Getting involved in politics and gunning for political office is all conducted as a business investment. Nigeria’s politics is “money politics” where the coveted politic office goes to the highest bidder/investor. And as soon as they get elected they loot the public coffers neglecting their promises to people.

Ever wonder why the same Nigerian army who brought stability during civil wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Congo can’t even defeat Boko Haram? The corruption culture has destroyed the Nigerian army. The security of the nation is a huge talking point among voters. The influence of Boko Haram within the last six years has undermined the authority of Nigeria’s leaders. Boko Haram reigned supreme destroying towns, kidnapping women and children, using suicide bombers to cause havoc. Nigeria’s national motto since 1978: "Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress” has lost its meaning.

Don’t let the recent elevation of Nigeria as the biggest economy in Africa fool you. Poverty is a ‘sign post’ in most communities. There’s a huge lack of classrooms for students, health and game facilities in shambles, pot holes own the road networks and a known existent middle-class. All this is visible while it’s leaders launder tax payers money to Switzerland, France, UK, South Africa and Dubai.

For the first time in the history of Nigeria’s politics, it seems like the voters have acquired a painful education due to hardships and look likely to vote the opposition. Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission has implemented the use of voters ID and scan machine, another first. I hope this will finally kill the vote count manipulation, rigging and interference by security forces and leaders. This will be the most hotly contested election in the history of Nigeria’s democracy. The candidates have spent close to a billion dollars in campaign expenses, a lot of it as bribes to voters, political leaders and security forces to help them win the election.

Nigeria doesn’t deserve its current state. A nation of great people, smart and intelligent citizens, rich in natural resources and yet, the rich keep getting richer and the poor gets nothing. I also blame Nigerians for the pathetic state of Nigeria. This is the same country that gave us Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Kanu Nwankwo, Fela Kuti and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Will the lack of leadership of Goodluck Jonathan finally bury the nation of Nigeria - ashes to ashes or will the integrity of Mohammadu Buhari finally resurrect the sleeping giant called Nigeria?

Nigerians, make all of una vote well o (Nigerian Pidgin English meaning: Nigerians, you all must vote right)

RIP Nigeria, see you in heaven or see you in hell.

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