The President did not tell our economic and social predicament and roadmap on how to solve the situation.
When a leader pretends there are no problems, then there is trouble. He can’t solve problems he doesn’t admit are existing.
What we heard from him were threats on how to deal with us for internet frauds and spreading fake news as if those were our immediate problems.
Well we are used to all sorts of tales from our Presidents, past, and present, each telling us we are doing well, we are potentially great, we are overcoming, developing and transforming.
We all know it was fabricated lie, that we are not doing well, that the speeches were never written by the presidents, some of them never even reviewed them.
We are tired of pointless grammar, meaningless chest-thumping, and inaccurate statistics. In short, we are tired of waiting for our leaders to lead.
Our youth are ranked lowest in terms of well-being and are despairing on the future because Nigeria is ranked near the bottom in terms of economic opportunities, and ICT penetration.
Our educational system as seen by the young is ranked the worst in the world.
Much can fall apart, but when the youth lose faith in the present and are incapable of seeing hope in the future, that is the worst possible thing that could happen to any country in the world.
Some 30 years ago, Obasanjo said that by the turn of the century we will be among the greatest nations on earth. Pipe dream.
Yar’adua and Jonathan said 2020 would be our year, that we should surpass all other nations with our double-digit growth and be among the 20 biggest economies on earth. False prophesy.
What this tells us is that our leaders lived in a false facade, detached from reality. We live in self-deceit.
Germans who are arguably the most industrious of all people know and admit their limitations. Their former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said, “Germany is not a world power, she does not wish to be a world power”. Ironically Germany was 3rd largest economy in the world when he made that statement in 1972.
Prime Minister Tony Blair had said, “we will no longer be Great Britain again”. When he said that he knew that there was no nation on earth with a prouder history, that invented or helped invent all that was to be invented today. But he was humble enough to admit that other nations with bigger sizes and population and more resources have taken over the world from the UK.
Nigeria is not a great nation, it is not among the biggest economy in the world, maybe we can get there if we put our act together and certainly not with the tribe of hyenas that call themselves our leaders.
Chinua Achebe once said in his book, The Trouble with Nigeria, “listen to Nigerian leaders and you will frequently hear the phrase this great country of ours. Nigeria is not a great country. It is one of the most disorderly nations in the world. It is one of the most corrupt, insensitive, inefficient places under the sun. It is one of the most expensive countries and one of those that gives the least value for money. It is dirty, callous, noisy, ostentatious, dishonest and vulgar. In short, it is among the most unpleasant places on earth.’
South Africa is a member of G20. The exclusive group accounts for 85% of the Global Domestic Product of the world. But we rebased our economy to make us claim the number one economy in Africa, forgetting the fact that while South Africa’s per capita income was $7000, ours was $1,700.
We also conveniently ignored the fact that while South Africa generated 40,000mw of electricity, we generated 3500mw. And it was a renowned economist Ngozi that created that kind of false economy for us.
Let’s wait and see when Nigeria will dislodge and replace South Africa, the only African member of the G20 group.
At least we should join the club if we are indeed the biggest economy in Africa or among the best in the world.
By: Aliyu Nuhu
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