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WHAT IS NIGERIA'S BIGGEST PROBLEM?
« on: May 02, 2008, 03:14:47 PM »
SIR: What is Nigeria's biggest problem? This is the question my son asked me on a beautiful morning, April 12, 2008 after breakfast in Springfield, PA. He promptly followed this question with another, even before I answered the first. "Well dad, if you were the Nigerian president what would you do?"

This line of questioning, discussion, debates, a huge arguments on politics, race, history, education, religion - you name it, we battle over it - is commonplace in our home. But for whatever reason, instead of launching into the usual diatribe of possible flawed but well meaning reasoning, I actually paused for thought. My mind wandered, as I recollected the many discussions I had with countless Nigerians at home in Nigeira and in far away places in divergent circumstances and settings about what ails Nigeria.

In the opinions of most Nigerians I have encountered, the issues the country faces are those of oil, corruption, religion, ethnicity, infrastructure, poverty, hunger, disease, brain drain, civil liberties, etc. so with very broad strokes I pigeonholed all the people I have had discussions with into three groups. Group one the naysayers. They've lost faith and believe the problems are so entrenched in the national psyche that the country is without hope. Group two - the optimists. This set of folks believe the country is on the upswing. They quickly point out their successful family members and friends. The proliferation of cell phones. Nollywood, the Nigeria stock exchange, expensive cars on the streets, expensive foreign imports, or sprawling mansions owned by the few. And the final group - the opportunists. This is the set that doesn't really care whether the country moves forward or backwards, but is more interested in gaining a piece of the giant pie of ill gotten wealth.

The reality is that most of the problems that Nigeria and other African nations experience plague other developing nations too. We can look at history and point to colonialism tyrannical rule by dictatorships, mass exploitation, and corruption. But the original question that got me reminiscing is Nigeria's biggest problem.

In my opinion Nigeria's biggest problem is the mind-set of the average Nigerian. For there to be real change, people have to want change and a re-education of sorts. Expectations have to be realistic. Nigeria is a country of 130 million people plus people with 80 per cent reliance on less than $100 billion in oil revenue. Nigeria's yearly income is less than that of two major cities in the U.S. with 20 per cent of Nigeria's population, yet most cry foul for not receiving their piece of the black gold.

As Nigerians, we all need an attitude readjustment. Although, materialism is deeply interwoven in the national fabric. It is indeed possible to break away from the various cycle of trying to acquire wealth at all costs. As a youngster, I marvelled at people, who would borrow money to have block parties to celebrate one event or another. I also shook my head in disbelief at people who drove expensive cars but lived in a single room with 10 people. It is actually funny to see owners of fancy cars navigate their way through endless potholes and bad roads. I was even more amazed to see people vie for government contracts, receive payments and not perform any part of the contract.

There is no doubt in my mind that Nigerians are a hardworking, industrious people, so given the right mind-set and focus they can overcome their economic, political and social issues. With the right attitude the naysayers can again have faith, the optimists can be even more optimistic and the opportunists will have the occasion to work hard.

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2008, 03:29:16 PM »


low mentality...
little or nil capacity development;
low human mental infrastructure...

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Re: WHAT IS NIGERIA'S BIGGEST PROBLEM?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008, 11:30:54 AM »
Our politicians are Nigeria biggest wahala.

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008, 01:28:25 PM »
Lol
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2008, 01:34:35 PM »


is it a laughing matter?
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2008, 02:50:56 PM »
You know he was right.

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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2008, 12:22:15 PM »


so what do we do with the politician?

so the man in your neighbourhood
that runs after innocent girls isn't
a problem?

you mean the too-greedy merchants,
civil servants aren't part of the problem?

for how long will folks leave leprosy
to be treating ringworm!
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2008, 06:38:46 PM »
The man next door is a social problem,
And our politicians are our economic problems.

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Re: WHAT IS NIGERIA'S BIGGEST PROBLEM?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2008, 08:34:13 PM »
Too much grammar. 

EVERYONE that is a Nigerian (home and abroad)is a contributor to the problem. 

WHY?
If we ALL do our part.  Everybody in Nigeria is an oga. 
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Re: WHAT IS NIGERIA'S BIGGEST PROBLEM?
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2008, 09:34:00 AM »
Everybody

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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2008, 09:48:57 AM »


everybody?

couldn't be!

if so, everybody should be
consigned to siberia...
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2008, 09:57:29 AM »
I said everybody because each and everyone of us has contributed in keeping Nigeria this way.
The snack wrapper you eat or pure water packet thrown carelessly,little things we do that generate to mighty things.i can go on and on

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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2008, 10:11:50 AM »

well...do you, sister judy2,
expect folks to keep such 'dirts'
in their pockets when there are

no provision for public waste bins?

by no means am excusing the wanton
disregard for discipline and cleanliness...

but, i feel we'll be reducing the biggest
problem of the country to a pedestal level
if we concur that everybody's the problem...

like the book "animal farm" pointed out:
"all animals are equal; but some are more
equal than the others"!

let's rise beyond the blanket category
of those who have messed up not only
the country but the human psyche and
dignity and the very essence of living...

as in a membrane...let's look at the core
of the failure...not the peripheral of marginal
foibles.

my 2rupees!
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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2008, 10:15:22 AM »
so what is the core?

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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2008, 10:39:46 AM »


i lay no claim to knowing
the core...

but i sure know taking everybody
for the core is rudimentary in my little
wisdom...

i presume we need to explore the more
fundamental indices to the failing system
of this country...

a little exercise: can we look back at a time
when things were working in the country...

can we do some rough projections of a time-lag
when the rot of a nation began?

what factors were practically responsible then?
what further fundamental circumstances plunged
the nation deeper into the abyss of failure?

shall we?
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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2008, 10:57:27 AM »
what of parents who because greed push their children to 419 by comparing them to others who had made it without caring how they got their wealth.
These children will grow up to become leaders of this country and the loothing continues.

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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2008, 11:02:07 AM »


are there not drug peddlers,
drug traffickers, drug pushers,
drug barons, drug addicts...

in developed lands?

to me, these things still fall
in the peripherals...

can we do the exercise please?
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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2008, 11:04:55 AM »
the problem is not with the people but the leadership

no man is born a criminal the soceity  makes him
Fasola is doing his best in lagos state
people are grumbling gradualy lagos is taking a nice look


leaders go for conferences and endup in a business trip in dubai
no report of how the conference has beeen
pratical use of the theory is dump on their table

most our leaders are terrible
they are our problem
neva run away 4rm ue enemy,walk back to him he/she will start running.

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« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2008, 11:15:37 AM »
I know from the start of this thread that you guys wanted us to start bashing the leadership but i refuse to do that.I still maintain my stand
@ayoolawa the best years of ones life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.you do not blame on your mother,the president,the society but realises that you control your destiny.

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« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2008, 11:22:01 AM »

sister judy2...with all respect
it seems you've pre-conditioned

your mind towards this thread...
how many folks on this thread have
given the leadership bashing?

true, each one of us destiny is in our hands...
but, let us not underestimate or trivialise
the enormity of societal impact...

i've addressed you...not to look at what i termed
the rudimentary aspect of our existential failure...

can we without prejudice examine the exercise i gave
above?

it can only be an exercise in futility if it means that
at no material time nigeria ever did well...

he who wants equity must come with clean hands...
sister judy2, can you approach the rostrum please!
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« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2008, 11:24:39 AM »
@poster should contribute first,i have to make dinner now.
when i come back i will answer you @beibee

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« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2008, 11:35:01 AM »


i appreciate your sincerity
and forthrightness...my dear sister.

please include me in the dinner menu!
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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2008, 10:14:04 PM »
I SAY AGAIN, WE ARE ALL TO BLAME.

3 Simple questions:
1. Do you obey simple traffic rules?
2. Why don't you leave the wrapper of your gala in the car and throw it away after you get home instead of trowing it out of your car?
3. Why do you make calls while driving?

Is it the leadership of the Nation that will make you do the right things?

We are too quick to SHIFT blames. WHY?

Let us all do our part!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ::)
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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2008, 09:06:03 AM »
@winnteam am on your team in this one oh!
Here people hold their piece of paper till they see dustbin.
Imagine me bending down in a busy supermarket to pick up sweet wrapper thrown away my little kids,sometimes you will see other people picking it for you.
I don't think is the leaders of our country that are sending all those stupid emails in my junk box.
The leaders have their own part to play too,but lets think of what we can do for our society and not always what we can get.
@poster where are you.

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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2008, 09:44:44 AM »


i don't do those three things...

so?
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