Nigeria @ 60. A Totally Failed Country
By Adeola Aderounmu
10 years ago, l wrote a piece that went viral/global. It was titled: Nigeria @ 50, what is there to celebrate? One would have thought that the provocations in the essay would lead to positive response and a desire to prove me (the author) wrong.
A decade later, Nigeria is worse off that she was 10 years ago. In fact, l had no desire to write this article you are reading now. Writing about Nigeria has more or less become uninspiring because the more we write, the more Nigeria heads for destruction. It´s like a freefall into a permanent jeopardy.
I am so pained about Nigeria l never wanted to associate with the name in public places. I wish that my name gives me the recognition that l am foremost a Yoruba man. I think it is time to let people wonder where the Yorubaman comes from and that, for better or worse, l would love to be called an Oduduwan.
Nigeria today, and more precisely since the year 1999 was returned to criminals in 2 major political parties, APC and PDP. For the purpose of this article, l would not be distinguishing between APC and PDP because any attempt to do so by anyone is gross stupidity.
You will have to read somewhere in my blog to find out why you should NEVER do that. But as a quick line of reasoning. You may want to answer these. In which political party was Obaseki in October 2019? In which political party is Obaseki in October 2020?
Nigerian politicians are hardcore criminals. They have only one mission, to enrich themselves and their families as well as their accomplices now and forever. The consequences are well documented. Nigeria is arguably a rich country on paper but a very impoverished country in terms of the more than 100 million people living in poverty, from hand to mouth, unsure of the next meal and contemplating vices that would sustain them.
The consequences of mal-governance and totallly stupid unitary system of governance is the near collapse of public education, the total decay of infrastructure, lack of housing policy and totally dilipitated, unmotorable roads across the entire country. Nigerians have no access to good health and they have to source for water using drilling machines or water vendors. I cannot write all the vices and the advancement of evil in Nigeria here. It is what l have done in the last 2 decades, or so.
Again, l am also quick to tell those asking me for solutions to shut up! We have given more than 1 million suggestions in the last 60 years. How many of them have been heeded! What type of solution is more important than the politicians doing the right thing! What?
What knd of solution is more important that the independent judiciary arresting criminals like Buhari, Babangida, Jonathan, Tinubu, Atiku and Obasanjo to start with? These criminals should be arrested by the police, and they should face charges ranging for crimes to humanity to outright corrruption.
If these actions are not possible and if the people cannot revolt but would rather watch and vote on BBN, then stop asking me for the solution. Let me do my part by writing on my blog.
A while ago, l wrote that my essays are no longer for this wasted generation (we have seen 3 wasted generations now) but for the unborn generations, if they choose to be free.
As the degeneration of Nigeria persists, the country is today the worst country to be born and live. A few years ago, l was the first person to define mass poverty in Nigeria but it took the plagiarism of the WHO to bring the issue to limelight. Still, we the people fold our hands and continued to ”thrive” in mass poverty.
Hopefully, it won´t take forever to know that, for countries that have not declared war officially, Nigeria is the greatest tragedy the world has seen since the end of the 2nd World War.
Often, l need to remind anyone living in Nigeria, especially those who think that they are doing fine, about the reality of their lives. As far as you are in Nigeria, you are living in poverty and you are living under poverty. It does not mater where you live or how ”stupidly” comfortable you think you are.
Nigeria as a geographical country is a country under the bondage of poverty, misery, terror, genocide and invariably war. Nigeria is the darkest country from sky. Fly at night and you will be shocked! The country has no electricity but the government charge the people monthly for services not provided. The government of Nigeria, whether APC or PDP is a criminal organisation. Who else charges or even increase the price of things that are not available?
I have no idea how many things l have lumped into this essay and how uncordinated it is. I am at work and trying to put this together. Today, there are agitations that Nigeria should be dismantled. I am 100% behind such agitations whilst l admit that it is not EUREKA.
Nigeria is a fraud. That is a fact. The major factor that would stand against the nations that may emerge from Nigeria is the people´s mentality. This mentality and way of thinking have been destroyed by more than 100 years of amalgamation and more than 60 years of stupidity by both military and civilians. So, any independence given to the regions might result to different wars. However, it seems that in the absence of the certainties that may unfold, the re-emergence of the regions is far more preferable than the slave camp that Nigeria has been since 1967 when the civil war broke out.
It is the same stupid Nigerian politicians that would dominate in the different nations that may emerge. It is the same people who prefered to fix BBN than Nigeria that would be in the regions. My point is that Nigeria faces a dilemma and there are no clear-cut solutions no matter what we do.
What must not be allowed to continue is the impunity in high places. Nigerian politicians are foolish, greedy, corrupt, senseless, merciless and possessed by demons that are insatiable in material and monetary comfort.
That free run on our commonwealth must not be allowed to continue. For me, putting a stop to that, by whatever means possible, is the most important thing that could be associated with the sorry state of Nigeria, a totally hopeless and failed country at 60.