A nation in turmoil

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The situation in Nigeria is alarming owing to the preponderance of tumultuous occurrences which have become permanent features of the nation. No period in the history of Nigeria can be described as worse than the dispensation we are locked in now. Everything is collapsing at a distressing rate whittling despicably the quality of life we are living as citizens of the country. We have been hearing in recent times the collapse of national grids, appallingly cutting down electricity supply; the miserable news of the orchestrated collapse of petroleum products supply chain for nefarious reasons is also on the horizon igniting scarcity of the products, a perfect catalyst for hike in prices, it is unbelievable that a litre of diesel is now being sold at N900 (from N200), a development that is causing collapse of businesses; and a litre of premium motor spirit (petrol) for between N200 and N400 from N165, eliciting criminal hike in prices of commodities and costs of doing businesses even as airline operators have threatened to shoot the airspace over unbearable aviation fuel conundrum; the educational system has also collapsed reflected in endemic examination malpractices, incessant closures of higher institutions of learning mostly via industrial actions by teachers; infrastructure collapse is another, the country is ignobly in the throes of total collapse of infrastructures ranging from roads, rail lines, public utilities and so on; we are also assailed by the collapse of security architecture which manifests in several insecurity challenges in the country with no competent leeway in sight; intellectual collapse is riding high too; collapse, collapse all provoking a collapse of the economy with the resultant hardships imposed on the innocent citizens of the country.
Sadly, the government shows no empathy, it carries on as if all is well and as if it is the best that ever mounts the saddle of governance; its arrogance pierces the sky yet no competent solution could be conjured. The downward trend gets perpetrated unabated with ominous signs ahead. The main preoccupation of those in government is parrying criticisms and deploying scurrilous attacks against real and perceived enemies. Anything that bears resemblance to opposition against the regime is fiercely contained and with the official coercive forces at its beck and call, no contrary opinion can tarry without dire consequences. The landscape is suffused with seething anger and acrimony arising from hunger and frustration occasioned by a myriad of problems. The nation is enveloped in turmoil, sitting on gunpowder waiting to explode. That is what happens when frustrations, depressions and despondency aren’t quashed and it grows side by side with corruption and official abrasiveness.
However, we are of the view that Nigerians share a large percentage of the blame. They have never demonstrated dynamism, articulation, courage and enough patriotism for their country. Parochial interest rather is the fuel that ignites and drives everyone. The consideration of common good has never had weight enough in determining our collective destiny. Yet this has never taken us anywhere good. No one is ever fulfilled even the few who are wealthy are really at peace with the world, because the world inhabited by the poor, the masses is ever on their necks seeking what to wring from them through frivolous invitations to events that have financial bearings. No one is in the actual sense at comfort with himself or at ease, if you have a semblance of economic comfortableness you become a soft target for the army of have-nots who pursue you vigorously for their upkeep, their persistence ultimately driving you to invent schemes to outwit them by which time you offend their sensibilities and you are tagged stingy. So, who is at peace? But unfortunately the masses also shoot themselves in the leg oftentimes. When they have the chance to change their fortunes they fluff it, due to inadequate grasp of situations, overzealousness, over-indulgence in self-opinionating, envy-inspired criticisms and what have you. It’s a funny environment when some people rise to help shake off the yoke of oppression they are whittled down by avalanche of opposition by the same downtrodden people they seek to assist propounding all manners of reasons to shoot them down and water down their efforts. Nigeria is ignominiously held down because its people are not ready for a change of fortune. When the 13 colonies of America were ready for change they bravely ended the turmoil that beset their fortunes; when the French fries were fed up with the turmoil that assailed their nation they threw it overboard. Change is always effective when it is bottom up and not otherwise. But the government still has a lot to do to change the narrative. Revolutionary steps like restructuring, devolution of powers, state police, fiscal federalism and all such being agitated for by the patriots tagged separatists are effective ways to end the turmoil and salvage the destiny of Nigeria. This is the better way to go for the Nigerian leaders far better than the pretensions of having a grasp of the situation. They should realize that the people cannot be suppressed for long, eventually the people will triumph as light triumphs over darkness.

Quotable quotes
We’ve seen over time that countries that have the best economic growth are those that have good governance, and good governance comes from freedom of communication. It comes from ending corruption. It comes from a populace that can go online and say, ‘This politician is corrupt, this administrator, or this public official is corrupt.’ – Ramez Naam

Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective. – Pratibha Patil

We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms. – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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