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Which way Nigeria?

Updated on April 17, 2011


Ahmadu Bello, obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe-Heroes for Independence.
Ahmadu Bello, obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe-Heroes for Independence.
Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa
Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa
Biafran Leader Ojukwu.
Biafran Leader Ojukwu.
Nigeria has 3% of the worlds oil reserves.
Nigeria has 3% of the worlds oil reserves.

Suggested Priorities for the new Nigerian Government.

The Nigerian Presidential elections took place recently and it was essentially a two person race; on the one hand you had President Jonathan, who took over as President when the former President died of an illness, and on the other hand you had General Mohammadu Buhari, a former military ruler and witness to the greatest culture of corruption and ineptitude that any country has ever experienced.

Jonathan by all accounts is a good man, but he assumed the presidency at a time when the ethnic, religious and political divide could not be more glaring. He took over the presidency from a moslem, in a country where moslems constitute about 60% of the population, and people still prefer to vote on religious and ethnic lines rather than idealogy. People could not wait for this election to come so that they could cast their vote, and early indication showed that the Moslem North voted predominantly for Buhari, while the Christian South voted predomininantly for Jonathan.

This voting pattern is a reality of the Nigerian political process; Nigerians have grown accustomed to it and they try to make the best of any Government that they are saddled with. I use the word saddled, because most Nigerian Governments have been disappointing to say the least.

Since it's independence in 1960, Nigerian have had leaders in Government that prioritized the lining of their pockets over the development of the economy. Morale in Nigeria is low because of the corruption, lack of jobs, poor security conditions, poor roads, poor condition of schools, inequity in the distribution of wealth and inadequate or non-existent healthcare resources.

Since we have what we have for leaders, I have decided to try to chart the course for the new leaders, to see if we can turn a switch and awaken their conscience.

Suggested Priorities for the new Nigerian Government.

1. Fix the roads and build a good transportation system-build a viable commuter rail system across the country. Transportation means jobs and safety.

2. Create jobs by promoting and supporting industry and small business; give loans, tax incentives and promote a reverse brain drain from overseas.

3. Create better efficiencies for the management of our oil. Decentralize the management of oil and address the needs of local oil producing populaces.

4. Invest in exploration and identification of other resources; revitalize the production of cocoa, rubber, diamonds, cement, and arts, and crafts..

5. Depopulate urban areas like Lagos, Benin, Onitsha, Port Harcourt and Abuja by investing in Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry; bring people back to the land and support the creation of more food.

6. Enhance security-(Probably should be number one); train and equip the police forces better and perform better internal discipline process.

8. Invest in science and Technology Education; it is the sciences that will help us develop our infrastructures and refine our own oil. We cannot develop as a nation if we do not educate our youth on the sciences.

9. Develop a nation-wide health care system; a healthy population is a vibrant population.

10. Invest in Healthcare Education

If we do all this and more starting with the inauguration, Nigerians will be more motivated to participate in the revitalization of their nation, be less distrustful of their government and more dedicated to the vision that the new government has for the country. This will effectively signal an end to decades of governmental corruption, ineptitude, aparthy and disregard for the living condition of most Nigerians. I call on the new Government to heed this advice and Strive to be heroes for change like Obama, and not Goats.


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    thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

    I've been to Nigeria as a sailor. I overheard one of the stevedores talking about the country's situation as being aided by the UK.

    There's a pros and cons of being aided by wealthy countries like, UK. They oftentimes usurp the riches of the country before leaving it as poor as ever.

    Just like our country, the Philippines.

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    elija_god 6 years ago from Abuja, Nigeria

    Naija what a blessed Country,race,people

    thank for the info

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    The Shark 6 years ago from Hampton, NH

    Hi Rogochuks, I have been to Nigeria, both Lagos and Benin City. It is a shame the the wealth of the nation has been squandered by a few. But there has been some recent improvement in Benin. The new Gov. has revitilized the traffic circle area. The road has been resurfaced and beautiful water fountians have been turned on. Hopefully this pattern continues. I agree about hospitals, having seen first hand what medical care is like there. I would say that should be the first priority to get some modern medical facilites.

    One of the things that hurts the country as well is that most of educated young people leave the country to come to the US or Britan. That is a major loss to the country.

    The Shark

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    Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

    Well, the people have spoken through the ballot box. President Goodluck Ebere Jonathan won the 2011 presidential election. He would be sworn in on May 29, 2011 for a 4-year term. We wish him well as he paddles the Nigeria's ship of leadership. It is well.

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    Kathy 6 years ago from California

    Thank you Rogochuks, lots of information that I was not aware of. Glad you shared!

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    PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

    Hopfully the people of Nigeria will take the initiative to sart a new trend in Africa by electing a decent government for this pivotal nation. At least they are nominally democratic unlike most African countries.

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    Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Very informative Hub Rogochuks. Nigeria has such a wealth of resources. It is a shame that they have never been able to shake the culture of corruption and sectionalism. If Nigeria could have an extended period of competent government, they could join emerging power nations such as india and Brazil. I hope they elect President Jonathan and start on this road.