Nigeria, The Way I See Am

Nigeria is a dynamically positioned entity in the committee of nations in terms of influence, occasioned by brainy personalities; affluence, due to enormous wealth and trans-national benevolence as a result of contributions to the growth of countries within and outside  Africa.

A well respected student of the University of London, late Dr. Chike Obi was the first Nigerian to hold a doctorate in mathematics. 

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan shocked international communities and observers of the 2015 general elections by conceding defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari.  That was an intractable act that seldom occurs especially for those that have tasted the sweetness of power.

CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment, Hakeem Seriki came to this world on November 28, 1979 in Oyo State, Nigeria.  His good works in Houston, Texas received several commendations.

Nigeria is the most populous country and biggest economy in Africa with about 200 million people of exceptional brain power.

Simply put; NIGERIA IS RICH. Other natural resources, apart from petroleum include natural gas, tin, copper, gold, limestone, dolomite, galena, magnesium, wolframite, tungsten, silver, kyanite, clay, talc, silica, fluorite, mica, molybdenite, tantalite, granite, bentonite, tourmaline, salt, phosphate, gypsum, kaolinite, magnesite, lignite, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead, zinc and arable land.

According to Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), in 2018, the oil and gas sector accounts for about 10 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), and petroleum exports revenue represents around 86 per cent of total exports revenue.

Despite these bountiful endowments, Nigeria is often being described as the poverty capital of the world.

The rich get richer while the poor get poorer in a nation where a single individual has the capacity to settle national salary emolument without feeling a bit of the impact of such an expense.

Matthew Page, former US intelligence community’s leading expert on Africa’s biggest economy said, “It is this disparity between rich and poor, more than poverty itself that generates anti-government sentiment and could fuel civil unrest down the road.”

Children of some of these financially opulent superstars are being killed by less privileged friends whenever they stray home – to Nigeria on holidays.

The rate at which brains are draining out of Nigeria leaves so much to be desired.  Graduates roam the streets hopelessly.  It is either under employment or none at all.  No access to soft loans with which to start a small scale business. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s trader moni profited only a selected few.

Graduates migrate in their large number to western countries in search of a better life.  Most of them who did so illegally died in the wild desert and the Mediterranean sea.

The Lagos third Mainland Bridge was a place found out by suicide victims where they could jump in and get drown.  Right now, the drinking of sniper has replaced the trend.

Suicide rate is becoming increasingly difficult to track in the face of daunting economic challenges confronting the country.

The world’s highest tempo of kidnap-for-ransom cases could be found in Nigeria.  Ransom money in some places has dropped to as low as N50,000.00 and sometimes lower.  Kidnapping is the unlawful detention of a person through the use of force, threats, fraud or enticement. The purpose is an illicit gain, economic or material, in exchange for liberation.

A former United States of America’s Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell said, “Nigeria is experiencing a wave of kidnappings. In the past, kidnapping has often had a political dimension. In the oil patch, for example, militants have long kidnapped oil company employees to advance a political agenda.

Recall that in April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria by Boko Haram.

Again, 14-year-old Leah Sharibu, on the night of February 19, 2018, was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Bursari local government area of Yobe state.

Insecurity is one of Nigeria’s major problems.  It comes like a dreaded disease, seeps through the pores of a healthy nation and ravages it beyond repairs.  It is like a murder’s hand that lurks in the shadows, clasps the dagger and strikes down the helpless victim.  Where are we safe against insecurity? Is it in our small match-box houses where we barricade ourselves against insecurity?

Mrs Ona Oku and Mr King Peter were among those that openly condemned the shameful state of East/West Road, Port Harcourt axis in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area. 

Nkpolu junction of this road is a gory sight to behold as flood has taken over the area.  Rumuodara-Tank, off New Road junction of this road has claimed no fewer than seven persons in past weeks.  Vehicles now ply one-way in a bid to avoid the bad spot.  People are dying daily due to sheer negligence and gross insensitivity on the part of the government.

Apart from the age-long problem of environmental degradation and pollution, which is a leading cause of flooding in different states of Nigeria, sex predators are hovering around the landscape looking for female children to defile.  There are confirmed cases where a lady could take a little boy somewhere and make him to watch pornographic videos and images.

Father-daughter sex scandal is becoming the order of the day…  Let me stop here because the list is endless.

Na so I see am.

By Charles Asokun

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