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Emmanuel Onwubiko: Nigeria is 60 but still a toddler


Emmanuel Onwubiko: Nigeria is 60 but still a toddler

The Delta State born United States’ {Dollars} denominated Billionaire- Mr. Jim Ovia is amongst the les than 0.01% of Nigerians which have garnered monetary assets that may final for over 5 life occasions.

This unique bunch of rich entrepreneurs are few and much between however they’re classed into two subgroups particularly those that made their wealth by way of their involvement in politics and the only a few who made their wealth by way of their sweat by dint of had work and fast considering.

Mr. Jim Ovia clearly belongs to this quick diminishing subclass of the very rich Nigerians whose sources of assets are official and credible.

Others on this extraordinarily unique class are Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola who simply purchased costly vehicles for 3 of his daughters who’s a pal of Aliko Dangote who’s the richest black man on Earth.

Then there may be additionally Chief Arthur Eze and some others who actually labored exhausting for his or her present wealth.

The irony is that each subclass of wealthy Nigerians are interconnected of their near-infinite optimism they share in regards to the prospects and way forward for Nigeria which realistically is seen by a majority of Nigerians as a spot whereby the poor are solely present as extraordinarily endangered species and a spot whereby cash can actually purchase you all the pieces from meals, privileges to authorities workplaces and justice within the Courts of regulation.

I’ll return to the vital situation of the chasm between the haves and the haves- not after which additional deepen our conversations on why on the submit independence age of 60, the Nation generally known as Nigeria, continues to be a toddler in lots of spheres corresponding to within the fields of Science and Expertise, TRANSPARENCY, accountability and good governance.

Nigeria’s incapability to foster good governance practices and construct robust establishments, accounts for the breakdown of Legislation and order and the close to -elastic standing of insecurity and instability.

To underscore the enormity of the challenges confronting up to date Nigeria, we have to point out that China which is among the few very superior and developed economies on the globe, solely acquired Sovereign independence from the British (Or so it appears) and different Colonial masters solely lower than a dozen years earlier than Nigeria additionally acquired independence from Nice Britain on October 1st 1960 which means that on October 1st 2020, Nigeria could be 60 years of Publish Independence from Britain and but all of the teething issues related to a failed state are the traits which might be our second nature as a nation.

As said earlier, the story of Nigeria is seen from two prisms of those that are gravely underprivileged, endangered and impoverished and the second strand is the model instructed by the few extraordinarily useful resource wealthy Nigerians who I had mentioned at first phases of this piece.

So, if somebody who will not be conversant with the workings of Nigeria decides to learn the e-book authored by Mr. Jim Ovia which he aptly titled “Africa Rise and Shine”, you might be made to go together with the concept Nigeria is such an exquisite place whereby poverty, crimes and wars aren’t a lot big existential threats.

Removed from it, NIGERIANS are present process a interval of the worst existential menace that any member of the human race can face with Nigeria rating third because the nation that’s amongst the worst impacted nations by terrorist assaults simply after struggle torn nations of Syria and Afghanistan.

This International Index rating of Terror threats is the most recent. Nigeria is now a Nation the place you’ll be able to embark on a journey of few kilometres and get kidnapped by armed non state actors who’re waging a struggle of attrition in opposition to Nigerians in such a devastating approach that the correctly constituted armed safety forces are overwhelmed and in some situations the present administration is compromised and acts just like the officers are the sponsors of a few of these TERROR assaults unleashed by so many armed Fulani herdsmen and terrorists together with these the Federal Authorities gave the man identify of ‘armed bandits’.

Half of the geographical territories of Nigeria is at struggle and the North East of Nigeria that’s bigger than Belgium and France mixed is going through persistent terror assaults which have lasted a decade and nonetheless counting by which over 26,000 Nigerians have misplaced their lives and there are over two million internally and externally displaced Nigerians.

I’ll return to present a run down of the devastating influence of the violence unleashed by armed Fulani herdsmen and terrorists on Nigerians however first allow us to summarise the views of Jim Ovia about Nigeria and Africa after which we see that these clearly one sided and unbalanced tales by moonlight missing in sound logic tallies with the considerably phantom claims of Nigeria as rendered by President Muhammadu Buhari when he inaugurated as we speak, the brand of the sixtieth anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.

In order that e-book by Jim Ovia sounded too optimistic that you would be able to mistake it for a authorities sponsored propaganda booklet as a result of it started by quoting a western media generally known as The Economist by which we have been instructed thus: “Africa now has a quick rising center class: in line with commonplace financial institution. Round 60 million Africans have an earnings of $3,000 a 12 months and 100 million will in 2015. The speed of international funding has soared round tenfold prior to now decade”.

This Optimistic Citation was Printed by the UK’s based mostly The economist on December 2011. It should be said that The Economist typically publishes sponsored industrial data. So their statistics aren’t solid in stone or iron solid.

Then at first chapter by which chief Jim Ovia narrated the story of his meteoric rise from a humble starting to changing into the profitable proprietor of an enterprise that’s value within the neighbourhood of $16 Billion as at 2018 when the e-book left the press, this profitable entrepreneur additionally gave an optimistic view of what Africa is to him which in actuality is a stark contradiction from actuality.

Look is completely different from actuality.

His phrases: “When most individuals exterior Africa visualise the continent, the associations they typically make are with famine and poverty, conflicts and struggle. From the second I started penning this e-book, I’ve been decided to redefine this narrative and illustrate the actual Africa behind the headlines”.

The empirical knowledge and info on the bottom inform a unique story line from what this wealthy entrepreneur desires others to imagine about Africa and Nigeria particularly. It should be said that as an upwardly cellular investor whose substantial stakes are within the banking sector in Africa, he ought to not be the one that may unfold fatalistic story about Africa.

But when the reality be instructed, Africa and Nigeria particularly is in a state of organised confusion and this quagmire which is self made has utterly rendered Africa as a continent of wars, mass poverty, political instability and terrorism.

The Sahel area of Africa is destabilised by terrorists from the worldwide Islamists jihadist teams and Nigeria has confronted fixed stream of bombing marketing campaign by the Boko haram terrorists and plenty of different armed freelance hoodlums.

Nevertheless, President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be residing within the World of fantasy and denial to the extent that he made some claims which might be far faraway from the present realities on the bottom within the Current day Nigeria the place I’ve labored as a Journalist for over three a long time.

In what can simply be dismissed as barefaced lies, President Muhammadu Buhari whereas Unveiling the theme and brand for the commemorative actions to rejoice 60 years of independence as we speak in Abuja described Nigeria as Africa’s largest financial system and probably the most affluent black nation on this planet.

This exaggerated declare jogs my memory of some extent made by Professor Chinua Achebe in one in every of his earliest works accomplished within the 1980’s referred to as ‘The Hassle With Nigeria”, this Thinker rightfully said that political elites are keen on over estimating the classification of Nigeria in such a doubtful method {that a} big with clay toes that Nigeria is of their warped creativeness is the most effective factor to have occurred to the World. Like a Prophet that he was, the reality instructed in that tiny e-book by Professor Achebe has come true as we speak within the claims and exaggerated score of Nigeria made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The place of this celebration of falsehood was on the inaugural occasion to unveil the Nigeria at 60 theme, TOGETHER, with the brand which reportedly was projected and unveiled just about on the 12 by 20 toes display on the Council Chambers, earlier than the graduation of the e-Federal Govt Council (FEC) assembly presided over by President Buhari.

The President, Muhammadu Buhari carried out the train within the presence of some cupboard ministers and different members of the council who joined the assembly on-line. Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as making these additional unsubstantiated claims to make him really feel messianic: ”At this time, we stand on the brink of historical past as we formally start a collection of actions commemorating Nigeria’s Diamond Anniversary.

”The duty historical past has saddled me with as we speak is to proclaim a theme that may maintain us united, assist us forge forward and unveil a brand that may kind the vital pillars which our 11-month modest commemorative actions would relaxation on.

”Celebrating sixty years of independence actually requires pomp, however the international COVID-19 pandemic, which has pressured all nations on this planet to suppose and act otherwise, has additionally foisted on us the crucial of a low-keyed celebration.

”Working inside the limitations positioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, we created an web problem for Nigerians to choose from a set of 4 pre-selected logos that might appropriately outline the theme.

”Of those 4 choices, Nigerians from all walks of life participated in making a alternative and I’m pleased to let that the brand I’d be unveiling is a product of alternative from the Nigerian folks,” President Buhari stated.

President Buhari talking additional on the brand stated; ”The chosen choice depicts our togetherness, a rustic of over 200 million folks whose pure expertise, grit and fervour glitter like the dear DIAMOND we’re.

”This, to me, is a particular appreciation to our most treasured asset – our folks. In every single place you go, Nigerians are glowing like diamonds within the pack, whether or not in academia, enterprise, innovation, music, film, leisure, trend and tradition.

”Moreover, the neatly encrusted Diamond on the Nigerian Map symbolizes our age of treasure, the price of the Nigerian folks with our sparkle to the admiration of the world.

‘‘In the identical vein, the pear inexperienced and darkish inexperienced colors ought to respectively remind us of our heat, welcoming spirit and love in addition to the plentiful wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land.

‘‘All these properties make us unarguably probably the most affluent black nation on this planet and Africa’s largest financial system.’’

On the theme of TOGETHER, President Buhari recounted that the nation’s founding fathers, regardless of the variations in religion, tribe and tongue got here collectively to struggle for Nigeria’s independence.

‘‘This shall be a befitting tribute to the struggles of our heroes previous,’’ he stated.

The President thanked members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Nigeria’s Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration for the work they’ve accomplished up to now, reminding them ‘‘that that is just the start.’’

President Buhari pledged that his authorities would work in the direction of better inclusiveness and look ahead to the participation of all Nigerians within the celebration.

Can we then ask if the President actually believed all these ghost claims about Nigeria when even his North West area is up in flames with persistent terror assaults in opposition to mushy targets and even circumstances of kidnapping of safety brokers have heightened? I’m positive a few of his ministers would have laughed at these low cost propaganda that President Muhammadu Buhari tried to pressured down our throats.

Can we ask President Muhammadu Buhari why he believes or he desires us to imagine that Nigeria that’s so unstable and insecure below his 5 years previous gross misrule is the quickest rising nation in Africa when solely not too long ago his Agriculture minister instructed Nigerians that ECOWAS assisted to ship us corns, cereals and meals to feed hundreds of thousands of ravenous Nigerians? How can we be instructed these tales by moonlight by President Muhammadu Buhari when Nigeria below him turned the poverty capital of the World in 2019 with properly over 100 million completely poor Nigerians even far above India with a inhabitants that’s ten occasions larger than ours?

How can a Nation the place the President fails to rebuild the financial system amidst plentiful pure and manpower assets however goes about cap- in -hand borrowing cash from all conceivable and inconceivable locations simply so his administration maintains the big and costly bureaucratic constructions it has maintained since coming to workplace 5 years in the past be mendacity to us about some imaginary prosperity? How can a Nation by which the federal government performs on the division amongst the varied ethnicities and religions for political objectives be stated to be affluent? Can a Nation whose authorities lacks the capability to guard the residents be stated to be affluent? Can a President who provides strategic nationwide safety appointments to solely Moslem Northerners be stated to be genuinely concerned about constructing Nigeria to achieve prosperity?

These are the info: there will probably be no prosperity and peace or financial progress until Nigeria’s structural imbalances are fastened and amended essentially and all element teams are made to really feel a way of belonging. Something wanting STRUCTURAL REFORMS AND JUSTICE in Nigeria is a mere SMOKESCREEN.

Nigeria wants a President who will behave like a great and proficient driver to take the Nation to the actual subsequent stage of a comprehensively restructured federation of equal nationalities whereby no single spiritual or ethnic nationality will assume the BIRTHRIGHT OF MONOPOLIZING POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POWERS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA thereby treating all different teams as if they’re conquered folks.


Nigeria proper now’s being mismanaged.

Erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Nobel Laureate in Literature Professor Wole Soyinka have been proper in making their thought of assessments that Nigeria is drifting to the precipice of destruction, no due to the misgovernance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Professor Chinua Achebe of blessed reminiscence was proper in all of the factual accounts about Nigeria that he printed in his MAGNUS OPUS referred to as “There was a Nation”.

Now certainly there’s a contraption referred to as Nigeria that’s badly managed or beyter nonetheless grossly mismanaged by the ruling political and privileged class who lack patriotism.


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