Nigeria: A country without a dream -By Farida Ya’u

Nigeria, boasting a population of approximately 208 million, finds itself in a conundrum where 70% of its populace comprises youths, yet a staggering 56% face unemployment or underemployment.

Despite its immense potential, Nigeria remains shackled by a leadership devoid of vision. Even with a plethora of esteemed professors, the country is governed by ignorance, stifling its progress.
This piece delves into Nigeria’s paradoxical situation endowed with abundant mineral resources and favorable climatic conditions, yet bearing the ignominious title of the world’s capital of poverty.

The author, laments the prevalence of nepotism, corruption, and religious bigotry, which fracture the nation’s unity and impede its advancement.
The narrative takes a critical look at Nigeria’s geriatric leadership, questioning the efficacy of entrusting the nation’s future to individuals with outdated ideologies. It bemoans the squandering of Nigeria’s potential through misguided policies, rampant embezzlement, and a dearth of essential infrastructure, education, and healthcare facilities.
Furthermore, this article scrutinizes Nigeria’s democratic system, echoing Winston Churchill’s sentiment that it might be ill-suited for the country’s complex landscape. It highlights the divisive influence of tribal and religious prejudices, exacerbated by the advent of social media during elections.

In closing, the write up advocates for a re-evaluation of Nigeria’s democratic framework and suggests exploring alternative governance models, such as Plato’s concept of enlightened guardianship, to address systemic issues and propel the nation toward progress and unity.

Farida Ya’u, a student of Mass Communication Department, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi.

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