Our economy is ill and is rapidly getting worse- Etcetera

Is Nigeria getting worse? That is a very
provocative question. I have found that most
people that hate Nigeria are very eager to
agree that Nigeria is getting worse, while a
lot of those that love Nigeria are very
hesitant to admit that Nigeria is in decline.
Well, I am proud to be a Nigerian, but I
cannot lie to myself or tell you that Nigeria
is doing just fine. The evidence is
undeniable.
Our economy is ill and is rapidly getting
worse. God handed us the resources to be
one of the greatest economic machines in
the world and we have wrecked it. But until
we are willing to look in the mirror and
admit how bad things have got, we won’t be
ready for the solutions that are necessary.
The truth is that there are things that we can
do to reverse the decline. It does not have
to be permanent. We have got away from
the things that made Nigeria great, and we
need to admit that we are on the wrong path
and start fixing this country.
But if we choose to continue down the road
that we are currently on, it will lead us into
the darkest chapters in Nigerian history.
If someone had written a story about what is
happening now in Nigeria 20 years ago,
people would have laughed and said “Wow
that is a good story, but it would never
happen here, not in our Nigeria.” But now,
the joke is on all of us. Nigeria has turned
into one big comedy club where the
audience is wearing a frown as they listen to
the president cracking his “Change” joke. The
president speaks of change from the same
mouth that he nominates those purported to
be ministerial nominees. He should tell us
what change he expects from the list. How
do you achieve this change doing the same
old things with the same old people? Some
governors on the list are still entangled in
corruption allegations levelled against them
by their successors. What happened to your
zero tolerance to corruption mantra? This
whole change thing is becoming a gargantuan
joke that is not funny at all.
A devastating economic collapse has left the
country in a stagnant decline, where
Nigerians are still sleeping under bridges,
ghettos like Ajegunle are overfilled, while
almost all houses in Victoria Island and ikoyi
lie vacant with ‘for sale’ banners hanging on
almost every gate, the kleptocratic
politicians openly steal billions of dollars,
and remain free, while people charged with
petty thefts go to jail and have no bonds,
protests break out and are quickly stifled by
an authoritarian police force, media houses
are getting shut down and becoming
government controlled and relay repeating
news stories that have little to do with real
events, and are more focused on propaganda
and nonsense, a politician takes several
multimillion dollar vacations at taxpayer
expense, while ordinary Nigerian families
cannot afford the skyrocketing food costs,
the senate is hopelessly unable to pass any
kind of legislation that can benefit average
Nigerians, but easily pass legislation
benefitting themselves and usurping the
constitution, prisons are built and manned
waiting for those who dare to speak the truth
against to power, the roads in estates built
by politicians and their rich cronies are
tarred over and over while the areas
occupied by the poor masses are left in
ruins, terrorists are granted amnesty and
pacified with fat monthly allowances while
law abiding citizens are gnashing their teeth.
Whew! Did I miss anything? What about a
hero? Maybe a small glimmer of hope.
Maybe Buhari? hopefully. I would like the
next paragraph of this article to read, “At
Nigeria’s darkest hour, the people defied the
odds, and ignored the experts and elected a
man of character and convictions to the
office of the Presidency, and the said man
restored the constitution, defeated boko
haram, brought back the missing Chibok
girls, brought justice to the people by
arresting the evil men and women
responsible for years of death and debt upon
this nation.” Now I like that ending. Will it
happen? I hope to God it can be so.
If I told a story 30 years ago that Nigeria will
be worse off at 55, would you have believed
me?

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