Thursday, November 26, 2015

There Is A Sociopolitical Sickness Afflicting Majority Of Nigerians

There is a sociopolitical sickness afflicting majority of Nigerians from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich, but they are living in denial of their predicament.

If you are a good analyst of the comments posted daily on different topics on Nairaland, news reports and articles on Vanguard newspapers, The Punch newspapers and posts on Facebook and Twitter by majority of Nigerians online and use them to analyze the mental state of majority of the so called educated Nigerians, then you will know that something has gone wrong with them. The sociopolitical malaise of educated Nigerians is the reason why even a change of government has not changed their negative attitude to the appreciation of life beyond their greed and they cannot inspire or motivate the uneducated majority, because they are not good examples worthy of emulation.

It is very difficult these days to tell the difference between the informed and uninformed in Nigeria. And partisan politics in Nigeria is still as bad as the days of the violent First Republic. Nigerians are trapped in a vicious circle of fallacy and hypocrisy in religious bigotry and tribal bigotry. The calamity of it all is the hypocrisy of Nigerian churches led by those who have lost their way in the mission of the Great Commission and are making more noise than commonsense. They are just fishing in the troubled waters of the vicious circle. Outside the walls of their mega church buildings and private universities, it is back to business as usual and their lifestyles are not different from those they call "unbelievers". Their hypocrisy is awesome.

As I have said before, the delay in the appointment of ministers by the administration of the new ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) has not been justified, because with the exceptions of three of the ministers, the others are puppets of their political leaders. And three of them would fare better as state commissioners and not as ministers. Some of the appointments look like selections of a Student Union Government where posts are shared among buddies and not based on competence. The loudest "Alariwo" becomes the publicity secretary of the union just for knowing how to make noise on campus. I will advise that the government should send him on a special course at the European Commission, because his portfolio is more than that of mere publicist of an opposition party. Nigerian embassies have had the worst information and culture departments, because both ministers of foreign affairs and information and culture were clueless on the executive administration of our embassies. They should learn from the American and European embassies in Nigeria. The portfolio of a minister of information and culture is more than being an attack bulldog of the ruling party and making noise in the local press. Now millions of Nigerians are clapping hands for the ministers based on religion and tribe and not based on competence and if they are not checked, it would be business as usual from Lagos to Abuja and the vicious circle continues until the next general elections and the sociopolitical sickness afflicting majority of Nigerians will not be cured. And what is the solution?

The government needs a Marshall Plan and the model of an effective Marshall Plan can be seen from the United of America during the Great Depression or that of transformation of Singapore in the 1960s - 70s under Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew,, which President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet can study and adapt for the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa. After the century of the emergence of the Asian Tigers, Nigeria can lead the emergence of the African Lions in the 21 century.  

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