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The enemies within: Why Nigeria is not working

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 11, 2019, 07:41:03 AM
By Olu Fasan

ALL nations were once poor and chaotic, but several have successfully transited from poverty to prosperity, from anarchy to order and stability. Some are, however, still stuck in extreme poverty and chaos. A modern example of the former is China. In 1951, China was an impoverished backwater, today it’s an economic superpower. Nigeria, sadly, is an acute example of the latter – still stuck in extreme poverty and chaos.

Truth is, Nigeria is not working: its politics is broken, its polity is decadent. Nigeria languishes at the bottom of every global development and governance index. In a recent tweet, a retired US consular officer described Nigeria as “one of the laughingstocks of the world.” That, truly is how the outside world views Nigeria!

But why is Nigeria not working? Well, there are policy-related factors, for instance, those relating to socio-economic policies and political governance. The policy choices that a country makes, and its politico-governance system, can make the difference between its success and its failure. But these policy-related factors are not my focus here. Rather, my focus is the human factors. The truth is that Nigeria’s problems are not caused by foreigners; no foreign country has invaded or plans to invade this country; no foreign power is plotting the failure of Nigeria, whatever the conspiracy theorists might suggest. Nigeria’s problems are self-inflicted, caused primarily by human failures, and it is these endogenous human factors, and the forces behind them, that I call the enemies within.

Now, what are the human factors? Well, there are many, but I would highlight just four. The first is the absolute impossibility of a national consensus on any issue in Nigeria. The second is the pervasive and destructive influences of powerful vested interests. The third is the complete lack of credible institutions of state and civil society. The fourth is the absence of a critical mass of well-informed citizens. As I said, it is a nation’s policy choices and political governance that ultimately determine its progress, but it’s the human factors that shape the policy choices and political environment. So, let’s briefly consider the human factors.

Take national consensus. Progress only happens when there is a consensus in favour of positive change. But when has there been a national consensus for anything in this country? Well, the only time there was a national consensus in Nigeria was during the struggle for independence. Even then, while the South desperately wanted Nigeria to become independent from Britain, moving a motion for it in 1952, the North demurred. It was not until 1959 that the North changed its mind, ushering in Nigeria’s independence in 1960.

Today, North and South are similarly divided on political restructuring. Indeed, schisms exist among virtually all the ethnic groups. But no nation can make progress with deeply entrenched divergent positions. Professor Cass Sunstein said in his recent book, How Change Happens, that political change only happens when a critical threshold is reached and the dam bursts. But positive change seems so elusive in this country.

That brings us to the second human factor: vested interests. Nigeria is a country where powerful vested interests dictate every aspect of governance. In her book, Reforming the Unreformable, the former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, illustrated how vested interests can completely derail or damage positive change in Nigeria. For instance, she narrated how her plans to reform the Customs Service were derailed by “some of the powerful forces within government and society.” Truth is, whether by the cabal in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government or powerful forces outside government, this country is run by vested interests who are benefitting from the rot and would resist any positive change.

Of course, vested interests are only powerful because institutions are weak. To be sure, institutions are not just rules and structures but, more importantly, the people running them. Every society needs critical institutions of state and civil society. Sociologists talk about “pillars of integrity”, which can act as effective counter-powers against bad governance. But where are the pillars of integrity in Nigeria? The $2.1 billion arms purchase scandal was very revealing because it showed how virtually all institutions could easily be compromised. I mean, name it – the judiciary, religious groups, traditional institutions, the media, NGOs – all the country’s key institutions allegedly benefitted from the scandal. So, what hope is there for a nation when none of its critical institutions is above board?

Which brings me to the last factor: a critical mass of well-informed citizens? As Professor Paul Collier of Oxford University, put it: “Without a critical mass of well-informed citizens, rules and institutions become paper tigers, the rules get ignored, the institutions get overpowered”. But Nigeria lacks a critical mass of informed citizens to hold leaders and those in authority to account. Poverty, illiteracy, tribalism, self-interest and other ills have bred citizens whose mantra is: “If you can’t beat them, join them”!

Truth is, progress eludes Nigeria primarily because of lack of unity of purpose, dominance of vested interests, weak institutions, absence of enlightened citizens, not to talk of paucity of visionary and inspirational leaders. These human failures are the enemies within. Tackling them is the first step towards making Nigeria work.


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Re: The enemies within: Why Nigeria is not working

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 11, 2019, 07:52:23 AM
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Truth is, Nigeria is not working: its politics is broken, its polity is decadent. Nigeria languishes at the bottom of every global development and governance index. In a recent tweet, a retired US consular officer described Nigeria as “one of the laughingstocks of the world.” That, truly is how the outside world views Nigeria!

The litany of mass murder that reeled out of Nigeria just within this week alone, would convince even the most deluded optimist, that Nigeria is a resolutely thespian tragedy, with no hopes in sight whatsoever.
Where do you start?
Is it the maternal mortality rates?
Children starving in IDP camps?
Youths without jobs, some willing to commit the most heinous crimes to survive?
Fulani herdsmen sacking farmers and villagers with total impunity?
"Bandits" running amok in Kaduna and Zamfara?
Boko Haram attacks?
Nigerians wanting to flee their own country, even if they end up in satanic Libya?
Take your pick.

To say that "Nigeria is not working" is to be diplomatic with words.
Methinks that Nigeria these days is satan's best masturbation toy. >:(




Re: The enemies within: Why Nigeria is not working

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 11, 2019, 07:57:23 AM
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But why is Nigeria not working? Well, there are policy-related factors, for instance, those relating to socio-economic policies and political governance. The policy choices that a country makes, and its politico-governance system, can make the difference between its success and its failure.

Every Nigerian knows what the problem is. The only thing stopping the solution from emerging is wickedness and evil intentions by some people who want to implement a hidden agenda.

Re: The enemies within: Why Nigeria is not working

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 11, 2019, 08:04:57 AM
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Truth is, whether by the cabal in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government or powerful forces outside government, this country is run by vested interests who are benefitting from the rot and would resist any positive change.

Which explains the resistance to political restructuring of the country. But if they do not allow for that restructuring, a day will come when people will make firm moves to secede completely from the evil trap.
I honestly doubt that there is any country today in any part of the world that sheds human blood to the same degree as Nigeria; even countries in midst of civil wars. Compare with Ukraine for example; more Nigerians have died since the Ukraine war started than the number of Ukrainians who died in their civil war.
Yearly thousands die in Nigeria from senseless things.
At a point, the lunacy has to end.

Re: The enemies within: Why Nigeria is not working

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : April 11, 2019, 08:39:58 AM
The state of the nation is appalling. Nigerians in 2015 decided to change party thinking they will go from grass to grace but reverse is the case.
In all ramification these current government failed, they squander money, borrow from China, they have inflicted more pains on Nigerians both Economically, security wise etc Enough said.

Re: The enemies within: Why Nigeria is not working

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : April 13, 2019, 05:00:06 AM
The litany of mass murder that reeled out of Nigeria just within this week alone, would convince even the most deluded optimist, that Nigeria is a resolutely thespian tragedy, with no hopes in sight whatsoever.
Where do you start?
Is it the maternal mortality rates?
Children starving in IDP camps?
Youths without jobs, some willing to commit the most heinous crimes to survive?
Fulani herdsmen sacking farmers and villagers with total impunity?
"Bandits" running amok in Kaduna and Zamfara?
Boko Haram attacks?
Nigerians wanting to flee their own country, even if they end up in satanic Libya?
Take your pick.

To say that "Nigeria is not working" is to be diplomatic with words.
Methinks that Nigeria these days is satan's best masturbation toy. >:(


 :-[

Sincerely dayan, when you list them like this it's really hard to be an optimist considering the extreme "brokeness" that wallop legit hustlers on our streets...

Re: The enemies within: Why Nigeria is not working

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : April 13, 2019, 05:28:59 AM
Which explains the resistance to political restructuring of the country. But if they do not allow for that restructuring, a day will come when people will make firm moves to secede completely from the evil trap.
I honestly doubt that there is any country today in any part of the world that sheds human blood to the same degree as Nigeria; even countries in midst of civil wars. Compare with Ukraine for example; more Nigerians have died since the Ukraine war started than the number of Ukrainians who died in their civil war.
Yearly thousands die in Nigeria from senseless things.
At a point, the lunacy has to end.

One of our greatest strengths will no doubt get a mention when our gravest weaknesses are discussed - population, while you can call it anything you want - the one million dollar question is "of what use is a huge population which stand up for nothing?"

The point is mentioned in the article - lack of critical mass of well informed citizens... It's safe to say we've got the brawn, sadly with little brain to go with it, sadder though is the deliberate acts of the few who are enlightened to either keep the uninformed mass that way or manhandle them into disbelieving the little they've got - either way we are getting nowhere with so much deadweight hanging around.

Apparently, the solution(s) to our problems is/are way past the cry of mayday in Nigeria. There's little hope left. It's a sick country, no doubt.

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