Nigeria does not have wild fire, such that ravages incredible places of this world. Nigeria does not have those dreadful hurricanes sweeping across major cities elsewhere. Nigeria does not have either low or high magnitude dare devil earthquake such that tumbles even the most stable metropolis in the first world countries. The volcanic eruption that resulted in the vase rocky structure around here must have taken place in the pre-historic time. Even the flood that ravaged certain places in the Nation could easily be matched with the lack of planned environmental infrastructure.
Several natural emergency circumstances have threatened to destroy prominent cities. Beijing, Sumatra, California, Florida, Fukushima, Western Australia among others are known to have been visited by monstrous events threatening their very existence. But, you know what? Those cities and countries have always bounced back stronger each time.
In the case of Nigeria, it is not natural disaster, it is social disaster. Before I mention those things that would definitely sink the most populous black Nation on earth, let me ask a question. If you’re fortunate to discover certain things that are threatening to annihilate you, what would you do?
I believe you would not watch yourself as an individual or a nation to be totally wrecked by those things. In Nigeria, it might not be wild fire, hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, and tornadoes, it is definitely religion, ethnicity, and corruption.
Glaringly, the forward thinking societies of the world are developing adaptation strategies to the coming technological disruption, namely – artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), autonomous vehicle, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, quantum computing, and alternative energy. Contrastingly, this country in question is held hostage in the whirlwind of religion, ethnicity and corruption.
Of course, the politicals require a system with which to keep the people subjected, and religion comes handy. Unholy collaborations between political and religious leaders could best be described as unconventional conspiracy, and it’s been quite effective. Little did political leaders know that the religious will also dramatize their respective desire for status domination.
Do we call Nigeria a secular or a multi-religion state? Ask the constitution! It’s also confused. How do I know? The same constitution that calls the country secular also institute the Sharia law. I salute the courage of the Muslim lady, Firdaos. That’s the way to challenge a confused constitution, full of lacuna and the custom of a people, who are too scared to negotiate the terms of their coexistence.
What do I advocate? Negotiate the terms of Nigeria’s coexistence. Produce a new constitution that truly reflects the wish of "we the people of the Federal Republic…"
The other day I heard the Minister of State for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu said "…our refineries will work at full capacity em sometimes by the end of 2019, hopefully" Isn’t it heartbreaking! I’ve been hearing such statement since childhood. Trust me, you don’t have to study trend analysis before you predict that by December 2019 the statement would be repeated. That’s a classic display of the forces of corruption.
As the world is getting set to welcome the fourth industrial revolution, this is what would happen to the third world countries. They’ll further be dumping grounds for outdated products and services. The commercial forces that upholds corruption would continue to sabotage domestic production. Politicians will continue to "empower" entrepreneurs with outdated technology and education instead of fostering industrialization which is capable of producing more vibrant entrepreneurs.
Of course elites and politician will continue to perpetuate their dynasty. You know how they do it! Send their wards for best education oversees and fix them in juicy positions across industries and institutions. The middle class will be completely wiped out! And they’ll still be using religious leaders to cage citizens persuading them to accept their fate from God.
So haven’t we seen the forces that would destroy Nigeria?
What do I suggest? Religious leaders should lead their followers to demand true change. Lead them I say, not ask them. Would religious leaders take this kind of step? Quite risky! The fear of anti-religious policy is their beginning of wisdom.