NOBODY can deny that Nigeria gets the rest of humanity worried over so many issues, among them, its unwillingness to lift itself out of the crippling consequences of national numbness and the remarkable tendency of its leaders for attempting to re-order the international setting to meet its mediocre standards.
Many have given up on Nigerians and their country, the few perennial optimists hold on to their belief that Nigeria would be a great country one day. The dream is fading, the anxiety mounts as the country yearly dodges the threshold of greatness.
Nigeria has fallen from the high expectations at independence to a country that celebrates its survival of self-inflicted injuries from intrigues that pass for governance. Nigeria is so backward that our leaders denounce statistics that show our country is notches away from the worst performances in the Human Development Index.
Nigeria ranked 154 out of 177 countries, in the 2008 Human Development Index, missing the bottom by 23 places. Nigeria with its abundant human and natural resources ranks behind Libya, Gabon, Mauritius,Â and Equatorial Guinea. Some African countries that have been at war for decades, or face the challenges of drought and poor resources are a few notches behind Nigeria. Interestingly, they have better development plans, which if implemented, would get them ahead of our country that proudly dubs itself the giant of Africa.
HDI â€œis a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standards of living for countries worldwide.Â It is a standard means of measuring well-being, especially child welfare.Â It is used to distinguish whether the country is a developed, a developing, or an under-developed countryâ€.
â€œEach year since 1990 the Human Development Report Office has published the human development index, HDI, which looks beyond GDP to a broader definition of well-being. The HDI provides a composite measure of three dimensions of human development: living a long and healthy life (measured by life expectancy), being educated (measured by adult literacy and enrolment at the primary, secondary and tertiary level) and having a decent standard of living (measured by purchasing power parity, PPP, income)â€, the United National Development ProgrammeÂ says in its website.
The giant is truly so in areas that would not earn her accolades when serious countries gather. Her leaders are at play as the country burns. If we use education as an example, the decline, the decay, the decapitation, the denial, the duplicity have left Nigeriaâ€™s future predictably worse than the past, which we all still complain about, while the leaders wallow in their own self-importance.
Nigeria appears to be a country with its greatness in the past, a declinedÂ destination,Â a fractured foundation of injustice,Â a defying entity that thinks so much of itself that it keeps believing the world cannot move on without it.
All hope, Nigerianly speaking, is not lost.
So long as this country waddles on, Nigerians believe nothing can stop them from making a sentimental 50th anniversary next year â€“ the giant would have come of age!