Nigerians assess Nigeria

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By  Aderonke Adeyeri
Nigerians expressed their opinion about  the country living up to the dreams of our founding fathers at the dawn of independence in 1960 and if there is need for celebration.

Nigeria has little or nothing to celebrate — Abigael Morakinyo

Morakinyo is a chatered accountant with one of the leading  private firms in Nigeria and has this to say:

I see little room for optimism regarding the state of the economy as the country hits 53.  It  is more worrisome that the official percentage of Nigerian youths out of job is 42.2.

A Nigerian supporter attends the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 - 0.  AFP PHOTO

A Nigerian supporter attends the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 – 0. AFP PHOTO

Recently, the House of Representatives  Committee on Youths and Social Development came up with an intimidating statistics that 23million of over 40million unemployed youths are unemployable.

The national unemployment for university graduates is pegged at 23.9%, the unemployed youth population at a conservative 20.3million and the poverty rate stands at 71.5%. Meanwhile, the oil sector which the economy solely depends account for less than 10% of national employment.

This and other issues ranging from health to insecurity and what have you needs to be worked upon before we can think of celebrating. As it is, the country has little or nothing to celebrate. We  need to wake up from our slumber and get things right.

What we need is reflection not celebration—Rubben Dare an undergraduate

This country is suffering because of poor governance and leadership. What we need in Nigeria is reflection and  not celebration .

Why is it that we have a habitual law of diminishing return with respect to leadership such that any new government tends to be worse than the previous one? Why have all the promises of Independence failed to materialize in Nigeria? I think we need a national dialogue or conference to figure out where our national development trajectory went wrong and what needs to be done to put it back on track.

We should not reduce our problems to Boko Haram only— Pastor Samson

Akinola     

All glory be to God for bringing Nigeria thus far. Nigeria is a country flowing with milk and honey and Nigerians have to appreciate that. The genesis of our problem in Nigeria is that we lack the fear of God which is the beginning of knowledge.  Most of our leaders  are self centered and selfish. The government should be more concerned in the security of her citizens.

This is because of all things God created, his interest focuses more on man . Although, there was a time I felt things were improving in Nigeria but the killings this past few weeks is alarming. I would not want the government to reduce our insecurity problem to  Boko Haram in the North.

Insecurity of lives and properties is in  every part of Nigeria. From armed robbery to kidnapping and the rest of them. As individuals, let us learn to care for others and be our brother’s keeper.

A civil servant who pleaded anonymous says “ Nigeria is yet to achieve the dreams of our founding fathers. This  is not the Nigeria  some people died for and this is not the Nigeria many of us yearn for. Every Nigerian should work hard and learn to help others  in everyway.

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