The author’s view that ‘things have fallen apart-the center no longer hold’ tries to highlight the state of the Nigerian nation, her existence, economy, politics, ethnicity, and religious differences.
Nigeria is a multidimensional, multicultural and geographical entity whose actions and inaction are severely affected as a result of her ethnicity and religious differences. The country is located in the West African sub-region with a population of over 200 million people. It is mainly divided into North and South with six (6) geopolitical zones. She has over 350 ethnic languages with Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba as the majority.
Nigeria as a nation is currently facing insecurity of lives and properties from the dreaded Boko Haram that has killed over thirty-two thousand (32,000) people and displaced over a million in eight years, according to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as published by Punch newspaper on 07/10/2018. While the authority claimed it had technically defeated the extremist, the rate at which lives are being lost every day is on the rise.
A worrisome issue is that the Nigerian economy is deteriorating on per capita basis with a high rate of unemployment ravaging the country. It will interest anyone who cares to know that over 1.8 million Nigerians entered the job market yearly with no hope of securing employment according to former minister of finance Dr. Ngozi Okonji Iweala as published by premium time’s newspapers on 1, April 2014. This number in the job market came from Nigerian universities after the compulsory national youth service with no plan on how to integrate them into society for gainful employment or self-reliance. The authority spends billions of naira on the national service scheme every year with no resonance effect to improve the economy, whereas if it had been managed properly, would have earned us abundant food sufficiency by ensuring that every corps member is mandated to have a farm within the service year with excellent pay package (“allowee”). Even if some of the farm produce are not due for harvest within the period in question, another batch of corpers will come to harvest it.
Another challenging issue Nigerians are facing is good governance. Governance by the democratic process is meant to be for the people by the people, but in the case of Nigeria, democratic governance is of the few from a section and for a section (nepotism), often families, friends, and allies. Appointment into various governmental positions are sectional with total negligence to federal character, whereas the appointments are meant to be a tool for national cohesion, create atmosphere of inclusiveness and build bridges between the micro and macro ethnic divide.
Like in the days of Gorge Orwell’s animal farm; “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” and such is the state of the Nigerian nation.
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