Opinion: Read the only solution to Nigeria’s problems, by Debowale Adekunbi


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Don’t be confused by figures of economic growth – the percentage of people living below the poverty line has increased.

Nigeria needs twenty years of continuous excellent leadership to catch up with the current development level obtainable around the world. Let’s not worry about where others would be by then.

So let’s do what needs to be done now.

I’m not the first to understand and say this sour fact. Asa sang, “We (Nigeria) still live in yesterday.” It is pitiable but not totally hopeless. 🙂

And count this administration as 1.5 years out of 20. It’s a fairly good administration. I term it, ‘fairly good’ because the main problem which is corruption has not been dealt with. Vote for any good person but not from PDP. The PDP system is bad market.

Count 1.5 years since power has improved and we expect better supply. Good transport is crucial to sustainable growth and the state of transport threatens big and small businesses. If transport improves remarkably before 2015, then count 2 years.

Don’t be confused by figures of economic growth – the percentage of people living below the poverty line has increased. Plus, there is a gap between budding enterprise and infrastructure which is almost non-existent. In a country of 150 million people with businesses that run on an already fractured transport system, I estimate that about 20 to 25% of productive work hours are lost in traffic congestion. And for those determined to or who have to work full hours, the quality of life is reduced.

Interestingly, there are so many consulting companies. What kind of consultation?!

We should be producing instead of consulting and doing motivational talks! This is embarrassing. 🙂

ABC consulting, XYZ consulting, wow!

And after much thought, I can safely conclude that Nigeria’s problem is not spiritual. Not with the collective and powerful prayers, campgrounds and Christians: something is just missing.

Nigeria slept for five decades and seems to be waking up to find herself more decades behind.

I’m not being pessimistic. I’m bringing optimistic realism by saying the exodus to our ‘Promised Land’ needs twenty years of continuous, excellent leadership.

Please enjoy the weekend. Don’t worry, everything would be alright…ahem…after 20 years.

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  1. We as Nigerians in order to move further, we must ensure that the political elite should show fidelity to the rule of law

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