The Structure of Nigeria Beyond 2015.

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The year 2015 will caption unco the general election perhaps a change of guard, 2015 and beyond will present a very remarkable year in the history of Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. Probably the greatest turn up of series of event in the nation, most likely greater than the popular June 12, that saw M.K.O Abiola’s victory overturned by some political maneuvering which later resulted in the murder of the flamboyant business man in 1994. The feeds from the government is always that of a protective mother hen which in her capacity does everything to be secretive by providing little or no information to the general public, leaving the nation with assumptions and rumours.

There are pointers to the fact that things are on edge at the moment in the country and threatens to boil over in future. Before you entertain any doubt, here are some historic statistics that will change your mind and possibly prep you up for what’s coming. From the inception of democratic rule in 1999 that brought President Olusegun Obasanjo to power, the entire electioneering activities, plus the change of guard from military to democracy saw a total of 324 citizens dead across different state, with 78 injuries recorded, a 55% drop on the nations economy, 9% inflation, an uprise in South-South which culminated into an untold hardship. Then, in 2003, Obasanjo returned to power the entire exercise was characterized with massive rigging and a higher casualty level of approximately 689 people dead. This are event that can mar the future of any nation, Nigeria, though have passed through this phases and remained one. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, from the minority group in the country became the President of Nigeria, in what can be best described as “unopposed” in 2011, despite all what seems like a land slide victory, it wasn’t without its own massive death toll. Characteristically, this administration has been bedeviled with a lot of crisis; Boko Haram, massive unemployment, insecurity, corruption. electricity issues, poor infrastructural development and much more.

Projecting into the future, do not be alarmed as I paint this picture for the benefit of planners who will like to gain some little advantages to avoid surprises. I will not pretend to know the future, especially, who is going to become Nigeria’s next president since the incumbent president has made it more difficult by not declaring his intention to run in 2015. But before and after the election am afraid the situation will not change, but rather may get worst on the following ground – A research has it that 59.5% of Nigerians are living in abject poverty. The poverty level is on a steady increase, there is hardly a middle class in Nigeria, it is a case of whether one is rich or poor and nothing in between and considering that the gap between the poor and the rich is very wide which will definitely continue for a very long time.

The army of unemployed is not about to go away anytime soon as it is with electricity problem in the country. It is one ugly snake threatening to bite the country hard some day, this will not go away since the government are with no feasible plan to get millions of graduate employed, neither are they with workable blueprint to change the fortune of this country when it come to electricity issues. Insecurity draws its breath from unemployment, hunger, and poverty. Hence, if this other vices are not fixed, insecurity will become an indelible mark on the country, and in future branded as an unsafe place for visitors and investors alike. Corruption has a headquarter in Nigeria. You wouldn’t blame a child who thought Nigerians originated that term ‘corruption’. The joke which is not funny any more is the way and manner our leaders jump to the bandwagon anytime corruption is mentioned and the need to tackle it headlong, but when a name of a corrupt official is brought up for charge, the same people begin to whip up sentiments of ethnicity or religious cry.

As long as we fail to see every citizen as a Nigerian indivisible by tribe or religion, the issue of corruption and prosecuting a corrupt government official will never go away in the future of this great country.

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