Nigeria On The Brink Of Collapse: This Is The End! By Bayo Oluwasanmi

The door of the "newly" renovated airport toilet- Photo by Solomon Eyo
Bayo Oluwasanmi
By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Going home on vacation has become annual ritual for me. It’s not only sacred and majestic, but spiritual. Like a pilgrim, the yearly ‘pilgrimage’ renews my faith, hope, and love for my country. It’s also an opportunity to reconnect and reunite where my boyhood was formed and shaped with unrestrained exuberance. It was a land where I imagined Utopia was in process of becoming reality.

Though it’s too soon to forget about summer infatuation, mine ended immediately the Boeing 777 taxied at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

The smooth, bumpy-free, and flawless connecting flight from Houston’s International was punctuated by a downpour that greeted our arrival at MMIA.

Right from the time we set foot inside the airport, visible signs of neglect and decay from the rooftops to the floor of the airport advertised a microcosm of a nation parallaxed to hell.

Drops of July showers that escaped through the leaking roofs of MMIA baptized passengers with the ostensible truth that warned us to fasten our belts for the turbulence ahead.

The airport was partially boarded up and torn down. Looks like an abattoir undergoing some face lift ready for inspectors from department of agriculture.
 

Everywhere looks mangled, air-thirsty, decrepit, and filthy. Scraps of construction materials compete for space like trees hewed down by the storm: an ironic reminder of MMIA’s vestiges of its former greatness.

By now, the rain had become more violent and unfriendly. The waiting lounge was a bedlam. People waiting for their loved ones were pounded by the rain. The ‘madding crowd’ needless to say, had become inured and enamored with the copious beatings of the rain.

Out of the sea of heads, I managed to recognize my family completely bathed in the pre-noon rains. We collided into each other’s arms with a prolonged hallelujah that I made it safely home!

Thus the one month vacation has begun in earnest. Of course, a month vacation was not enough for me (or any visitor for that matter) to travel extensively and exhaustively to intimate me with the socio-politico-economic problems in Nigeria. Good enough, I’m no stranger to these problems.

The socio-politico-economic mess in the country is well known and well documented. Thus I believe it’ll amount to nauseating redundancy to laundry-list for the umpteenth time the lack of modern conveniences that Nigerians have come to accept as the norm.

These age-old problems make for equal opportunity in all the 36 states of the federation – see one see all. But on this trip, I’m hell troubled by corruption, today’s most lucrative industry in Nigeria.

Of all the social and economic plagues that badly afflicted and deformed our body politic, corruption is the most noxious. If superstitions are vestiges of ancient religion, corruption has become the creative destruction of a modern Nigeria. Poverty, one of its derivates, is on full scale war with our people.
 

To be a guest of corruption in Nigeria, you needn’t crisscross this huge country looking for hosts. 

Corruption is all over the land: you can feel it, smell it, hear it, read it, watch it, and embrace it!

Corruption in Nigeria has assumed a special status with different species. There is collusive corruption and retail corruption. Collusive corruption is a phenomenon whereby the ruling class takes care of each other at the expense of the people who elected them as their representatives.

Retail corruption involves exploitation, scheming, scamming, and ripping of individuals by individuals on one hand, and bribery of individual law makers on the other hand by corporations. According to the World Bank report just released, 80% of businesses in Nigeria paid bribes to government officials on request to remain in business. Both forms and strands of corruption are visible, massive, deadly, and alive in Nigeria.

The scale and scope of stealing, looting, and fraud is riveting to the eyes. One can literally hear the screams of corruption in the banner headlines of the dailies.  

From oil subsidy gate to pension scheme fraud, bank fraud, ghost workers, overseas junketing and jamboree of legislatures and their wives, forged and inflated contracts, senseless presidential trips with army of aides, unending meaningless retreats and unproductive seminars, and many other sickening evil and con devices have become intertwined to form a national catechism.

Whether it is collusive or retail corruption, the result is the same: it continues to ebb and eat away our human flourishing. Corruption has effectively abbreviated the exercise of liberty in the pursuit of happiness for our people.

The justified and lasting satisfaction with life is completely wiped clean by this greed and graft. The guarantee and expansion of economic liberty has been stunted and halted by the same malfeasance. Earned success and achievement from different endeavors have been supplanted by these assorted venalities.

It’s like expecting springs in the desert for Nigerians to earn a living for themselves and their families through hard work and own efforts. Finding decent work that not only pays the bill but that people enjoys is a rare commodity of Nigeria’s past.

Corruption has created a humiliating and primitive stagnation of our social life. With corruption, families have been ripped apart. Our children are not raised as proud members of the community with devotion to our culture of ingrained moral values.

Our young ones have become wild and homeless lot, culturally lost, spiritually disinherited, candidates for streets, highway robbery, and prisons. Lost generation, if you will!

The war of exploitation and marginalization of the poor on one hand, and the destruction of the middle class on the other hand, has been renewed with zealous impatience by corruption.

Every intervention of the government’s so called anti-graft agency EFCC to stem corruption has actually transformed corruption into a legalized and respectable profession. Indeed, Mr. Jonathan’s phony fight against corruption erects barriers to decriminalize the bane of the scourge in our national life.

Mr. Jonathan provides a great example of a leader with seriously misplaced passion and policies. The president has lost all bearings in both the corruption culture and the enemy culture of Boko Haram.

Where is the president in all these scandals? Complacency is complicity. As if President Jonathan was calling the shots on corruption, he proudly told Nigerians to shut up when he was asked to declare his assets by saying “I don’t give a damn!”

With the pronouncement, complacency, and complicity of Mr. Jonathan; it is safer to say that his PDP led federal government has fallen victim to the wiles and allure of corruption. Talent is a gift but character is a choice. Sadly, the president doesn’t give a damn for either.

The fastidious corrupt appetites of the ruling class have become the political face of our own brand of democracy. The president and his fellow travelers are obdurately blind to the wreckage and carnage done by corruption to our country and to Nigerians.

The Devil once lived in Heaven and those who have not met him are unlikely to recognize an angel when they see one. If you have not seen real poverty in action, visit Nigeria. Listen to the assessment of a writer on Nigeria’s self inflicted poverty: “Nigerians are living on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”

The jungle dwellings, the mass unemployment and under employment, the open solicitation of prostitution by the young and the old, the biting hunger, the untamed malnourishment, the helplessness and hopelessness of now and the future, put the human suffering of Nigerians on Biblical proportions.

There is no medicine like hope. But it is one thing to speak of hope when things look doubtful. It is fearful to speak of hope when the future is uncertain. It is frustrating to speak of hope when the pestilence of poverty bears all the signs and symbols of satanic verses.

Yes, it is something else to speak of hope when there is no doubt that the present is a disaster, when the future is surely uninviting, when circumstances have consigned you to the gutters. Definitely, hope in the midst of utter turmoil cannot be starry-eyed optimism; it must be built upon bedrock reality.

Wherever you see persecution, truth is often on the persecuted side. How can we explain the inequalities in Nigeria today? The wicked, oppressive, and corrupt ruling class generally goes unpunished. Corruption covers them like a robe. They wear injustice like a turban.

The swindlers prosper, while the honest citizens go bankrupt. Everywhere I looked I saw distorted business ethics, perverted justice, unpunished criminals, and unjust suffering.

Everywhere I looked there was unsettling apprehension of pessimism. The architects of evil, wickedness, and tyranny (and we know them) prosper and enjoy the luxury of their looted wealth. They spend their days in prosperity. They’re spared calamity and they’re buried with honor.

They oppressed the poor and left them destitute. Pictures of utter helplessness and desperation are everywhere. The poor are left cold, hungry, and at the mercy of the elements.

The dying groans for comfort. The wounded cry for help. The Boko Haram continues to consume the poor, the needy, and the innocent just as drought and heat consume snow.

Faced with the prospect of being swept away by the tidal wave of corruption, Nigeria is as good as dead. The choice before us is merely between a grey twilight and total darkness. With corruption on the rise and unabated, Nigeria is headed for total darkness.

 I may sound like a boastful apocalyptist, but I tell you this: Nigeria is closer to the brink of collapse today than yesterday. This is the end!

byolu@aol.com
 

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You actually make it appear really easy together with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be really something that I think I'd
never understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely vast for me.
I'm taking a look ahead to your next put up,
I will try to get the cling of it!

GET REAL!

@Ifeanyi-Democracy4Ever; Are you real at all? What is it that you want to do to change the situation? Revolution and Change? What do you mean? Encourage and Force people around you to do the right thing? How? These Looters have hijacked our collective will by all means possible, electoral and by force. You cannot get them out by asking your colleagues at work not to take bribes, when the system is already entrenched, shouting on the streets won't make any difference, probably get you killed by the Police Mobile Force. Highlighting the ills, creating awareness and condemning their acts are the weapons we have at the moment and we must continue to use them. Are you one of them?

IFEANYI AND THIRDSENSE: FOOLS!

@Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever & ThirdSense: You guys are really foolish, its a pity! If you are educated, you then you ought to know that information, education and enlightenement are tools of change in a society! Articles are written to enlighten people & inspire them to think and consider their options. People have different gifts, talents, assignments in life and therefore they have different roles to play. We CANNOT all do the same thing. Let some people write, others speak and still others will act. Collectively and with everyone contributing their share, progress is made. You guys, since you know the problems already, what have you done? Fools!

TRUTH IS BITTER!

Bayo, your conscience is clear right now, I am sure, as you have been able to articulate, I must say very eloquently, your frustration at the direction in which our once-beloved country is heading. You are lucky that you never made the mistake, like some of us did, to pack our bags and attempt a relocation to Nigeria three to five years ago. Some people that I know lost their lives, some lost their families, some lost their life savings. I managed to escape back to Europe with my life at the end of last year! Like you said, people who have never met the devil will never recognise angels. Nigerians really do not understand how oppressed and persecuted they are in their own country. Most Nigerians are actually slaves, given the looters rule over them. Change? Sorry, I can't see it right now. Nigeria is heading for a mighty crash that I cannot find the right word to describe. Whether we like it or not, that is the truth of the matter.

The change Nigeria needs should begin with YOU and I

The REVOLUTION and CHANGE we need in Nigeria must begin with YOU and I. Articles full of LAMENTATIONS but empty in SOLUTIONS are of NO relevance. It smacks of INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS to pen articles that chronicles ALL the problems in Nig while failing to proffer a single SOLUTION. Even a roadside PEPPER SELLER can list all these problems. The REVOLUTION that is needed to move Nigeria forward must begin with YOU and I. You and I must remove the LOG OF WOOD in our eyes so we can see clearly to remove the GRAIN OF SAND in other people's eye. You and I must endeavour to DO THE RIGHT THING. In addition we should encourage or compel those IMMEDIATELY AROUND US to DO THE RIGHT THINGS also. We must not continue on this path of NEGLECTING the little things around us while OVER-concentrating on the BIGGER and more difficult things which are mostly farther away. Those little things around us, if done rightly, will aggregate to a BETTER Nigeria

The change we NEED should begin with you and I

The REVOLUTION and CHANGE we need in Nigeria must begin with YOU and I. Articles full of LAMENTATIONS but empty in SOLUTIONS are of NO relevance. It smacks of INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS to pen articles that chronicles ALL the problems in Nig while failing to proffer a single SOLUTION. Even a roadside PEPPER SELLER can list all these problems. The REVOLUTION that is needed to move Nigeria forward must begin with YOU and I. You and I must remove the LOG OF WOOD in our eyes so we can see clearly to remove the GRAIN OF SAND in other people's eye. You and I must endeavour to DO THE RIGHT THING. In addition we should encourage or compel those IMMEDIATELY AROUND US to DO THE RIGHT THINGS also. We must not continue on this path of NEGLECTING the little things around us while OVER-concentrating on the BIGGER and more difficult things which are mostly farther away. Those little things around us, if done rightly, will aggregate to a BETTER Nigeria

Re-Shiio is a Yoruba slang for

Anonymous,

Thanks for the Yoruba insight. I am not beating about the bush, you are the one that is not able to do a close reading of the commentary. The same FoE that allows the writer to post is the same that permits me to share my opinions about his submission. It is left for you to learn to read between the lines to help inform your opinion about a piece.

Rather than babbling and cursing, the writer will make a better commentary proffering solutions. Is "Corruption is all over the land: you can feel it, smell it, hear it, read it, watch it, and embrace it!" enough to wish Nigeria "total darkness" and "collapse"?

Fast to shout out the ills but slow to be proactive; fast to condemn but reluctant to join progressive forces. Again, SHIOO!

Re-Response to Michael Ijere, Emamanuel & Thirdsense

Mr. Anonymous,

I see no reasoning in your entry but the huge display of intellectual porosity. I really don't know where you belong if you'd expect a sane individual to accept or pour accolades on statements like "Nigeria is closer to the brink of collapse today than yesterday."

I also got a clearer picture of how geographically limited your understanding is when you suggested a visit to Ghana(I am not in Africa at the moment and won't return to wish Nigeria a total collapse). The writer is not the only one that shuttles between Nigeria and another country, but wishing his country extinction and "total darkness" stands him out as one that needs some lessons in patriotism. Food for thought: is he wishing Nigeria this because he has an alternative place of abode?

Mr. Bigmouth, if you are willing to fight corruption, you know what to do and where to go. Walk the talk, not wish doom for the country.

For the records, it is ThirdSense and not Thirdsense

Disgusting materialistic culture

With a recent visit to Nigeria,your thoughts are my exactly.However on my way back to the United States I dwell on the ugliness of all that i experienced and all of a sudden I laughed out loud. The millionaires in Nigeria have no peaceful existence either.They wear the cloak of richness but wallow in ignorance. Why will anyone drive expensive cars on those roads, sitting in traffic in their agbadas at least one quarter of their day, on a daily basis. How can anyone bear the noise of those generators in their rich neighborhoods; how can anyone bear the stench in the markets? how can anyone continue to drink that smelly bottled water; how can anyone bear the constant fear of being robbed on a daily basis. All the money being stolen by these fake millionaires are not being used to develop their neighborhood hence they suffer along with the poor.
It is a shame.The culture of money, the materialistic culture has turned Nigerians into a lost generation.It is truly the end.

Let the REVOLUTION begin with YOU

The REVOLUTION and CHANGE we need in Nigeria must begin with YOU and I. Articles full of LAMENTATIONS but empty in SOLUTIONS are of NO relevance. It smacks of INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS to pen articles that chronicles ALL the problems in Nig while failing to proffer a single SOLUTION. Even a roadside PEPPER SELLER can list all these problems. The REVOLUTION that is needed to move Nigeria forward must begin with YOU and I. You and I must remove the LOG OF WOOD in our eyes so we can see clearly to remove the GRAIN OF SAND in other people's eye. You and I must endeavour to DO THE RIGHT THING. In addition we should encourage or compel those IMMEDIATELY AROUND US to DO THE RIGHT THINGS also. We must not continue on this path of NEGLECTING the little things around us while OVER-concentrating on the BIGGER and more difficult things which are mostly farther away. Those little things around us, if done rightly, will aggregate to a BETTER Nigeria

Let the REVOLUTION begin with YOU

The REVOLUTION and CHANGE we need in Nigeria must begin with YOU and I. Articles full of LAMENTATIONS but empty in SOLUTIONS are of NO relevance. It smacks of INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS to pen articles that chronicles ALL the problems in Nig while failing to proffer a single SOLUTION. Even a roadside PEPPER SELLER can list all these problems. The REVOLUTION that is needed to move Nigeria forward must begin with YOU and I. You and I must remove the LOG OF WOOD in our eyes so we can see clearly to remove the GRAIN OF SAND in other people's eye. You and I must endeavour to DO THE RIGHT THING. In addition we should encourage or compel those IMMEDIATELY AROUND US to DO THE RIGHT THINGS also. We must not continue on this path of NEGLECTING the little things around us while OVER-concentrating on the BIGGER and more difficult things which are mostly farther away. Those little things around us, if done rightly, will aggregate to a BETTER Nigeria

its quite unfortunate that

its quite unfortunate that Nigeria has gone down the drain with so much that God endowed her with. Nigeria is simply on a life support, the earlier we see it that way the better. we do not have any leadership, because JEG is simply stupendously confused and inept and can not and will not do any thing to better the country. there so many red flags to show his incapability, top most is the oil subsidy saga, that even some one i know was arrested and granted bail for a 13 billion naira scam, what the hell, God help. i am short words and do not know what more to say!!!

@DERI : Na wa o Dee, do you ever give up? I got to hand it 2 U

Deri, this time... I just got to hand it to you. You are just too much. You play the "No Retreat, No Surrender" gimmick really good.

I got to hand it to you... You are freaking hilarious

Response to "Thunder fire everyone that says......

Why the curse? You will be the first to receive Sango's anger. You are filled with shit yourself and so is your write up .
The guy simply wrote about the present state of the nation and you are here blabbing incoherently. This is a serious issue for serious minded Nigerians. Your level of imbecility is ridiculous. What are you doing about everyone that is looting and destroying Nigeria? You are writing your "shit" about those saying bad, what about those doing bad to Nigeria?
You should comment on articles when you are sober and sane with your dictionary close by, imbecile.

Response to Michael Ijere, Emamanuel & Thirdsense

RE; Michael Ijere, Thirdsense[no sense] and Emmanuel

Its easy to identify empty heads, dumb, low thinkers and intellectually disabled trio like you!
Otherwise why will you insult the writer for saying it as it is. The truth of his write up must have been to bitter for you to swallow because you all benefit from corruption. Get ready for the shake up, either you like it or not God will raise up those who will use every weapon from pen and keyboards to bullets to destroy corruption in Nigeria.
I advise these 3 dumbheads to visit neighbouring Ghana and compare Ghana to Nigeria, maybe your uptight brain will take in some air sense. You will see how lag behind Nigeria is in West Africa, not to mention Africa or the World.

Shiio is a Yoruba slang for

Shiio is a Yoruba slang for describing someone as pathetic and shameless, and disgusting.
You are an embodiment of this "Shiio" MR/MS Thirdsense
There is no place like home. The writer goes back to his roots annually and he is concerned about his country's condition. Who cares where he lives, he still visit his home country.
You definately are a stakeholder in corruption in high places. It's evident in your comment. Why beat about the bush? Facts are laid on the table and you are twisting words because the truth struck you like lightening. You are afraid? You should be. You and your likes should get ready to meet your waterloo because the wake up call is sounding.
Truth be told.

Somebody asked what can be done to fix Nigeria...(2)

The PRESS should INTENSIFY and not RELENT in their reporting about corrupt persons and corruption. They should stay on the NEWS or REPORT and not go to sleep. They must report it day and night like SKY News or CNN would.

Lastly, YOU and I have our roles, but we must speak with FACTS! When we go to our VILLAGES, expose and report those that have suddenly become super rich. Shun Politicians and query the source of their wealth. Ask Parliamentarians what they have done with their CONSTITUENCIES ALLOWANCES. RECALL them or at least threaten to. Form a Community Association to champion this and other causes.

Finally, don't give bribe or gratifications to cut corners or to push a file. Query what is delaying the movement of a file and why it is taking so long. Be bold and courageous. Don't encourage corruption by not giving bribe. Maybe, just maybe, this will be the start of the fight!

Badmouthing and condemnation without positive action will not end it!

Somebody asked what can be done to fix Nigeria...(1)

A lot can be done. For example, don't only focus on the Fed Govt, but also identify corruption in Local Govts, State Govts, the Customs, Immigration and Police services, Tax offices, Lands Registry, Banks, civil service, the Press, SEC, NSE, the National and State Assemblies, Local Govt Councillors, NNPC, Oil marketers, Airline ticketing staff, Drug importers and most importers, Spare parts dealers, contractors, etc.

Once you have located corruption, then fix the agency that is responsible for preventing and arresting corruption - THE POLICE. In developed countries, this is the only agency charged with dealing with corruption.

Next is the PRESS. They should unearth it, report about it and query any person who suddenly comes into wealth; don't glorify or celebrate them on OVATION and other LIFESTYLE MAGAZINES. The PRESS should not be seeking their own share, like when they scramble to interview IBB on each occasion of his Birthday because of crumbs or transport money.

Nigeria should split period

The loud mouthed unpatriotic citizens from the cold, are out again with their baby pancake articles. 9ja is over 52 years old. We have been in this soul depressing situation described by the writer 4 over 5 decades. All the SS did was to provide over 55 trillion for use by the old regional leaders. Now that the ijaw man is attempting to fix the mess done to the nation by the ethnic groups involved in the oil subsidy scam, they are blaming GEJ over our 52yr old cancer. The light situation in 9ja has improved. Better than it was over 40 yrs ago-roads are being fixed daily-fuel scarcity is now a thing of the past-the tranformative agenda of GEJ is all about working to make 9ja a lot better than it was over 40 years ago. MMA has never been under the charge of an Ijaw man-OBJ and IBB were there 4 16yrs-dancing to dan maria goje songs-its the ijaw man who is today the fall guy-U eat 87% of our oil revenue-while we take only 13%-Yet u complain! Animals

It is sad, very sad, yet unnecessary.......what a pity

Nigeria is a place where nothing gets done,unless there is personal gain for the powers that be.Teaching Hospitals now have priviledges for Consultants/Attendings to do private practice in house to bring in revenue for the hospital as well as better renumeration for the Specialist,yet this idea was put to the "powers that be" in 1978.It took 26+ years to implement, why such a delay?.That is Nigeria,by that time,Physicians had left for better paying jobs and who suffered?the whole Nation,who benefited? mediocres in "mushroom clinics and Hospitals",and developed countries.America finds it self short of Physicians and they dont have to worry about that because they will make the shortfall by encouraging 3rd world Physicians to stay after training them,without having to bother about spending $250,000+ to train each Physician through Medical School.We have it all wrong.Bring any ideas home,they will steal it and implement it through 3rd rate professionals and mess it all up.That is Nigeria.

Na PDP kill Nigeria !

Nigerian's vociferiously fought the military. Nigerians were of the opinion that once you get rid of the military, you get rid of corruption. Nigerians were wrong. We went from the frying pan into the fire.

PDP in a conglomeration of NPN, the military and unpatriotic Nigerians who observed members of NPN and the military acquire an obscene amount of wealth between 1979 -1998 and who swore to their families that they will not miss out this time around.

Corruption breeds further corruption. A politician steals $300,000, he builds a house in his village and finds out that he is broke.He steals another $300,000 and finds out that he needs $300,000 more to buy a house in Abuja. So he goes back and steals $300,000 more. Of course he has to maintain his houses, buy cars, send his familiy abroad e.t.c. It is vicious circle.

Nigerians have to have an abiding commitment rid of PDP from Aso Rock in 2015. "...Chase those crazy baldheads out of our town..." - Bob Marley.

This is the dumbest criticism

This is the dumbest criticism I've seen in a decade. What is good about Nigeria to make its citizens crave to come home? Bad roads, no electricity (which other nations take for granted!). Kidnappers in the south east, boko haram in the north, OPC in the west and militants in the south south. the level of decadence and insecurity of the entire system makes the country a hell of a place to be. Yet the suffering masses are among the most patriotic in the world. Nigeria has the potential to be the best black nation on earth but with corruption in high places the dream is utopian, please face the fact and reality.

You lived where in Houston

You lived where in Houston and ruled? So what the heck are you doing back home? Deported after a failed 419 scammed over here? Nincompoop! Anyone that points to the reality of what is going on in Nigeria is automotically subjected to name calling by rogues like you. This guy (Bayo) has simply called it as is period. Ghanians abroad did not come home to help fix Ghana before it becomes what it is today.

For your information also, there are tons of Americans living in different parts of the world. So there is nothing wrong in living elsewhere apart from your country of origin. Stop asking people here to come home and proffer solutions. Use your brain while leaving there in Nigeria to help. This writer is not struggling in the USA, judging from his frequent visit to Nigeria.

Real problems

Gomsuk- you are right. this is my first comment ever on Sahara reporter page.
I am particular impressed with your comments.
The Jan NLC strike was the tonic required and a huge opportunity get things right on course.. But allowed it slip ..
This type of 'revolution' is what these rogues ruling a Nigeria hate the most.
They steal in all levels of governance and flaunt their spoils right in our faces(mansions,luxury cars, etc) no thoughts of the Nigerians that put them there once they come to power!
Nigerians MUST TAKE THEIR DESTINY IN THEIR OWN HANDS...
The earlier the better,
For those thinking break up is best, Nigeria is not the only countries with similar challenges, of tribe, language, religion,etc, except CORRUPTION IS NOW TOLERATED AND UNPUNISHED,IN THE LAND..in short, it pays to be corrupt..
This cannot continue..

Real problems

Gomsuk- you are right. this is my first comment ever on Sahara reporter page.
I am particular impressed with your comments.
The Jan NLC strike was the tonic required and a huge opportunity get things right on course.. But allowed it slip ..
This type of 'revolution' is what these rogues ruling a Nigeria hate the most.
They steal in all levels of governance and flaunt their spoils right in our faces(mansions,luxury cars, etc) no thoughts of the Nigerians that put them there once they come to power!
Nigerians MUST TAKE THEIR DESTINY IN THEIR OWN HANDS...
The earlier the better,
For those thinking break up is best, Nigeria is not the only countries with similar challenges, of tribe, language, religion,etc, except CORRUPTION IS NOW TOLERATED AND UNPUNISHED,IN THE LAND..in short, it pays to be corrupt..
This cannot continue..

Nigeria is NOT finished!!

Shut-up, pack your bags and come home to fix the mess.. instead of smiling sheepishly at your total lack of patriotism... even tho did not read the whole article... toooooolong...

Proffer a solution!

some of Nigeria's educated class are not helping matters. i get the feeling that some of them write on media columns just to show us how good they can write. inasmuch as i do not completely disagree with you on issue you dwelt on, i think it's better to proffer solutions, encourage the people unto hope, impress it on the corrupt to see reasons to turn new leaf, appreciate the little sincere effort of govt while not leaving them without reprimand. I think this we need to do at this point in time. Encourage people to rise up and build. If we keep painting a picture of despodency, what good will it do? Tell me, what good is this write up by Texas friend? It only takes hope away from the weak-minded. Brethren, let us rather build.

Re-COMMENT BY THIRD SENSE.

Mr. Anonymous!

A lot is wrong with it. To start with, he's taken the pain to take a picture of the door to the toilet but intentionally refused to acknowledge the air-conditioners and luggage belts that were once nonfunctional.Why badmouth and make all the noise and later leave for his "Utopia" location?Doesn't that sound betrayal and corrupt in itself? He claims he "may sound like a boastful apocalyptist"; that is true for only a very boastful apocalyptist will predict a catastrophic end to the founding of his country instead of joining forces to rescue it.

"Good enough, I’m no stranger to these problems." What then caused this sudden revelation of "facts" that I refused to agree with? I know you are not trying to Ganifawerize for the writer, you are probably the one.

"You sound like you are one of those destroying Nigeria with corrupt practices."-Yeah! It takes one to know one.

An example of the consequences of unrestricted access to the Internet. Shioo!

VERY BEAUTIFUL ARTICLE

You said it better.

COMMENT BY THIRD SENSE.

Tell me what is wrong with what Bayo just wrote about his observations in Nigeria. Everyone sees it. Instead of you to agree to the facts you are here criticising him. You sound like you are one of those destroying Nigeria with corrupt practices. If not you, someone close to you. What a shame.