“By the year 2020, Nigeria will be one of the twenty largest economies in the world, with the capability of consolidating her leadership role in Africa as well as establishing herself as a significant player in the global economic cum political arena”. This was one of their many fraudulent statements. Nigerian Politicians are pitiably the only set of administrative players in the world that glamour in making mockery, ambiguous, roguish and mischievous statements about themselves. When you listen to them talk, you will think that refined human species with actively functional brains are talking. They are gravely bereft of creative imagination/collectiveness, motivated by selfishness and greed and always demonstrating intemperance and impatience. They reel in habitual over-indulgence in incorrupt practices, mismanagement of national wealth and irresistibly governed by this devilish attitude, they erroneously conclude of making mountains out of dunghills.
Professor Chinua Achebe of blessed memory, was right when he wrote: “one of the commonest manifestations of under-development is a tendency among the ruling elite to live in a world of make-believe and unrealistic expectations. This is the cargo cult mentality that anthropologists sometimes speak about, a belief by backward people that someday, without any exertion whatsoever on their own part, a fairy ship that will dock in their harbour, laden with every goody they have always dreamt of possessing”. “Listen to the Nigerian leaders and you will frequently hear the phrase: “this great country of us”. Nigeria is never a great country in positive terms except being one of the most corrupt, insensitive, inefficient, lawless and dangerous places to inhabit under the sun. It is one of the most expensive, vulgar, dishonest, extravagant, dirty and least valued in developmental considerations. Amongst the countries on earth, Nigeria is ranked at the lowest ebb. It is a measure of our self-delusion that we can yet talk about developing tourism. Only a masochist with an exuberant taste for self-violence, will pick Nigeria for a holiday; only a character of Tutuola seeking to know punishment and poverty at first hand. No, Nigeria may be a paradise for adventurers and pirates, but certainly not for tourists”, Chinua Achebe concluded.
The Nigerian leadership as a whole, has a weak and selfish thinking mentality hence, those involved are only always conscious of themselves, families, tribes and religious inclinations. They are myopic in their reasoning and activities, full of fear of competition and accountability and yet, like making the loudest of noise, constitute nuisances before the civilised nations of the world.
By the year 2020, Nigeria they said, will be one of the twenty (20) largest economies of the world but behold, the year 2020 has suddenly dawned on us here in Nigeria. There has been an abysmal decline in all facets of decency in the country ravaged by deadly terrorist attacks orchestrated by Boko Haram, Fulani killer herdsmen, with additional ranking of the world headquarters of poverty and most under-developed in black Africa. Despite the self-glorifying reassurance of being one of the twenty largest economies globally in 2020, the country is yet running from pillar to post in the education sector. School pupils in most locations still study under trees and dilapidated classrooms. There is alarming certificate forgery ranging from the President to others. There exists sex for marks increase in universities, absence of vibrant educational programs and yet professors and doctorate degree holders are produced in their numbers without any appreciably recorded research works.
By the year 2020, Nigeria will be one of the twenty (20) largest economies globally with no clean water for the citizens to drink, children especially in the North, drink from the same bowels with cows, millions yet take water mixed with toxic chemicals in the South from oil exploration areas. Epileptic electricity power supply, dilapidated roads, relentless/provocative killing of Christians, hospitals are in comatose with necessary drugs and other major consumables in gross scarcity.
Yes, the mouthed vision 2020 in Nigeria could be true in some sense because the country is presently the most indebted in the world. She also ranks as the third most corrupt globally. She is presently an Islamic country with abject poverty staring the citizens in the face. In fact, majority of the people go to bed daily with empty stomach.
It is really unfortunate how the feeling of the inventors of this state-sponsored scam will be now. The eyes of the world are undoubtedly fixed on Nigeria and her leadership. The so-called Nigerian leaders before the global audience have really rubbished their integrity if they had any. What about the consolidation on African leadership role with the false hope of getting established as a significant player in the global economic and political arena. The time of definitive achievement has for long eluded the country and any expectation of regaining position even now that the Fulani oligarchy is in control of Nigeria, simply translates to a white goose chase. It is all over. To hell with vision 2020!
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media