THE REASONS WHY NIGERIA HAS REMAINED IN A MESS ESPECIALLY AFTER 25 YEARS Of UNINTERRUPTED DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE IS LARGELY CONNECTED TO THE FOLLOWING ISSUES


 

THE REASONS WHY NIGERIA HAS REMAINED IN A MESS ESPECIALLY AFTER 25 YEARS Of UNINTERRUPTED DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE IS LARGELY CONNECTED TO THE FOLLOWING ISSUES

 

Despite 25 years of democracy, Nigeria still faces significant challenges. Some reasons include:*

1 *Dependence on Oil and illegal oil bunkering:* Nigeria’s reliance on oil exports has made it vulnerable to global price fluctuations, hindering economic diversification and development. Nigeria loses billions of dollars to oil theft due to the illegal activities of bunkering on our high sea the national security adviser (NSA) has warned that the Federal Government may lose an estimated $23 billion next year if the crude oil theft persists in the country.

Crude oil theft has been a very thorny issue in Nigeria for several years with huge volumes of oil being lifted by some cabal in the oil industry, with serious consequences on the country’s revenue and economy. The clear evidence that Nigeria has not been able to achieve economic success because of the inability of those who have held power to show their competence and integrity in the management of the economy. So much waste of public resources as a result of the mismanagement and huge losses due to corrupt politicians in government.

2. *Entrenched Corruption:* Corruption has become an entrenched culture, with many officials embezzling funds and prioritizing personal interests over national development. The biggest financial crime in Nigeria is crude oil “theft” and MDA procurements and spending which has remained as obstacle to growth and economic prosperity.

Public sector corruption, bane of development in Nigeria echoing the worlds of the EFCC Chairman.

3. *Ineffective Leadership:* Some leaders have failed to implement effective policies, prioritize the nation’s interests, and address pressing issues like poverty, inequality, and insecurity.

4. *Political Polarization:* Political divisions and polarization have hindered consensus-building and effective governance.

5. *Lack of Institutional Reforms:* Key institutions like the judiciary, electoral commission, and security forces require reforms to ensure independence, effectiveness, and accountability.

6. *Economic Mismanagement:* Poor economic policies, over-reliance on oil, and failure to diversify the economy have led to poverty, inflation, and unemployment.

7. *Inadequate Investment in Human Capital:* Limited investment in education, healthcare, and social welfare has restricted opportunities and perpetuated poverty.

8. *Security Challenges:* Terrorism, banditry, and kidnapping have become significant threats, undermining security and stability.

9. *Ethnic and Religious Tensions:* Unaddressed historical grievances and biases have contributed to ongoing conflicts and social injustices across the country.

10. *Lack of Transparency and Accountability*: Limited transparency and accountability in governance have enabled corruption and impunity.

Despite these challenges, Nigeria has the potential to overcome them with effective leadership, institutional reforms, and investments in human capital and infrastructure.

The right leadership is key to ensuring that our country attains the goals of global competitiveness and economic prosperity for our people.

CHIEF PETER AMEH
Ex-IPAC CHAIRMANN ATIONAL SECRETARY CUPP

 


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