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NIGERIA AT 54:A CRIPPLED GIANT IN A JOURNEY FROM NATIONISM TO NATIONALITY

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By October 1, 2014 (Few hours from now), Nigerians will celebrate yet another milestone in the history of the country as the nation marks 54th years of independence from the British imperialist. However, a cursory look over the last 54 years of Nigeria’s independence does not offer much to be celebrated as the country has remained a contraption of diverse ethnics locked up in a geopolitical prison.

  At 54,Nigeria is still bedeviled by numerous and hydra-headed socio-economic and political maladies. Even though recently President Goodluck Jonathan claimed that the country has recorded 50 percent in poverty reduction, Nigerians only reacted with cynism as it is very glaring that such a statement is a mere rhetoric and does not portray reality of living condition in Nigeria where thousands still go to bed with empty stomach.

Talk of moribund educational system,embarrassing unemployment statistics,comatose security sector,escalated party crisis, high maternal and child mortality rate,malignant terror insurgency, ethnic intolerance, corruption, embezzlement, money laundering, death trap road network,among others,you would find Nigeria right in the picture as all these moral and infrastructure incubuses have characteristically defined the Nigeria polity since independence.

TO BE CONTINUED…

_Written by John Osadeyi

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