London based Nigerian Journalist and critic, Ayo Akinfe has taken to his Facebook page to highlight some of the critical issues with Nigeria. Writing he said;
“No matter how good a government we have, Nigeria is never going to become a productive nation as long as her citizens have these 10 vices
1 Nigerians are too passionate about their religious faiths. An overwhelming number of Nigerians are more interested in going to heaven than making their country a better place. Indeed many would burn Nigeria down to the ground just because they believe it will facilitate them going to heaven.
2 Nigerians are too closely attached to their ethnic groups and traditional rulers. I subscribe to views of Samora Machel when he said: “For the nation to grow, the tribe must die.”
3 Nigerians love entertainment and merriment to an obscene level. We invest money in parties that should be contributed to cooperative societies to create jobs.
4. Nigerians hate being called just plain Mr or Ms. No other people in the world love amassing titles like us
5 Our misguided orientation has led us to believe that how much material wealth you have is a measure of your worth
6 We Nigerians believe that public transport is for the poor and lazy. Gustavo Petro once said: “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation.”
7 Erroneously, Nigerians believe that their federal government has the capacity to solve all of society’s socio-economic woes.
8 Probably most destructive of all is the fact that we love high-end products, yet produce none of these goods ourselves. As a people, we are shamelessly happy to import all our consumer goods. In contrast, in South Korea, their national slogan is: “Anything we don’t produce, we don’t need.”
9 We are embarrassingly sycophantic. Decades of living under military rule has engrained the oga-at-the-top mentality into our psyche. Our top-to-bottom mentality makes it impossible for an average Nigerian to refuse to obey unreasonable orders from people in positions of authority
10 Nigerians appreciate the value of education. However, this means they disrespect people who did not go to university irrespective of what skills they possess. You simply cannot build a global superpower when your population thinks this way. A higher level of thinking is required.
Do you agree?