Nigeria a failed country at 63

At 63, Nigeria Is A Failed Country With Corruptly Mismanaged Economy, Has Nothing To Celebrate, Says Activist Nwanguma

He explained that Nigeria is richly endowed but corruptly mismanaged.

The Executive Director of the Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), Okechukwu Nwanguma has described Nigeria at 63 as a failed country.

Nwanguma, who stated this in an article titled: “State Of Nigeria At 63”, regretted that after 63 years of Nigeria’s independence and 24 years after the country returned to elective government following nearly two decades of military interruption of democratic experiment, Nigerians have nothing to celebrate as a country.

“For me, there is really nothing that one wants to be happy about in Nigeria, except, perhaps for those who are still precariously alive, having survived the debilitating times,” he said, adding “All we have is a failed country.”

He explained that Nigeria is richly endowed but corruptly mismanaged.

According to him, the situation has caused the collapse of the economy “with a constantly devaluing and almost worthless currency in relation to the US dollar; unchecked corruption, unabated insecurity that continues to reduce the worth of human dignity and life and constantly destroying life, property and livelihoods; mass impoverishment and misery; official ineptitude in addressing insecurity and tackling corruption, instead, official complicity in promoting corruption and insecurity”.

He said it also led to the “collapse of infrastructure, failed promises to deliver free, fair, peaceful and credible elections; impunity for human rights violations, and denial of justice; state capture by a cabal of unpatriotic, corrupt, incompetent, visionless and self-serving political class with criminal records; subversion of the democratic principle of separation of powers among different arms of government; promoting nepotism in governance; mass despondency and loss of faith in the country resulting to mass exodus of Nigerians to foreign countries including less endowed but comparatively better run Africa countries”.

According to him, terrorists and bandits have continued to hold sway across the country without much challenge from security agencies. “Neglect of security agencies renders them vulnerable to attacks and killing by better-armed bandits.

“Insecurity has halted farming, production, living and livelihoods, and retarded development,” he said.

The human rights activist further stated that the government’s inability to guarantee uninterrupted electricity has killed businesses, impeded production, discouraged investments, and forced local and foreign investments to close shop and leave the country.

“It has also disrupted and denied children access to education,” he maintained.

He continued, “Educational and healthcare institutions are dysfunctional and incapable of solving the manpower development and healthcare needs of Nigerians. Consequently, Nigerians die untimely of poverty and from preventable diseases. The government is completely distant and absent from the people.

“While workers’ salaries are grossly inadequate and further diminished in value by daily skyrocketing increases in the cost of living, the government is not providing palliatives to cushion the effects of policies that deepen poverty and misery. Yet, government officials continue to unconscionably benefit from undue and unmerited earnings and frivolous multiple allowances.

“There’s a high level of oppression, exploitation, and deprivation of the masses, with citizens exploited and dispossessed of their meagre income in different guises, yet are denied basic infrastructure and social amenities and services. To illustrate, in some parts of the country, vehicle users are subjected to roadworthiness tests, punishment, and exploitation, yet, the roads are not maintained and kept safe and worthy of use.

“Law enforcement agencies are deployed as tools of oppression and injustice rather than as agencies to maintain law and order, provide safety and security, guard and protect human rights, and uphold the rule of law. They serve and protect the ruling powers and people of influence, and prey upon the helpless poor masses.

“The man ‘elected’ as the President of Nigeria following the recent largely flawed and widely disputed election continues to grapple with a legitimacy crisis on account of the dubious conduct and outcome of the election, as well as questions surrounding his true identity- questions about the records of his birth, paternity, age, educational qualifications and indeed, nearly every aspect of his life. This fact alone summarizes the tragedy of the state of the country and its reputation and rating in the eyes of the world.”

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