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Nigeria @ 60: 25 Reasons To Be Really Sad

Nigeria marks 60 years since it became an independent country and as a result of the pandemic, there won’t be the usual fan fair and celebrations that usually comes with the occasion. 60 years truly warrants a celebration, but in the case of Nigeria, there is absolutely nothing worth celebrating as the it gradually falls into failed state territoty.

But incase you’re still optimistic and in the mood for celebration, below are 25 reasons not to.

1. Poverty

According to the National Bureau of Statistics over 82.9 million Nigerians are poor. This is a disappointing number especially when you compare it with the country’s estimated population of 180 million people. This poverty was most felt during the lockdown that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. The widespread poverty resulted in a plethora of social vices and insecurity. Simply pathetic.

2. Bad leadership 

From time immemorial Nigeria has always been plagued with clueless and uninspiring leadership, and unfortunately,  it doesn’t seem like it is going to end soon 

3. Insecurity

Sleeping with one eye open has become the norm, and people have been left to protect themselves from bandits and criminals. 

4. Terrible Electricity

5. Police/SARS

What more can be said? Police harass, intimidate and kill innocent civilians who they swore to protect and nothing is being done about it. Police is not your friend and be very afraid of them.

6. Politicians

Failed promises, deceit, corrupt, the list goes on and on

7. Insurgency

Boko Haram continues to ravage the North-east without an end in sight.

8. Ethnic killings

Southern Kaduna needs respite.

9. ASUU

Never forget that Nigeria celebrated 60 years of independence in the middle of an  ASUU strike

10. Debt

As of June 30, 2019, Nigeria’s total debt profile had risen to N31. 009 trillion, yet the country continues to borrow.

11. Low standard of living

Nigerian’s are living in complete discomfort, their basic necessities like food and jobs have become luxury, yet we celebrate 60 years.

12. Fuel price

Nigeria is a country rich in crude oil, yet petrol a commodity we’re supposed to enjoy  is sold at 151 per litre

13. Bag of rice at 40k

14. Corruption 

It has been a trend for every elected official in Nigeria to promise to eradicate corruption. “Fighting” corruption was top of President Buhari’s agenda during his campaign, but we all know how that has ended up, bullion vans and what not.

15. Sham democracy 

16. Brain drain

Every day, new sets of brilliant professionals across various fields exit the country in search of a better opportunities and a better life

17. Poor health system

When the president travels abroad to treat his ear, you know there is a problem.

18. Massive exodus of young people

19. Zero free speech

Under the guise of curbing hate speech, the government has stifled freedom of speech and any sort of criticism is met with punishment. In a Democracy?

20. Flawed Educational system

Strikes, inadequate facilities, decay of existing facilities and all out neglegence.

21. Disunity 

The idea of One Nigeria has proven to be a big fat lie.

22. Atrocious laws 

It is as if the government deliberately enact laws that inimical to the progress of its citizens. From pointless taxes to laws that infringe on fundamental human rights, the masses just can’t win.

23. Tribalism and Nepotism 

Opportunities are few and shared among a select few while those that truly merit theses chances are left reeling.

24. Zero human rights

The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) guarantees human rights which include the rights to life, personal liberty, fair trial, freedom of thought, conscience and religion etc. But we all know the true story.

25. The future doesn’t look bright 

Nigerians have been known to be very optimistic people, but that optimism has gradually waned. People have realized that truly there isn’t any light at the end of the tunnel and we are in a free fall into oblivion.

Written by Emeka Nweze

Content writer and contributor.

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