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Nation building and the way forward

31 August 2016, 14:52 Katchy Ohiaeri

Nigeria: The most populous black nation. The largest economy in Africa in 2015 and the second largest in 2016.

It is easy for a lot of people to criticize a system, calling it bluff and interesting to read about the many ills that consume Nigeria. We read daily on the internet about the lackadaisical attitude of leaders, the deterioration of institutions and the lack of basic infrastructure and amenities in Nigeria. A lot of people have been known to proffer generic solutions to these problems that abound while expecting miracles the next second yet we berate the average Nigerian for their addiction to miracles promised by religion.

Ever heard of the contingency theory? Wikipedia defines it thus: A contingency theory is an organizational theory that claims that there is no best way to organize a corporation, to lead a company, or to make decisions. Instead, the optimal course of action is contingent (dependent) upon the internal and external situation. This is self explanatory. So to those that all they can do is criticize, which is not bad but stupid when it is on a recurrent decimal, should understand the need of a SWOT analysis of a system before making informed conclusions.

I also find it comical especially from people in diaspora, who are very prone to knee jerk reactions when issues about Nigeria is raised. It is a case of give a dog a bad name so as to hang it. The Nigerian people, the culture , the lifestyle is continuously berated online by these group of people. Agreed that most of the countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, where a lot of Nigerians reside are with the best infrastructure there is but I do know that life isn't perfect in any clime.

We still see on the internet where citizens of these countries continually berate their leaders just as we do, may be not for the same reasons but surely for the same intent and purpose, which is to make their countries better. The difference between them and the average Nigerian is that we do ours with total disregard for our country and others for selfish reasons or political affiliations. We call our country a zoo with reckless abandon yet we want to be respected in diaspora. It is actually eluding us , isn't it? Most Nigerians in diaspora spent their formative years in Nigeria so it still remains a wonder to me that they seem to have this complete disgust for their motherland.

The superiority complex is beyond understanding, yet it is from this same country Nigeria they acquired the knowledge that took them thus far. The paradox is that most famous Nigerians reside in the country yet they are celebrated the world over for their works, majorly of African origin, Nigerian as it were. I will conclude by saying this. We need to learn to appreciate our own. if you do not have an intellectual critique of the Nigerian socio-economic situation please give space for reasonable critics that have the progress of Nigeria at heart. How many of these Facebook critics watched Prof Soludos lecture in Kaduna? Anybody can criticize few make a good critique! 

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