By Valentine Amanze
October 1, 2021 marked Nigeria’s existence as an independent naion. To some, it worths celebrating; to others, it is not. Majority of the 61 years old men at present have grand children, while a country of the same age is still being spoon-fed by colonial masters.
Nigeria at 61 should not be begging for debt relief with its abundant mineral resources. With the country’s total public debt stock, which comprises of the debt stock of the federal government, 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) hitting N33.107 trillion; what are we celebrating?
The country’s leaders have failed to do the needful on the management of the nation’s resources.
Since 1960, governments in Nigeria have embraced monotonous oil economy, while abandoning the manufacturing sector.
No nation becomes great without a dynamic leadership and a vibrant real sector cum technology.
Japan, which is not as endowed with mineral resources as Nigeria, has since become a super power and industrialized, detecting the pace for the world’s economy despite the Hiroshima and Nagakasi destruction in the World War II.
The Asian nation achieved the feat through hard work, disciplined and corruption-free leadership, which is lacking in Nigeria.
I felt disturbed when I watched President Muhammadu Buhari make his submission at the recently concluded United Nations Summit in New York.
The president painted the picture of Nigeria as a nation that was fast overcoming it numerous challenges including insecurity, while calling for debt relief for poor nations from their creditors.
How would the nation’s debt be written off by its creditors, when the government that claimed to be fighting corruption coul not prudently manage borrowed fund and the ones confiscated from politicians.
It is disturbing that deceptful and wicked leadership has lingered in Nigeria for so long.
As we celebrate the 61st anniversary, many Nigerian kids are still held captive by their abductors (kidnappers and bandits) in the forests, while education is gradually becoming non-existence in the northern Nigeria because of high level insecurity.
Besides, farmers are no longer safe in their farms as herdsmen kill them and destroy their crops, resulting to food scarcity.
While the government marks its independence on Friday October 1, 2021, hungry Nigerians are asking Buhari among other things: What happened to the report on the $43 million discovered in an apartment at Osbourne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos? What happened to the allegation of award of $25 billion contracts without following due process made against Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, the group managing director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, minister of State, Petroleum Resources?
Also, we care to know what happened to the Department of State Services (DSS) indictment for corruption of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Mr. Abubakar Malami, the minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Investigative Panel set up by the President Muhammadu Buhari? Who is the owner of LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, inside which the EFCC claimed that it found $448.8 million cash? Who brought the five sacks in which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed that it found N49 million cash to the Kaduna Airport? What happened to the Probe Panel on the alleged N500 million bribery said to have been paid to the Chief of Staff (COS), Aso Rock Presidential Villa, late Abba Kyari by MTN? and what happened to the report submitted on the fraudulent reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, the Pensions Thief?