FOR MANY Nigerians today,
the social, political and economic
indices speak volume of the
critical situation that the country
is facing. Insecurity is worse
than it has ever been in the
history of the country since the civil war, with insurgency
in the North East, kidnappings
and Fulani herdsmen/farmers
clashes in other parts of the
country; unemployment remains
staggering, even with the claim
of vast creation of jobs being
pronounced regularly in the
media. Almost all roads across
the country remain in bad
condition, and all these persist as
the government is still struggling
to find a lasting solution to the
perennial fuel scarcity in the
Beyond the North East, the
spate of kidnapping and piracy
in the south of the country is
a reemerging threat. The lack
of security on our highways,
and even in our private homes,
where we are supposed to feel
safest, is also a major challenge
to all Nigerians. Hospitals and
universities are struggling with
obsolete skills, infrastructure and
equipment; terrorism has become
a major threat in a nation that
had never known such, while
kidnapping is now a ‘profession’.
After 55 years of independence,
and despite our vast wealth,
abundant natural and human
resources, we, as a people,
continue to struggle with the
most basic needs — food, shelter,
water, security, electricity, among
others. As it is evident today, we are paralysed by widespread
poverty and many Nigerians
are beginning to lose faith in
the country’s ability to govern
itself. In short, Nigerians are
having a second thought about
those people at the helm of
affairs today.
While I will say that President
Muhammadu Buhari is trying
his best, he can, however, not
achieve the change alone. We
should work with government
in order to achieve a Nigeria of
our dreams.
The current fuel scarcity
is one area the government
needs to focus on. Whatever
success this government will
record, the scarcity will make
it difficult for the people to
appreciate its efforts.
Already, the president is
doing well in the area of
waging war against corruption,
but Nigerians are not talking
about this because of the pain
they are going through due to
the scarcity of fuel.
Therefore, President Buhari
should look for ways to bring
an end to the fuel scarcity; he
should invite investors to come
and establish refineries in the
country, as this is one way we
can end the fuel shortages.