It either takes you out of boredom or it brings you higher in the spotlight or maybe it makes you happy, whatever reason it is, I fail to understand. But obviously Nigeria has been making hits all around the globe, and not surprisingly authors and publicists seize the opportunity to rekindle the glow of their careers or to keep up with social ranking. So I am saying, write about Nigeria if you can write it is a sure way to make you a prolific character maybe. I am going to keep it plain and simple, from different perspectives. Speaking as a complete objective 3rd party with absolutely no interest in the matter, let’s see…
Micheal Burleigh a British author and historian, published an article on the 8th day of August 2013 the article of course is about Nigeria.
Excerpts from the article:
Since gaining its independence in 1960, Nigeria has received $400 billion (£257 billion) in aid — six times what the U.S. pumped into reconstructing the whole of Western Europe after World War II.Nigeria suffers from what economists call the ‘resource curse’ — the paradox that developing countries with an abundance of natural reserves tend to enjoy worse economic growth than countries without minerals and fuels.The huge flow of oil wealth means the government does not rely on taxpayers for its income, so does not have to answer to the people — a situation that fosters rampant corruption and economic sclerosis because there is no investment in infrastructure as the country’s leaders cream off its wealth. By the end of its term of office, the British Government will have handed over £1 billion in aid to Nigeria.Given the appalling levels of corruption in that nation, this largesse is utterly sickening — for the money will only be recycled into bank accounts in the Channel Islands or Switzerland.Frankly, we might as well flush our cash away or burn it for all the good it’s doing for ordinary Nigerians.
You can see the whole piece here.Nigeria, a country so corrupt it would be better to burn our aid money.. Now remember I am a complete objective 3rd party with absolutely no interest in the matter, I pulled the reactions of Mr Burleigh’s fellow country men on the issue…
Richard from Greenwich London wrote: We are not giving any country any “Aid money” we are simply bribing them for future “Favours” we are like the mafia in a way. Anyone that falls for the rubbish that our Government are telling us about providing “Aid” for these country must be a bafoon.
Fredrick Jones from London wrote: Michael Burleigh was not singing like a bird when BP/Shell was making oodles of money from Nigeria. It would probably take 100 years for the aid money to equate to profits plundered from Nigeria by these companies. Now, I dare you to print this.
Muddy Puddles from East Riding wrote: WHY is a country that is falling apart and spiraling further into debt each day GIVE money to another country???? it baffles me, charity starts at home!!! Does the government honestly think that when GB has sunk to the bottom the countries we have previously given aid to will come and bail us out… I THINK NOT.
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After the Joel Brinkley assessment; Joel Brinkley: Nigeria’s squandered opportunity and Micheal Burleigh’s too. I am not going to say the obvious things everyone knows or repeat anybody. But I am going to ask, Nigeria O gini gi? Kilon sele?, Mene ne?. As a neutral 3rd party I would say, this is a sad reality.
In the face of all the problems, as we strive to shed the negative perceptions of the country and join the global community as a force to reckon with, some questions surface: are we delusional to think there is hope for the country? Are we blinded by our optimism to the harsh realities still on the ground? How for example, can we say there is hope for the country when in 2013 people still cannot get access to water and electricity, healthcare, security? The ongoing difficulties have a huge chunk of Nigerians and others very disillusioned and pessimistic about the future of the continent. At the rate at which things are going, many believe it is delusional to think there is hope for the continent. They believe change is a far-fetched idea. Yet in the midst of all this I still enjoy this song…