Unconsciously,sometimes in the 80’s I was dropped on the edge of a fertile land,in the thick of the tropics,and the son of man never knew what is called jack;Growing up amidst different kind of people speaking different languages,and coming up with diverse way of addressing issues.Moving on and learning how to survive in this sensitive environment.For the little have heard and known,this area is filled with complex issues that you cant just attribute faults to a single person,tribe,peer or sect.
At 48,the country has really gone through thin and thick,and I belive that is how it should be for a country that is hoping to achieve a whole lot.Over time,Nigeria has moved from a bouyant economy,in the 60’s and 70’s to a vulnerable one in the 80’s and 90’s and presently in the new millenium,it is struggling with the ruins and infections of the 80’s and 90’s.However,it might not be quite dishappening for me that Nigeria is still struggling to become one of the developed countries in this millenium.Basically,there are still some fundamental issue we have to think about and solve within ourselves-all the regions taking into consideration.We need to re-orientate each person that is a citizen of this country that change comes from each mind and from every home.we can never be like the United States or any of the other G8 countries in fifteen years from now(except for a Creator’s Hand).
In Nigeria,and most African countries,we have been battling with the issues of credible leaders,and is that an unending issue?maybe not,if everyone in his/her closet stand up for a change in his community,gradually,mindset will begin to change,and we might be thinking of producing a credible and loyal leader that’s going to move the ship with a perfect vision.Presently,the country might be going through series of privatization,monetization,policies and a whole lot,but priorities might have been missing.
Nevertheless,the country must progress and its quite pertinent at this time for NOA,the Nigerian Orientation Agency to keep hammering on the unity of the Nigerian nation,because in that lies our strength.The country might have moved from a groundnut producing era,to cocoa production and now the ever demanding crude oil era.It should be said that some countries progress without Oil,Groundnut,and Cocoa but they are living comfortably.It isn’t neccessary for someone to ride four jeeps,own several houses,throw parties and lavish the Naira,but on applause should be a decent style of living that doesnt spend ridiculously.If the Nigerian population is about 140million now,then we must really be on our toes because we are almost half the population of the United states,and the fact is that our resources can’t accomodate us,that we should be looking at now.
Maybe there is a shortcut,probably through the revenue allocation revision,which I dont see as a solution,the fact still remains that our mindset must change about the polity.It hasn’t been that bad for the country,and we can always move away from where we are now.I believe!

Author: Oludotun Babayemi

I work on for profit or not - for - profit projects as a Project Planner, Grant Writer and Information Manager.11 years ago, I started Cloneshouse Nigeria, 10 years ago, I started Follow The Money, with a Colleague in 2012, a citizen-led movement that promotes social accountability in rural communities, which a year after, got registered legally as Connected Development [CODE]. In the past 7 years, I have evaluated projects on Water, Power, Education, Health, Disaster Risk in Nigeria, and West Africa countries with the United Nations and the Japan International Corporation Agency. Education and Fellowships include Stanford University, USA; Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; School of Data, Open Knowledge International, UK; USAID - Crisismappers. I Tweet @dotunbabayemi and am an email away at

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