The conversation left me upset, not because of the supposed benefits he gained but because he was thinking of his belly alone. Babangida singlehandedly caused the crippling of a whole nation. Yet, this man was willing to praise the former dictator simply because of what he could gain. Sadly, I think the likes of this man make up a majority in Nigeria.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
I asked a few friends and family members, and two individuals suggested that all politicians need to be killed. As tempting as that might seem for some, we all know this is not necessarily the way forward. Other participants in my informal poll argued that we need to change the mentality of the people and discourage the attitude that encourages the plundering of public goods by officials. Another suggestion was that Nigerians use their voting power to remove corrupt politicians by making sure each vote counts. A Gambian friend recommended that each state become autonomous. Although this option has both advantages and disadvantages, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. For instance, good governance in a successful state can become good practice for the others. I particularly support the suggestion that we reform government and reinstate leaders that will be bound by contractual terms. Politicians would have to work hard if they had actual contracts to live up to. Finally, a family member told me that we need to renew the people's mindset and encourage individuals to be patriotic citizens. When we become better citizens collectively, then we will see a better Nigeria.
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