Nigerians are seemingly frustrated about the present state of the nation. Nothing seems to be working anymore. What is most disturbing is the alarming rate at which corruption and impunity has eaten deeply into virtually every sector of the country’s economy.
In the opinions of well-meaning Nigerians there is this weary feeling and lack of confidence on the leadership of the federation. Citizens no longer have any iota of hope or belief in the political system and administration of the present government to move the country forward.
In fact many individuals insist that despite the continued reassurance and promises by President Buhari and its administration to turn things around the future seem bleak and no light seemed to be at the end of the tunnel.
The situation has degenerated so badly that even past politicians, elders’ states men and religious leaders such as Olusegun Obasanjo, Reno Omokri, Bishop Matthew Kukah Rtd Cardinal Okojie and Onaiyekan have waded into discussions and criticisms of the present administration on the precarious state the country.
Meanwhile the present government are insisting they are on top of the situation and that they are working effortlessly to get the country back to its past glory.
Just recently the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday 28 December 2020, took a swipe at those calling Nigeria a failed, saying it takes exception to such assumptions.
The minister said this at a press briefing in Lagos while reeling out the achievements of the Federal Government in 2020.
The Financial Times, in one of its editorials, had said that Nigeria was gradually becoming a failed state.
He, however, said that efforts are being made in getting the country out a recession, tackling insecurity and curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “Doomsday predictions will not come to pass; Nigeria will not become a failed state.”
Many are seriously hopeful that these promises which have now become like a broken record in the ears of Nigerians will come good in time before the situation goes beyond control.
Gift Joseph Okpakorese