By the end of the trip -I was seriously like despite being a totally radical idea -- the only potential solution I see working for Nigeria right now is to reinstate foreign rule -people who will not fall prey to corruption (and I am a very proud Nigerian)
OH HEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLL NOOOO!!! No you didn't just say that??
Foreign rule?? As in re-colonization..I mean things are bad but saying we should throw out our nascent republic and call back Her Majesty's Horseguards parade ain't it. I'm not too crazy about Naija politics now (with the Godfatherism and Gov's piling up cash by looting their state's treasury) but we are experiencing democracy any newbie does (Iraq, Afghanistan and yes even the US decades after the republic was founded). We've got a long way to go but that option is not even worth considering. I'm shocked ma'am..shocked I tells ya !!
Yes - well at least I am glad that you are so passionate about Nigerian politics - but honestly - until you are there - I cannot believe that you can really understand what people are going through daily -- its complete desperation - and I know abt the horrors of colonization - my parents were in the Biafran war and trust me - I have heard the stories - but what do you suggest? the only non-corrupt gov official - the woman who is the head of naija food and health - her life has been threatened severely b/c she does not give into bribes and such - its all fun and games when you view nigerian politics through our foreign lenses - but if you want immediate results - i say that local rule is horrible! i am just being realistic.
Divo - I can feel you on that. Like I said earlier, Nigeria just got the training wheels off and is learning to balance. If we could get past our own tribal beef and get our act together Nigeria has all the makings of a world super power, on par with the rest of the world super powers...
I am jaded b/c my Dad is a petroleum engineer in Delta State, and he sees first hand the business & politics behind our oil exportation. The US and Europe are constantly in there making deals and lobbying the oil companies, and the nigerian officials are right there in the middle not even realizing what kind of gold mind they're sitting on. And meanwhile, all the money generated over this resource somehow never seems to make its way back to the people. You have cats rollin around in Mercedes Benze in the city, and you drive 10 minutes north and you have cats looking like a scene out of Tears of the Sun. But what can you do? Question a government that has killed its own officials by firing squad?