Nigeria is currently undergoing several societal issues that are tarnishing the country's image in the eyes of the international community. One of the most serious issues is that of corruption, inflation, and insecurity. Solving these issues has become an urgent necessity. The issue of using public office for private gain has become the usual norm and practice.
Corruption has become a contentious topic on a global scale. Bribery, extortion, embezzlement, tax evasion, black money, and other forms of corruption have been very frequent in recent years. Nigeria is the only place I have seen where the police arrive an hour after a crime has been committed. where delivery of Pizza arrives faster than an ambulance.
Corruption is a termite that wreaks havoc on the environment. Our public life has been tainted by corruption on all levels. Officers work for their greed at the police offices, tax departments, and even the so-called Economic and financial crime commission EFCC. A person must spend a huge amount of money to lobby higher officials to obtain a government job. Nigeria has corrupt diseases like cancer that fail to heal. Everyone aspires to get wealthy in a short time. Greed, materialistic ambitions, a lack of fear of the law, a lack of role models, power and authority abuse, peer and societal pressure, and so on are a few of the incidence of corruption in Nigeria.
Corruption can be eliminated only if the public and government work together. It will be necessary to awaken and enlighten the people. Laws must be created that is both strong and rigorous. No one must be above the law.
Other anti-corruption measures include increased surveillance, exemplary punishment for criminals, parental counseling, and the installation of values in the mind of our teeming youths.
Inflation is another issue that is too hard to bear in Nigeria at the moment. Inflation can be defined as an increase in the price of basic commodities. It entails a steady rise in the cost of goods and services. Every other day, we hear that the cost of necessary goods such as cooking gas, petrol, diesel, food products such as rice, vegetables, and so on has increased. Due to the skyrocketing prices, it has become extremely difficult for the average family to survive in Nigeria.
While the poor are having a hard time struggling to get two square meals a day, the central banking authority and the federal government keep increasing the costs of living past sensible cutoff points. On one hand, they are embezzling the money and storing it in foreign bank accounts, while the poor citizens are starving.
They send their kids to foreign countries for schooling, while the poor citizens are left with no option except to send their kids to the dilapidated school building for learning. Their kids were born with a silver spoon and have a great vehicle ride directly from youth; Other kids who are brought into the world to poor parents who have no money to move out of their stricken Single room apartment at Oshodi, Agege, and other slum areas sees this dichotomy annoying. A single room apartment currently costs around 60,000 NGR a year. A bag of rice of 50 kg is sold at 35,000 NGR. Indeed, even vegetables, for example, tomatoes and potatoes, and onions cost are now too costly for the struggling poor to afford. Transport fares have likewise gone up due to consistently rising costs of petrol and diesel. A liter of petrol now costs as much as 200NGR. There is pain and anger in the land.
Any government must cater to its citizens especially the poor by providing them their necessities at reasonable costs. Government-subsidized food stores ought to be opened in designated locations, especially for rural dwellers. Hoarders of public goods should be severely dealt with.
The height of insecurity in Nigeria today is alarming. Herdsmen have taken over several local communities, ransacking and killing innocent people. Raping and maiming women and young girls. Farmers now go to the farm with their lives in their hands. Additionally, kidnapping has become the order of the day as if it's now a legal business. No single day passes without an incident of one adduction or the other within the country. To travel and return in safety is now a big deal in Nigeria.
To make matter worse, agitation for secession are mounting pressure on the government. The indigenous people of Biafran IPOB in the east want a nation of their own, the Arewa in the northern part of the country want their nation, the Oduduwa in the middle Bert also ask for their nation. No wonder a bill was moved by a legislature to rename the country to Africa united republic AUR.
There's tension in the land. And as I write this, there's a planned national protest stated for tomorrow 12th of June being Nigeria democracy day celebration. The government is strongly against this protest, this will be a battle between civilians and the forces. Are we supposed to do go this far?
In my opinion, the problems bedeviled our nation Nigeria is not entirely in the hand of the government. The citizens have contributed to the degeneration of our nation. We have all allow greed to blindfold us all. We have abused our collective national pride and destroy the spirit of brotherhood. If we truly want solutions to the many problems facing Nigeria, we should first stop the blame game and look inward. All hands are needed to save the country from the hands of a few wicked individuals who are sponsors of these evils in the land.
We should join hands with our administration in any little way we can to control these issues and to help the country in these trying times. We have no other country, Nigeria is ours, together we can change the narratives of our country for a better tomorrow. As a law-abiding citizen of your country, it is your entitlement to oppose any act of injustice in your locality and stand for peace. Consequently, your little contribution to national peace will be of help to our administration in discovering answers to address the situations on the ground.
We look forward to a better Nigeria. Let love lead. Peace.