The Trouble with Nigeria”

Mamos Media

Alagi Yorro Jallow
A good book I recommend to all. Here is a brief introductory review of Chinua Achebe’s masterclass. If you have not read any of professor Chinua Achebe’s books, please get a copy of this small but heavily loaded book entitled “The Trouble with Nigeria.” In his book, Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) declared that “the trouble with Nigeria is and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing wrong with the Nigerian character. There is nothing wrong with the Nigerian land or climate or water or air, or anything else. The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of personal example which are the hallmarks of true leadership.” Achebe’s” testament of lousy leadership by successive Nigerian leaders remains timeless in the scale and scope of its vindication from independence to date. Looking around Nigeria, nothing but colossal failure is evident. From local government councilors to the presidency, the only business of government is the monumental and frenzied looting of the Achebe’s coffers. At the same time, the huddled masses reek in unbelievable poverty and deprivation.
Nigeria is “a nation for sale,” high jacked since independence by thieves, bigots, mass murderers, war criminals, unpatriotic opportunists, election riggers, and other such vermin who have run the nation through an unnecessary civil war, corruption, and total despoliation. Nigeria is consequently a failed state, plagued by social injustice, unrest, debilitating poverty, disharmony, and ethnoreligious turbulence. A scorecard of the nation’s sadistic leaders since independence as listed below underscores the timeless integrity of Achebe’snation’s apocalyptic testament of a country poisoned since its founding by lousy leadership.

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