Written by Comrade Victor Ojei (popularly called Wong Box Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Delta State on Civil Societies and NGOs. Feel free to contact us via WhatsApp on 08038785262)
Nigeria, a nation rich in natural resources and human potential, often finds itself mired in the complexities of its socio-political and socio-economic landscape. The phrase “ALWAYS EXPECT LESS IN NIGERIA, NIGERIA IS DEEP, VERY DEEP. THE MORE YOU LOOK THE LESS YOU SEE” perfectly encapsulates the intricate web of challenges faced by this African giant. In this article, we will delve into the disappointments, paradoxes, and systemic issues that plague the nation, from the banning of rice importation to the presence of “cabals” in various sectors.
The Rice Ban Paradox:
One notable example of Nigeria’s paradoxical challenges is the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to ban rice importation. On the surface, this decision seemed aimed at promoting local agriculture and reducing dependency on foreign goods. However, the outcome was far from the intended goal. At the time of the ban, a bag of foreign rice was priced at N8,000, while local rice cost N3,000 per bag. In theory, this should have encouraged the consumption of locally produced rice. However, what transpired was a stark reflection of the deeper issues within the Nigerian system.
The “cabals” in the rice industry saw an opportunity to exploit the situation. They manipulated the market, artificially inflating the price of local rice to an exorbitant N50,000 per bag. This not only resulted in an economic burden on consumers but also shed light on the existence of powerful, influential groups, often referred to as “cabals,” that wield substantial control in various sectors of Nigeria’s economy.
The Widespread Issue of Cabals:
The presence of “cabals” is not limited to the rice industry. Virtually every sector in Nigeria, from oil and gas to financial institutions, the judiciary, tax enforcement agencies, and transportation, is plagued by corruption and the undue influence of these powerful interest groups. The prevalence of these cabals can be attributed to a complex interplay of politics, economics, and social dynamics. They often manipulate policies and regulations for personal gain, exacerbating the challenges faced by ordinary Nigerians.
The Systemic Failure:
The unfortunate reality in Nigeria is that these issues are not isolated incidents. *They are symptomatic of a broader problem, often described as a “SYSTEM FAILURE.” The system itself, characterized by a lack of transparency, accountability, and good governance, perpetuates these issues.* It erodes the trust of the people in their government and institutions and creates an environment where corruption can thrive.
Nigeria’s Untapped Potential:
It’s important to acknowledge that Nigeria is blessed with immense potential. The country boasts abundant natural resources, including solid and liquid minerals, vast arable land, and a population rich in human capital. The potential to harness these resources for economic growth and development is undeniable. *In fact, Nigeria has the capacity to become a global leader in various sectors, such as technology and agriculture.
The phrase “ALWAYS EXPECT LESS IN NIGERIA, NIGERIA IS DEEP, VERY DEEP. THE MORE YOU LOOK THE LESS YOU SEE” serves as a stark reminder of the challenges that Nigeria faces in its socio-political and socio-economic spheres. While the nation is blessed with abundant resources and human potential, systemic failures and the influence of cabals continue to hinder its progress. Addressing these issues and fostering a more transparent, accountable, and equitable system is essential for Nigeria to unlock its full potential and provide a better future for its people.