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What Is Your Deepest Fear About Nigeria?

After Forty Nine {9} years of independence, my dear country seems not to have gotten it right as expected both within and outside  her shore. I decided to put this piece hoping to gettingt the most patrotic views of well meaning nigerians that visit this site. here are my thought:

   "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

   our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

  We ask ourselves ' who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented  fabulous, developed, matured and become

 the Jerusalem and Mecca of all nations?

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Actually, who are we not to be?

                We{Nigerians} are born to make manifest

                 the glory of God that is within us.

                 and as we let our own light shine,

                we unconsciously give other nations in Africa

                         the permission to do the same. 

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I think this piece is still relevant in our present state as a nation.

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My biggest fear about Nigeria is many useful souls wasting away, many ideas buried at the cemetery.

A nation that might never enjoy the purpose of being.

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Are you sure they are the cowards, or you for not standing up with them to both ensure change, through words and deeds, and to lend a helping hand towards a goal that would take likely take just ONE MAN a longer to achieve?

Gani stood alone and died alone for that country. We did not stand with him to help ensure success, and his dreams probably died with him since many out there looked at him from afar as a man "WHO TOO DO".

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gbam!!

and again i say, gbam!!!

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my fears have long been actualized and exceeded.

I have given up years ago.

I have no other country, apart from the fact that it is the only passport i carry, i feel like an orphan.

The only thing holding this country is religion and oil.

religion because it provide the masses unimaginable hope and oil because the thieving Molester elite will always come to a compromise as long as their is more to loot.

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@real truth,

i can't help but laugh. me, lousy person? well, i have decided to take that for a compliment.

abiola was the best president nigeria never had. i know that is what u want to hear to call me a good orator but i wish to disappoint u here as i speak as an oracle.

abiola remains one of the greatest criminals nigeria have ever seen. fella made nigerians to understand far back that obasanjo and abiola are common criminals but we all took him for a madman but because obj refused to die like abiola, 99% of nigerians today know that obj is an old criminal so had it been that abiola refused to die, by now, nigeria would have been renamed abiola.

unfortunately my dear, i don't care what or how u feel but be rest assured that those u see as our leaders are nothing less than heartless criminals and because u are a wise man, i will suggest you do not relate them with men of standards like martin lurther.

brother, if i may ask you, what was the dream of martin lurther king and how did the americans support him and in which way did this dream come to pass?

i was forced to ask the above question because most of us talk because they hear from a nearby bar so an answer to the above question will make the difference.

my most worrying fear about nigeria is that our fate have been left in the hands of shameless and heartless beasts who act human beings.

things like u (real truth) just exist and move with the wind.

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My deepest fears- tough talking but inactive Nigerians- the cowards amongst us.

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@REALTRUTH

Please tell yourself the real truth. Abiola is one big bundle of contradictions that stole his way into

our hearts with a combination of razzmatazz, steady cash and native intelligence. I do not by any

chance deny his prominence in the Nigerian struggle but he hunted with dogs in the first instance .

Somewhere along the line ,he had to run with the rabbits (us).

As events later proved and the facts are becoming clearer. we cannot ignore the fact that he became

born again democrat. So the issue of coups, his relation and business affairs with the military, ITT etc

are well known. You cannot run away from them, just like June 12.

The home truth as to whether he could have made a good president, lies in conjecture

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ur submission can strongly contested even by a primary one student,,,if U have problem with MKO,,,what about other leaders that I mentioned and the ones I did not mention? or what is stopping you from filling up the position of LEADERSHIP which Nigeria needs so urgently?

U re talking animals sleeping with daughters inlaws,,,what has that got 2 do wit my post? I can clearly see where U heading from,,,,,I have always told people like U that ,,,,,,," U re not the only VICTIM of Biafra war",,,U guys needs 2 be objective and wake to the realities of our times and tides,,,,

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according to ur controversial write up, martin lurther had a dream and americans gave him support. what is our dream since ever u become a nigerian and who is our leader?

in the first instance, nigeria from inception have been found wanting in the area of leadership. it is biblical as well as ordinary that in reality, a blind man can never ever lead a blind man otherwise they will crash.

whenever aman dreams out of sickness, the next move must be mediucation otherwise the dreamer will degenerate into another level of sickness. abiola for instance was never a leader and as such could never had had dream that will salvage the interests of nigerians. a man attched to all military coups in nigeria and known for his fraudulent activities during the itt transaction is nothing less than an intelligent thief or otherwise a common criminal.

even without knowing it, u pointed out to the relevance of leadership but the nigeria we have is operating with the laws of those old years when the might is right and the brave takes all.

we have no leader and those u take for leaders have no dreams hence we cannot support animals who sleep with their own daughters inlaw or mess up with our resources.

leaders are those who are conscious of the situation of those under them.

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Since I live in Nigeria, I don't have the luxury to entertain any such fears.

Most of the anxieties and worries expressed here are as a result of damn good press activity - both from within and outside Nigeria.

I won't even bother to condemn or write off anything. I'll only say the people are going through a compulsory learning phase. Dunno how long it will be, but we can't escape it, either as tribes or a nation, whatever we choose to call ourselves.

Bad government? We are in solid company. Excessive religiosity? Welcome to the club. You name it, we've got it, and so do a bunch of others. But people are still living, somehow, and will learn over time.

Let's expend energies on positive, creative community and nation - building ideas. I know I am, anyways.

Peace.

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our leaders is another variable that beat me hallow:

the Mr. Servant leader promised electoral reform and emergency in the power sector on the day of his inauguration. Today those promises ve gone in line with the hope. the only thing we are concern is how to destroy what has been built by others

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OIL AND RELIGION

Why oil? until it dry up, everybody seem to be sharing something and with it, i do not see nigeria reverting to the re-oil days which i presume nigeria was better off. the black gold has made nigerians elite to be lazy in proffering solutions to the heap load of man made problems.

Why Religion? an average Nigerian believe anything that happens to us is the will of God. am not disputing that but am confused because god himself has given us the ability to choose from good or evil.

it is high time we started using this two variables [oil and religion} for the betterment of our dear fatherland or else the 20;20 thing will just be a dream

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Dude, there absolutely nothing to worry. Now lets be logical, amid the usual lamentation that failed leadership and monumental corruption have been responsible for our myraids of woes, lets us call to mind the concept of limited government as one of the viable option to adopt in trying to fix Nigeria. Limited government simply means allowing government to do those things which it has the competence to do, or, conversely, letting the citizens do those things which they can completely do very well without involving the government or put it differently, the federal government should concentrates it efforts in maintaining defence/national military, establishment of monetary systems, maintenance of the judiciary and all that, where, if you like, it enjoys a relatively economies of scale and then seeks the partnership of private organisations in telecommunication, health, security of lives and property, eduation, physical infrastructure, power supply where it has consistently and woefully failed over the years.

Oftentimes we perceive government as an omnipotent and omniscience institution with the competence to do everything under the sun. And with this false illusion, or carried away by self-conceit, government keeps on boasting that it can do marvelous things. Come tomorrow or even later today oratorical speeches will be delivered across the land on the greatness of Nigeria, on our failed dreams, our promises and the great things which Yaradua has done or is capable of doing. Prayer will be said. then after tomorrow or may be a few days from now, we will go back to our vomit. that is the definition of government in Nigeria but the truth remains that government cannot do everything including those things it claims it can. why

1. It dosen't have the competence to do everything.

2. Even those things it claims it purportedly has the competence to do, it has failed to do owing to corruption, greed and lust for power.

21st century approach to development is more concerned in getting the people to use their talents to improve their lives and to put food on the table for members of their families and all that. The major function of any responsible government is to create the enabling environment in which the citizens can achieve their potentials. For instance, if there were electricity, pipe-borne water, and good roads in Nigeria, you would agree with me that poverty would not have been so excruciating. The barber does not need a government job nor a bank job for suvival, all he needs constant electricity supply to put food on his table so goes for every little enterpreneurer.

The right economic and political freedom must flourish in creating a favourable environment. Government badly needs the assistance of private organisation in order to get many things right. Look at a typical example of how are government operates, a PHCN official came to our premises to disconnect electricity supply. Conversing with him it was obvious that poor fellow lacked the capacity to reason. he sheepishly came to carry out an instruction from a superior boss. No initiative, No reasoning, No common sence. That is government for you. In Nigeria government suffocates. so instead of further enlarging the already suffocating government with excessive functions to the detriment of socio-economic and political order, it is high time private association, churches, mosques, NGOs, cultural and educational trusts, voluntary agencies started getting involved in the country's development projects.

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Nsegbu adiro, is just because of you, you know there is nothing i can not do for you, you are my only true sister,not spikedcylinder an igbo girl that will delete my post against yorubas but will leave yorubas posts against the igbos.

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Banom,

Nwannem Biko 4give this Yoruba girl called TPIA, u want make she CRY for u again

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This is my deepest fear About Nigeria, her name is tpia

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As far as I know Nigerians don't have any dream what soever,,,,and its actually not worth dying for,,,,The dream and death of Martin Luther is a function of what defines America today,,,,Please tell me what the death of those who laid their lives for Nigeria has been able to achieve for Nigeria,,,Nothing!!!!

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That 50 years from now Nigerians would still be saying"We will get there one day" or "Rome wasn't built in a day". Those phrases are overused.

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I could not have put it any aptly

A sad condition is one that you know it has become impossible to solve because all the odds are stacked against progress.

Think of it this way, We have a situation where the environment to function properly has been delibreately sabotaged to allow for structures that continually support further degradation of the environment. like a vicious cycle that cannot be broken.

Like driving a car with no brakes and on high speed. there is very little you can do to control your situation except run into concrete

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@JIMMSHO

I SHARE YOUR OPTIMISM BUT FOR MARTIN LUTHER, THERE WERE SIGNS THAT

THINGS WILL CHANGE. The American society was progressive and social /political

culture and institutions were developed and regulated by the society. All that was done

to get the Obama scenario was to take advantage of these structures. The structures

were the basic foundation of American society- the basic freedoms,constitutionalism, the law

etc etc.

I am very impatient and my worry is that the institutions are not even there - Presidency?

Legislature? Economy and Bankers (WANKERs), political parties/ CIVIL SOCIETY / corruption? Rule of Law,

COnstitution, ELectoral law, INEC/

There seems to be no agreeable code of conduct/expectations. WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM OUR LEADERS

AND WHAT DO THEY EXPECT FROM US ? I can go on and on.

We just seem to be living by the day, creating dubious milestones and visions, 2010,2020. Where are our

National Development plans? We continue to mouth international cliches- MDG etc. What are your own

national standards.

I an go on and on. WHERE ARE WE GOING? There are no structures that civil society can use to drive out the

vampires we call leaders AND THEY HAVE REFUSED TO CREATE THEM.

HERE IS MY LIST:-

-constitutional reform in general,true fiscal federalism or whatever

-Freedom of Iinformayiom Bill

-Electoral Reform

-Resource control/ Niger \Delta

-State Police

ADD YOUR OWN.

THIS IS MY WORRY

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we all cant sleep in the same direction

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FROM THE POSTS UPSTAIRS, I REALIZED SOME OF US DO NOT REALISE THAT THE REV. KING JNR DREAM WAS LESS THAN 50YRS BEFORE IT WAS ACTUALISED. SO, IF SUCH FEAT COULD BE ACHIEVED BY CHANGING THE TIDES OF WHITE-WHITE LEADERSHIP TO WHITE-BLACK THEN I SEE RAY OF LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

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@ Poster: You are asking everyone about their deepest fears about Nigeria and castigating them for their what they have written! My take on your 'tone' is that you are seeking only positive comments rather than accomodating the many 'realistic' comments that many have spewed forth.

Like many commentators have indeed posited, my own fear is that many of us in our lifetime will not see Nigeria emerge from the present mess she is in. We may see some progress - in the far future, but that progress will not be weighty enough to satisfy our deepest yearnings

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My deepest fear regarding Nigeria is that Nigeria will in fact remain as is, and neither split nor decentralize power.

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one day he go beta. 2x

because bomode ba subu awo waju bagba subu awo eyin wo.

we ve to analyze the past and brace up for tomorrow

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fellow compatriot, decorum pls, let not get distracted from the topic which OUR DEEPEST FEAR ABOUT NIGERIA

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My guy forget that yarn.Most nigerians even on this site use that word.You think say nigerians are really patriotic to nigeria?

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Tpia,

'the illiterate statement' wasn't the issue. what am referring to is u using THAT COUNTRY and not our country which i presume is better for a patriot

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That the country will soon close down.

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I AM AN OPTIMIST IN FAVOUR OF NIGERIA UNLIKE THE PEOPLE UPSTAIRS

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Nigeria has long since surpassed all my fears.

I am now in fightback mode. Time to sieze back our birthright by every means necessary.

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why such pessimist comment? Sooner or latter u will come terms with the fact that Nigeria will get there one day some times

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PATHOLOGICAL PESSIMISTS AND BIGOTS AND SEPARATISTS WHO ENJOY CITIZENSHIP

AND STILL CONTINUE TO STAB NIGERIA IN THE BACK .

THANK GOD THEY KNOW THEMSELVES AND KNOW THEIR EFFORTS WILL AMOUNT TO NOTHING.

I CALL THEM THE CYBER WARRIORS.

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pardon me, u might sound like one using question to answer question.

what caught my attention was when wrote BY THAT COUNTRY.

to my own understanding, i do not know if I fall among the half illiterate u are talking about that exist in my country, using that phrase, u sound like someone from another country or what do u think my dearest friend?

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My biggest fear is the average Nigerian on the streets will remain blinded to the fact that he was a part of the decay. Most will probably never figure out that there hands are just as dirty in all this, and never take responsibility for the part played in creating, and nurturing the Nigerian problem.

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Fuc.k Nigeria. . Gave up donkey years ago!

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[quote half literates being produced by that country, many of who are here on NL.

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Sorry to question your country. Are you really a Nigerian?

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my deepest fear is the number of half literates being produced by that country, many of who are here on NL.

They're also known as educated illiterates.

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