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What Must We Do To Fix Nigeria?

So --

We have the three points of view on Nigeria.

There are those who blame everything that is intrinsically wrong with Nigeria on the government and the administration.

There are those who think (even though they may or may not be Nigerian) that all Nigerians are loud silly, criminal idiots and deserve whatever maltreatment they get at home or abroad.

And there are those who think that the mass exodus of geopolitical, economic, literary and philosophy minded individuals (the erudite elite - so to speak) from the country is what has left us in this quagmire. That all our best and brightest are abroad so the country is seriously lacking its intellectual resources.

My question is this --

What are your thoughts on how we can slowly but surely begin to move this country back to where it needs to be - not utopia - but a place where man pikin fit on light and e go work, where man pikin go open tap water go comot where university and polytechnic no be glorified secondary school, where pride go dey attached to the name, "nigerian" where our leaders dey accountable for all their actions and where corruption no go too dey rampant.

What can those abroad do to help?

What can those at home do to help?

Let me have your thoughts please.

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To fix Nigeria na like a whole rebranding process, a major overhaul of stock if you like and we all need to pull out our fingers!

Not until we bleeping roast, batter and chase away all the looters and corrupt past leaders/helmsmen!

Not until we all stand up and be counted!

Not until we all say, bleeping hell i have had enough of this poo!

Not until we get rid of people like OBJ, IBB, IBORI and their other comrades in corruption

Not until we stop getting taken for a mug!

Not until we work harder collectively

Not until we stand up for our rights

Not until we change our mindset and atittudes

We are tired of "e go better" and "God dey" but we need to do something now

Enough is enough!

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i agree with nwansukka lets do that. nwansukka why dont you set that up. get back at us and live us the link to the lobby.

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The first thing we need to do is decentralize Nigeria, then privatize every aspect of our infrastructures and petroleum, reduce the size of goverment and restructure our police by decentralizing them first.

Caution: when I say decentralize I'm not not suggesting dividing the country I meant reduce the size, role and power of the federal goverment to save money, to ensure efficiency and better management.

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How about we form some kind of lobby group? We can all put our heads together, come up with ideas: who we can meet, how we can raise funds, get media attention etc. If we're willing to talk solutions and not just problems I believe we can get something done.

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we can give that a try. so how do we do this.

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I totally agree with londoner. There's a lot Nigerians abroad can do to help in terms of expertise. We need to get involved in our various areas of specialisation and help change the way things are done, for those who want to relocate eventually.

As for Nigerians at home, maybe it's high time they stopped waiting on the government and begin to steer their own ships. For instance, instead of waiting on the government to repair the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, how about getting wealthy philanthropists to contribute towards its repair? I'm sure they would love to have their names up on a bill board showing off their kind heartedness. Just a suggestion.

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for sure. for sure. but how do we word this out to people. we need people for this.

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And I'm confident to say that this "gift" is coming very very soon.

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This is the best "gift" any president could give Nigeria as a nation.

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No need to continue to rehash, no need to waste more time and no need to continue to deceive each other; it is crystal apparent to all of us that 95% of our problem falls into corruption.

If this is true, why are we still wasting time and money? Why not immediately modify our constitution and start executing any convicted corrupt individuals? (I guarantee you that after executing 2 or 3 convicted entities, Nigerians in general would respond positively toward this action or new law, and the end result will be favourable to all)

Sorry folks, but this is the only way we'll witness the birth of new Nigeria in our life time.

Anything else will be absolutely business as usual; trust me!

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The number one issue we have in Nigeria is we are quick to react and slow to think. This is why we have a whole lot of educated people but tons of problems still. As soon as people start to use their heads more, we will start seeing lasting solutions and fast too.This applies to Nigerian citizens as a whole both at home and abroad. Slow to react and spend more time researching ideas and issues and quick to think to find solutions that will benefit us today and in the long run.

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for now we can stop hero-worshipping the rich fools that looted our nation. no more kabiyesi greeting for the obasanjos at village meetings but booing them will start. no more cheiftaincy and religious titles, put them to public shame whenever they step out of their homes(but no violence--yet) make their stay uncomfortable, boycot their companies(for those who invested in naija)

then on election days, we fall out for war. make sure they dont rig. follow ballot papers from polling booth to inec

engage the police whom they use to rig, educate those officers that they are the biggest fools b/c they rig the elections, these men enter office and loot and wont even give them. they remain wretched

when we overcome rigged elections, nation building starts. until then, noisemaking prevails.

today it is south africa, very soon indonesia and azerbajain and uzbekistan, india, pakistan, myammar etc will attack the nigerians in their country. and then togo and cameroon will follow suit, and then chad, niger and darfur/sudan will do the same. . . until we are ready to build our nation

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darfur you speak well. so what do you think we can do now. because is now or never.

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Only special circumstances fit change Naija

Deliberate intent to forment change no go do am at all at all. Too many obstacles.

Oya, make una dey go contact your local dibia for special favour from the life forces.

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Darfur is right. we can start by free and fair elections. what can we do? and, what we should do? this are two deferent questions that i ask myself every day. I feel the pain of our people and the struggle we go trough every day. i cry and pray and yet i see no changes but more corruptions. i see people running away from there home to better themselves. Nigerians stop running. it is time to fight. we must go to war.( i know Bleep this guy is talking about?) i hear you loud and clear and i wish i could say the same. but it is time for some one to stand up and lead our people. do you know our problem my Nigerian brothers and sisters? our problem is fear. we fear the government. we are blinded by greediness. we seek not the future but today, and we fight not for our children but ourselves. One thing i know for sure is no matter how hard we pray and fast, God cant do noting about it. believe me he is trying, but no one is ready no one is ready to receive his power. God is looking for a man that will make a change. and trough that man he will answer our prayers. you ask What Must We Do To Fix Nigeria? noting we can do noting. the only thing is to wait for the right man to come forth and lead us then we can do something. i am sorry if i disrespect anyone but i am just giving you the reality of this issues.

here are my opinion.

you cant fix a country if the government is corrupted. so the best thing you can do is fix the main source of the problem then the rest will fall in place.

2. rebuild the economic, building better hospital, with emergency car, free health care for our children, more jobs with good pay,24/7 light on, lower oil, stores will be build, police station will be build with police car, . better prisons will be build for criminals, landlines phone will be better than ever, wireless phone will be provided in all areas, cable tv stations and satellite tv stations will be build in all areas, more food will be provided, shelter will be build for poor, better home land security, all states will have its major, police department, and much more, price. rebuild poor areas, better street. building market places, better and more reliable transportation, for city and out of city. tools for our scientist to do experiment, better technology. I can go on and on non stop but we can do noting. utill some one rises. so please for our children future and for future lets make a different. the question now is who will rise among us.

i am sorry for any misspell words. I was in a hurry.

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. . . prolly a resolution.

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only one thing we can do . . .

free and fair elections. . .

every other thing will fall into place with time.

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Let every citizen be DISCIPLINE

Disciplined parents should ensure proper upbringing for their child/children ( no matter the cost). These children of today determine the future of Nigeria tommorrow.

Let me add that we should begin to see ourselves as one. In a case where an Hausa man feels superior to a yoruba or an Igbo man it becomes very hard to get any meaningful achievement. If I had the power I would split Nigeria - let the various tribes stand on their own. Nigeria has never been united it is better when the YORUBAS, HAUSAS, IGBOS, NIGER-DELTAS, etc do their thing their own way

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By being all of the followin-:

Discipline

Patriotic

Truthful

Loyal

Honest

N best of all,be our brothers keeper.

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There is no need mentioning so many things at last we end up doing nothing.

2 things we need MOST of all.

    1. INFRASTRUCTURE   

    2. DISCIPLINE

   The rest can follow there after.

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Data collection. We (all Nigerians - right from birth) should all have some sort of "unique" ID that is issued by the govt and stored in a database;

something akin to a Social Security Number in the US.

This will help in so many ways - planning, tax remittance, tax breaks, fighting crime, fighting diseases (vaccinations etc) and so on.

Many western countries are storing biometrics as part of the ID cards for their citizens.

Resolve our power situation

Law Enforcement

Better usage of Science and technology At this point in time, we should be using forensics to fight crime.

Appointing people into top positions based on intellect/competence and not based on "federal character"

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many steps from moral to traditional to innovation to political etc

a few of them are:

*Massive willingness to change the country from the bottom up.

*innovation in science, technology, and laws.

*letting pride go and being discipline in watever field u are ie division of labor and people respecting other people's occupation and existence.

*reducing the powers and balancing the powers an example would be a free and fair election, reducing or eliminating the powers of/or traditional rulers in order for a one equal Nigeria to build.

*Education, education, education, all without cheating and it can be achieved by giving students many trials.

and many more

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see xiomarra oh.

Which one should people believe? Are the Nigerians abroad bad eggs or good ones?

I think you're just trying to mess with people's heads here.

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I think those abroad can contribute because we have been exposed to a different way of doing things, especially where the running of institutions are concerned. I think we can also help by getting involved politically, by voting.

If the government are willing to work with those abroad to impliment new systems or frameworks into existing institutions like the police or various educational institutions or hospitals we can get somewhere. for example the retraining of teachers, police.

If we are talking about non governmental contribution we can have things like training schools, investment into agricultural sectors, business etc specifically targeted at young people or recent graduates at least to help provide employment and access to adequate healthcare.

I think people have to be re-orientated though. Those coming from abroad and those back home need to be on the same page, what we need to focus on is investing our expertise and experience, not necessarily money. There are even existing efforts which would gain from access to those abroad.

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You that you are over there, what have you done to help yourself? Why are you looking for messiahs from abroad? Lazy thing! Or don't you know it would involve a lot of human sacrifice? Why don't you go first since you understand the system more than those abroad.

The best thing for those abroad to do is to stay abroad since they are not part of the bad eggs ruining the country. I for one will rather go to Iraq or Iran and die there!

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not waiting for the government to do stuffs but see what we can do to change the situation no matter how small

being patriotic and not coming on nairaland posting alllll the negatives about nigeria without any solution to it

repping nigeria positively anywhere we are

investing in the country and the people

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