Editor’s note: Nigeria is undoubtedly the giant of Africa but it is believed that some African countries that were far behind Nigeria in some years back in terms of development, have now overtaken it economically, politically and socially.
In an article sent to onlinenigeria.com, a Facebook user, Abdulganiy Abdullah O, analyses why Nigeria may soon lose the title: “The giant of Africa” if something drastic is not done.
It is an indisputable fact that Nigeria is called "The Giant of Africa" and she has continued to withhold this title from time immemorial, unfortunately, Nigeria might be deprived or denied of this title if care is not taken with the present situation in the country.
It takes a lot to be given this title the "giant" of a Continent. I take a lot of time to ask myself and other people some questions that: What does a Continent really means? And on the other hand, what does being a giant of a Continent really takes? And finally, why is Nigeria known as the giant of Africa.
After observing these questions and the answers I gathered, I fear to announce that Nigeria might lose the title of the giant of Africa if the current challenging and problematic situation persists. This is because, in terms of development in Africa today we are far behind, other countries that were known to be poor in terms of development are now doing better than Nigeria "The Giant of Africa".
President Muhammadu Buhari
South Africa, Ghana, Egypt, to mention but a few are now stable and balance politically, economically, and socially. These countries were not developed until the recent years as Nigeria even Ghana did share the same power supply with Nigeria but today they enjoy a stable power supply and even celebrated years of uninterrupted power supply while Nigeria.
"The so called Giant of Africa" still tackles the problem of inadequate power supply even for a week, in this sense, do we really deserve to be called "The Giant of Africa".
Nigerians are being pushed out of their neighbouring countries in Africa today all in the name of corruption and fraudulent. Countries like South Africa, Cameron and the likes send away Nigerians from their countries and the Federal Government of Nigeria did nothing about this even if it is by retaliating, and we claim to be the giant of Africa.
South Africa owns a number of companies in Nigeria today that are at the top of the country's economy: Shop rite and MTN that gain a lot of patronage in Nigeria are products of South Africa. How many of this type of multinational companies does Nigeria have abroad and yet we still claim to be “The Giant of Africa".
Nigerians now travel to South Africa, Ghana, Egypt because of the greener pastures they enjoy there unlike the bad environmental condition in Nigeria, so we cannot longer stay in our own so called the giant of Africa country, we rather love to go to our neighbouring countries to enjoy greener pastures.
Nigeria has been so called the giant of Africa because of a number of factors which include natural resources, vast land, population, among others but it was not in the recent years Nigeria utilised and managed these factors efficiently to be tagged the giant of Africa. In the present days, these factors are mismanaged and equally made Nigeria retarded in all ramifications.
In the olden days, when Nigeria still worth to hold the title of the giant of Africa, our universities were far better than any other in Africa and that is the reason behind the fact that international students within Africa came to Nigeria to receive quality education.
But nowadays due to the retarding economy and bad leaders, our educational institutions are nothing to write home about, there is strike in most of the Nigerian institutions except few of them, students enjoy free feeding in those days but now there is nothing like that, so this made most of the international students run away from our universities because theirs too are now better. But if you argue that they are still present in Nigeria, how many of them are schooling in our universities?
Finally, the title of the giant of Africa given to Nigeria is standing on a very weak foundation and if proper attention is not given by the government to rectify and reconstruct this foundation, then the country may lose this title.
I urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to give it a thought and stop mismanaging the economy and also ensure a stable and developed to Nigeria and ensure its best in getting rid of bad and fake public administrators in order not to lose the title, though this has been the focus of the Buhari led government but more efforts should be put in place because Nigeria, “The giant of Africa is about to fall.”
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