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Monday, 7 March 2011

Ethnic Factor and Development in Nigeria

No Mr. Qaddafi! Nigeria should not split along ethnic lines! Mr. President, you have always claimed that you are the "King of African Kings" and that you are a champion of African Unity!! You have only succeeded in drawing Nigeria's anger.

But if only the people of Nigeria can transcend beyond the problems of ethnicity and ethnicism, I am sure that the rural communities will experience a positive devolopment.

Nigeria is a beautiful country endowed with a great deal of resources. Nigeria is blessed with unlimited arable lands, half of which remain fallow, leading agricultural products such as cocoa, rubber, groundnuts, cotton, beniseeds, cashew, mangoes, oranges, etc... with mineral sources such as oil, bitumen, mineral stones, raw gold and many other more.

According to the 2006 population census, the population stands around one hundred and forty million people! It is the largest African country but more than half of the population are still rural dwellers. 

The country is not properly managed so Nigeria remains one of the poorest countries in the world with very low per capital income, poor infrastructure development, neglected agricultural sectors, and a high rate of inflation. Because of the mismanagement of the abundant resources, Nigeria has a high level of poverty. High level of official corruption, bad governance, and prolonged military dictatorship have had a negative effect in the development of the country. Yes Mr. Qaddafi! not because of ethnic or religious problems! Ethnicity and ethnicism are not the factors that hinder rural development in Nigeria.

I believe that Nigerians can develop their countries and improve the quality of all Nigerian lives. The Hausa, the Igbo, the Ijaw, the Itsekiri, the Yorubas, the Fulani, and the Odua'a Peoples Congress can all live together and develop the country. There must be a strong commitment on the part of the Nigerian elites who should accept modest sacrifices for a common good.

A bon entendeur Salut!

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