With the dramatic fall of price of the crude oil, we are shamelessly learning it the hard way that it pays to be more innovative and diversified economically and that self-help is better than dependence on other nations, even though we are not an island.
But I worry because I know no place like I do Nigeria. I fret at the thoughts that we can rely on ourselves.
It is here that a smart business plan initially conceived with the best intentions will later be turned on its head, twisted and completely changed to a fraud. It is our fate that ours are selfish leaders, selfish businessmen, selfish and unpatriotic common men.
Stories go round on how our business moguls at first import quality products/goods, only to have such quality reduced at the importing country ( China and so on) and later flood such less qualitative goods in our markets at the initial price (or a bit more) ripping off and cheating the buying public. This practice is most common among local factories owners reduce quality/quantity of made in Nigeria products/goods the moment their commodities start enjoying enthusiastic public patronage. In Nigeria, people worship money. Despite our famed religiosity, money dictates our moods and attitude as a people. Religion tells us that business thrives when its practice conforms to ethical and moral etiquettes so prescribed. But here, religion is one thing, conscience, another.
In this regards, government has got enormous responsibilities to discharge. Unscrupulous business practices must be checkmated. Eyes must be turned to our factories/companies to ensure that standards are maintained.
It’s our fate that apart from pointless ethnic chauvinism and ridiculous regional zealotry, Nigerians are notoriously good at taking advantage of one another regardless of ethnicity and region to corruptly enrich selves. This must be countered by concerned government agencies responsible for orienting our citizens. Equally pitiable is the story of our public service which will be idle to talk about, but it pays to appeal to all and sundry to shun all acts of sabotage to nation building and rather help in nation building and positively shape the destiny of our children.
It is only if we all help our nation to grow that others will one day, long after we are gone, mention us in grateful admiration