Simple, for Nigeria to move forward we need to be able to elect our
leaders freely and fairly.
Once our rulers know that they will be booted out and another group
given a chance by the people, should they govern ineffectually and
ineffectively, they will sit up and steal less and goverrn more.
Alas, with the likes of Maurice IWURUWURU in charge of INEC, the PDP
knows that even with a worse legacy than they have given us in the past
8 years, they will simply rig and rig and rig themselves back into
power. There is no incentive for them to govern properly and honestly.
Look at Ghana, the people are speaking. In Nigeria, we do speak but we
are not listened to. And the vicious circle continues.
On a personal level, we the ruled could be less corrupt, more selfless,
less materialistic and less prone to robbing our neighbours blind.
It would takle a miracle indeed.
From: Paul Oranika <oranika@yahoo. com
To: naijabusiness@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Thu, 1 Jan 2009 17:01
Subject: [NaijaBusiness] How does Nigeria Move Forward in 2009-- For
your New Year Reflection
Brothers and Sisters: Happy New Year to Everyone, the best New Year
resolution for all Nigerians must also include how to move this nation
forward. Here are some facts to consider. According to the
International Monetary Fund, Nigeria was ranked 41st in GDP among 190
countries in the world,=2
0with GDP of $166,985 (in Millions). That
figure was higher than that of: Romania (165,983) Israel (164,103)
Chile (163,914) Singapore (161,349) Philippines (144,062) Pakistan
(143,766) Ukraine (141,644) Hungary (138,356) Algeria (134,275)
Courtesy International Monetary Fund (IMF) Now consider the
following, 92.4% of Nigerians are living under $2 a day, and
70.8% of Nigerians are living below national poverty line. Remember
that everything we have done in the past 48 years of independence has
not worked, some believe that Nigeria has moved backwards from the
economic standards the nation attained in 1960, with steady
electricity, few but good and drivable roads, clean and drinkable tap
water, and less crime and cleaner cities. In all of these categories
the nation has gone backwards in my view. I raise these questions to
stimulate debate and discussion. My question to every one is what is
Nigeria going to do differently in 2009, from what the country has done
in the past 48 years Is it going to be continuation of the same
strategies that has led the country downwards? Isn't it right to
conclude that if we continue on this same
path, that the nothing may
Those are my views, yours always welcome. Happy New
Year to all. Paul Okechukwu Oranika
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