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Friday, March 1, 2024

The ills of the Nigeria society

Every day, over 2000 children die of malnutrition and diseases. Even though Nigeria is one of the top crude oil producers in Africa; its government has neglected to spread the wealth into rural communities. Citizens of Africa are falling further into poverty. The unemployment rate has more than tripled to 32.1% as against the 10.44% in 2015.

Insecurities have sky-rocketed, the kidnapping rate tripled, Fulani herdsmen and bandits are getting bolder; people now live in abject fear of their environment. Corruption has now become the bedrock of morality for not only the government but also its citizens. Internet criminality has become a norm for the youth; obviously ruining the image of the honest hardworking citizens; with more young girls having a higher tendency of becoming “runs girls”; rather than going through the difficulties involved in making a good living, doing “honourable” work.

Money rituals

Growing up, money ritual was something reckoned with the elderly. These days, young children as early as seventeen suddenly wants to make fast money; via the use of extreme ritualistic means. Of course, it would be unjust not to include rape in the mix; child sex abuse crime has become a societal pandemic.

Police brutality in Nigeria

The people whom the onus of security lies on are the people who we now fear more than the actual criminals. This is due to various factors, most notably the neglect on the part of government officials in discharging their duties and failing to provide the necessary structure, resources, training, and compensations befitting of individuals who sacrifice their lives on a daily basis for the safety of other citizens.

Effects of Religion in Nigeria

Religion has also not brought us serenity; in fact, it has brought us nightmares, one we should reconsider in order to offset its effects. Religious clerics are well-known for extorting their members, as well as other un-Christ-like practices practised by some. Rape and child abuse are on the rise among the religious group, as is the backwardness it presents to society, not to mention the advent of Boko-haram.

Nigeria’s Top politician

Worst of all, are the large numbers of Nigerians who have been appointed to critical posts or awarded major and minor nation-building projects; who end up either delivering below standard or none at all.

The question here is, how do we intend to tackle some of the social ills? We must first realize we are who we project the government as. While I believe that the bulk of our issues are the result of bad government laws and policies. We must also recognize that change begins with ourselves, with our character, attitude, and resolve to do better individually and collectively.

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