Monday, 08 February 2016 15:34

Nigeria Should Forget Corruption, Concentrate on Education

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The purpose of instant is to focus attention on Nigeria. Nigeria, Africa's richest country is sick with many ills that are turning this nation of 170 million citizens into an anarchical society. The question as to what proportion of Nigeria's problems is attributable to the political leaders' ineptitude and what portion is attributable to the lackadaisical attitudes of citizens, is a conundrum that defies easy answer.

This essay suggests that perhaps my country's problems are not really problems by themselves but are by-products of a more staid quandary or sticky situation. Remember that since the school is an extension of the larger society, there is a drill-town connection. But it is impossible to discuss all the major issues that plague my homeland in a single essay of about one page.

Many brilliant writers and thinkers inside and outside Nigeria have stated their opinions as to what the most serious trouble in Nigeria, is. Thinkers' ideas of the cause(s) of Nigeria'a problems are divergent, often contradictory, and there is no meeting of the minds. We balk at recreating the wheel or coming up with solutions that may not address what we are attempting to get at.

According to some writers on the subject, the factors thought to contribute to Nigeria's malaise have been corruption, terrorism, unemployment, education and university systems, the environment, and infrastructure. Although education is mentioned as a problem, writers have often treated the issue in hurried passing in their attempt to overextend defeat of corruption beyond reasonable limits.

The defeat of corruption and boko haram seem to have been seen as a panacea or cure-all. Would the defeat of boko haram and bribery guarantee that our children will receive quality education? It is doubtful. Corruption and boko haram seem to be tautologies employed to obfuscate. To obfuscate is to conceal the real diagnoses. Tautology is needless repetition of an idea, especially in words without imparting additional force or meaning

Other writers propose three major challenges facing Nigeria, and there are unemployment, corruption (again), and insufficient power supply as priorities. The majority, almost all of the opinions on the causes of Nigeria's backwardness as a nation, seems to hinge on corruption.  No one is paying attention to the causes of corruption in the first place.

Dr. James C. Agazie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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James Agazie Ed D

A retired college Professor  with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics.  Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment.