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And His Name Was Naija

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No one knew that one day the world would need oil no more

There was once a Man.  His name was Naija. And he was a prodigal.

Wasteful, reckless, profligate; his friends were the trusted Europeans.

He drank oil, he slept in oil, and he smelled of oil always and everywhere he went

His enemies were fellow citizens; he ran to the white men to learn to govern his people

They say, "Don't worry, Sir. Please don't worry; you have oil in a glut, abundance superfluity"

They thumb their noses at him, laugh behind his back, and call him Nigger

His confidence was buoyed, and he had overinflated, overflowing Mr. Big Stuff assurance

He didn't know that the age of oil is coming to an end, though he still cooked with firewood

No one told him about North Korea's Fat Boy or that the age of nuclear is dawning

Who would sell Naija the technology needed to advance beyond greasey oil?

The Americans won't sell, and neither would the Russians, Chinese, or the Arab countries

They say: "Sir, you don't need it. It's too hard. Call us to do the work for you. Just pay us"

The older he grew the more Naija wasted his resources, living as if there was no Tomorrow.

He abused his children, gave bribery magical powers, and neglected to build roads

Why build schools when rich kids were sent to Eton, Harvard, and schools in Europe?

Why bother, why worry or lose sleep when Oil was the balm that greased the elbow?

Yearly Road Contracts, like Lagos-Onitsha,  were shared among those running the government.

With hospitals closed and pharmacy looted, Naija  journeys overseas for every ailment

Farming came to a standstill, groundnuts stopped, no one knows the minerals in earth's belly

The man Naija used Religion to divide and conquer; Tribe and State became measuring rods.

Oil was siphoned off to private refineries in distant lands and sold back at 300%

Some men sold commonwealth to friends, and awarded lucrative contracts to foreigners

In exchange for kickbacks, threads of chickenfeed, and a handful of small change.

Man named Naija put education on back burners, and says: "Western education is satanic."

He elevated bribery to art form, borrowed from the World Bank and the IMF

He says; "I have oil to pay now, and my children will pay in the future. Why worry?

His European friends tell him: "Don't worry, Sir. Borrow more. Pay later. You have good oil"

One day, the CNN, NBC and BBC come up with startling news: World Needs Oil No More

Price per barrel of oil drops  rapidly to  50 dollars, then to 30 dollars, and finally to 10

What would Man named Naija  do? Would he swallow his oil in one giant gulp?

Can he compete in the production of non-renewable sources, such as

Natural gas, coal, nuclear energy, fusion, shale oil, tar sands and extra heavy oil?

Where would Naija stand in the race for production of renewal sources of energy, such as

hydro-electrical energy, biomass, geothermal energy, wind energy, and solar photo-voltaic?

Would Naija survive when schools are neglected and science education forgotten?

Who would sell Nigeria the technology needed to advance beyond greasy oil?

The world's oil reserves by country by millions of barrels have Nigeria near the bottom.

They are 1. Venezuela  (300,878) 2. Saudi Arabia (266,453) 3.  Canada (169, 709)

4. Iran (158, 400) 5. Iraq (142,508) 6. Kuwait (101,500) 7. United Arab Emirates (97,800)

8. Russia (80,000) 9. Libya (48, 363) 10. United States (39,290) 11. Nigeria (37,062)

12. Kazakhstan (30,000)  13. China (25,620) 14. Qatar (25,244) 15. Brazil (12,999)

16. Algeria (12,200) 17. Angola (8,273) 18. Ecuador (8,273) 19. Mexico (7,640) and

20 Azerbaijan (7,000)

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

November 4, 2017

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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.