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“Nigeria’s Squandered Opportunity”- Read the LA Times Op-Ed piece by Joel Brinkley



Nigeria’s Squandered Opportunity by Joel Brinkley was originally published by the LA Times.

Just outside President Goodluck Jonathan’s office sat 17 ambulances, just in case he or one of his aides fell ill. They were seldom if ever used.

No actual health-care facility nationwide had as many, and in fact a few still have none at all. But as soon as a Nigerian newspaper took a photo of the ambulances and published a story about them, they suddenly disappeared — probably to an underground garage.

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Jonathan is president of Nigeria, which should be among the world’s most prosperous nations. After all, it produces an estimated 2.4 million barrels of oil each and every day. With oil now selling at $93.61 a barrel, that’s $224 million in income daily. And yet many hospitals can’t afford to buy an ambulance. The reason, in my view: Nigeria is the most corrupt nation on earth.

Sure, Transparency International lists almost three dozen states as more corrupt — Chad, Haiti, Laos, Yemen, Cambodia and the like. But are any of those nations as wealthy as Nigeria — taking in $81 billion annually, just from the sale of oil? No, not even one of them. So Nigeria steals and squanders more money than any other nation, making it the world’s most corrupt, by that measure.

Nigerian journalist Musikilu Mojeed finds all this so discouraging.

“With its geopolitical power, economic resources and middle class,” he laments, “no country (with the possible exception of Saudi Arabia and Egypt) has the power to change the course of black/African civilization like Nigeria.” After all, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous state — and large, twice the size of California.

So Nigerians are living an opportunity squandered — particularly now. Egypt is in turmoil. In just the last few days, in fact, many Egyptians have been calling for a military coup — anything to rid the state of its widely despised Muslim Brotherhood government. And a new report by the World Economic Forum ranked Egypt the least safe and secure tourist destination among 140 tourist nations evaluated.

Egypt has lost its place as the Arab/African worlds’ leader, and Saudi Arabia never had it. So for Nigeria, the time is ripe. But its leaders seem interested only in stealing the state’s money to make themselves rich beyond imaging. Think about it: $81 billion a year just from the oil, while most every local government official still tells his people the nation just doesn’t have enough money to fix the roads, schools or hospitals. (Roads are in such terrible shape that government officials generally travel any distance by helicopter.)

And Nigeria’s people — well, they are as mistreated as any on earth. In only nine nations — among them Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia — do more mothers die during childbirth. And in only 10 states, including Chad, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, is the average life expectancy lower. Right now the average Nigerian’s average life span ends at 52. That may be why the median age of Nigerians is just 18.

A few months ago, the Economist Intelligence Unit published an evaluation of the best places for babies to born in 2013, given their probable welfare as children and the chance for a safe, comfortable, prosperous life. Switzerland, Australia and Norway were the top three. The United States came in at 16th, largely because “babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation.”

Dead last: Nigeria. “It is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013,” the report said.

Even with all that wealth, only just over half the population has access to clean drinking water, and one-third to a toilet, UNICEF says. Two-thirds live below the poverty line. Only one child in four who contracts pneumonia is given antibiotics, and only about half the population is literate.

The CIA also cites endemic “soil degradation; rapid deforestation; urban air and water pollution.” All this in a county whose gross domestic product stands at $236 billion a year, in the same league as Denmark, Chile, Israel and the United Arab Emirates — prosperous, successful states to be envied.

Goodluck Jonathan is certainly aware of all of this. After all, taking the oath of office, he swore to “devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of Nigeria. So help me God.”

Well, just last week he demonstrated who he really is and what he stands for when he pardoned a former state governor who’d been convicted of embezzling state funds and laundering the money. That pardon triggered a broad, angry uproar.

Good luck, Mr. Jonathan. It’s time you were impeached.

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Joel Brinkley is the Hearst professional in residence at Stanford University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning former correspondent for The New York Times.


  1. konnie

    March 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    na lie?

    • the canadian

      March 26, 2013 at 1:26 am

      No be lie o.. Its shameful that no Nigerian journalist has the balls to write a critique like this… we are doomed mehn!

    • tomeloma

      March 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

      No they are busy lobbying for public office…taking a cue from Reuben Abati

    • Tosin

      April 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Joel Brinkley is a non-Nigerian dude that thinks our country really sucks.

  2. My Own Business

    March 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    This article needs to printed and circulated all over Nigeria

    • Blossom

      March 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Half the population is illiterate. And of the literate, 95% would rather watch TV…

      What did you say about printing and circulating again?..

  3. Mama Put

    March 25, 2013 at 6:51 pm


  4. Collosus

    March 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Excellent write up. Based on our wealth of oil resources and yearly revenue, we are indeed the most corrupt nation in the world. We know this, we discuss this @ beer parlours and social gatherings yet no visible improvement in sight. The administration of Goodluck Jonathan has further wrecked this nation both nationally and internationally. Perhaps the prediction that Nigeria will become a failed state will eventually materialize. May we start to help ourselves first before screaming God Help us (Our country’s favourite slogan!!). We must believe in the notion that one good mind/person can indeed make a difference. We must begin with ourselves and not just point fingers everytime.

  5. Bola

    March 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I give up!

  6. That girl

    March 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Ok IMPORTANT: The author of this piece is a seasoned journalist famous for his provocative pieces that are largely spurious in their reasoning, misleading, and poorly researched. Ex…Nigeria is last in a survey of 80 countries out of 195 countries in the world…so while we are last (based on where EIU can collect data) is really not that dramatic…and believe me i could go on..but he makes interesting points nonetheless

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      … the most interesting point for me being that Nigeria earns over $200million every day just from producing oil. Is that provocative and spurious too? Because, if not….. SAY WETIN?? Ehnnnnnnn?? No wonder every crook and their god-father is hell bent on running for office in 2015.

    • Hold up!

      March 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

      And what is your point? What argument are you trying to make? Is the current state of things in Nigeria something that we should be proud of? Can you argue that it doesn’t feel like one of the worst places to live in when your president placates terrorists and pardons thieves? Even if you are not living in Nigeria empathize with the 160 million who do.

    • anonymous

      March 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

      what are u saying, contradicting yourself while trying to show off your grammatical prowess, if you dont know what to write, do you have to write anything. Even if the piece is not 100% well researched, is it an excuse for our mystery.

    • That girl

      March 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      First to the other readers, I live in Nigeria. Second, I will apologize that other readers felt the “grammar” was excessive. However, I’m afraid that concerning that, there is more to be done on their part than mine. I was simply encouraging people who read this piece to not only do their research too but also avoid drawing overly dramatic and God damning conclusions about Nigeria and then proceeding to raise this man up as a God. He is often wrong, and this write up is not surprising in the least.

    • MR.CHEST

      March 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      YES MA’AM!!!

    • Tosin

      April 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      never heard of him.

  7. Ngozi

    March 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Everything written is true!! Jonathan I hope you read this!!!

  8. Dee

    March 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    sadly it is all true, GEJ has decided the tow the line of fellow looters rather than implement reforms. His actions have shown that he has no plan for this nation other than to loot his own share of the national cake with his cronies!

  9. Iyke

    March 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I weep for my country Nigeria.When I look at the vast resources that this country has, I weep because There is no reason why any Nigerian should be hungry for even a day.
    Everybody is flocking to Dubai…..15 years ago, there was nothing like UAE.
    Chai, my heart bleeds because we have truly wasted so much.Why?Why?
    If you know how much we have in that country, there is no reason why a Nigerian, even an uneducated Nigerian, should be struggling.
    Ohhhh, NIGERIA, you have broken my heart.

  10. tatafo!

    March 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    God, I’m sitting here shaking my head. It’s so sad that we are all aware of the shocking stats and we can’t do crap about it. Even if we print it out and paste it in all the FG offices in the country, it won’t change a damn thing.
    O ga, which way Naija?

  11. many people

    March 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm


  12. Chic

    March 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Dubai that we all flock to has world class facilities and infrastructure that was practically created in the last 2 decades thanks to oil wealth. How long has Nigeria’s oil been in existence again? I think the Arabs should take over running the oil business and the British come back for administration and in less than 20 years the world will be flocking to Nigeria since the Nigerian leaders have failed their people #thatisall

    • Ola

      March 25, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      You are so right. I did some research on the UAE for my masters program a coule of years ago and was amazed by how the UAE govt transformed their desert country. Per my research, the revenue generated from just tourism alone is enough to sustain their economy. It’s a shame that we Nigerian just keep accepting our leaders stealing our oil revenue.

  13. benjamin

    March 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    if dis piese hd been written by a fellow nigerian,particully one who is not ijaw or frm niger delta,the comment would hv been laced wit alot of ethnic outburst;bt na oyinbo man write am nw,so tru tok o…kai we don’t even know where we are going,we are lost

    • Diane Okoro

      March 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Who cares who wrote the article?? The truth is the truth! Being in denial isn’t going to solve Nigeria’s problems!

    • NEJ

      March 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Benjamin, why are you (and people like you) so narrow-minded taht you always have to bring in ethnicity and tribe. Quit being a detractor and focus on the issue being discussed. Pfffffttt!!!

  14. TOLA

    March 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    As pointed out above, the author is known for his uncorroborated and poorly researched polemics. Nigeria, in fact, is not half as wealthy as its people seem to believe. Money stretches thinner than steel rod caught in the gravitational pull of a black hole when divided among 160 million people and their infrastructural needs.

    • omoibo

      March 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      So, if at all we agreed with your thought process that Nigeria is not as wealthy as perceived. The question begging for an answer is what are we doing with that which we have besides being looted and squandering what’s left?!

    • debz

      March 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      do you feel proud of yourself for all these big words, the money cannot be stretched as thin as you say if not one of this 160million people feel the impact of the resources. Please tell me how this money has impacted our lives xx

  15. twix

    March 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Lord , just when are you taking Goodluk and his type away from the earth? I fear the people may soon send him ahead of schedule.

  16. OmoJesu

    March 25, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    this is refreshing. more hard truths please!

  17. Concerned_Boyfriend

    March 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    @Chic, I totally subscribe to your notion of having the British come back for administration. Truth is black people cannot effectively govern themselves. Name 1 black nation that has effectively managed her resources and govern her people transparently ?…Name 1!!.. Corruption is endemic to the Nigerian society. It’s the way of life there. They live, breathe, eat corruption. Unbeknownst to many, Corruption is more lethal than Cancer, spreads quicker than STD. In a corrupt society, everyone suffers including the looters.

    • Iris

      March 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Before you ask the British to come back please check on our history and see the kind of social, physical and mental oppression we suffered at their hands – a mental oppression we still suffer from by equating development with modernization and a social oppression that led to the kind of Oga mentality we have in politics now. GEJ is a hot mess, but before people start asking for colonialism and military rule (and the latter one I continuously bind in Jesus name) let’s ask those who suffered directly from it how bad it was.

    • candyjay

      March 25, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      like seriously can you hear yourself talk the british should come and rule nigeria, all the corruption that is happening now who do you think is behind them?? of cos the westerners! they are all involved in the underdevelopment of africa so that africa wont rise higher than the europeans so that we ll remain subject to them everytime so imagine them coming to rule nigeria that means we are FINISHED!

    • Domino Pizza

      March 26, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Just shatap.. so why are western countries not as filthy as Africa?..even though i dont subscribe to dem British ppl only British colonize Africa? u have France, USA, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands…which African country has fully attained that level they are in now…say white man open our eyes no mean say will be this foolish..who colonized India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, UAE. WTF are u talking forget that rubbish that na western ppl spoil us. Why those other countries no spoil..if u developed ur country today will the western world malice u or disown u or come to destroy it. Those countries I mention are wer the western big dougs go to spend big bucks ..South Africa, Namibia, Botswana are said to be “good” cuz them so called British u claim didn’t do well left pretty late maybe if we had independence in year 2000 or last year Nigeria could have been better

    • kemi

      March 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      u ppl talk and you don’t know history. a lot of african countries borrowed money from the World Bank, IMF, Paris Club,etc, and when you borrow money and don’t pay back immediately, debt piles up ad sometimes triples. so even if you are making money, majority of that money is used to settle the increasing interest from the loans and money borrowed. yes corruption is rife, but if you look at the european crisis today, you will understand what African countries have been going through for years.

  18. omoibo

    March 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I am waiting on Rueben Abati to come out and tweet or release some PR BS about this article because that’s what he does best, but fortunately Nigerians are much smarter than to buy into his horse manure about GEJ performance or lack there of… Since the average Nigerian journalist are too busy visiting politicians and receiving handouts/ egunje to help launder their images & imaginary performances. O ya over to all you GEJ sycophants to sing his praises & point out all his imaginary accomplishments, something to note about this article was the data was factual and not made up by the writer…… smh and walking away.. Good luck indeed

  19. yinka

    March 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    it may not be totally Jonathan’s blame, he inherited a very bad situation with yrs of decay. there are still may bad officials in govt. which will continually thwart his efforts.

    • Ides of March

      March 26, 2013 at 3:52 am

      Yes but what is he doing with what is in his hand now? What is his legacy going to be? Cuz it looks like more of the same from where i stand.

  20. Diane Okoro

    March 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This makes me so, so, sad. Sometimes I wonder if I should just stay abroad because I really want to make a difference in Nigeria but where can I start. The govt is so corrupt that they push back any progressional projects until they can secure a cut. How can billions of $$$ disappear overnight? How can these people be so content pilfering what they have no legitimate claim to, and neglect the people…the children who are dying everyday? When will Nigeria’s salvation come? I still believe that my generation will be the change it needs but is this just a far fetched dream? One day, the oil resources will be exhausted and what will we have then? A shell of a country? God will save Nigeria. I guess I need to keep praying and remain optimistic

  21. My FELLOW Nigerians, there is HOPE! This article should have been titled ‘Nigeria’s Squandered Opportunity FOR NOW’. All the things he spoke about especially the corrupt leaders and mis-managed resources will NOT last forever! This generation has the power to CHNAGE NIGERIA. We are the most exposed, educated and industrious generation Nigeria has ever had. A large percentage of us have been outside the country and have seen what life should be like, we have ALSO seen the adverse effects of corruption in this country and we have the voice to speak out. Joel said the average life span of a Nigerian is 52 and as sad as that is, it means most of the bad eggs in the leadership of this country will soon die off. We just have to make sure that when our time comes we will not make the same mistakes thats our fathers made!

    • Tincan

      March 26, 2013 at 6:06 am

      I used to believe this until I realised that the so-called younger generation have tainted minds. In my experience, too many young minds are hung up on self-glory…far too selfish to unite for any cause, that’s why we’ve made very few advancements. If we were united and could pursue a common vision, we would have given the older ‘leaders’ a run for their money. Unfortunately corruption, distrust, money-worship, cynicism, self-glory have trickled right into our veins. How many ‘young’ people do you know, who would not take a corrupt short-cut at any given time? We keep grading corruption and thinking that as long as we are only corrupt in small things, then we are okay. The truth of course is, he that is unfaithful in little….

  22. nikky

    March 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Usually these western media are only interested in reporting terrorist attacks and plane crash stories, I’m glad they are shining the light on corruption. If Nigerian’s can stop being enticed by bags if rice during elections we may have selected leaders that know what the hell they are doing.
    2015 is our next opportunity please don’t let it go to waste.

  23. Iyke

    March 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Hope you say??Nahhhh.Not with these present generation.Even our youths are worse.Can’t you see their lifestyles.Where is the educational structure that we need to desensitize our corrupt minds?80% of young Nigerians both home and abroad and only concerned about how to out do the other, with the crave for material wealth et al.Engage one person in a conversation and you would be sad at the level of their intelligence.Money Money Money thats what everybody is chasing, forgetting the most critical ingredient for national development, ‘KNOWLEDGE’.
    It will be HARD before it ever gets better. Sometimes I wish we have a dictator is is focused on national development instead of self aggrandizement. A courageous leader like Ghadaffi,who would damn the consequences and re-engineered this country out of the mess it is today.
    Our Land is in dire need of cleansing. Africa is not ripe for democracy.

  24. No Long Thing

    March 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Even Nigerians don’t want this change we speak of. So many of them are brainwashed with religion and how God is going to give them “their own” in the midst of all the obvious abuse of office by our leaders, both religious and government. How then do we think that somehow God is going to work a miracle and turn things around? Nobody sees what the problem is, here. The looters are constantly worshiped, while the sincere and honest people are looked down on, as they lack the financial prowess of the corrupt. A lot of mental and psychological misalignment has occurred since the days of IBB. Even the well read and well educated Nigerians are as diabolic, and psychedelic as the traditional voodoo doctors. No ounce of civilization in the common Nigerian, the whole country is angry, disappointed, some kidnap as a means of survival, others rob, others engage in ritual activities, the Northerners don’t want Western civilization, Christians condone the ridiculous show of material wealth exhibited by their Christian leaders, each ethnicity is so segregated that nothing can get done with the myopic mindset of these so called traditional rulers. As the saying goes, A Stitch In Time Saves Nine. I think it’s too late now, except somehow Nigerians decide to VIOLENTLY revolt. I hope that happens soon, sooner than our so called “oil” is expected to last.

  25. R

    March 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Very rationale piece.
    Looking at Nigeria from the outside, many of our leaders appear highly irrational, power-crazed, ill-advised, greedy, inadequate…. I could go on

    I don’t understand the pardon. There are many things I don’t understand about our leader’s actions.

    There is no excuse for how undeveloped the country is because we have MONEY.

  26. NNENNE

    March 26, 2013 at 1:13 am

    @ unforgivable….Well said! And let’s start putting emphasis on other sectors of our economy.
    Oil is not the only thing we can live by!!!!!!

  27. omo

    March 26, 2013 at 1:55 am

    This is what i read from the newspaper my hubby gave me on saturday March 23 2013 – LOS ANGELES TIMES. Though Alot of good things was written about Mr. Chinua Achebe on the LA TIMES by Robyn Dixon (the article was about him). But for some reason i got stuck on how the article ended the last paragraph. Here it is; “In 2009 Achebe returned to Nigeria and delivered a lecture at Owerri, the heart of Igboland, urging Africans to celebrate their culture and their lives. He reminded them how his generation of Africans had fought for freedom. “But we don’t seem to have a receipt,” he said. Wow! OMG… that comment right there about not having receipt to show for what has already been paid for brought a sudden rush of sadness over me. As i began to ponder more on those words i realised he (CHINUA ACHEBE) is damn right cos alot of people has made so much sacrifice for the continent of Africa & still often refered to as third world/the dark continent. How about motherland NIGERIA? Where is the proof/evidence aka “RECEIPT” to show for the all the sacrifices that’s been made for our dear country NIGERIA? People have shed their blood in various ways,many (home & abroad) have invested time, money & resources into NIGERIA & it’s sad to say there’s still nothing to show for it. This thing about going 2 step forward & 10 steps backward is so… heartbreaking.

  28. nich

    March 26, 2013 at 1:58 am

    no change can come to nigeria without a blood birth revolution……… take is that the black race is out of favor with God……………………outside south africa, no single african nation can boast of infractructural developement like any of the western countries………it is just poverty….poverty…..and only a few can enjoy life…..

  29. Ok o

    March 26, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Yes I concur ,for revival to occur,there’s got to be blood shed.God has done His part,it’s left for the people to do theirs.I still believe the best solution for that country is to’s been made easy on the map already,just 3 lines dividing the map,maybe an earthquake would make it easier then.I know people will criticize but that’s the fact

  30. Vivian

    March 26, 2013 at 4:09 am

    This story was not written by the LA Times. For credibility cite the correct source

  31. 'Mide

    March 26, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Abeg make we hear word! The damage done can’t be undone now. Ask late Professor Achebe. Goodluck Jonathan did not create the mess. He is only benefiting from it. Abeg wey Wizkid, the baddest boy? Na jollof to ruin remain for us. No biggie sha o!

  32. tia

    March 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

    thank exact thoughts have u written…even thinking about the state of Nigeria..i want to is so so..i keep askingmyself are they dumb, deaf and blind to the woes of the citizens..all they care about is making money..and they do not know how to spend it..just greedy people..with no sense of direction or knowledge…its a disease that only God can cure Nation off. i delibrately dnt read newspapers because i continually see the foolishness of the leaders and the dumb lies or reasons dey give for not doing their work or wasting money….just plain dumb.

  33. Beeorlah

    March 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    This is soooo true! As cliche as this may sound, we should actually be the change we want in Nigeria. Change starts from you and me! How i wsh all this armed robbers and kidnappers and boko haram and the likes would actually direct their anger at the right people. I read some weeks back where some robber said the situation of Nigeria and how the senators and people in govt forced him to resort to armed robbery, I don’t blame him but Biko why not rob the senators then?, please if u have any family or friend that belongs to any of the above sects, ginger them to UP their game nd strt stealing from or kidnapping the right people!! Starting from the governor of akwa ibom state.. My 10cents!

  34. honey

    March 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I have said it from the very day he was voted in,that he should be impeached.capische !!!!

  35. pynk

    March 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    we always wait for others to tell us the truth about ourselves. We dont need this guy or anyone else to tell us Nigeria is messed up. One thing i realise if we had, we wouldnt even be bothered with their thieving would be POWER! they should give us power- constant electricity supply, and folks would be able to do stuff.

  36. Peachy_mo

    March 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Pschew! why won’t it be squandered? we sit in our cozy offices, punching away at keyboards, ranting and raving to no end, Did majority of you not vote for Jonathan and his cohorts? your are as guilty as I (who didn’t vote and left my slot opened to be rigged). Back to the matter, as long as Nigeria does not follow the (red) path to freedom we shall not be free! can we not learn from out thriving neighboring countries? especially South Africa? (please refer again to the movie Sarafina) when will we learn that FREEDOM CAN NEVER BE HANDED ON A PLATTER OF GOLD? did Achebe not try to tell us the root of our problems in his book There Was A Country? yet some naively latched on the ethnicity difference, blinded to the true message the novel conveys.

    I don’t have the answer to a better Nigeria but I know what steps to take to impact my community (with which if we individually do the right thing, change will come). Apparently Generatation-Change is unborn thus the beautiful ones are not yet born.

    We compare Nigeria to Ghana, SA, European and American countries; have we walked in their footsteps, have we face half of what they faced? yet we want to be like them…how possible? Until we become realists rather than idealists lest we become a failed nation.

    So help us God.

  37. shaun

    March 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

    our darling president that some are excusing to have inherited this mess is engaged in money laundering using means that stare at us right in the face. he is occupied with growing his empire as he knows the chances of winning in 2015 is dicey.

  38. Millicent

    March 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

    i find this piece distasteful. Granted we have huge corruption rot and blah blah blah but i completely disagree that Nigeria is the worse place on earth to give birth to a child and other generalizations he quoted based on biased reports and stupid surveys/statistics using unknown measuring standard and values. Nigeria is definitely not as bleak and horrid as he painted it, after all, you and i are living here and not dead, diseased or on d verge of going rabid. Painting us to the international community as a horrid destination with corruption a certain characteristic of Nigerians is insulting, derogatory and alarming to say the least. Based on the premise of some freaking ambulances, he build a highly distorted article with a forgone dismay end. Its stupid.I don’t care what his credentials are, this report isn’t objective but subjective and hence an affront.
    Yes, we re battling with corruption in almost all spheres of Government and even non government org, sector, and society. Yes, we have squandered our economic reserve and might, due to greed and mismanagement. Yes, health care is poor and blah blah blah….. We need to remember that impeaching Jonathan won’t solve this problem because he isn’t the one that started it nor is he the sole perpetrator of this deep-seated rot. Let’s not let our own hotheadedness and naivety make us easy clay for masters of manipulation to mold. We may not know it now, but this article has done us more harm than good making “YOU” a target for suspicion, stigmatization, blackmail, disrespect, right infringement, and scapegoat in the international community. Do realize. that when we diss Nigeria in the international community, you are dissing your own self. Those of you hailing dis writer, should also know that the title might as well be . Squandering ……..(put in ur name) ….. fill in the rest of the tittle …… Annoying.

    • ij

      March 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      yes GEJ isn’t the origin of our problems but he was elected (how i dont even know because he performed woefully as a gov.) to improve the situation, not pardon thieves, , lie blatantly on CNN about the electricity problem, authorize billions for stupid idiotic projects that cant benefit the nation as a whole.

  39. ij

    March 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    awaiting Reuben Abati……… any day now he will come out and say Mr Brinkley is lying and that Nigeria produces only 2.38 million barrels of oil and not 2.4 million as stated by Mr Brinkley.
    just wait for it

  40. ForeverYoung

    March 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    A wise man once said “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging”. Yes GEJ did not create the hole, but armed with his “Digger”, he is digging the hole even more. Remember it takes one person to effect change (Hitler comes to mind, though he is/was considered evil) If GEJ is well meaning, and indeed the rot is deep seated, why hasn’t he made replacements at every rotten branch? We all know there’s more to it than meets the eyes, but I believe there are even more reasons behind his inaction.
    That aside, let’s talk about the average Nigerian, someone once said the average Nigerian is “ungovernable”, I laughed , threw a fit and said, what do you mean, blah blah. But later I realized how somewhat true the statement was. It’s not that we are genetically engineered to be “ungovernable” we are just a product of our society. Case in point, place an average Nigerian in a society that enforces its laws, you will find that 90% will conform to the law. An average Nigerian who is more likely to throw his empty “yogo pack” out of the bus in Lagos, will use the available trash bins in London (In most cases they can’t even open window cos e too cold, so they would rather keep trash in their pocket and wait to find a trash can). So many cases I could cite, but you get the point. Regardless of the authenticity of the facts in the article, it’s ignorant to act like all is well and dandy in Nigeria (well except you are one of the beneficiaries of the current situation), with that said…….

  41. Teddy Bear

    March 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    My heart aches, my brain bleeds, my palms are sweaty. I have a headache. I don’t even have the energy to go on a rant. This is part of the problem. We do not have the energy. When is the energy going to come? When will the passion reach its zenith? When will we as a nation rise up and say enough is enough? What will it take?

  42. Tosin

    April 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    My general response, to use an American term, fug you too, Mr. Brinkley.
    1. Ambulances – absolutely right, the “leaders” love entitlements that most of their people don’t have. In most countries this is true. Even in the UN, I bet the top brass live expensively. So thanks for being a good investigator, but go deeper. Why is the world so big on waste?
    2. Most corrupt – I like the scale you introduced. You’re right, size ought to matter. Big difference between a corrupt Malawi and a corrupt Naija. Where is China in all this? Right, China has too much self-confidence for foreigners to just say they’re wrong.
    3. Musikilu Mojeed – I love him. Plus he’s actually Nigerian so I’m all ears. Worth memorizing his words even: “With its geopolitical power, economic resources, and middle class, no country has the power to change the course of black/African civilization like Nigeria.”
    4. Egypt/Saudi – ask them, they don’t think of themselves as black. They’d rather be Arab, which makes them less black (better) than us. They’re cool peeps – I love Arabia – but they’re not leading us anywhere.
    5 – Life expectancy at 52 – thank you Jesus, it’s going up.
    6 – The US came 16th, but the debt issue is no big deal, says the American.
    6b – We came dead last. I really feel we have a crapload of work to do, especially about things like water/health, education…
    7 – Soil degradation blah blah, your research was the CIA report? For the love of God, visit.
    8 – ALame… pardon – can’t even defend Goodluck there. That was ridiculous, to undo a lot of anti-corruption work and messaging that they’ve been doing.
    9 – It’s time you were impeached – all I have to say is “high crimes and misdemeanours” don’t include playing under the table with your intern, and probably don’t include presiding over a poor state. Elections were designed for changing the President we don’t like. That’s what the Americans told us.
    10 – Juvenile writing for a professional guy’s paper. And what happened to Nigerians being the ones to determine what Nigeria wants? We all want access to clean drinking water, but we may not all need access to a toilet right now. Like seriously, go focus on the fact that you guys don’t have bullet trains across the US, or that all but the elite have to use toilet paper. Then we can all sit here and shake our heads about how much America sucks.

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