Is Nigeria on the brink of collapsing?

Rowland Jumbo

lives in Nigeria

53w ago

Nigerians have for too long been known to bear under the worst of conditions, however, the present situation in the country is one that tends to be breaking their backs and shattering their resolve.

There are many issues besetting the nation, so many that Nigerians can only but contemplate running from this place they call home. A proper analysis of some events in recent times, would give one a clearer picture of why we need to be more concerned, lest this nation goes up in smoke.

Legislation of shame

I have said it and will continue to reiterate that this 8th National Assembly records the worst legislation Nigeria has seen in all its years. It is not out of place to say the we are being led by the worst legislators in our own history.

To make case for the current legislative arm, one finds out that there is no valid point, there tends to be nothing that one can say is the good that has come out from the Nigeria's hallowed chambers.

From the onset of this dispensation, the legislators showed their incompetence and have continue day-by-day to give Nigerians reasons to fear.

Where shall one begin to speak of the ills in this very important arm of government? Shall we begin from the many allegations against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki or shall we start from the forgery case leveled against him (Saraki) and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.

It is troubling to see the leaders of the upper chamber appear every other day in court to stand trial for things which should not be heard of them, and though they remain free without any convictions yet, still, it wont be wrong to say that this drama has caused so much harm to legislation in Nigeria at this time in our history.

How will the House be able to pass laws that will affect Nigerians positively when those who lead are in and out of court for allegedly breaking the rules, flouting laws and operating not in accordance with the rule of law.

Still in the Upper Chamber, the show of shame between Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Remi Tinubu, is reason enough to panic, in that the saga only spells it clear that we are led by people with the lowest of moral values.

The kind of words and details of acts which was seen upon that sacred floor of the Senate, makes one fear that Nigerians might have placed their fate in the hands of those who will thrash them.

In the same vein, the Lower chamber is not left out of this show of shame, as the news of three representatives who went soliciting for sex in the USA, calls for sober reflection. Though we have not heard the last of that case, still to even have such allegation labelled against those who represent Nigeria at the highest level, is sickening.

Still in the House of Representatives, the case for and against those who padded and did not pad the national budget, shows that we might in the end be fantastically corrupt, it might mean that we are led by plunderers, ravaging the country right there from their exalted positions.

Only recently, the embattled ex-chairman committee on appropriations, Adulmumin Jibrin revealed details about the budget padding, he claimed that Yakubu Dogara the House of Reps Speaker allegedly convinced him to ship over N20 billion into the budget through Service Wide Vote. This again is an accusation again the leadership of the legislature, and though claims and counter claims are being made, and investigations are still ongoing, yet how can we Nigerians be at ease with what we have heard so far?

Documents have revealed how top officials of the National assembly padded the 2016 budget to the tune of N481billion, the national assembly also unilaterally jerked the votes meant for constituency projects from N60 billion to N100 billion. I fear that which such assertion as this, this nation risks the chance of an implosion.

Impeachment dilemma

There have been rumours and speculations that the Senate is seeking to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari, and though this seem to have been played down with many hinting at the limits of its possibility, still it is an issue that calls for concern.

With a legislative arm that Nigerians cannot vouch for, one cannot but note that there is no smoke without a fire. It must be noted that the mantra of impeachment has for quite sometime lingered by the doors of the National Assembly, with many calling for the unseating of the Senate leadership; it is this chaos that stirs unease in the hearts of Nigerians. This is because, the Nigerian Senate remains unstable and continue to tussle for power, and the servant leaders in those sacred courts continue to do the masses no good.

The Senate is not in anyway helping the cause of President Buhari, some critics claim, there tends to be a silent rift between the presidency and the legislature. One fears that the more the diverse parties cannot come to agree for the common good of the people, then Nigerians will be in for another era of promises which will never see the light of day.

Religious war

Reports of violence borne of religion are making headlines again, with death and destruction of property recorded in certain parts of the country. We have toed this line before and we surely know that if there is an issue that ticks people off to war the most, then religion it is.

At a time when speculation has it that Nigeria is about to be made an Islamic nation, when the government is trying to assuage the fears of the people regarding such a move, killing incited by religion is not a welcomed development.

Christians, especially those in the northeastern region and Muslims in the southeastern region stand the greater risk in the wake of violence borne of religious rifts, a subject matter which could be said to have played a major role in the bloody civil war which Nigeria experienced between 1967 and 1970.

Experts have said that some clerics within the northern region are to blame for the killings carried out by their followers, this is because they preach and teach those who follow them to see others who are not of their faith as infidels. With these deadly ideologies behind their their minds, religious fanatics much about on the edge, waiting for the slightest form of provocation and they strike in the name of God.

Wave of terror, storm of militancy and the dying economy

The Nigerian government deserves some praise for the war against the dreaded Boko Haram sect within the troubled northeastern region of the country. According to the Nigerian army, the jihadists have been ousted and all that is left is but a fragment for which the gallant soldiers must remain focused to erase without a trace.

However, Nigeria seem to have a system in which when one situation is about being fixed, something else springs up to take its place.

The advent of marauders in the guise of herdsmen, has given the nation cause not to close one eye while she sleeps. The re-emergence of vandalism and militant activities in the South-south and Southeast regions is yet another cause for which the people are troubled.

Nigeria's dwindling economic growth has been closely linked to the troubling affairs within the Niger Delta, even the militants have promised to cripple the nation.

The Nigerian government has said it is in talks with leaders of the region and lords of the militant groups, however, some very powerful groups within the region are of the opinion that the government cannot get the desired result with the way they are handling the affairs. This assertion has led groups like the Niger Delta Avengers to keep at blowing up pipelines and destroying facilities belonging to oil firms within the south-south and southeast.

These are trying times, not only for people within the Niger Delta but Nigerians as a whole as the masses most especially will have to face harsh market prices and crazier living conditions till a truce is brokered.

A truce seem far from the issue, now that the military has launched a new operation to counter the militancy within the region. For many, this move is a 'no good' as it will only stir more hostilities and in the end lead to no positive outcome.

Segun Quadri


53w ago

In my opinion, I think it has collapsed a long time ago and everyone is just taking reactive measures as against proactive ones. It's sad but true.

The reason for the huge corruption in Nigeria is because politicians only come into power to take their share of the spoils.

90% of Nigerians only live for survival and the state of the country hasn't improved. Every previous day in Nigeria has always been better than the next day.

Basic infrastructures and amenities (Water, education, housing, road, security, etc) are lacking without a visible change or solution in sight.

Politicians are just being recycled to get their share of the spoilsI

Crazy things that can't happen anywhere in the world happens everyday in Nigeria and Nigerians are happy about it, celebrating it as being rugged.

The page below is from a 1984 newspaper promising 1986 as a deadline for blackouts in Nigeria. As of 2016, electricity has gone worse to what was obtainable in 1984.

Nigeria produce crude but have scarcity of its products.

New insurgents rise everyday and are offered amnesty.

You asked if Nigeria is on the brink of collapsing, what else is a ‘collapse’?

Olumide Akintokun

Nigerian...full blooded!

53w ago

Nigeria is not on the brink of collapsing. If it seems like what we're going through is enough to split a nation, it is because Nigerians are unrelenting.

We've been through worse as a country.

If there's anything we have in abundance as a people, it's patience!

Yadi Anyankah

Voracious reader of Political disorders.

53w ago

I won't like to use the word collapsing because we have been facing National Economic and Political imbalance from the onset. Nigeria is in terrible state of corruption. This corruption that has proven to reduce the creativity quotient in it's citizens thereby causing stagnant poverty.

There are tendencies that this recession might lead the country into a Political Crisis due to the constant inflation of goods everyday.

The cost of living is too high.

Unemployment rate just went by 14%.

Exportation is on lowest scale, while importation has exceeded our imagination.

Hunger is on the rise as Nigerians complain bitterly daily.

So to wrap this up, Yes we are on the brink of collapsing. Hopefully, we do not start seeing Nigerian Refugee camps in Neighbouring countries.

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