Civil Order- Nigerian Example - Responsibilities of the Nation

Responsibilities of the nation - Part 1

Any economic and social decline in Nigeria through the first twenty years of independence (1960–80) always appeared redeemable in the eyes of the Nigerian people, mainly because large numbers of the population had the ability to remember past crop sizes and variety, high export figures, sustainable law and order, economic stability, and good international trade relations. Many through the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s viewed these years as transitional, in the belief that quality of life, economic stability and more, would again be achievable under the independent state.

Over the years that followed independence, I like many visitors to the region often noticed car stickers, such as ‘Farming the way forward’ and ‘Agriculture will be our savour’, and other promotional views of the country’s ability to be self-sufficient once again through its people, natural credits and resources. Once twenty years had passed, such optimism was difficult to find, with a high percentage of the adult population now having little or no recollection of the potential for lawful stability gained by a self-sufficient nation at independence. Having grown up with war, martial law, corruption and almost total dependency on the oil production industry, such a population soon had little or no reference to any other way of life.

Forty years on, by the year 2000, children, parents and grandparents have only the same reference. Nigeria, like many African states, reached a point around 30 years beyond independence, when its young adult and child population have no way of harnessing the potential of the nation’s natural resources; with a culture now based on instant financial gain, corruption, lawlessness and quick fix economic policies, with an obvious lack of investment or national development, leading to high inflation and continued economic and social decline.

Without any wide knowledge or reference by the population to a nation’s lawful stability and...