The first part of this is 10 Reasons Why Nigeria Might Be Screwed Beyond Repair. But here goes this…
10. We still have a constitution and a strong judiciary.
9. The economy is (being) deregulated; and even though progress towards this is slow, true federalism might eventually come to help bring the right foreign investment in alternative means of energy.
8. We still have the Nigerian football to unite us once every two years when there is a major tournament, just as long as there are no local coaches. Maybe we’ll win the World Cup someday. Surely it’s not in 2010.
7. We have a strong press that keeps the security agencies on their toes. It is a slow progress, but it helps.
6. Our greatest export is not just our natural and agricultural resources as it is our human resources. There are many Nigerians of repute making the country proud in areas of endeavour all over the world
5. We still have some sane people living in there.
4. In spite of occasional bursts of violence, it is actually not that bad. The probability of getting killed in ethnic violence is really very low. Most people are smart enough to know when to leave a place when a situation begins to look combustible.
3. We still have the power to vote out corrupt politicians and replace them with real hardworking people. As the situation in Lagos has shown, there are leaders who can get things done.
2. Those people who want to be politicians by all means are not in the majority.
1. I’m going back there, soon.
This is my last post for this month, folks. Thank you for reading. Watch out for more interesting guest-posts in the coming weeks.