We have had radio telescopes and spaceships for a few decades now, and know that our sun is one of over 100 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. It revolves around the galactic centre once about every 250 million years. Hold on a minute, this is not an introduction to Theoretical Physics. It is an indictment on the past and current leadership in Africa's most populous nation. There is nothing new in or about Nigeria but it appears to need rocket scientists to help resolve age-old question of its very own existence. After over 40 years of self rule, this huge nation has problems which are mirrored right across the whole of Africa.
The economic, ethnic and religious stresses that threaten to tear my country apart can be seen across the whole of the African continent. Past and present African rulers seemed to have one thing in common, ineptitude! They are usually clueless, too stupid, too tainted by the past, unaware of technology, over-burdened by dependents, turned-on by their power and the freedoms of abuse over others it affords. It is testimony to the enduring (and utterly non-rational) power of social norms that the African duty to respect the elders continues when those elders have so utterly failed to build on its incredible wealth.
Nigeria and the rest of Africa do not work. Aid is not the correct way to resolve decades of ignorance. Just like the rest of the world where there is a massive epidemic of institutional failures, schools that can't teach, unhealthy healthcare systems, police that can't enforce the law, judicial system without justice, and many more. It is time for Africans and the rest of the world to engage the stupid so called leaders of Africa.
A new type of citizen, dedicated, modest, honest and informed is born, and is online! There are good people in African, leverage them with the best online and let us find a way to combine the two. What is stopping us? Nobody gave the old leaders power, they just took it. There has been too much bloodshed already; this new information society will aid the removal of those old stupid leaders.
How do we begin? How about by publishing everything! How much taxes did Shell Plc pay in Nigeria from 1980-2000? "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again" (Maya Angelou).
Here is a wake up call to the developed world, the Middle East crisis maybe just that but if civil wars break out in Nigeria, it will take the rest of West Africa with it and the already destabilised Eastern Africa will add to the implosion of the whole continent.