Nigeria has worn with pride the self-acclaimed crown of the “giant of Africa”.
Political leaders, diplomats and commentators have over the years described Nigeria as truely the “giant of Africa”.
Its size is intimidating. Its population surpasses other sub-Saharan African countries combined.
With an annual GDP of about $400 billion, Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa. Nigeria is the only African country listed among the “Next Eleven” economies poised to become the biggest economies in the 21st century.
The Nigerian economy is the 4th fastest growing in the world.
In recent years, the country has failed to convert these potentials ,thus, local and foreign analysts have described the country as, either the 'sleeping giant' or “former giant” of Africa.
The ''Giant'' is dimmed by corruption, mismanagement, ethnicity, terrorism and unpatriotic acts, and also the way the leaders run the “estate” called Nigeria.
Our Leaders sing the national pledge “to serve Nigeria with all” their strengths and “to defend her unity and uphold her honour and glory”, yet they do otherwise.
They are sick and sleeping yet they fail to admit to, bringing in unforseen tactics just eat of the National cake.
While South Africa, Egypt, Ghana and other Africa countries can boast of adequate and uninterrupted power supply, Nigeria can only generate between 2,500 to 3,000Mw of electricity as at today.
An economy that is generator driven, a nation that cannot tame Boko Haram with high poverty rate and with high maternal mortality rate.
What about the inability of Nigeria to properly manage its natural resources, especially crude Oil? Investors in this critical sector are shifting attention to Angola and Ghana.
A country with dilapidated infrastructure gives a good NO to the crown of being the giant of Africa.
Without doubt, I think our leaders should be held responsible.
Although it is not proper to name a particular person or leader at fault, it is a failure of a generation of leadership.
Our leadership should be held responsible for not fully expressing thier leadership roles to the opportunities that come the way of Nigeria to be indeed, the giant of Nigeria.