FEATURE ARTICLE

Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Bonn, Germany
2019: AN INTERESTING POLITICAL YEAR
(BUHARI'S NIGERIA STANDS FIRST AMONG THE WORST COUNTRIES

Continued from Part 9

To live his life in his own way, to call his house his castle, to enjoy the fruits of his own labour, to educate his children as his conscience directs, to save for their prosperity after his death --- these are wishes deeply ingrained in civilised man. Their realization is almost as necessary to our virtues as to our happiness. From their total frustration disastrous results both moral and psychological might follow (C. S. Lewis)

In 2015, the APC promised us security which they failed to provide. They promised us food on our table, but today we are hungry. They promised us good health facility and adequate supply of drugs in our hospitals which they failed to do. They promised to fight corruption but worsened the system. "Every step they take is a failure. In terms of corruption, they are the worst; in the provision of security, they have failed. They failed to create jobs for our teeming youths and today, inflation has taken over (Atiku Abubakar)

friend forwarded a video clip to me. After watching it, I just termed it "rubbish". At first, and at face value, I thought the man was praising Buhari's inept government. I sent the video to my other Messenger contacts, asking them to listen to the 'rubbish' being spewed out there. Some of them, my contacts, then replied, noting that the man's comment made a sardonic sense; that it was a speech full of sarcasms. I went back then to listen to it again, and it was when the message did sink in. What happened here shows that no matter how clever or intelligent one claims to be, he or she sometimes misses the mark.

The man in the video was saying that it's wrong to say that Buhari has not achieved anything; rather, that he has achieved a lot, because, the coffin making industry; the mortuaries; the undertakers; the breweries; and the pharmaceutical companies, making anxiety relieving tablets, are smiling to the bank, the more, and that we should thank Buhari for that. What a way to describe what's going on in a country? In actual fact, the man was deriding Buhari.

In the man's words:

"I think it is a bit of a stretch, and I don't want to be economical with the truth, to claim that all the industries have suffered under Buhari's economic plan. That's not true. What's true is that our economy has tanked significantly, but yet there are still some industries, under this government, that is actually doing well. Take for instance: Since the collapse of the construction industry in Nigeria, carpenters, who manufacture caskets, have actually seen businesses boom, earnings boom. Mortuaries all across the country, their capacity cannot handle enough dead bodies coming in. they have also seen businesses boom. Undertakers, in the last three years, have made more money than ever before in the history of this country. So, I think it will be (a bit of) a stretch again, and to say that all industries have suffered under this government, some of them have actually done well. And there are few others: Given the level of depression, the beer manufacturers can't seem to be making enough beers for this growing population. Folks are holding the bottles longer. They (beer makers) have also seen businesses boom. And so (also), our pharmaceuticals: Codeine is everywhere; and given the level of anxiety, folks can't seem to have enough high blood pressure medications. So, I think it will be disingenuous to claim that this president hasn't done well in certain areas, and to his credit. So, I stand corrected. Thanks for listening".

By saying that coffin makers, undertakers, mortuaries, breweries, and pharmaceutical companies are seeing business boom, the man was indicting Buhari's government. And that's correct. Only the things connected with death are now very lucrative in Nigeria - Nigerians are dying now like flies. What a shame!

Nigeria has broken every world record, albeit negatively, under Buhari's inept leadership, and still, he wants re-election. If that happens, Nigeria would be heading, full speed, in one direction - toward a long-term crisis very costly to all. Nigeria might eventually lose one-tenth of its population to death, in the next four years of Buhari's leadership, because of hunger, poverty, ignorance, and disease. Due to Buhari's ineptitude, things are just getting worse each passing day - his reputation for ineptitude was enhanced when he refused to sign the Electoral Bill into law, because, he wants to rig the next presidential election in order to perpetuate himself in power. Nigerians should not allow that to happen.

The problem is that he, Buhari, is not getting it, as he has just asked Nigerians: "Am I not good enough?" What an insult to ask such silly question, after what he has put Nigeria and Nigerians through? Nigerians should tell him that he's worse enough, and should go. Doesn't he see that our industries have declined; the economy "is in the tank"; people are dying in droves; Nigeria is deeply in debt, and is also in a hole all because of him?

Dr. Perry Brimah summed it up with this luculent and powerful exposition:

2018: *Nigeria overtakes India in extreme poverty ranking*

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/26/africa/nigeria-overtakes-india-extreme-poverty-intl/index.html

2018: *Nigeria, 11th worst place to be born*

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/nigeria-11th-worst-place-to-be-born.html

2018: *Nigeria to overtake India as world capital for under-5 deaths - World Bank*

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/11/nigeria-to-overtake-india-as-world-capital-for-under-5-deaths-world-bank/

2017: *Nigeria: electricity supply ranked second worst in 2017*

https://www.esi-africa.com/nigeria-ranks-second-worst-electricity-supply-2017/

2017: *Nigeria remains third most terrorised country*

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/249476-nigeria-remains-third-terrorised-country-boko-haram-killings-reduce-80.html

2018: *Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth, and 4th country with the worst maternal mortality rate ahead of Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad*

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/03/global-worry-nigerias-low-rating-maternal-health/

2018: *Nigeria among worst malaria hit countries in 2017 - WHO Report*

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/nigeria-among-worst-malaria-hit-countries-in-2017-who-report.html

2018: *Nigeria among seven worst countries on World Bank's Human Capital Index*

https://punchng.com/nigeria-among-seven-worst-countries-on-world-banks-human-capital-index/

2017: *Nigeria Police 'worst in the world' - Report*

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/249058-nigeria-police-worst-world-report.html

2018: *Nigerian state ranked world's third worst city to live in*

http://dailypost.ng/2018/08/15/nigerian-state-ranked-worlds-third-worst-city-live/

2017: *OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA COULD KILL 16,000 BABIES A YEAR*

https://www.newsweek.com/nigeria-oil-oil-spills-neonatal-mortality-702506

2018: *Nigeria has some of the world's most polluted cities- and that isn't about to change*

https://qz.com/africa/1433597/nigeria-has-some-of-the-worlds-most-polluted-cities-and-that-isnt-about-to-change/

2017: *'Shameful' Nigeria: a country that doesn't care about inequality:*

At least 86 million people live in extreme poverty in Nigeria. The country's richest man, Aliko Dangote, is said to earn 8,000 times more, each day, than a poor compatriot would spend on their basic needs in a year... Page's analysis is backed up by a new global index, produced by Oxfam and Development Finance International, which puts *Nigeria outright last in a list of 152 countries ranked by their "commitment to reducing inequality".*

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/jul/18/shameful-nigeria-doesnt-care-about-inequality-corruption

2017: *THE WORST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AT FIGHTING INEQUALITY IS NIGERIA AND HERE'S WHY*

https://www.newsweek.com/worst-country-world-nigeria-poverty-nigerial-oil-63829

2018: *The 10 worst armies in the world 2018* ... As for the troops' welfare, senators are more likely to have armored cars than front-line troops.

https://www.wearethemighty.com/news/10-worst-armies-world-2018?rebelltitem=4#rebelltitem4

2017: *Nigeria has 'largest number of children out-of-school' in the world*

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40715305

2017: *Nigeria has third highest infant mortality rate in the world - WHO*

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/246720-nigeria-third-highest-infant-mortality-rate-world.html

2017: *Northern Nigeria Has World highest illiterates*

https://guardian.ng/news/despite-decades-of-funding-literacy-level-in-the-northern-states-remains-low/

2018: *Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, is perceived to be the most corrupt in the world*, according to data from the 2018 Best Countries rankings, a characterization of 80 countries based on a survey of more than 21,000 global citizens.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/10-most-corrupt-countries-ranked-by-perception

2017: *Welcome to Onitsha: the city with the world's worst air*

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/13/polluted-onitsha-nigeria-perpetual-dust-city-world-worst-air

2016: *WHO: Nigeria Has Four of the Most Polluted Cities in the World*

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/02/who-nigeria-has-four-of-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-world/

2018: *Nigeria's forests may disappear by 2047 - Professor: Nigeria, with the fourth highest deforestation rate in the world* Having lost above 3.7 percent of its forests to deforestation between 2000-2010, may witness the disappearance of this all important natural resource in 30 years.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/234914-nigerias-forests-may-disappear-2047-professor.html

2017: *Nigeria Is The Second Country With The Most Expensive Internet Cost In The World*

https://ionigeria.com/nigeria-second-country-expensive-internet-cost-world/

2017: *Nigeria has highest number of road fatalities in Africa - FRSC*

http://dailypost.ng/2017/05/08/nigeria-highest-number-road-fatalities-africa-frsc/

2016: *WHO 'rates' Nigeria most dangerous African country by road*

https://www.thecable.ng/who-rates-nigeria-most-dangerous-african-country-by-road

2017: *LIBERIA, NIGERIA, AND SIERRA LEONE AMONG THE 10 WORST HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD*

https://globeafrique.com/liberia-nigeria-and-sierra-leone-among-the-10-worst-health-care-systems-in-the-world/

2018: *Nigeria is set to stay the world's poverty capital for at least a generation*

https://qz.com/africa/1421543/nigerias-poverty-crisis-is-worsening-oxfam-world-bank-data/

2018: *Research shows Nigeria is 9th most dangerous country for women*

https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/research-shows-nigeria-is-9th-most-dangerous-country-for-women-id8547087.html

2016: *Nigeria life expectancy, at 54.5, is one of the worst in the world, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) report* titled: 'World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs'.

https://www.thecable.ng/54-life-expectancy-nigeria-lower-war-torn-south-sudan-somalia

2017: *Nigeria also has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS related deaths in the world.*

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/nigeria

2018: *Nigeria has more HIV-infected babies than anywhere in the world. It's a distinction no country wants*

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/nigeria-has-more-hiv-infected-babies-anywhere-world-it-s-distinction-no-country-wants

2017: *Nigeria among the worst countries with deaths from terrorism: Activities of Fulani Herdsmen accounts for more death than Boko Haram in 2016.*

https://www.pulse.ng/bi/politics/nigeria-ranks-high-among-countries-with-deaths-by-terrorism-id7606843.html

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