For the past few days, i have been in Egypt with my hubby and a few other friends and it’s been an exciting experience. As i write this, we’re on a cruise on the nile, and i look out of the window to behold the scenery of a massive body of water that serves 9 countries! I’ve been to many places and learnt so much about this country.
Two days ago, as we drove round the capital of Egypt, Cairo, i tried to compare it with a city or state in Nigeria and i couldn’t accurately compare. Egypt became independent in 1952 and the current President has been in Power since 1981 (28years)! and the country has degenerated over the years. I was disappointed at the poverty level and the breakdown of infrastructure, no standard roads, etc. The impact of bad leadership is powerful. Egypt also is a land so blessed, but its people so poor. When I listened to our tour guide describe Egypt, and the resources he knows that Egypt has, my mind wanders freely back to my country. Wherever I go, one this is on my mind – what as a Nation can we learn from these other countries to better the lot of our nation Nigeria? Egypt, the Land of the Pharaohs, the land where life after death means more than life on earth, the land of many temples and rich history!
Nigeria needs to rely on many other things that we have, and not on oil alone. Egypt generates revenue from agriculture and hydroelectricity as a result of the river nile, they have oil, they have gold and other natural resources (granite and many precious stones). A friend whose husband works in one of the oil companies in the Niger Delta was lamenting to me last weekend about how risky it is to go on rig these days. The militants engage direct means to want to take the lives of those workers and she wants her husband to resign, but it’s tough because their livelihood depends on it. So many lives have been lost because of too much focus on oil. She prays hard anytime the husband is away and heaves a big sigh once he’s back. She’s getting really tired.
I look forward to reorientation of many more Nigerians so we can have the kind of leaders we deserve. These leaders leave the shores of the country many times, see how the developed world is, and never come to make a change.
In the words of Dangote, we need about ten more governors who can duplicate what Fashola is doing, then others will begin to emulate them. We need leaders who are visionary and empathic.
I’m getting refreshed and look forward to writing more value adding articles from now on. Have a good evening!
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