Nigeria’s economy is presently very sick, everyone is feeling the brunt, the faint-hearted are resorting to the easy way out – suicide – while the strong and resilient ones have chosen to stay afloat at all cost. Comedian Alibaba took to his Instagram page to bare his mind on the issue, faulting the government of the things they failed to do and proffering possible solutions.
“The economy will remain like this for a long while. Because the strings that pull us into dire straits are still pulling us even much stronger. How did we get here? We were making so much from oil and neglected all other sources of revenue.
“We did not only neglect those sources of revenue, we did not invest the revenue from oil in infrastructural development of the country. We were not futuristic in our planning either.
“Did we increase the number of hostels in our universities to accommodate the new numbers of students? Pay teachers well? Did we build more roads to take care of the millions of cars and transportation needs? Did we improve the services of the police force? Did we use the money to build better hospitals? Did the new industries create more jobs? Did we improve our power supply?
“Did we have stronger and modified laws that made sure that people who broke the laws were punished adequately to discourage others? Did we tidy up our pension scheme so that people are assured that they did not need to steal to assure themselves of better retirement?
“What have we done to reduce cost of administration? What kind of enabling environment has government created to grow the economy? What have we done to ensure the right people got elected? Have we developed our tourism potentials to attract foreign investors and revenues? Better banks?
“What have we done to curb corruption? What steps have we taken in the direction of housing? Who has security votes helped? We have failed to do all of that… NOW OUR ALMIGHTY crude prices that were our saving grace are low.
“The production is even nearly non existent, thanks to militants. There are backlog of owed salaries? Uncompleted projects. Dead refineries. High unemployment and huge numbers of the unemployable. We are borrowing. EVEN JESUS CAN NOT SAVE US unless we create new sources of revenue. What do I know SEF? Shebi I am an ordinary comedian? I dey look.”
Although this is not the time to play blame games because the deed is done I believe that our salvation can only come if we heed to Alibaba’s advice and create new sources of revenue.