Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria

Yesterday someone asked me why Nigerians ridicule Nigeria insomuch that folks have decided to name the now good-for-nothing Nigerian Olympic athletes with such names as “rubber”, “wood” and “plastic” medalists; since they couldn’t win gold, silver or bronze.

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The simple answer to that question is that for most Nigerians, Nigeria does not exist. Granted, the physical mien called Nigeria may be practically perceptible, the government that drives Nigeria is apparently anonymous and wanting.

Most Nigerians feel it is not binding upon them to “give back” to a country that they have not “taken” from. Many Nigerians feel they were born in a country that is completely putrid. For example, the paroxysm of angst that frustrates Nigerians due to electricity scarcity in the country has haunted our national psyche for years.

Many Nigerians never lived in a Nigeria that boast of round-the-clock electricity. Many Nigerians do not know how it feels like to travel in Nigeria with a minimum road traffic discomfort. Many Nigerians do not know how it feels like to live in a house un-caged; without (what Nigerians call) “burglar-proof” windows, thanks to the insecurity.

Young Nigerians do not know how it feels like to attend a university without university strikes. The examples are endless. But the point I seek to make is that too many a Nigerian have never lived the life of their dream; a life in absolute tranquility. Most Nigerians harbor a life that is spent in the constant fear of what it is like to live in an atmosphere of terror, not knowing who or what will strike next.

Quintessentially, young Nigerians have never felt the presence of a government; they usually owe their significant and trivial successes to the individual and collective sacrifices of family and friends.

But let us look at the other side of the coin: in a country like America and other serious nations, an individual starts to benefit from the government right from infancy: you’re given a free and compulsory good quality education, and you are constantly reminded that with hard work and perseverance, a better future awaits.

I have seen a sick, bedridden American whose last words on earth were that he was proud to be American. I do not know any up-and-doing (perhaps the opposite of bedridden?) Nigerian who maintains that he is proud to be Nigerian!

Because they are grateful to their country, many Americans willfully keep US flags and other statist symbols in their homes so that these icons can constantly remind them of what they owe their country: gratitude.

I have never in my life seen a Nigerian flag in the private residence of any Nigerian. According to the grapevine, Nigerians do not feel they owe anything to their country and/or government, no wonder they exhibit a persistent disconnect between them and the symbols of their country, Nigeria.

Until the Nigerian people start to feel the presence of a government in the delicate phases of their personal lives, they will not only stop at ridicule, they’ll always cling to narrow parochial interests before sovereign national interests.

In brusqueness, Nigerian leaders are known to always cast disparaging remarks on Nigerians, whom they claim, do not have faith in them. Who will tell them that faith is not entirely a self-colored affair? Who will tell them that the citizenry of Nigeria like other citizenries the world over can only be devoted to that which is devoted to their personal causes?

Does this explanation give any tip-off on why it takes two to tango?

Mohammed Dahiru Aminu writes from Yola, Nigeria. He can be reached at mohd.aminu@gmail.com



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Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Yum posted on 08-14-2012, 08:36:14 AM
I hate that most uninspiring flag the most of all.
Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Anioma777 posted on 08-14-2012, 12:13:08 PM
@Yum

Abeg leave our beautiful flag before I report you to the SSS for HIGH TREASON!!!!!
Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Dewdrops posted on 08-14-2012, 13:30:49 PM
It is not unsual for citizens to criticize their own country. . .especially where you have a lot to gripe about.

QUOTE:
I have seen a sick, bedridden American whose last words on earth were that he was proud to be American. I do not know any up-and-doing (perhaps the opposite of bedridden?) Nigerian who maintains that he is proud to be Nigerian!


Please! I am proud to be a Nigerian only OUT OF NIGERIA.
Because, I make Nigeria proud outside Nigeria.
In Nigeria, you have zero chance to make Nigeria proud. Such is the culture.
count me in. . . . only when it counts.
Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Lol posted on 08-15-2012, 09:29:15 AM
electricity, education and water is the reason Nigerians ridicule Nigeria/Nigerians, and are not proud of it?

Are you for real???

Why don't you open you mouth at the airport in New York, Malaysia, china, London and anywhere else outside Nigeria and announce yourself as a "proud" Nigerian???

Do that before you come here writing crap about a clearly obvious problem of identity and respect!

The last time I mentioned my ethnicity as Nigerian in Eastern Europe I was nearly attacked and managed to get away by the sheer luck of several policemen nearby. Because apparently 3 of the people around were victims of Nigerian fraudsters - 2 lost their businesses and livelihoods to Nigerians. while in Asia, I was confronted by several women who were impregnated and deceived by Igbo boys "passing through" and they told of others who were made to carry drugs for these Nigerians. I wondered if patriotism should kick in any time I am abroad and announce myself as a "proud Nigerian"

What is proud about a place that has the laziest and most docile people in the world, who instead of fixing their leadership problems back home prefare instead to export their criminality and make life unbearable for other Nigerians to associate with the rest of the world.
Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Obi posted on 08-15-2012, 10:26:50 AM
Mallam, It shows you that something is fundamentally wrong with the project Nigeria itself.
Despite the 500 Euros that I have to pay each year to get a fresh 12 month entry permit to Nigeria, I have never ever in the last 14 years, regretted discarding my Nigeria Passport.
The only political news that captivates me from that country is the one that seek to find ways to restructure the polity or it's outright break-up.
Until then, let the rigmarole continue, and let the NVS arm-chair experts continue.
Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Lol posted on 08-16-2012, 04:09:45 AM
Obi,

You people must get it right before you educate others to get it right.
"restructure the polity" is not what is wrong with Nigeria - It is the people that inhabit the place and their mentality that shapes how the polity works.

If Nigerians don't have basic commonsense practised all over the world how can it translate into the political system? Are the politicians not Nigerians?
Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Obi posted on 08-16-2012, 04:54:43 AM
QUOTE:
Obi,

You people must get it right before you educate others to get it right.
\"restructure the polity\" is not what is wrong with Nigeria - It is the people that inhabit the place and their mentality that shapes how the polity works.

If Nigerians don't have basic commonsense practised all over the world how can it translate into the political system? Are the politicians not Nigerians?



If polity is the constitution of the civil government of a nation or state, tell me why you think that of Nigeria is not problematic when a set of principles is forced on a diverse group of people with differing interests and aspirations?

To find "basic common sense" in a polity organized by military fiat in favor of a section of the country would be very difficult even in the most advance societies on earth

You should have known that.
Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Lol posted on 08-16-2012, 07:51:32 AM
Obi,

If Nigerians have dissimilar interests and aspiration why are they still together 50 years later when the rest of the world are dividing along manageable lines? I say commonsense among the people!

Military fiat? Did you not see what happened during the Arab spring? There is no military that can hold a people down if they don't want it. Again I say commonsense among the people of Nigeria!

You can dodge the obvious all you want but the people of Nigeria are the ones to take to any tribunal or judgement for their lacklustre, docile and inept attitude towards their own plight.

And the sooner you start applying forward thinking approach to your way of thinking the easier it will be for you to spread the same message.

Use words like mentality and commonsense, for a change.
Re: Why Nigerians Ridicule Nigeria
Obi posted on 08-16-2012, 15:10:35 PM
QUOTE:
Obi,

If Nigerians have dissimilar interests and aspiration why are they still together 50 years later when the rest of the world are dividing along manageable lines? I say commonsense among the people!

Military fiat? Did you not see what happened during the Arab spring? There is no military that can hold a people down if they don't want it. Again I say commonsense among the people of Nigeria!

You can dodge the obvious all you want but the people of Nigeria are the ones to take to any tribunal or judgement for their lacklustre, docile and inept attitude towards their own plight.

And the sooner you start applying forward thinking approach to your way of thinking the easier it will be for you to spread the same message.

Use words like mentality and commonsense, for a change.




I thought you're not serious. You can only tell that to a new born baby that Nigerians have been together for 50 years and could not unite to pull off an Arab Spring-like revolution.

Together in what context? You need to think straight to appreciate the status of the togetherness and how it was sustained for 50 years.

It's only after this that you may begin to high or lower your expectation of the people's turn of mind, practical knowledge and judgment where it relates to common objective.
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