NOT ALL NIGERIANS ARE CRAZY
Nigeria is the most populous black nation on Earth with over 200 million beautiful people and is a multinational state, as it is inhabited by over 250 ethnic groupings, of which the three largest are Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. A rich culture, fashion styles, and festivals exist across different tribes. Nigerians are known to be hardworking, and intelligent with a never-give-up attitude.
There are crazy Nigerians who indulge in corruption, inefficiency, Unethical, and Unaccountability practices. From the leaders to the followers, this ingrained phenomenon has not only eaten deep into the fabric of Nigerian society, but it has also kept the nation from moving forward.
It's heartbreaking to see things that were once frowned upon now being embraced by Some Nigerians from Internet fraud, Poor work ethics, malpractices, thuggery, and indecency. I once read a book where Nigeria was used as an example of countries to avoid on the internet. Things like this tarnish the image of the country and we are seen as a threat.
The Nigerian government has indeed frustrated its citizens and a lot of them have gone crazy and now use this disgusting circumstance as a reason for crazily doing things. It’s saddening to note that while the crazy Nigerian way of doing things may seem pleasing to some Nigerians, it has hindered economic growth, stifled innovation, created frustration, and made a large room for social inequalities.
Let’s explore the complexities of the Crazy Nigerians’ Way of Doing Things and examine its detrimental effects on Nigeria’s path to growth.
SHOW ME LOVE
This phrase has been the anthem of the security agency, staff in various institutions, and almost any personnel in power. This is a form of extortion and a way of taking advantage of their victim's problem, and when they don't cooperate their concerns remain unresolved, or their time gets wasted.
In as much as it's humanly to show love to one another, this type is a form of bribery and unethical. If you do this please stop and play your role in creating a better Nigeria.
THAT IS MY BROTHER
Most Nigerians are guilty of giving preference to individuals who hail from their hometown and share the same religion as them. From politics, education, business, and social interactions, a lot of us choose individuals because we share something in common and not competence. This also results in the selection of leaders based on their religious or ethnic affiliations rather than their ability to govern effectively or enact meaningful change.
When this happens, Nigerians create a cycle of nepotism, corruption, and the mismanagement of resources, which hinders the country’s overall development. It is also important to state that people who vote for leaders of their tribes or religion think that their ethnic or religious groups will enjoy more benefits from them when they are in office. This is why some regions of the country are more developed than others.
The Nigerian way of electing leaders is the reason why the nation is where it is today. Nigeria will only become great when we begin to prioritize quality, good records, and experience over religion and ethnicity.
ON YOUR OWN
The popular saying “on your own” simply refers to prioritizing your interests and needs above those of others. This is one way Nigerians do things. Most of them hardly care about the effect their actions may have on their neighbor. A practical example will be the naira redesign that brought untold hardship to Nigerians.
During that season, some Nigerians who were POS operators charged customers an unreasonable amount for withdrawal. This is because most of these operators had to pay exorbitant rates to bank officials to get the naira. So, this is a chain that flows from the top echelon to the lowest cadres of Nigerian society.
This virus, which suggests a lack of cooperation and shared responsibility, has greatly affected the growth of the nation. Unless we abandon the pursuit of selfish interests, the country will continue to go in circles.
WHO DO YOU KNOW AND WHO KNOWS YOU
Another example of the Nigerian way of doing things is the “who do you know” syndrome. It is often said that “it’s not what you know, but who you know” that gets you ahead in Nigeria. This vicious cycle perpetuates a system where access to opportunities and services becomes contingent upon personal connections and illicit dealings.
The harsh reality is that this system leaves many Nigerians marginalized and deprived of necessities. As a result of this, Nigerian youths aspiring to be leaders of tomorrow can come nowhere close to holding political positions because they are newbies in the political terrain. Worse is, some graduates from Nigerian institutions have not gotten jobs because they probably don’t know those that matter in society.
NO MANNERS GENG
The average Nigerian is quite rude and doesn’t even realize it, sometimes even proud of it. They approach life in a disoriented way and don't apply courtesy, are very violent, interfere in people's business, and are insulting. Honestly, it was hard for me to come up with a generic name for them.
Having good morals and upholding ethical standards are essential for building a peaceful and secure nation. It's disheartening to see the country moving in the opposite direction.
Unless Nigerians embrace new values and cultivate better ways of living, the old ways of doing things will continue to hinder the nation's progress toward greatness.