@Hix Thank you for your reading and also for your response. I also enjoyed reading your comment. I was of the same viewpoint just before writing this article but reading more about how countries like Singapore and South Korea developed, I have since changed my tune. A particular text that shaped my worldview on this was Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu. Our country Nigeria, as with most developing countries, falls under an extractive institution, where incentives and opportunities necessary to harness the energy, creativity, and entrepreneurship are not created.
Nations that do succeed have this one thing in common — an inclusive climate which entails doing the opposite of those points mentioned above. That’s why I believe in the top-down approach of fixing our problems. Preferably via a candidate with a strong, nationalistic interest, like the likes of Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore or Kigame of Rwanda (and I know that these candidates are not without their controversies).
Finally, I believe Nigerians can be civic-educated to play the much-needed roles they ought to play in moving the country forward. I just don’t agree that the burden of change be placed heavily on the citizens first. From living abroad and interacting with Nigerians, I can say that we are quite adaptable. It is why when we leave an entropic system as Nigeria and move abroad, we become superstars and role-model citizens — why? Because we can be orderly when provided with the right incentives.
In any event, thanks for the discussion and I hope we can talk more on this as I would really love to explore more on this with you. I have a show — www.mosibyl.com if you’d like to find out more about my other creative outlets. If you would like to also come on the show, kindly email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And did you say, Korea?
한국은 어때? 거기에 얼마나 오래 살았어요? 좋은 하루 되세요! 고맙습니다.