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THE MAGIC OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE ASIAN TIGERS A SIGNPOST OF THE NEED TO EFFECT ATTITUDINAL CHANGES IN NIGERIA

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Every so often, we, Nigerians blame successive administrations for all the lapses in the society, such that if governments were to be human beings, we would have flogged them to death for our collective failures. Yes, Governments have their faults. Similarly, We the People must share the greatest blame for the ills have that enveloped our political clime for so long. I am not defending any government in this piece. I am also not unnecessarily critical of the roles that all of us have played in bringing about our present predicament. Let us start with a few questions here: What role have you played in democratic dispensations and their emergence? Did your compromise in choosing your representatives in government on account of a miserable amount to lose your right to vote for your preferences? Do you believe in such mundane issues like religion, place of origin, nepotism and similar issues and tag along when you should take your fate in your own hands? Do you demand for accountability, transparency and good governance that are the key ingredients of development? Do you tell your representatives in government that: This is your time, enrich yourself and turn around to complain? On the part of Governments, do they behave responsibly by adhering to the Rule of Law and commitments made during electioneering campaigns? Do our political parties respect the principles of internal party democracy and discipline that promote cohesion and understanding? Most people do not realize the fact that fighting social ills and all forms of crime are their joint responsibility with Government. It is always better to be proactive than reactive in mapping out strategies. Arguably, some of the obstacles to development in the developing world could be traced to the failure of the appropriate institutions to introduce legal and institutional reforms capable of advancing socio-economic and political development. For instance, any society that aims to turn problematic situations around must be able to ensure coherent implementation of policies for the enforcement of rules and regulations introduced for socio-economic and political transformation. Nigeria is abundantly endowed with human and material resources that could sustain high and broad-based growth and development. More importantly, our country boasts of the highest pool of highly educated and trained manpower in Africa. This is in addition to our large population which offers the largest market for investors in Africa. Nigerias commitments to peaceful co-existence among the peoples…

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