Fifty-five years had passed since Nigeria became an independent nation on the 1st of October 1960 but the country have little or nothing to show for it.
Most students of history would have noticed that the primary reason for the amalgamation of two former British protectorates- Northern and Southern protectorates was economic- the two regions needed each other for economic growth.
This belief is anchored on the fact economic and social developments of any country are largely influenced by the strength of its natural resources.
Unlike many other industrialized countries of the world, Nigeria was opulently gifted by the Creator (or nature, if you like) in copious natural resources. The Great Endower blessed Nigeria in Zinc, Limestone, Tin, Gold, Marble, Salt, Palm Oil, Rubber, Ignite, Oil and Gas, Cacao, Iron Ore, Coal and many more. With almost unparalleled endowment, Nigeria was being tipped even at independence to join, in no distant future, the club of the wealthy (developed) nations.
At independence, prospect for rapid development and growth were heightened by huge mineral exports with the great black gold (crude oil) discovered in commercial quantity and Nigeria seemed to be on the verge of becoming an economic giant that would likely outstrip major European industrialised nations.
Nigeria equally seemed set to enter the international economic and political arena as the leading star of Africa.
However, in spite of the country successive developmental plan since independence, the economy remained underdeveloped. Invaluable resources were not only inefficiently exploited but the proceedings were siphoned in an inconceivable proportion and misappropriated in all forms of indescribable manners
But just before long, something went wrong and the country has remained in the dungeon, being a shadow of itself- a caricature of a great nation!
This scenario is the major reason why Nigerians voted CHANGE, but one can only hope that the CHANGE is finally here because Nigerians are closer to the proverbial wall than anytime in the history of the country.