Reading through the list of Nigeria's worsts-in-the-world below, compiled from 2017 and 2018 media releases, one can only conclude that only illiterates, those paid and the wicked will support the two main parties in Nigeria and their candidates across all posts. Under the rule of PDP and its APC offspring, Nigeria has succeeded in reaching and remaining at the bottom of the earth barrel. 16 years of PDP and 4 years of APC have only maintained Nigeria as a last in most indices of life and development. Take a look:
2018: Nigeria overtakes India in extreme poverty ranking
2018: Nigeria 11th worst place to be born
2018: Nigeria to overtake India as world capital for under-5 deaths – World Bank
2017: Nigeria: electricity supply ranked second worst in 2017
2017: Nigeria remains third most terrorised country
2018: Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth and 4th country with the worst maternal mortality rate ahead of Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad
2018: Nigeria among worst malaria hit countries in 2017 – WHO Report
2018: Nigeria among seven worst countries on World Bank’s Human Capital Index
2017: Nigeria Police ‘worst in the world’ — Report
2018: Nigerian state ranked world’s third worst city to live in
2017: OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA COULD KILL 16,000 BABIES A YEAR
2018: Nigeria has some of the world’s most polluted cities—and that isn’t about to change
2017: 'Shameful' Nigeria: a country that doesn't care about inequality: At least 86 million people live in extreme poverty in Nigeria. The country’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is said to earn 8,000 times more each day than a poor compatriot would spend on their basic needs in a year… Page’s analysis is backed up by a new global index, produced by Oxfam and Development Finance International, which puts Nigeria outright last in a list of 152 countries ranked by their “commitment to reducing inequality”.
2017: THE WORST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AT FIGHTING INEQUALITY IS NIGERIA AND HERE’S WHY
2018: The 10 worst armies in the world 2018 … As for the troops' welfare, senators are more likely to have armored cars than front-line troops.
2017: Nigeria has 'largest number of children out-of-school' in the world
2017: Nigeria has third highest infant mortality rate in the world – WHO
2017: Northern Nigeria Has World highest illiterates
2018: Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, is perceived to be the most corrupt in the world, according to data from the 2018 Best Countries rankings, a characterization of 80 countries based on a survey of more than 21,000 global citizens.
2017: Welcome to Onitsha: the city with the world’s worst air
2016: WHO: Nigeria Has Four of the Most Polluted Cities in the World
2018: Nigeria’s forests may disappear by 2047 – Professor: Nigeria, with the fourth highest deforestation rate in the world having lost above 3.7 per cent of its forests to deforestation between 2000-2010, may witness the disappearance of this all important natural resource in 30 years.
2017: Nigeria Is The Second Country With The Most Expensive Internet Cost In The World
2017: Nigeria has highest number of road fatalities in Africa – FRSC
2016: WHO ‘rates’ Nigeria most dangerous African country by road
2017: LIBERIA, NIGERIA, AND SIERRA LEONE AMONG THE 10 WORST HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD
2018: Nigeria is set to stay the world’s poverty capital for at least a generation
2018: Research shows Nigeria is 9th most dangerous country for women
2016: Nigeria life expectancy, at 54.5, is one of the worst in the world, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) report titled: ‘World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs’. https://www.thecable.ng/54-life-expectancy-nigeria-lower-war-torn-south-sudan-somalia
2017: Nigeria also has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS related deaths in the world. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/nigeria
2018: Nigeria has more HIV-infected babies than anywhere in the world. It’s a distinction no country wants
2017: Nigeria among the worst countries with deaths from terrorism: Activities of Fulani Herdsmen accounts for more death than Boko Haram in 2016.
It is also no secret that Nigeria comes first in stupendously rich politicians, traditional rulers and priests. That is where the country comes first. The nation also comes first in recycling its rulers. Governors transfer to the senate and then back to governorship. Senators become governors. Presidents and vice presidents come back after a few years for second and third stints in the presidency. Military rulers douse their fatigues and return to rule as civilians. The recycling has no limit. Nigeria is world capital for politician recycling.
Nigeria needs change and a chance. The upcoming 2019 elections provides a rare opportunity for a new wave of new generation and new mind representatives, senators, governors and a new president. Will Nigerians fight to make this happen and reclaim their destiny or will they stay with the old idea-bereft cabal who have kept Nigeria in the trenches?
Dr. Perry Brimah, Whatsapp: +234-903-420-3031; +1-929-427-5305; @CabalMustGo; @EveryNigerian
SOURCE :The Nigerian Voice (opinions)